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->''"My glasses, my glasses! I can't '''be seen''' without my glasses!"''
-->-- '''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'''

Wearing dark glasses or mirrorshades is long-standing visual shorthand for badassitude. The act of ''putting them on'' means that it's time to kick ass, take names or do both. The act of taking them off is a sign that somebody's about to get scrutinised by the badass, usually just prior to an asskicking.

Obligatory for a CyberPunk setting, or for intimidating DeepSouth Lawmen. A nice accessory to a BadassLongcoat.

The opposite of NerdGlasses, and the inverse of TheGlassesComeOff.

Overlaps, but is not identical to, ScaryShinyGlasses. If the shades are on the character 24/7, it's SunglassesAtNight. If the effect is to make the wearer look sinister rather than badass, this is SinisterShades. If you're MakingASpectacleOfYourself, the effect is to make you look just plain '''''weird'''''. But remember, sometimes the GogglesDoNothing.

Aside from making them look badass, the reason behind them wearing shades is so they don't show that their eyes flinch when firing a weapon or having massive swords flung at their face. So when a character isn't wearing any shades and running around firing automatic weapons and manages to show no discomfort you know they're truly badass.

Another reason being that most people commonly have visual cues they give with their eyes subconsciously. Something a properly trained (or badass) opponent might pick up on. If they can't see your eyes, obviously they won't see you look at the gun before you leap into a roll for it, or look at the guy in the corner right before shooting him and making a break for it.

Each type of frame has become an archetype of its own over the years: Wayframes[[note]]Those square plastic glasses[[/note]] are commonly associated with power and status (and celebrities in general) or with bohemian intellectuals, while metal frames[[note]]Most usually Aviators and LennonSpecs[[/note]] are mostly sported by either hippies or policemen (and for that matter, armed forces in general)[[note]]be sure you get the frame shape right or you'll wind up suggesting that your GeneralRipper drops acid; of course, that might be ''exactly'' what you're going for[[/note]], and Wraparounds have found their place within espionage.

For some specific variants, see TriangleShades and LennonSpecs.


* Chester Cheetah from the Cheetos commercials wear those.

