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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheDitz Homestar]] tries his hardest to [[SubvertedTrope subvert this trope.]]]]

->'''Customer:''' I like these glasses. They make me look more smarter!
->'''Customerís boyfriend:''' Yeah, well looks can be deceiving.
-->-- ''[[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Romantic]]''

In the media, smart characters have a tendency to wear glasses. The association with the HollywoodNerd archetype helps in modern works, although this trope is possibly older than that. May be TruthInTelevision, as some say that since smarter people typically do more reading, they place more strain on their eyes and are more likely to develop myopia (nearsightedness). [[http://www.infoniac.com/science/people-wearing-glasses-more-intelligent.html Some studies]] have gone so far as to claim that myopia itself is linked with open-mindedness and intelligence. On the other hand, glasses are expensive, so people wearing them will not risk them in sports or fights (but some may use contact lens instead).

In {{anime}}, there is a commonly-used variant of this called [[FanNickname Glasses-Kun]]: [[TheLancer A Lancer]] who has black hair, is taller than TheProtagonist, is ''always'' smarter than the main character, is relatively quiet, somewhat broody, and wears glasses.

In RealLife, there are lots of different types of people who wear glasses, but in fiction they are more rare. This is due to problems such as glare from the cameras in Live Action media, difficulty reading facial expressions, etc., and is the reason why when such characters are present it seems more significant. As proven by the examples, it is also why this trope occurs more so in Live Action, animated programming, and other pictorial media and less so in literature; it's a visual cue to the audience that the character is intelligent, yet is used sparingly because of the aforementioned difficulties involved.

This trope is an inherent part of TheGlassesGottaGo and BeautifulAllAlong, and often HollywoodNerd. {{Supertrope}} to NerdGlasses. The invoked form of this is PurelyAestheticGlasses. Compare TheShortGuyWithGlasses.

!!'''Please do not list aversions, seeing as then it would be just a [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs list of characters with glasses]]'''


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Explicit use of the trope as symbolism: Ads for the mental-exercise website Lumosity show people giving testimonials while various background and foreground animations appear. In one of them, glasses are drawn on the speaker's face as she says the site helps her stay sharp.


