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In many cartoons, characters that wear glasses seem to have their whole eyes fused into the lens. Their eyelids are nowhere to be seen, often all that is seen are pupils and the lens. Often the pupils go squinty when the character blinks, and the frames of the glasses have the ability to move around similar to an ExpressiveMask.

Presumably this is simply because drawing eyelids inside the glass frames is rather difficult and would create a less appealing character design.

Not to be confused with [[http://www.windycitynovelties.com/12205p/droopy-eye-spring-glasses.html?CatID=343 this]].



* Mr. Owl from the animated Tootsie Pop commercial.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Nobita from ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}''.
* Lotte from ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia''.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin's dad. Anyone who wears glasses, really.
* Daryl from ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''.
* Marcus from ''ComicStrip/CulDeSac''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' averts this with Milo (though briefly played straight during the viewing of an old film reel depicting his childhood), but uses it as a brief visual gag about halfway through the film where Kida actually takes off his glasses because of her curiosity and puts them on her face.
* ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' has the ExpressiveMask variant with the Invisible Man -- which, naturally, is the only way for the audience to see his expression.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' movie series, the techies wearing NerdGlasses, notably Scribble Dee and Micro Chips, lean into this, although the glasses don't change shape when they blink (instead the eyelids become visible). Of note, it is entirely averted with the human version of Twilight Sparkle.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 2005 film of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Hummakavula wears glasses that apparently magnify his eyes many times. Then he takes them off to reveal that the magnified eyes are in the glasses themselves, and his own eye sockets are sunken, empty pits. This is the first [[EyelessFace sign to the protagonists]] that he is more sinister than he appears.
* The same with Boris the Animal ('''JUST BORIS!!''') in ''Film/MenInBlack3''; his "eyeglasses" sink right into his skull.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
** [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/File:Scooter.jpg Scooter's]] pupils are attached to the glasses instead of his head.
** Not to mention Bunsen Honeydew who's only indication he can see is his glasses.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' has [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Herbert_Birdsfoot Herbert Birdsfoot]] and [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Don_Music Don Music]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Iggy Koopa from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series, starting with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''.
* Bottles from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' has eye glasses that even blink. It is possible to see around his glasses. He does have eyes, however, they don't blink.
* Bentley the Turtle from the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series doesn't even have pupils on his in-game model, let alone eyeballs. Just incredibly thick glasses that grow and shrink to whatever emotion he's feeling.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** John Egbert. His glasses go so far as to ''not even be connected to anything''; they don't even have a bridge between the lenses.
** Bro's TriangleShades act like this as well, despite not having visible pupils.
** Jade kind of averts it, however, because her eyelashes are visible through the glasses. The same later applies to Jane.
** Lampshaded in the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006472 2012-02-16 animation]], where Brobot slaps Jake's glasses off. His pupils go with them.
** Jake later manages to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=008343 cry]] through his glasses.
* Several characters in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' have this, most notably Carrie. One good example is seen [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2080306/the-girl-cant-help-it/ here.]]
* Donald Donlan in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has some [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1011 quite]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1014 expressive eyeglasses]]. A nice counterpart to his EyesAlwaysShut [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=101 wife]].
* Both ''Webcomic/{{Matchu}}'' and his love interest Amber. Matchu's in particular can go from rectangular to round depending on his mood.
* Phil from ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf''. It's revealed that his eyes are scar tissue after being attacked by a GiantSpider.
* Ronnie from ''Webcomic/{{Whomp}}'' has these. [[http://www.whompcomic.com/comic/guest-strip-by-fletcher A guest strip]] revealed that he actually had BlackBeadEyes, and painted the skin around them in white, while [[https://www.whompcomic.com/comic/nerds-eye-view an "official" strip]] showed that his eyes were actually ''stuck'' to the lenses.
* ''Webcomic/{{DumbingOfAge}}'' is this at times, particularly Dorothy Keener and Amber O’Malley. Billie Billingsworth mostly averts it, other characters vary
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' varies considerably. Faye is usually drawn with natural eyes behind realistic frames, but the newest character Tilly/Taffy is much more cartoony in style.
* Averted throughout, all characters having naturally-drawn eyes behind natural-shaped glasses in ''Webcomic/{{Frivolesque}}''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Dexter and his dad from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. The glasses can change shape depending on expression.
* Daryl (again) from the ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues'' animated series.
* Averted on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where all the glass frames are drawn independently of the eyelids.
* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where most characters' glasses just happen to be the same size and shape of their eyeballs, though Peter's glasses do change shape when he frowns. Meg's large glasses are noticeably bigger than her eyes though. Also lampshaded: In "The King Is Dead," Peter takes off his glasses and his pupils stay attached to the lenses.
** This was mentioned in the [=DVD=] commentary for ''Quagmire's Dad'' as being the reason it was hard to animate a scene where Peter adjusts his glasses, as, for the most part, they're shown as his eyes.
** This was averted in the episode ''Peter-assment'', where Peter's glasses were broken and he had to wear contacts.
* Sherman from ''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Peabody and Sherman]]''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} Read.
* Simon from ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow''.
* Millhouse from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}''. His glasses are his eyes: They ''[[http://webspace.webring.com/people/k9/9assimilator9/duckman.jpg have eyebrows.]]'' Very odd when he lampshades it by taking the glasses off to clean them: his face is blank. It's also explicitly pointed out in one episode that he has no ears on which to hang the glasses.
* Coop the Chicken from ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo''.
* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' in which Candace puts on glasses to show how serious and focused she is. And her upper and lower lids show up when she blinks and changes expressions.
* There's a kind of variation in the Canadian short ''WesternAnimation/TheBigSnit'', where the wife's pupils get stuck in odd positions and she actually ''removes her eyes'' as if they were a pince-nez and shakes them rapidly to unstick the pupils. Lampshaded in the following exchange:
-->'''Husband:''' Why are you always shaking your eyes?\\
'''Wife:''' I... I don't shake them like I used to.\\
'''Husband:''' Yes you do! You shake 'em here and shake 'em there! Why dontcha go join some stupid shake 'n' rock 'n' roll band?
* Penfold from ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''.
* Mr. Slate from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
* Nora Wakeman from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' has the "pupils that blink" variation, but her eyelids also show through her lenses.
* Steve from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* Dib from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. The lenses even disappear as he closes his eyes. His glasses also have wire-thin frames and no earpieces. Some fans didn't even ''realize'' he wore glasses until Zim mentioned it, at which point we suddenly realized what that narrow line connecting Dib's eyes was supposed to be.
* Pa Grape from ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales.'' Despite wearing glasses, he actually doesn't have eyes.
* Andy from ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''.
* Inez from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}''.
* Lizzie Devine from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''.
* Carl from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'' is an odd case, because the 3-D animation makes it possible to see around his glasses and he ''still'' has pupils without eyes.
* Principal Brown from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. Lampshaded once when he took off his glasses briefly and beneath them was ''another'' pair of glasses.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' franchise. Of the franchise's bespectacled characters, Beth, Harold, Sam, Mary, Miles, and Tom play it straight while Cameron, Scarlett, and Ellody avert it.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' has Susan and Mary Test.
* Denzel Crocker from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. He and ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]]'' could be from the same cartoon.
* Grunkle Stan from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is an interesting case. His eyes are drawn inside the frame, however, they are 'magnified', giving the appearance that his skin appears to be 'fused' to the lens. His glasses also change shape to match his expression, though it's hard to notice, because his [[OddlyVisibleEyebrows eyebrows can be seen over his glasses]].
* Irwin from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
* Dr. Fidgel from ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins''
* Otto Osworth from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''.
* Surprisingly averted with Velma in most incarnations of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''. Hanna-Barbara is not normally noted for their painstakingly detailed animation work, but Velma has functioning eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows despite having glasses. It helps a little that her glasses are quite large, so the animators can just draw the whole shebang right onto the lens (nearly everyone else in the series has SkintoneSclerae, so this just makes her look "normal").
* Tina from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''.
* Frizz from ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', at least in the first season (the glasses were fazed out in Season 2). Like the Duckman example above, he removes his glasses once (in "The Shrinking Stone") to clean them, and his face is blank except for his nose and mouth.
* Lisa Loud from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
* Like his [[Series/TheMuppetShow adult counterpart,]] Scooter on ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' has these as well as his twin sister, Skeeter. Things get strange in one episode as the kids learn to be more like Gonzo and embrace something weird about themselves. Skeeter takes off her glasses, and shows that her pupils are still in the lenses. And then she shakes her glasses, and the pupils rattle around like [[Series/SesameStreet Cookie Monster's eyes.]]
* Bradley from ''WesternAnimation/StickinAround''.
* Ian on ''WesternAnimation/BeingIan''.
* Eric Needles from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}''.
* Angie on ''WesternAnimation/ThomasEdisonsSecretLab''.
* Dannan and Grandpa Piggley on ''WesternAnimation/JakersTheAdventuresOfPiggleyWinks''.
* Applied to Mimi and Jeremy on ''WesternAnimation/EliotKid''.