[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Tooya of ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' wears shades at the beginning of the story, while he was still working for the Mikages. He begins to wear them less frequently as time wears on, which is cool because you get a glimpse of the first facial expressions he makes. In his ''life''.
* Iceman Hotty from ''Anime/{{Basquash}}'' wears a pair of cool shades all the time. Though it's not until Spanky attempts to eat a pair of random lizards scampering through the desert that we find out his shades are actually ''alive''. Though they're hardly the first pair of equipment to be alive in the series.
* ''Batou/Bateau'': Batou takes this to its logical Cyberpunk extreme in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' (all versions) by "wearing" night vision goggle lenses implanted in place of his eyes. They cannot be removed and his "real" eyes, should they exist, are never seen. Also double as ScaryShinyGlasses when he's being extra intimidating. Judging by their size and some other things, like a doctor in ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]'' trying to sell him actual eyeballs, they indeed are his eyes in their entirety, and their purpose is to pack in more functions than normal-sized eyeballs could, implying again that they are cylindrical and extend deeper in his skull than normal eyeballs would.
* UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria in the ''Manga/BlackButler'' manga. All part of the AnachronismStew.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Dutch, Eda and Mr. Chang all regularly wear those. Rotton the Wizard tries to look cool with these, but fails.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Seems to be a requirement for members of the 7th Division given former-captain Aikawa Love, former-lieutenant Kotsubaki Jin'emon and incumbent lieutenant Iba Tetsuzaemon all wear/wore badass shades. Renji's predecessor in the 6th Division Ginjirō Shirogane left to open a sunglasses shop called the Silver Dragonfly which Renji himself frequently buys from. (In keeping with his ButtMonkey status, Renji's badass shades invariably get destroyed in battle shortly after he buys a new pair. No one else seems to suffer this fate.)
* Higuchi Ichiyou from ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'' wears one.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Suzaku Kururugi wears a pair of shades in his civilian clothing.
** Schneizel sported a pair during the FLEIJA testing. They were only protective sunglasses, [[http://img.youtube.com/vi/6yUmbKBQGFE/0.jpg but still.]] It's almost as is Schneizel has inherited [[Film/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown's]] protective Cool Shades.
** [[spoiler: Guilford]] gets in on the action too, though from the presence [[spoiler: of a certain sort of cane when he visits Cornelia in the hospital]], it's implied that this is not purely a fashion choice.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Matt has goggles that [[GogglesDoNothing never seem to be given a real purpose]], but are still thought to be one of the coolest things in the world by fans of his.
** In the second intro, Aizawa is seen wearing a pair of aviator type sunglasses he never dons outside the opening.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has Yamaki, who wears his nearly all the time! Ruki and Jianliang also get in on the act.
** Taken further in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'': Captain Satsuma is never seen without his sunglasses. Ever.
* Shizuo Heiwajima from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' is almost never seen without his pair of designer sunglasses, although not everyone thinks that they're awesome. [[IntrepidReporter Shuji]], for example, thinks they make him look like a pretentious hipster (at least up until Shizuo clotheslines him into oblivion, at which point Shuji agrees that they suit him perfectly and couldn't imagine him any other way and OH GOD, PLEASE DON'T HURT ME!).
* [[LightEmUp Leo/Loki]] from ''Manga/FairyTail'' wears them on occasion. It might have something to do with [[LightEmUp his power]].
* Scar from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' sports a badass pair of shades to hide his red eyes. [[spoiler: He seems to have left them behind following his HeelFaceTurn.]] Another Ishvalan character, Major Miles also wears shades to hide his red eyes, the distinctive characteristic of his race. Greed is another character who likes sunglasses -- in his case, it's mostly for the cool factor, but since he has HellishPupils, there is a practical benefit as well. Iin Ling Yao's cameo appearance in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime version]], he's wearing some pretty awesome glasses. [[spoiler:In fact; they're just like Greed's, as a nod to what happens in the manga.]]
* Osamu Sugo/Knight Shoemach from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' wears those. So much so that it became a RunningGag in the series when Randoll, Shinjyo, Bootsvorz and even Clair wears the same type of shades he wore during his racing days.
* Ban Mido from ''Manga/GetBackers'' wears his 'Anti Evil Eye' shades constantly; the only time they ever come off is when he's about to use his signature Evil Eye, or in rare cases, when they've been broken. If it's the latter, he will inevitably materialize a new pair at some point in the near future to wear again.
* Bear Walken of ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'' always wear cool yellow shades. Up until [[spoiler: he was defeated by Brandon and he died.]] One cute note: Sherri, his daughter, was shown as a girl with a teddy bear with those glasses.
* ''Manga/HarlemBeat'': there are the Three Men team, Shades, Ultraman (his shades even shaped like Ultramanís eyes!), and Kojiya twins from Kyan.
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Alucard's sunglasses, at least toward the beginning of the series. By later on, he's abandoned them, in what is probably the most badass way of having TheGlassesComeOff ''ever''.
* Noriaki Kakyoin from the ''Stardust Crusaders'' arc of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' takes to wearing sunglasses to conceal facial scars during his fight against Dio.
* Kusanagi and Kamamoto of the Red Clan in ''Anime/{{K}}''
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', Char Aznable/Quattro Bajeena trades his famous helmet for a pair of shades. Zechs Merquise also wore shades in the prequel manga, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: Episode Zero''.
** Harry Ord from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' and his [[http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/9001/harryord2pf7.jpg legendary bug shades.]] . Jamil Neate from ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' and Athrun Zala's "Alex Dino" disguise in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' also fit with the trope. After all, theyíre all [[{{Expy}} based on]] [[CharClone Char]] to some extent.
** Both of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Mr. Bushido's]] AceCustom, GN Flag-based, Samurai-style Mobile Suits, have visors shaped like ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's shades]]''. only with an extra pair in the middle. While they don't really serve any real purpose, they still look awesome.
** Finally, Sai Saici from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', when trying to look cool to a girl, wore a huge pair of pointed triangular shades.
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'':
** Sanson has some pretty damn Cool Shades. They have a similar shape to Kamina's without being as over the top, and the generally extremely similar personality of the two characters suggests that the Gurren Lagann team were a little [[{{Expy}} inspired]] by Gainax's earlier figure of goofball manliness.
** His partner in crime GadgeteerGenius Hanson also wears Cool Shades.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Shino Aburame wears a pair of shades that never leave his face.
** Most, if not all, of the Aburame clan from which Shino hails from, wear shades as well.
** Killer Bee and a minor Cloud ninja named Jei also sport some, which both stay on through no visible means of attachment.
* Adam Blade from ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'' wears shades as well, and it makes him look mighty badass.
* ''Moonlight Lady'' has this trope represented with Chikako.
* ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'' seems to reference the Blues Brothers. The not-quite-cool title characters seem to wear sunglasses...well, because they're in a blues band! Specifically, they put them on whenever they head out to pull off a money-making caper.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' Franky wears ones that can stay on without attachments. Admiral Kizaru sports a quality pair, fridge logic comes into play considering he is a Light man devil fruit user and wearing them could make it easier on his own eyesight. After the TimeSkip, Nico Robin and Smoker also sport theirs. Doflamingo and Vergo both have worn shades since they were 10 years old and have never been seen without them.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash's Squirtle kept the TriangleShades from his days leading the Squirtle Squad and has been known to pull them out from time to time.