[[folder: Anime And Manga]]
* Ishida Uryuu from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' wears glasses and is number one in his class. He also perfectly fits the description for a "glasses-kun". He takes after his father, Ryuuken, who also wears glasses and ends up being revealed to be so intelligent he can keep up with ''Urahara''. To put that into perspective, even the hyperintelligent Big Bad Aizen admits that Urahara is the most intelligent shinigami alive. Urahara first realised Ryuuken was capable of keeping up with him when Ryuuken was only a teenager, and was stunned.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'' doesn't reveal that Saya wears glasses until the second chapter, when she finally removes her contact lenses. But wastes no time in establishing her as the smartest girl at Fujimi High, by illustrating her analytical and decision making abilities right from the start. In addition, she not only serves as [[TheSmartGuy the brain]] of Takashi's group, she's usually [[MrExposition the one to provide exposition as well.]]
* Both Franz Heinel and Shinsuke Maki in ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''. One is a GadgeteerGenius with cars and a computer expert, and the other is a computer machinist who makes computer games in his free time.
* Played with in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. Shinichi is already very smart without glasses, but as Conan, he wears glasses so he wouldn't be recognized as a younger version of Shinichi.
* Minamo Kurokawa and Chika Kodama in ''Manga/YubisakiMilkTea'', who are best and second best of their year, both wear glasses. Later Hidari Morii who Minamo teached as well.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia,'' America's glasses are a hint that he isn't as stupid as he seems. One of his hobbies turns out to be archaeology.
* Firo invokes this trope in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!''. After taking the position of the [[TheMafia Martillo Family]] bookkeeper, he immediately takes to wearing a pair of PurelyAestheticGlasses. Why? Because he's doing a smart-person job now, so he has to look smart (and because he wants to look slightly less like the [[CompleteImmortality perpetual teenager he is]]).
* In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'', Stern Starks, who is this AlternateUniverse's version of the [[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable Material]] [[TheSmartGuy of Wisdom]], is depicted as regularly wearing glasses in the real world.
** In the direct SequelSeries ''INNOCENTS'' Fate is now shown wearing glasses as well, most likely to emphasise the slight TimeSkip between series.
* {{Defied|trope}} in ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'', where the local DitzyGenius Yuzuko said she doesn't usually wear glasses since she does not want to appear too smart.
* Hazuki Fujiwara from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', the resident [[TheSmartGuy smart girl]] in TheTeam, wears glasses and consistently makes very high grades in school. She is able to use those smarts to help solve issues in the series as well.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** Kyoya is the one that keeps the club afloat and one of the highest ranking students in the school. Naturally, he wears glasses.
** Haruhi is also explicitly described as exceptionally intelligent. She initially wore glasses in the series until Tamaki insisted on replacing them with contact lenses.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' plays it completely straight on numerous occasions.
** Nishiki Nishio wears glasses, and is described by others as being a "prodigy". He's GoodWithNumbers and excels in a prestigious Pharmacy program at Kamii University, even though his childhood involved very little formal education.
** The legendary Investigator Kishou Arima wears glasses, and the prequel about his teen years shows him to have been a brilliant student that ''memorized text books'' and able to deduce things from small details.
** Novelist Sen Takatsuki turns out to wear glasses when she's [[TheGlassesGottaGo not making public appearances]] and is famous for having published her first, bestselling work as a teenager.
** In the sequel, BadassBookworm Haise Sasaki has typically nerdy reading glasses.
** Invoked in the sequel, with [[BookDumb Ginshi Shirazu]] borrowing Sasaki's glasses in order to try to look more intelligent.
* Ami Mizuno from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' wears glasses occasionally but only for reading, as does Mamoru Chiba.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Maes Hughes works in the military's intelligence division for a reason.
** Also Sheska, the bookworm who memorizes every single thing she reads - to the point where she can rewrite entire alchemy journals from memory.
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'': Ila, is only a novice mage from the Magician's Academy, but what she lacks in prowess, is made up for by her extensive knowledge of ancient tomes and magical artifacts. Which has often helped Louie and his travelling party on their adventures.
* Kousei from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' is not particularly book smart however he is a ChildProdigy at the piano. Other similarly gifted musicians lack glasses however Kousei was well-known for his abilities at a young age.
* The glasses wearing Eddie from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' is the smartest and most tech savvy major character in the anime.
* Discussed in episode six of ''Manga/KimiToBoku''. Chizuru buys novelty glasses and says they make him feel smarter when he puts them on. One of the twins says "Illness starts in the mind and studying starts with glasses".
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', the Blue Clan, Scepter 4, has ''three'' glasses guys, all of whom are the smart ones - one is an expert hacker; another, his subordinate, assists him in computer things and is a nerd in his own right; and the Blue King himself, something of a super-genius.
** The Red Clan's SmartGuy wears sunglasses - smart enough to wear glasses, but cool enough to fit with HOMRA.
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Horimiya}}''. Hori was under the impression that Miyamura was smart because of his glasses, but it turns out that all of his grades (barring Phys Ed and Health class) are, to put it mildly, ''pitiful''. And when his grades start improving, he switches over to contacts.
* Parodied during a sketch in ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'' when Aria comes to the student council room wearing glasses without lenses [[PurelyAestheticGlasses for fashion purposes]]. Tsuda comments that they make her look smart (she's already the second highest ranked student in the school), but -this being ''Seitokai Yakuindomo''- she turns it into a sex pun.
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', Koutarou Takebayashi and Manami Okuda are the only Class 3-E students who wear glasses, and both of them are among the smarter students in the class. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, they combine their knowledge to develop universal artificial blood.]]
* Invoked in a chapter of ''Manga/SquidGirl'', where the titular protagonist becomes convinced that wearing glasses automatically ''makes'' one smarter, so she starts wearing a pair of PurelyAestheticGlasses. It doesn't work that way, but it does make her look cuter than usual.