** The recurring Sandile/Krokorok in ''Best Wishes'' has a pair of red sunglasses, even though its evolution line does technically have built-in shades (giving Krookodile the FanNickname "Kaminacroc"). Its sunglasses give it self-confidence, which it loses if it loses its sunglasses. Ash ends up catching it during its fourth appearance and later evolves it into Krookodile.
* Enishi from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is always seen with a pair of purple-tinted John Lennon shades which brings up the question of who sold sunglasses in the late 19th century.
* The Sailor Animamates of the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime sport sunglasses in their respective disguises.
* The villain Chinmei from ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' wears shades most of the time except his final battle against the entire Sanada clan, revealing his "True Red Eyes". At one point his shades was damaged by Mahiro during his battle with Kyo, only to be replaced by a spare shade.
* Straight Cougar from ''Anime/SCryed'' is almost as much defined by his glasses as he is by his speed.
* Over Justice of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' wears shades that appear to be styled after Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann (the robot, not the entire show).
* Kagato from the first ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** Kamina is constantly wearing cool shades (which [[BellisariosMaxim stay on without any visible means of attachment]] and he wore them despite living underground and ''never seeing the sun'' for most of his life). After he [[GrandTheftPrototype hijacks his own Gunmen]], he melts down the pair of swords it had into a pair of shades too. Later on, those same shades (combined with the mecha's wings) are used to hold the enemy down for a final blow. Then the shades reattach themselves. RuleOfCool indeed but he may well have [[FridgeBrilliance a legit reason]]. His shades are brightly colored, which may have [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual helped him see detail and texture]] [[NightVisionGoggles in dim light.]] Bikers in the [[RealLife real world]] do this with yellow lenses. Plus, his shades are ''red''. As in, the color that helps human eyes adjust to transitioning to darkness, like the lights on a submarine. [[FridgeBrilliance He went up to the surface with his father as a kid and wanted to be ready next time.]]
** The aforementioned over-the-top sunglasses have since undergone MemeticMutation, where slapping on his shades will instantly render any character incredibly manly. It has also become an AscendedMeme in ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2'', as Kamina's shades are an equippable item that adds 20 Will to the character they're equipped to at the start of a battle. (Will, for those unfamiliar, is [[CallAHitPointASmeerp basically SRW's Limit Break system]]; higher Will allows a pilot to use a mech's most powerful attacks or activate special abilities)
** During a massive power-up, Simon's digging goggles morph into Kamina's shades, and then into ''five-point star shades''.
** After finding out that the Super Galaxy Gurren-Lagann's design was based on [[Manga/GetterRobo Shin Dragon]], you can no longer see its face as anything other than a pair of ''[[http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/9467/shindragonfrontnn3.jpg six-pointed shades]]''.
** [[TeamPet Boota]] is wearing a set of [[LennonSpecs round-lensed shades]]; at first they ''could'' just be his eyes, but when you see him sleeping with them on his forehead in episode 8, or scrabbling for them earlier, it becomes clear that in this show even the [[MixAndMatchCritters pig mole]] is wearing shades.
** Boomerang Shades that can cut holes in the fabric of the universe? Definitely Cool Shades. Remember, this anime ''is'' all about [[BeyondTheImpossible doing the impossible]].
* Tsuchimikaido Motoharu in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' ''always'' wears awesome shades, making him even more badass when he actually is involved in solving a conflict of some sort.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** Vash the Stampede always puts on his yellow sunglasses right before he stops [[ObfuscatingStupidity playing the fool]] and reveals his actual hypercompetence. This is actually because his eyes [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glow blue]] when he gets pissed and he likes to hide it.
** Wolfwood wears Cool Shades most of the time in the manga. In the manga, Knives occasionally gets cyberpunk-style ones.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Vamp}}'', the narrator goes to great lengths to describe Watt's sunglasses.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has Trueman, and given the rest of his [[MindScrew characterization]], it's probably best we can't see his eyes.
* Dark Glass[=/=][[DubNameChange Vizor]] from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' is ''named'' after his cool shades. And he [[SunglassesAtNight never takes them off]], unless he's revealing his secret identity [[spoiler: or dying, after which Yusei appears to keep them as a TragicKeepsake]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', Heather Hudson normally wore prescription glasses began wearing wrap-around shades when she became leader of the team. When she received her version of the Vindicator/Guardian battlesuit, Madison Jeffries modified her shades for wear with the suit.
** In the second ''Alpha Flight'' series, Heather had switched to contacts, and initially didn't wear glasses with the new suit Department H had provided her, but after a while of getting bothered by the wind in her eyes, she brought the shades back.
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] once tried to convince his mom to buy him a pair of shades that bore a remarkable similarity to Kamina's [[HilariousinHindsight (despite predating them by a good 15 years or so).]] [[MakingASpectacleOfYourself He couldn't really pull the look off, though.]]
* In ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' Sigurd's idea of harnessing the "mortal magic known as ''cool''" (yes, he actually described it so) for the current Ragnarök is handing out some of these.
* ''MisterX'': Mister X wears circular shades to cover up his eyes, which look about as bad as you'd expect from someone who hasn't slept in years.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan wears a pair, though since his VoluntaryShapeshifting powers seem to apply to them, they usually change size and shape several times in a scene. They also ([[DependingOnTheArtist usually]]) act as bit of MorphicResonance.
* Cassidy from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' always wears them to hide his eyes, which seem to be the only part of him that changed substantially when he became a vampire.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': The Corinthian wears shades to hide his nature. While his taking them off is a threatening move, his leaving them on isn't so reassuring either. Conveniently, by the time his master takes him for his first incognito visit to the real world in the 18th century (in ''Brief Lives''), sunglasses have already been invented. In his 'regular job' as a nightmare he doesn't need them: turning around is a sufficient [[TheReveal Reveal]].
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'''s Sonic sports them in the second comic, for no apparent reason other than to look cool. He also constantly sports a pair when he disguises himself as Bob Beaky.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' Spider Jerusalem has distinct "live shades" with circular red lens and rectangular green lens. The item maker that created them was on hallucinogenic drugs. Now how cool is that. Cool enough that when he finally needed another pair, ''they had the same mismatched lenses''.
* The ''ComicBook/XMen'''s Scott Summers, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, wears sunglasses (or a visor, when in costume) with special lenses to contain his [[PowerIncontinence unceasing]] EyeBeams all the time, even when asleep. In various depictions, these range from clunky to top of the range Oakleys. In this case, taking them ''[[TheGlassesComeOff off]]'' is the threatening move.
* In ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' [[ComicBook/MarvelOneHundredthAnniversarySpecial 100th anniversary special]], Rogue wears a pair of sunglasses with red capital A's on the lenses.
* Inverted in ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' - while all Darksiders have to wear sunglasses on the Dayside, Baon is too {{badass|normal}} for that.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The beginning of ''Fanfic/HitmanMiami'' has 47 living in Miami and spending most of his days surfing and tanning on the beach, so he wears a pair of sunglasses throughout the entire first chapter.
* [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker's]] Cool Shades are such an integral part of his IconicOutfit that when he turns into a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic pony]] in Fanfic/MyLittleWesker, an image of a pair of sunglasses becomes his cutie mark. Wesker eventually acquires a regular pair, which he wears as often as he can.
* ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' character Orbit (named for Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Ray Of Light'' collaborator William Orbit) wears a pair of wraparound shades, due to his eyes being light-sensitive, as seen [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120129235847/smurfsfanon/images/3/35/Orbit.jpg here]].

* DoubleSubversion: In the movie ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', Captain Rex Kramer whips off his sunglasses to make a dramatic point with TheGlassesComeOff. Only to reveal ''another'' pair of sunglasses underneath. He then removes ''those'' sunglasses to make ''another'' dramatic point. Unfortunately, he was not wearing a third pair, as the RuleOfThree cannot be applied to this trope for fear of implosion.
* ''Film/AceVentura'': Putting on sunglasses is just about all Ace Ventura does.
* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''
** The first ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' ends with Doc Brown showing up wearing some very Cool Shades. They're so cool, they're made out of sheet metal! Christopher Lloyd couldn't see a thing out of them. They were only written in as a gag for the first film. When the sequels came around, he ditched them ASAP.
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', the glasses are revealed to be a part of the Delorean's HeadsUpDisplay. Note than you can now re-create this appearance with some brands of modern-day mirror shades.
* ''Film/{{Blade}}'': Blade in the movie and sequels of the same name, apparently stores his surplus Badassitude in his shades. In every movie, there seems to be a point where he loses them, gets his butt kicked for a while, and then regains them, just to put 'em on in a badass way. Usually this happens right before fighting the BigBad. Step 1 of defeating Blade is "remove his sunglasses".
* John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd wore shades when performing as Jake and Elwood Blues. The Blues Brothers act originated on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and got made into [[Film/TheBluesBrothers a blockbuster movie]] in 1980. Neither one of the Blues Brothers removed their sunglasses in the film... well, Jake removed his in the scene where he was apologising to the Mystery Woman (Carrie Fisher).
** The popularity of the group, and the rise of NewWaveMusic revived plastic glasses in the late 70s-early 80s.
** ''The Blues Brothers'' had a [[ToughActToFollow not-so-successful sequel]] in 1998 called ''Film/BluesBrothers2000'', in which Elwood takes off his shades (only) once--and he covers his eyes with his hand when he does. Even his driver's license has shades. New core members of the band also get cool shades; when Cable is converted to the true faith of R&B, his cop shades are turned into cool shades. The DVD of the original movie includes scenes omitted from the earlier versions, that include Elwood resigning his job as a menial factory worker, while he wears protective goggles instead of shades.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', Riddick seems to put on (or [[TheGlassesComeOff take off]]) his welding goggles to emphasize what he's saying. The goggles are actually functional; his eyes are extremely sensitive to light (allowing him to see no matter how dark it is), so he needs them to protect his eyes. He also takes them off or puts them on depending on the amount of light in a scene and how clearly he wants to see something.
* In the first half of the preceding ''Film/PitchBlack'', it's played straight: glasses on when he's kicking ass. The brightness of the sunlight leaves him vulnerable without his welding goggles - when they're torn off during a fight, he's pretty much helpless. However, he takes them off later during the total darkness of an eclipse: he wouldnít be able to see otherwise.
* The evil prison warder in ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' in his impenetrable mirror shades. It was possibly homaged by the sheriff in ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou''.
--> What we have here, boy, is a failure to communicate!
* In ''Film/TheDarkWind'', Agent Johnson wears these in his first and second appearance to fit his FauxAffablyEvil façade. He does take them off at night, though.
* ''Film/DirtyHarry'': Callahan's dark sunglasses... punk!
* Rodney Skinner, ''Gentleman Thief'', wears these to hide the fact that his eyes are invisible.
* In ''Film/EscapePlan'', [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Stallone]]'s character Ray Breslin wears these just after he's released from prison at the beginning of the film.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': The Baroness never forgets hers... even after a train collision. She also wears them at night, but that is justified by their high-tech use: they double as night-goggles.
* In the first Creator/JohnWoo film ''Film/HeroesShedNoTears'', the unnamed Vietnamese Colonel has a scene where he shaves in front of a mirror then puts those on. He might have sported them for the rest of the film, too, but a bad case of ScopeSnipe forced him to switch to the EyepatchOfPower.
* TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
** This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1LWg1jFp4E campaign ad]] for Zaphod Beeblebrox puts forward the following argument:
-->"Zaphod Beeblebrox has the longest hair of any candidate
-->and he's got the coolest shades..."
** In other versions of the ''Guide'' these are "the greatest shades in the known sky": Joo Janta Peril-Sensitive Sunglasses. At the first hint of danger [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual they turn totally black]], and prevent you from seeing anything that may alarm you. Ford isn't impressed.
* Done to great effect in ''Film/HotFuzz'': the main character is disenchanted and giving up when he sees [=DVDs=] of ''Film/PointBreak1991'' and ''Film/BadBoysII'' in a little convenience store. Inspired, he buys a pair of cheap sunglasses that make him look disproportionately badass. He later hands off a spare pair to his partner when they meet up.
* At the beginning of ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'', Dingy Bell (played by Mickey Rooney) wore these for the first 15 minutes of the movie. As the movie went on, he completely ditched them.
* Benny the Cop from ''Film/{{Kopps}}'' wears clip-on sunglasses, thinking they make him look like an action hero.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'' and its sequels, shades is what differentiates characters from extras within the matrix. Virtually everyone that matters wears them. The technical reason they have them in ''Film/TheMatrix'' is so you can't see actors blink in gunfight scenes, though averted in the gunfight after Neo's first visit to The Oracle when Apoc and Switch both fight without them. It's also a visual cue that Neo is reaching his potential when he breaks Smith's shades. Smith takes them off and says, "I'm going to enjoy watching you die, Mr. Anderson." Sunglasses seem to be symbolic armor for ''everyone''. Nearly every time someone gets beaten up, they aren't unquestionably defeated until after their shades are gone. One exception is Morpheus, who takes his off before Agent Johnson fights him on the truck, perhaps symbolizing the fight's ultimate futility. The final fight between Neo and Smith has them knocking each others' shades off early on, because armor is irrelevant with the level of control they both exert over the world.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' use their shades for a purpose. It keeps them from being affected by their [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory-erasing Neuralizer]]. J actually trades his first pair in for a more stylish set at the end of the first movie.
* The first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie has Johnny Cage wearing a rather pricey set of shades that get crushed by [[TheDragon Goro]].
-->'''Johnny Cage''': Those were 500 dollar sunglasses, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch asshole]].
* ''My Science Project'':
-->'''Cop:''' Hey kid, why do you wear your sunglasses at night?
-->'''Vince Lotello:''' Because when you're [[RuleOfCool cool]], the sun shines on you 24 hours a day.
* ''Film/NightWatch''. In the film adaptation almost all Watchers wear sunglasses. Yes, exactly, ''in the night''.
* The shades worn by Malcolm Beech in ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}''.
* Beth Heke in the New Zealand film ''Film/OnceWereWarriors'' wears them in the last third of the film, after [[spoiler: her daughter Grace died]] and she was finally forced to become strong and proactive.
* In ''Film/TheProfessional'', Leon almost always wears his signature round sunglasses. They're the very first thing you see of his character in the series. LittleMissBadass Mathilda snags them (and his knit cap) when she goes to commit an assassination of her own, apparently in hopes of channeling some of his badassitude.
* ''¨Film/ReservoirDogs'''s intro sequence, as all of the thieves power walk toward the camera in their suits and shades.
* The blind character in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' only wears dark glasses in one scene, apparently for the sole purpose of reflecting screens of computer code.
* ''Film/{{Soultaker}}'' stars Martin Sheen's brother as a Cool Shades-wearing [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]] who falls in love with the [[AuthorAvatar leading lady/scriptwriter]]. [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 The SOL Crew]] insisted upon singing "Sunglasses At Night" to mock this.
* The iconic aviators of Travis Bickle in ''Film/TaxiDriver''.
* Regardless of what model it is, every ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' cyborg is required to acquire cool shades before proceeding with its mission. They have to be cool. They have to be shades. They can't be ''uncool shades''.
** The [[Film/TheTerminator first T-800]] used the shades to hide his damaged skin, but the next two seemed to just be concerned with style.
*** Sarah also wears them in the final scene of the first movie.
** Exception: "Cameron", the WaifFu Terminator in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', doesn't bother. With Creator/SummerGlau in the role, [[CreepyChild they'd just be redundant]].
** Also subverted in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', where the T-850 discovers to his dismay that the shades that come with the outfit he mugged off a male stripper are pink and star-shaped. He drops them on the ground and crushes them with his boot, then finds a better pair in the car he steals.
* ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'': Once The Wonders sign on a major record label, their manager gives the drummer a pair of sunglasses to make him stand out. {{Lampshaded}} by a reporter: "Are those prescription, or are you just trying to look cool?"
* The cool shades in the film ''Film/TheyLive'' [[JustifiedTrope actually]] [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual Do Something Unusual]] ; they allow the wearer to see the aliens in human guise, who are apparently responsible for the widening wealth gap, economic inflation, and [[ChewBubblegum a bubblegum shortage]]. That doesn't stop them from being used for badass effect, though.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Justified with Cyclops--he's always wearing them because they keep his particular mutation in check.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** In 1973, Logan, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr sport fashionable '70s-style sunglasses.
*** Quicksilver [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140523085102/marveldatabase/images/5/52/Peter_Maximoff_%28Earth-10005%29.jpg has a pair]] of goggles used to overcome anything that can impair his sight while in super speed.
** ''Film/{{Logan}}'': Comicbook/{{X 23}} shoplifts a pair of Toys/{{Shopkins}}-branded [[http://costumediyguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/x23-dafne-keen-logan-sunglasses.jpg sunglasses]] from a convenience store, and can be seen wearing them at several points throughout both trailers. And despite being bright pink and blue plastic sunglasses covered with ''cartoon cupcakes'', she ''still'' makes them look bad ass. See [[http://images.askmen.com/1080x540/2017/01/19-095942-the_final_logan_trailer_puts_x_23_on_display.jpg Exhibit A]].
* Justified in ''Bollywood/RaOne'': The robotic hero G.One, while impersonating his [[spoiler: deceased]] human creator Shekhar, has to wear sunglasses to conceal his eyes being a different color.
* Alice, one of the mental patients in ''Film/TheScribbler''. Coupled with her BlindingBangs, they not only cover her eyes, but almost completely obscure her face [[spoiler:and her true identity as a murderer.]]
* In ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', [[EliteArmy Delta operator]] SFC Norm "Hoot" Hooten wears such cool shades [[note]]Oakley X-Metal Juliets[[/note]] that they don't even exist for six years after the events of the movie actually occur.

* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', mirrored shades are on the list of items needed for a night-time mission, but they turn out to serve a practical purpose - deflecting the fairies' hypnotic ''mesmer'' ability.
* ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer:'' Johannes wears smoked-blue lenses that wrap around-they're as much for practicality as anything else, as Cabal more or less lacks a sense of style.
* Minty Fresh from ''Literature/CoyoteBlue'' wears Cool Shades to hide his golden eyes.
* The sports glasses ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'' operatives use may be this or SinisterShades.
* ''Literature/DarkFuture'': Many people dress themselves with these in ''Dark Future'' novels. Many of them are also shades which double as music-playing devices. [[BigBad Elder Seth's]] shades are not merely cool ones, but they're also a means to see beyond the normal and perceive the Outer Darkness and create a conduit between him and the [[EldritchAbomination Dark Ones]] he serves.
* Crowley from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' wears a pair of sunglasses all the time to hide gold eyes with [[HellishPupils pupils slitted like a snake's]]. Although he also wears them just because they're so darn cool. The other demons find his coolness irritating.
* In ''Literature/InvisibleMan'', the protagonist puts on a pair of dark sunglasses, and finds himself being mistaken for Rinehart.
* Molly (aka Rose, Sally, etc) from ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' has mirrorshades surgically implanted over her eyes. The same surgery also rearranged her tearducts, so she literally can't cry. Instead, she spits. They're not just mirrorshades; they have microchannel image amps built into them so she can see in the dark. Somewhat [[RuleOfCool cooler]] than your typical cybernetic replacement eyes, not to mention being rather easier to manufacture.
* Shane Schofield, from Creator/MatthewReilly's books, wears silver anti-flash glasses to hide his [[EyeScream scars]].
** Alloysius Knight, also from Matthew Reilly's books, wears similar shades due to his eyes being hypersensitive, and being like "Shane Schofield gone wrong".
* Lampshaded by Robert B. Parker in one of his Spenser novels, where Spenser needs glasses, & remarks he could get prescription shades, so nobody would know & everybody would just think he was cool.
* Tre's Blindsided Shades (read: shutter shades) in Literature/{{Stuck}} are considered all the rage by his standards. [[spoiler: He breaks them in Stuck at School, but later replaces them with Blindsided Mirrorshades in Stuck at the Wheel.]].
* ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'' has some nice pair of holo sunglasses, great for watching the news while on the road or for intimidating people, also available in prescription, talk about it to your ophthalmologist.
* In the ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' trilogy, George ''has'' to wear cool shades, because the same [[TheVirus virus]] that caused the zombie Apocalypse made her ultra sensitive to light.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Jack Bauer often wears a pair of aviator sunglasses.
* ''Series/AdamTwelve'': In the final few episodes of Season 7, Reed begins wearing sunglasses on-duty. This includes an off-duty rescue of Malloy (who has been taken hostage by a gang of reactionists) and during Reed's investigation of a typewriter theft ring.
* Harper's imaginary friend Mr. Lies sports a pair of these in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica''.
* [[Series/AshesToAshes Gene Hunt]] manages brand new levels of awesome [[http://www.the-medium-is-not-enough.com/images/SNF05TV2_399737a.jpg when he wears shades.]]
* One recurring character in the reimagined series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', Romo Lampkin, nearly always wears shades, despite the fact that he's living in a fleet of dimly-lit spaceships. Justified in that he wears them so that people cannot tell what he is looking at - he is a kleptomaniac lawyer, after all.
* On the game show ''Series/BreakTheBank1976'', host Tom Kennedy had his glasses tinted because the set was so bright. When the show was {{Uncanceled}} and brought back with Creator/JackBarry hosting, Jack wore shades for the same reason.
* The awe-spiring sunglasses of Michael Westen from ''Series/BurnNotice''. Sales of that particular brand of shades (Oliver People's Victory) shot up right after the show started to get popular, a testament to just how damn cool they are.
* Parodied on ''Chef!''
-->'''Gareth''': Everton, why are you wearing sunglasses?
-->'''Everton''': They make me look cool.
-->'''Gareth''': Take them off.
-->'''Everton''': I brought you a pair.
-->'''Gareth''': Okay.
** Later on...
-->'''Gareth''': Why do you keep checking the mirror? Are we being followed?
-->'''Everton''': No. I'm just making sure I look cool.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Shades-wearing secret agent Bryce Larkin tries to give his sunglasses to Chuck, claiming that he should have them if he's going to be a real spy. In reality, he's imprinted an update to the Intersect within them.
** Later seasons seem to have shades that can either upload the Intersect to one's head, or remove it entirely.
** More mundane, but still cool, shades of various styles are worn by all the principle spy characters throughout the series. Even Chuck and Morgan look cool, but they send Casey's badass cred UpToEleven.
* ''Crime Scene Investigation Franchise'':
** Horatio Caine of ''Series/CSIMiami'' punctuates almost every QuipToBlack by putting on his Cool Shades if he's not already wearing them. (If he's already wearing them, he'll take them off and put them back on again.) So you could say that he... (''[[GlassesPull puts on sunglasses]]'') has it made in the shades. '''''[[MemeticMutation YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAH!!]]'''''
** Shows up now and then with the other franchise leader, Grissom from Series/{{CSI}}.
** Mac from ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor traded in his [[IconicItem Sonic Screwdriver]] for Sonic Sunglasses in "The Witch's Familiar":
-->"Oh yeah, Iím over screwdrivers. They spoil the line of your jacket. These days Iím all about wearable technology."
* In ''Series/DoubleTheFist'', Steve's glasses are so cool, they give him TheForce.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' pilot, Simon is first shown wearing a pair of nice-looking sunglasses. The ''Better Days'' comic tie-in indicates these are actually functional, as they block retina scans. Is is [[ShoutOut a slight nod to Chinese period films]], where that style of glasses tends to be worn by evil characters or traitors.
* PlayedWith in ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Quinn and Finn, wanting advice on how to avoid having slushies thrown in their face and to regain their status, go to the guidance counsellor Emma who suggests cool shades. It doesn't work.
* Duncan [=MacLeod=] on ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' had them in some episodes.
* Hong Gil Dong in "Series/HongGilDong".
* Cousin Itt from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' only wears two articles of clothing, his shades and his NiceHat.
* All Naval Aviators have at least one pair in ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* ''Kung Fu: the Legend Continues'': Ex-mercenary/police detective Kermit Griffin virtually never takes his sunglasses off.
* [[ProductPlacement The Ray-Bans]] in ''Series/MiamiVice''.
* [[Series/MythBusters Jamie Hyneman]] wears some badass Julbo shades whenever the crew [[StuffBlowingUp takes a field trip.]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' features a set of shades as a TransformationTrinket.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' featured a set of cool shades, which was used as an mutant scanner.
* ''Series/TheRottenTomatoesShow'' features a song called "[[http://current.com/shows/the-rotten-tomatoes-show/90012148_shade-tippin-by-brett-erlich.htm Shade Tippin']]" in which Brett Erlich examines the phenomena in movie posters.
* While most of the deputies on ''Series/Reno911'' wear shades to take on the Badass Cop persona, Deputy Junior almost never takes them off. Not even indoors or at night.
* Mike in ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' is never seen without a pair.
* "Hawk" on ''Series/SpenserForHire'' played by Avery Brooks. On the Arsenio Hall Show, Brooks actually defined a hero as someone who could get into a fight with a bunch of people and '''never''' lose his sunglasses!
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' eventually used shades as SuperMode TransformationTrinket.
* In an early episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', Josh puts on his sunglasses to punctuate his threat to a Congressman. "The President doesn't hold grudges. That's what he has me for."

* ''A kind of glamour, you can lend yourself''\\
''Like dark sunglasses''...
-->-- ''Dark Sunglasses'', Chrissie Hynde
* ''Sunglasses at Night'' by Corey Hart.
* All three members of ''Music/{{Steelpreacher}}'' wear them.
* Repeatedly referenced in [[Music/GeorgeClinton Parliament-Funkadelic]]'s music. "That's the law around here, you got to wear your sunglasses. So you can feel cool."
* ''The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades'' by Timbuk3.
* Music/ZZTop:
** "Cheap Sunglasses": "Now go out and get yourself some thick black frames/ with the glass so dark they won't even know your name/"
** The band sports these as well, along with [[BadassBeard Badass Beards]], to cool effect.
* Troy "Trombone" Shorty Andrews wears them on the album cover of ''Music/{{Backatown}}''.
* Music/{{Psy}} is seen performing in them often.
* Music/RoyOrbison was seldom seen without sunglasses...because they were prescription strength corrective lenses. He opted to wear them instead of his actual eyeglasses, which could not see without.
* Music/BobDylan poses in them on the album cover of ''Music/BloodOnTheTracks''.
* The dog on Music/FrankZappa's album covers of ''Music/ThemOrUs'', ''Music/FrancescoZappa'' and ''Music/ThePerfectStranger'' wears cool shades, as do the strange guitar-nosed man on the cover of ''Music/OrchestralFavorites'' and the one on the cover of ''Music/StudioTan''.
* Music/JohnnyGuitarWatson wore them in the last decades of his life.
* The band Music/LeningradCowboys, who dress up like Music/ElvisPresley, all wear cool shades, along with a large Elvis quiff.
* This was also a trademark of Music/LouReed. He appeared in them on the cover of ''Music/MetalMachineMusic''.
* The first man in the row on the album cover of ''Music/OneStepBeyond'' by Music/{{Madness}} wears cool shades.
* Music/PJHarvey is photographed wearing them on the cover of ''Music/StoriesFromTheCityStoriesFromTheSea''.
* Music/{{MIA}} wears cool sunglasses on the cover of ''Music/{{Kala}}''.
* British singer/rapper Taio Cruz is almost never seen without a pair of sunglasses on. He is occasionally seen without them, but the sunglasses is his signature image.
* German singer Heino has exophthalmos due to Graves' disease, and so always wears sunglasses in public. They look awesome.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} is sometimes seen wearing a pair.
* The shades are a major element of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]]'s "Joe Cool" persona.
* One ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip has Calvin trying to invoke this so he and Hobbes could be cool.
-->'''Calvin:''' ''(grabbing a pair of shades)'' Cool people wear dark glasses!
-->''(next panel, the two are wearing shades, and Hobbes has his paws out in front of himself)''
-->'''Hobbes:''' It's cool to bump into things?
-->'''Calvin:''' You don't move, you just [[RebelRelaxation hang around]].

* The hero in ''Pinball/AirborneAvenger'' wears a large pair of visor shades.
* Worn by the (human) woman on the backglass of ''Pinball/BigBangBar''.
* The Rider in Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Centaur}}'' wears a pair of rounded shades.
* ''Pinball/DrDude'' sports impossibly cool bright orange TriangleShades.
* The "[[Series/MiamiVice Crockett]]" wannabe from ''Pinball/HollywoodHeat'' wears a pair of shades on the backbox translite scene.
* Getting the final Crazy Bob item in ''Pinball/JohnnyMnemonic'' shows a [[EverythingsBetterWithCows cow]] wearing these on the DMD.
* Captain B. Zarr in ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' wears a pair of aviator goggles.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** Worn by the Terminator on the backglass of ''Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
** In ''Pinball/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the T-850 has one of these, even with half of his face gone.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Before we begin. Because pro wrestling shows usually takes place at indoor arenas during evening prime time, nearly every instance of this trope in the biz doubles as SunglassesAtNight.
* Cool Shades + cool shirt + FascinatingEyebrow = [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
* Wrestling/BretHart wore a pair of pink ones in his run with WWF/WCW. He'd usually give them to a child fan before the match.
* Wrestling/HulkHogan, of [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder the nWo]] wore a pair of shades and looked absolutely badass while wearing them.
* Wrestling/JohnMorrison has a pair he wears to the ring, although how he sees in them [[http://www.wweshop.com/item/john-morrison-sunglasses/W02191/17-00355 is a mystery to me.]]
* "Macho Man" RandySavage is known for his colorful, decorative, and all around badass sunglasses usually with designs on them coordinating with his tights.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker wore a pair during his American Badass/Big Evil run.
* During his pre-[[Wrestling/DGenerationX DX]] "Heartbreak Kid" days, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels would always have awesome shades to go with his flashy apparel
* In Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}} Marty Scurll wears a pair during his entrances.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' allows characters to purchase Cool Shades. The real fun comes when you start putting visual enhancements on them.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AirZonk'' has the titular Zonk wearing shades. When an ally is chosen to help him, they are powered up and receive a similar set of shades. One of Zonk's weapons is actually firing neon shades at his enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', Mike can sport several different types of sunglasses, ranging from simple slightly tinted glasses to wraps to big aviators to mirrored sunglasses that make him look like a sinister CIA agent right out of the 60's, all the way to shiny reflective razor sunglasses.
* In ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', John Crawley the navy man wears a pair of sunglasses that can be knocked off if you damage them enough. His boss, [[BigBad Mr. Big]], also wears them.
* One of the customizable clothing options in ''VideoGame/BattlefieldPlay4Free'' is several types of sunglasses for the player-character.
* Vinnie the Gooch from ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]''.
* Rash from ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''.
* Rodin from ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', by far the biggest male badass of the series in general.
* Jason Hudson wears a nice pair in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps''. David Mason of ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' also wears shades that serve as the HUD.
* Cecile Forward wears a nice looking pair in intermission scenes in VideoGame/CastleFantasia2Renewal, though they do tend to subvert their purpose in battle scenes, where she looks rather bug eyed.
* ''Cool Shades'' adorn the titular Spot in ''VideoGame/CoolSpot''. They're also found in the scenery on occasion.
* Sunglasses are an equippable head item in ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecrodancer''. They boost your attack power, but [[InterfaceScrew make all enemies into silhouettes only distinguishable by eye color]].
* J.C from ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' never takes them off. When mocked by Agent Navarre for wearing sunglasses at night, he gruffly replies that his vision is augmented. Additionally it is suggested that the cool shades stop him freaking the public with his solid blue eyes.
* Adam Jensen, the reluctant {{cyborg}} hero of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', and ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'', has sunglasses ''built into his face'' that retract or extend at will. His vision is augmented, too.
* In ''VideoGame/{{DreamWeb}}'', protagonist Ryan has to put some shades on to obscure his identity after he is wanted for murder.
* With the exceptions of the ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' games before ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'', the titular character is never seen without his signature pair of cool shades.
* All ten members of the ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' from newbie Spin to veteran team leader Chieftain, not counting [[PaperThinDisguise Mr.]] [[MaskPower X]]. The Divas and Khan have some pretty nice shades too, although the Divas' are transparent.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** In VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} putting mirrored shades on actually gave your character + 1 bonus to Charisma.
** Likewise, in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}, [[BadassInANiceSuit Mr. Burke]] wears a pair of these. Which you can later steal from his house, provided you are crazy good with lockpicks (or have discovered cheat codes). Or you can just loot them off his corpse (which is probably the best option for anyone not playing as a evil character).
** One of the women in Andale has the same kind of shades. There's a way to get them without losing karma, [[spoiler: just reveal Andale's evil secret and, when confronted by the 4 adults, tell them you think they're freaks. They'll try to kill you, which lets you get rid of them AND score some Cool Shades]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' also has the "Lucky Shades", a unique pair of sunglasses that gives you a + 1 bonus to your Luck while you wear them.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'' brings back the same model from Fallout 3 and introduces the new "Authority Glasses", a pair of aviator shades that seem to be a favorite of NCR Rangers.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', one of your companions, [[DeadpanSnarker Deacon]], rocks these. It's the only thing that's consistent among his numerous disguises.
* Michael Becket, the player character of ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R 2]]'', is shown putting on a pair of futuristic looking shades [[DiegeticInterface that serve as your HUD for the game]].
* Parodied in ''Film/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', wherein Rude, upon having his shades destroyed during battle (because Reno steps on them), immediately produces a spare pair from his pocket and puts them on before returning to the fight. He seems rather distraught by their loss, though.
** Cloud has a pair at the beginning of the movie, though he loses them in the same scene. In the ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Cloud puts on a new pair of (very sexy) sunglasses in the big battle cutscene.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Auron is always wearing his shades, except during flashbacks. {{Downplayed}} as his cool shades are small and worn low on the nose, so you can often see at least part of his eyes.
** Al-Cid Margrace from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' actually had someone to hold his glasses for him while he wasn't using them.
** Lightning sports a pair of fancy sunglasses in the intro of ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII''. There's quite a few different types of shades that can be obtained in the game as cosmetic adornments, including the same pair she wears in the intro.
* Sissel from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' wears a pair of shades... [[spoiler: Or rather, [[TomatoInTheMirror Yomiel does]]. Although Sissel's tail in his real form as a cat is kinked to resemble the shades.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'', you can buy a pair of shades for your character.
* Azel, the MirrorBoss in ''VideoGame/GodHand''. Weirdly, they manage to stay on even when he does all sorts of impossible fighting moves, except [[spoiler: in the final stage where he takes them off deliberately. From the cutscene you can tell that now ''ItsPersonal'', and he's really quite pissed.]]
* Ryder and Woozie in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
* Johnny from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''. His shades are removed only in his Burst sprite (to show he's serious now, of course).
* Beyond the Grave, the main character of ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' wears a pair of small, yet neat, sunglasses that have the left lens blacked out and a cross design on top of that. It serves a minor purpose in that the black lens slightly covers up the [[GoodScarsEvilScars prominent scar]] on his face--and the fact that he ''no longer has a left eye'', because it was [[EyeScream shot out at point-blank range]], and [[MoeGreeneSpecial killed him]] back when he was still Brandon.
* [[VideoGame/KirbysAdventure Nightmare]] from ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' wears some CoolShades.
** As does [[KirbyPlanetRobobot President Haltmann]] during his boss fight.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Jumper}} Three'', you can acquire sunglasses in Sector 2. Like any other {{Nice Hat}}s you get there, they are useless, but still cool.
* In ''VideoGame/KickleCubicle'', the enemies Max and Shades wear sunglasses.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** K' always wears sunglasses and takes them off during his intro. Some official artwork shows him with white framed glasses with red tint. The shades aren't solely there for show as his Chain Drive move has him throwing them at the foe and when hit, follows up with an autocombo, he also seems to have an infinite supply of sunglasses as he can perform his Chain Drive whenever he has 1 power bar.
** In ''KOF XIII'', he has them on the whole time. Now he grabs back the sunglasses when it hits the opponent during Chain Drive.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** While they have no effect in increasing the badass quotient of the characters, Thane Krios and Jack have gained their personal cool shades in a DLC.
** Some DLC items also allow Shepard to rock the look, such as the Umbra Visor or the Archon Visor.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' all the rebels have these at one point or another. Also see above ''Film/TheMatrix'' example.
* Proto Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. Man's so cool, he wears shades under [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment his shades]].
** It seems like having a shaded visor in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' is one of the better ways to make your Navi an instant badass. Protoman and his [[FusionDance Cross Fusion form]].
* Liquid Ocelot wears these to great effect MANY times in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'': Johnny Cage is rarely seen without his trademark shades. (Sometimes he fights without them, but puts them on during his victory pose.)
* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}''
** Teddy from ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' wears a pair of these.
** In ''[[VideoGame/CognitiveDissonance MOTHER: Cognitive Dissonance]]'', the Greyface and chapter 1 boss Elmadan wear these. They are also a stylish equippable item!
** ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'' doesn't miss this either as the minibosses (and then [[DefeatMeansFriendship allies]]) Frank Fly and Mr. Everdred wear these themselves.
** An enemy called the Rock Lobster wears a pair that resembles [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]'s in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}''.
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Lakilester]] from ''VideoGame/PaperMario''.
* You can't afford [[VideoGame/PunchOut Super Macho Man's]] sunglasses. Now get your hands off the ropes.
* The two player characters of ''VideoGame/PokemonXandY'' both wear sunglasses over their hats. (Only as the player characters, the rival versions don't wear them.)
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''
** Albert goddamn Wesker. Eventually, it's to cover up his [[RedEyesTakeWarning bizarrely]] [[HellishPupils inhuman eyes]], but mostly [[RuleOfCool they're just there to be rockin']]. He only takes them off twice in ''RE:5''. The first time, he throws them at Chris as distraction (and then wipes the floor with him before catching his glasses to put them back on) before the boss sequence begins. The second time is during the final battle.
*** He keeps his shades in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. He may lose them if he gets enough damage or if he uses his Phantom Dance hyper, but taunting will make him put on a new pair.
--> My shades are custom-made. [[AGodIAm Your new god deserves nothing but the best.]]
** [[spoiler: Ada Wong]] in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' drops a pair, which then [[StuffBlowingUp explode]] as a distraction.
** [[spoiler: Wesker's son]] Jake Muller puts this one on in the end of his and Sherry's campaign.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' has started off wearing shades, but they were later removed from his design, allegedly to "make a less VideoGame/DukeNukem looking character".
** They returned in ''Serious Sam 3'', seeing as that game is a prequel to the First and Second Encounters.
* The chaingun-toting cat commandos from ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheWoolBall'' wear these.
* Jake Armitage from the SuperNintendo incarnation of ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. Initially he needs to put them on to solve a puzzle. [[spoiler: He needs to wear them to prevent the morgue guys from recognizing him as the guy who [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue woke up at the morgue]], so they won't flee and he can talk with them.]] But they can't be taken off once worn and show up in all the cutscenes from then onwards. Some characters also comment on them when spoken to.
* Jake Armitage, [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo yet again]], wears his classic pair ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'' (even when he sleeps in the morgue because it's cheaper than a coffin hotel).
* Steve Herman, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}''.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona''
** Katsuya and Baofu from ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Persona 2: Eternal Punishment]]'' both sport some rockin' shades.
** In the [[UpdatedRerelease PSP remake]] of ''Persona 2: Innocent Sin'', [[spoiler:Hitler/Nyarlathotep]] also looks pretty damn good sporting a pair, to the point where one wonders whether Atlus's censorship will backfire by simply making him look too cool.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the human members of the main cast all wear Cool Shades in order to see through the thick fog permeating the TV World.
* In Creator/PennAndTeller's unreleased game ''Smoke and Mirrors'', a minigame has a slider for the amount one wears sunglasses ranging from "hate them, never wear them" to "I'm Music/LouReed, I never take them off". On Impossible in the main game, Lou Reed shows up wearing the shades, and kills the player characters with his laser eyes. Without removing the shades.
* The Galoombas in ''VideoGame/{{Something}}''. Despite looking cool, they're still weaklings to Mario. They only appear in Flashing Forest.
* In ''SonicTheHedgehog'' Dr. Robotnik wears a pair of round-frame sunglasses at all times with the intended effect of making him look more intimidating. Imagine what he would look like without them. At least they help build an [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses image]].
** In ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'', every character wears cool goggles. They never, EVER use them. See GogglesDoNothing.
* Blank from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5''. His were pink variants of the classic Kamina 'boomerang' shades. His 'turn' icon even had a glint next to the glasses!
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' has James [=McCloud=].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': Kazuya Mishima and later Jin Kazama often rock a pair of shades.
* Many characters from ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004''.
* Software designers The Creator/BitmapBrothers had cool shades as their schtick. On photographs in game magazines of the day, they often wore sunglasses, and in at least some of their games, cool shades were included as a hidden item or easter egg.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Speedball}} 2'', Bitmap Shades are an item that gives players increased aggression.
** In ''VideoGame/Xenon2Megablast'', the player can buy "Bitmap Shades" as an extremely expensive item. All it does is change the graphics to pure black and white.
* Just like his [[Music/RoyOrbison namesake]], [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Roy Koopa]] is always rocking a pair of hot pink shades. He's never appeared without them.
* In the ''VideoGame/LearningVoyage'' games, ZZ is constantly seen wearing square sunglasses.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games has the "Black Glasses" items, a pair of SinisterShades that heighten the power of [[DarkIsEvil Dark-type moves]]. The Pokemon Krokorok and it's evolution Krookodile, have a dark membrane in front of their eyes that allow them to focus their sight to large distances and intimidate their prey and foes that look like a pair of shades.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Legion'' in a Rogue quest where you wear some shades that allow you to see a faint trail of blood[[note]]well, you might not actually see anything depending on your graphics settings[[/note]], and while you go around wearing them, all the non-player characters comment on how stylish you look and how they want to date you.

* Shadehawk's shades in ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire''. He ([[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual almost]]) only wears them for Cool, since he operates at night.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': Like he'd really use this trope when he could wear sunglasses to see the invisible.
* Black Monday Blues, of ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'', is hardly ever seen without his red-tinted shades...and he carries a second pair inside his jacket, just, you know, in case.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Tedd wore glasses to invoke this trope but the glasses themselves [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual are still cool]].
* Cool Shades abound in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', ostensibly ironically.
** Dave Strider sports a bitching pair of aviators, the very same worn by Ben Stiller in the ''Film/StarskyAndHutch'' movie. They were also a key item in the previous ''[[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MS Paint Adventure]]'', ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''.
** Dave's [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Bro]] wears ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]'' shades. It was an unintentional resemblance people kept pointing out which got a FandomNod later down the line when they were referred to as "dumb pointy anime shades".
** Terezi Pyrope wears bright red cat eye sunglasses, and Sollux Captor wears heterochromatic shades. Equius Zahhak wears sunglasses with perpetually cracked lenses.
** Dave's later upgraded and combined [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003721 iSHades,]] which are an iPhone on a pair of aviators. And are ''[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003543 awesome.]]''
** John gets a [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002956 similar pair of shades,]] but they lack the apple logo, and Dave's raw awesome.
** Post-scratch Bro/DS's auto-responder literally is a pair of these.
** You would think that combining a pair of CoolShades with a helmet shaped like a skull would be pretty badass. [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006088 You would, however, be wrong.]] Jake's Skulltop computer makes him look like [[MakingASpectacleOfYourself even more of a dork]] than usual.
** ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' FanFiction abounds and Cool Shades therein of course likewise. Of particular notice are [[Fanfic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood Imperious Advisier Karkat's "Hate Playa" shades]].
* This is one of many ways artists choose to hide Delkin's eyes in ''Webcomic/LightningMadeOfOwls''.
* Yuki from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' switched from {{Meganekko}}-style glasses to Cool Shades after Largo made her a LittleMissBadass.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and its spinoff ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'':
** Erik hardly ever takes his shades off, even during sex, and definitely has a cool image. It's possible that he works at this consciously, with the shades as a prop; his cool does crack a little occasionally.
** When the very un-cool Ruby goes out in [[SweetPollyOliver disguise as the street punk "Rudy"]], she switches her NerdGlasses for similarly shaped shades. [[BecomingTheMask The disguise seems to do a lot for her confidence.]]
* ''Webcomic/MurryPurryFreshAndFurry'': Cool Cat, an actual non-athropomorphic cat, wears cool shades.
* James of ''Webcomic/OutThere'' has yet to be pictured without his Ray-Bans (if that's what they are). You can't even see his eyes when he's in profile. Since you ''can'' see the eyes of the other characters when they're viewed from the side (even when they're wearing glasses), it's hard not to wonder: does James even ''have'' eyes?
* Youngsilver from ''Webcomic/ThePrideOfLife'' sports a Bebop-inspired pair.
* ''Webcomic/{{Punintended}}'''s character N/A wears these as driving glasses. It is rather subverted as they are bright pink.
* In ''Webcomic/PvP'', Brent Sienna is never seen without his trademark shades. He takes them off when he gets married, only to be blinded immediately because his eyes haven't been exposed to that much light in decades. He eventually takes them off for almost three years (real time) beginning in October, 2011, due to his vision having been so badly degraded from them, only to put them back on again in October, 2014, after a minor midlife crisis of sorts over the stress of being a father.
** At one point, Cole Wilson tries to emulate him by wearing aviator sunglasses, which Brent objects to because cool shades are ''his'' thing. A few strips later, Cole no longer wears them and admits he sat on them
* Shilo from ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}''.
* Cammi the limo driver from ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' even leaves her shades on during sex, and never drops her cool attitude either.
* MadScientist Kevyn Andreyasn, from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. It's revealed, at one point, that he doesn't need them to see well. In the visual spectrum, at least.
** The Toughs' Reverend also wears a pair of snazzy shades. He and Kevyn even get into a small argument over whose are cooler;
-->'''Reverend:''' Flash-reflex, full-spectrum protection, with constant U.V. blocking, baby. Better than most EVA visors.\\
'''Kevyn:''' Mine are giving me a frame-by-frame replay of the explosion ''[We just witnessed]'', and mapping the non-visual spectra onto an overlay.\\
'''Reverend:''' Mine also have designer frames.
* Nearly everyone in ''Webcomic/ShinigamiDeathPunch'' has their very own pair of cool shades in their color. The author never hesitates to use them for dramatic effect, either.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', probably the look Slick was going for, although he doesn't pull it off as well as he thinks he does.
* Riff from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' is ''never'' seen without sunglasses. Normally he wears black shades, but when he suits up for the FinalBattle during "Dangerous Days," he [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020602 switches to]] some ''even more'' badass yellow shades.
* Invoked by children in ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie''-- Avery tells Timulty how uncool having a lemonade stand is, and Timulty responds by donning a pair of shades.
* № 1 from ''Webcomic/{{Hellp}}'' is never seen without a pair of aviator sunglasses. Justified, considering he lives in a desert city that is constantly bathed in scorching sunlight. His shades also get bonus cool points because one of the lenses appears to be partially broken.
* [[EagleLand USAball]] in ''Webcomic/{{Polandball}}'' is almost invariably depicted with sunglasses and is the only character to have this consistent trait. Because other countryballs use their eyes to express themselves, he always comes across as TheStoic.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Website/TheAgonyBooth'': Mr. Mendo. The fact that you can never see his eyes takes DeadpanSnarker to a [[http://www.agonybooth.com/video_shows/Mr_Mendos_Hack_Attack/ whole 'nother level]].
* ''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie'':
** The potato in the second movie gets a pair.
** ''[=ASDFMovie=]'''s creator, [=TomSka=], has a pair of his own. They play dubstep.
* ''Bandit Keith'' never takes off his sunglasses, even in a dark cave, [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries because he's American]], and Americans always wear sunglasses!
** Kaiba in one episode: [[Series/CSIMiami It looks like the rules...* puts on shades* ...just got screwed.]] '''''[[Music/TheWho YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!]]'''''
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'':
** The ShadowMen both wear these in one scene, apparently just so artist Andrew West could have their enormous monitor reflected in the shades.
** Mars' glowing red shades.
* "[[MeaningfulName Sunglasses]]" (or "Other Girl") from the ''WebOriginal/{{Creamsicle}}'' meme.
* WebVideo/EightiesDan has a pair.
* ''WebVideo/TheHardcoreKid'' wears these as part of his "hardcore" image.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' alternately references and parodies this a few times:
** Strong Bad's CowboyCop alter-ego Dangeresque, from the Strong Bad Emails "stunt double" and "dangeresque 3", wears "cool, cool glasses" that even get a mention in the "Theme From Dangeresque 2" on ''Music/StrongBadSingsAndOtherTypeHits''.
** In the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "the bet", Homestar manages to win the eponymous bet with Strong Bad that he can "be's cool" by simply putting on a pair of Cool Shades [[SunglassesAtNight at night]] and saying "'Sup?".
** In "Cool Things", Homestar buys a pair of "cool shades" from Bubs but stashes them inside a can of yellow paint before wearing them. When he dons the shades, still dripping with paint, the result is that he looks even more foolish than usual and can barely see, causing him to apparently confuse Strong Sad for an old friend named "Dripping Yellow Madness".
* In the ''WebAnimation/LadyLumpsVSBoyBumps'' cartoon [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7txaMqD2Xs Sonik Kombat]], Amy Rose of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' puts on a pair when she copies Johnny Cage's [[GroinAttack signature move]] from ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
* [[http://e621.net/data/ad/ba/adba6fc329770fd8571adbdaebb89b7a.swf Lollerskates]].
* [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro]] sometimes wears these, like in ''Triumphant Return!'' when he walks into the room after not having made any videos for a month.
* WebVideo/TheNecroCritic. A CausticCritic who is characterized by his sunglasses.
* WebVideo/MovieRehab: Sag also wears them almost everytime.
* Standard issue for WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum. Used mainly when agents need to Neuryalize a canon character (MIB style) yet not get neuryalized themselves.
* WebAnimation/RatboyGenius occasionally wears these.
* ''Film/{{Sockbaby}}'': Ronnie Cordova..
* Yang Xiao Long of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is about to be launched into a forest via catapult platform. Everyone else nervously prepares for it, but she calmly pulls some aviator specs out from nowhere and prepares to do [[Awesome/{{RWBY}} some serious shotgun-gauntlet flying]]. Only for this one scene, sadly.
** In her stint in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', she hilariously pulls out and puts on a pair of shades [[spoiler:as she's walking away from Tifa's dead body]].
** You couldn't possibly mention this trope without also mentioning the lovely (and deadly) Coco Adel.
-->''[[DeathGlare *lowers her glasses*]]''
-->"[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent You]] [[BerserkButton just destroyed my favourite clothing store]]."
-->''[[SpitefulSpit *spits*]]''
-->"[[CurbStompBattle Prepare]] [[GroinAttack to]] [[GatlingGood die.]]"
* A YouTube video of singer Brother Sal and actor Creator/JeremyRenner and Renner's family all wearing sunglasses(including the dog) singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5TXSqGnLto "Stuck in the Middle With You".]]
* Sign up for Wiki/TVTropes' forums and you can post a Cool Shades smiley! Or on just about any forum these days. If you happen to not have access to something that writes it, just write a B, followed by a bracket opening to the left, possibly with a dash in between [ B) and B-), respectively.]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Alan Chan's violet-tinted specs in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'': Backyardigans Pablo and Tyrone wear these as 'Delivery Agents' in the episode "Elephant on the Run". So don't mess with them.
* Throttle from ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' wears a pair of sunglasses at all times. This is because as a result of being experimented on he lost his eyes and got them replaced by bionic ones. Although some Biker Mice fans say he's blind.
* An interesting preschool version - in the NickJr show ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'', there is an episode where the characters are welcoming the arrival of spring by going to see the spring chicken - basically a regular chicken who, for some inexplicable reason, ''[[RuleOfCool wears giant sunglasses.]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Nigel Uno Has these, until the [[GrandFinale last episode]], where they are passed on to [[TheLancer Numbuh 5]].
* Judy Funnie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''.
* Tad and Chad from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' wear them to look cool.
* Agent Six from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' rocks shades and a sharp green suit. Oh, and foldout katanas. That he can slice bullets with.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', EnfantTerrible Heloise wears a pair during her stint as Jimmy's bodyguard. This parodied in another episode where DumbBlonde Jimmy attempts to invoke this trope, but the sunglasses he uses get increasingly tacky.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': "Hello, Lilo. I'm Mr. Bubbles." -- "Your knuckles say Cobra... [[ScaryBlackMan have you ever killed anyone?"]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'': Johnny Bravo wears black shades throughout every episode, and actively covers his face whenever they've fallen off.
** Lampshaded and Parodied in a crossover episode with ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''. He and Velma bump into each other, knocking off their glasses.
-->'''Velma:'''My glasses! [[BlindWithoutEm I can't see without my glasses!]]
-->'''Johnny:'''My glasses! I can't ''be seen'' without my glasses!
* One of the villians in ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' was a government agent who always wore sunglasses. Lampshaded by Race Bannon when he said that he "was one of them, until the shades became a part of the uniform."
* The Duke of Detroit from ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}'' has these. [[BigBad Abraham Kane]] also wears these in a commercial for "Kane Shades."
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'': Mr Bogus and Brattus wore these in the first act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E3WaterboyBogus Waterboy Bogus]]". By the time the second act rolled around, they completely ditched them for the rest of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash has sported a pair of sunglasses on occasion.
** Also, there's [[FanNickname Vinyl Scratch, aka DJ Pon-3]], a pony DJ who's [[RecurringExtra appeared briefly in a few episodes]] who wears a pair of purple shades.
*** Her [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls human counterpart]] has an identical pair, naturally.
** Rarity occasionally wears over-sized fancy shades, usually on picnic.
** Members of the elite flying team the Wonderbolts all have a pair when they don't have their flight suits and goggles on.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Rick wears a pair in "Get Schwifty".
* In the episode "In the Line of Doody," ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' briefly don cool shades, complete with earpieces, while "protecting" the parks commissioner. And they look simultaneously hilarious and awesome.
* Ace, the leader of the Gangreen Gang, from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* In the special for ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Action]]'', Noah and all the members of the boy-band "The Drama Brothers" have them.
* Many of the 'younger' Franchise/{{Transformers}} (like Jazz and Prowl) have optics shaped like cool shades. Fans generally write fanfiction about them being blind underneath, or how they really have [[RedEyesTakeWarning red Decepticon optics]].
** Prowl and Soundwave of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' both have similar pairs of shades as Kamina (though it's possible those are their actual optic sensors, being MechanicalLifeforms and all; they even [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience match their factions like most others eyes]]), and both are ''awesomeness incarnate'' (they're a nod to Joe Pineapple's optic visor from ''ABC Warriors'' of 2000AD comics). Jazz and Jetstorm also have sensors that look like visor shades, and Grimlock's are shaped like normal ones.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Robin wears a pair whenever he's out of costume.
** Red Arrow wears them whenever he's in a stakeout.
* Cool Ness, a Nessie from ''[[WesternAnimation/HappyNessTheSecretOfTheLoch Happy Ness: The Secret of the Loch]]'', sports a way cool pair of these in addition to playing the sax.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has the episode "Eight Arms to Hold You", where Vinnie and Sunil attempt to sneak into Littlest Pet Shop, and Vinnie (who claims to have watched a lot of action movies) puts on some shades, even though the break-in happens at night. Cue this short dialogue.
-->'''Sunil:''' Why those? It's already dark?\\
'''Vinnie:''' [[Main/RuleOfCool Cool factor.]]
* Garnet of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' wears a pair of shades at all times. In her case, they're to hide her third eye. When they're removed, of her own volition or not, something's going down.
** All the [[FusionDance fusions]] Garnet is part of each have their own unique pair of cool shades too.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat'', Fu-fu wears these during the episode "Cool Fufu", as part of his "gangster" look after joining the rebel winged flyers.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Sunglasses were purely functional devices for quite some time as 1920s movie actors began using them to protect their eyes from the intense set lighting. People who saw behind-the-scenes footage of actors doing so on newsreels thus concluded wearing sunglasses is fashionable. By the end of the decade, sunglasses were commercially introduced and by 1930, reportedly 1 million glasses were sold.
* Many celebrities attempt to invoke this trope; perhaps the most successful example is Music/RoyOrbison, who originally wore them because he left his regular prescription glasses on the plane that was taking him to one of his concerts, was pretty much BlindWithoutEm, and didn't have time to get a replacement set (in the 1960s, you couldn't get glasses in less than several days, unlike today's one-hour stores).
* All of the members of Music/XJapan, except for [[TomoakiIshizuka Pata]].
* Music/TomWaits has an incredibly badass instrumental piece simply called "In Shades."
* Corey Hart wears his [[SignatureSong sunglasses at night]], so he can, so he can watch you weave an breathe your storylines.
* Music/ZZTop, who even have the song "Cheap Sunglasses".
* Music/KanyeWest wears those neat 'Shutter Shade' sunglasses to many of his concerts, regardless of lighting.
* The late, great Eazy-E of N.W.A was rarely seen without his shades.
* Future [[WorldDomination World Emperor]] and musician, [[Music/DoctorSteel Dr. Phineas Waldorf Steel]], has yet to be seen in public without his characteristic thick black-lensed goggle-glasses.
* Creator/GenUrobuchi wears a pair of shades whenever he makes public appearances. Even in one particular photo where he has no shades on.
* Music/OzzyOsbourne and [[Music/{{Rush}} Geddy Lee]] perform wearing round framed sunglasses.
* Music/JoeSatriani's black sunglasses and BaldOfAwesome make up his look.
* [[Music/{{U2}} Bono]] alternates between Cool Shades and [[MakingASpectacleOfYourself Scandalous Shades]], often really bright. He explains it happens because his eyes are sensitive to light, and thus it's hard to see him without any glasses (and many of those times, [[http://salu2podcast.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/u2-rolling-stone-spain-09.jpg he looks weird]]).
* Music/GunsNRoses had two frequent wearers
** Axl Rose (who liked to use them [[http://api.ning.com/files/H3kuHxKOt2X3MBCW3JOagQRQCA75W0gJtwpPum4AwG6HyS8sIHbkyLBlVAEo7nV9Fdx9geDlWAdbfrbT2mmZ2SwbnrxuIXpc/AxlRose5.jpg over his bandanna]])
** Slash who also frequently uses a NiceHat.
** Axl is occasionally not seen wearing shades, but Slash on the other hand never takes his off. One interview said he went to see his mother who was dying of cancer in a hospital, and never took off his shades.
* The only guy who wore glasses as much as Bono and Slash was [[Music/{{Ramones}} Joey Ramone]].
* Ian Hunter of Music/MottTheHoople usually wore shades, going so far as to {{lampshade}} this in the song "Ballad of Mott the Hoople."
* 2 the Ranting Gryphon, a well known comedian within the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, is rarely seen without his trademark brown shades.
* Dutch author of children's books Paul van Loon is never seen in public without his shades. This rather adds to his mystique, being a writer of mostly [[DefangedHorrors kiddy horror]].
* General of the Army Douglas [=MacArthur=], famous for his roles in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo and the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar, was known for, among other things, wearing aviator shades... long before the aviators started wearing them. It helps that [=MacArthur=], being literally OlderThanTheyThink, had been a commissioned officer in the Army since 1903, making the shades a literal example of FollowTheLeader.
** Worth noting that the shades are pretty essential for pilots as they allow them to see better. Modern combat pilots don't need them so much anymore due to their helmets having shades built-in, but civilian pilots can find these extra useful on sunny days or whenever they absolutely must fly above cloudcover.
* The late Creator/MitchHedberg.
* Creator/HunterSThompson
* A 17 year-old kid accused of being the Lulz Sec hacker 'Topiary' was wearing these when he was taken into custody.
* Shades are standard issue for people working in the Secret Service and other bodyquard services, allegedly because they conceal what the wearer is looking at. This can help keep potential troublemakers in line, since they can't be sure that sunglassed muscleman isn't staring directly at them. Larger, square ones can also have a one-way mirror formed into the glass/plastic as well which allows them to look behind without having to turn around.
* Music/BobDylan. He was almost never seen without them in the '60s.
* The late Music/LouReed.
* Music/JohnnyGuitarWatson: Later in his career his broad-brimmed hat, gold teeth, sunglasses and jewelry were part of his public image.
* Ric Ocasek of Music/TheCars.
* Former President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush accidentally mistook legally blind reporter Peter Wallsten's medically-required sunglasses as Cool Shades. They were in fact medically prescribed glasses for a rare form of macular degeneration caused by exposure to UV light.
-->Wallsten: "Mr. President! Peter Wallsten, Wall Street Journal. Is it true that-"
-->George Bush: "Are you going to ask that question with shades on?"
-->Wallsten: "I can take them off."
-->Bush: "Iím interested in the shade look, seriously."
-->Wallsten: "All right, Iíll keep it, then."
-->Bush: "For the viewers, thereís no sun." ''(audience laughter.)''
-->Wallsten: "I guess it depends on your perspective." ''(more laughter)''
-->Bush: "Touche!"\\
Later, upon learning that Wallsten was legally blind and the glasses were medical, a red-faced President Bush called him to apologize. Wallsten shook off the incident, saying it was a funny exchange that didn't offend him at all. He is currently a national policy reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
* Likely future Hall of Fame Baseball manager, Tony [=La Russa=], always wore a pair of sunglasses when managing, even during night games. This was part of the mind games he played against opposing teams in the dugout, to prevent their manager from attempting to read his facial expressions and gain an insight into his strategy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' producer Katsuhiro Harada is almost always seen wearing sunglasses and a stoic facial expression.
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with the lead singer of Music/{{Steppenwolf}}, John Kay; his eyes are severely sensitive to light.
* Music/{{ABBA}} singer Agnetha Falskog wore tinted prescription glasses to read the lyrics while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBy9mXMEhYo recording the vocals for "Dancing Queen".]]
* Music/EricChurch is rarely seen without his aviator sunglasses.
* All of Music/TheBeatles wore shades on the back cover of the ''Music/{{Revolver}}''. This was also the first time they were seen with LennonSpecs, having sported Wayfarers until then. Not that it was the only thing that they were changing at the time.
* Creator/GenUrobuchi ''always'' wears shades whenever he makes appearances at fan conventions and panels.
* Many prescription glasses can be designed with transitional lenses that automatically darken when exposed to sunlight, giving the user a cool look without having to sacrifice practicality.
* An example of SocietyMarchesOn can be seen with the gender swap of sunglasses, like many articles of clothing over time. Up until about 1990, sunglasses were associated primarily with cool guys, but slowly these focused on the female market as a backlash against sunglasses arose among men in the early 1990s (with the demographic turning to baseball caps). This led to a situation where in 2010 if you looked around, 90% of the people wearing sunglasses are female, especially from the younger generations (born in 1972 and later). Look at any couple in real life or on Facebook, chances are if only one is wearing sunglasses, it's the woman. However in recent years men have grown more partial to shades once again.
* Creator/TommyWiseau of Film/TheRoom fame has for several years never been seen without sunglasses. He wears them to every interview and Q&A he does. Co-star Greg Sestero suggests it is because Tommy is self-conscious about his droopy right eye.
* Music/EltonJohn certainly qualifies; he has a ''large'' closet full of them.
* Dale Earnhardt's legendary Gargoyles.
* French TrapMusic producer DJ Snake is never seen without a pair, often so dark they completely cover his eyes.