[[folder: Comics]]
* The Beast from ''ComicBook/XMen'' (who's a GeniusBruiser) wears glasses when he reads. (And it looks kind of funny, considering that he's a muscular guy covered with blue fur.)
* The [[PolishMedia Polish]] comic book ''ComicBook/TytusRomekIAtomek'' has A'Tomek (a nerdy, math-minded kid), professor T. Alent (a genius inventor) and "Papcio Chmiel" (the AuthorAvatar).
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Brainy Smurf]] from ''TheSmurfs''. (Although he's more of a KnowNothingKnowItAll than truly smart.)
* Klik and Teela from ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' are [[GadgeteerGenius Gadgeteer Geniuses]] and are the only pygmies that wear glasses. Klik usually keeps on the top of his head, however.
* Discussed in ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretOrigin''. When attempting to sell his old science books, Lex Luthor targeted Clark Kent, who had started wearing glasses, stating that glasses meant one of two things: genetic inferiority, or he read a lot. Somewhat subverted since in actuality, Clark's heat vision had just developed, and the lenses from the glasses shielded it in case it was accidentally triggered.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Professor Barabas wears two large glasses without a bridge to support them on his nose.
* ''ComicBook/TomPoes'': Professor Zbygniew Prlwytzkofsky and Professor Sickbock both wear glasses.
* {{Lampshaded}} in an issue of ''Amazing ComicBook/SpiderMan''. Black Cat [[MuggedForDisguise mugs a female scientist for her clothes]], and states that none of the other researchers will suspect her as an impostor since she's wearing a pair of glasses.
* While not as smart as Reed Richards or Charles Xavier, {{Spider Man}} himself has above-average intelligence and originally wore glasses in his civilian identity as Peter Parker, before they were broken in an altercation with Flash Thompson. DependingOnTheWriter and the continuity, he either never truly needed them to begin with (the glasses having a weak prescription that he wore due to his aunt's concern over eyestrain due to him reading so much) or his vision was corrected by the spider-bite that gave him his powers.

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' fanfiction and fanart tend to portray [[ScienceHero Carlos the scientist]] as wearing glasses.

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/SuckerPunch'', both Dr. Gorski (in the asylum) and Blue ([[NestedStory in the nightclub]]) have glasses, though they mostly only wear them when they need to take a closer look at something (They might merely be reading glasses, rather than corrective lenses). While Dr. Gorski is a psychologist.
* Invoked by Elle Woods in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'', when she dons glasses to appear smarter and more professional in order to help Paulette get her dog back.
* Peter Parker, Richard Parker, Curtis Connors and Norman Osborn in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Unlike in Raimi's movies, this version of Peter doesn't get his myopia cured by Spider-powers, so he keeps using glasses and contacts even after he's become Spider-Man.
* You can tell that David Talbot in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' is intellectual, although not clever enough to accomplish much with his knowledge of vampires, by the fact his office looks like a library and he wears glasses which he draws attention to by taking them off and putting them back on a lot.
* Mia Thermopolis from ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''. It's part of her early GeekPhysiques look, though it turns out she was BeautifulAllAlong. (Of course, it's freaking Creator/AnneHathaway).
* Milo Thatch from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. He is actually the only Disney leading man (or woman) wearing glasses.
* Film/NapoleonDynamite and his brother Kip both wear glasses but are more stereotypically nerdy than intelligent.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', Egon Spengler, TheSmartGuy, GadgeteerGenius, and MrExposition of the group, is the only Ghostbuster who wears glasses.
* Noge, the hero of ''Film/NoRegretsForOurYouth'', is a studious and serious young man who joins the anti-war underground Japanese left after graduating from college. Naturally, he wears glasses. Significantly, they are knocked off his face when he's arrested by StateSec.
* {{Invoked| trope}} in the 2007 ''Film/{{St Trinians}}'', when the PR guru advises the posh totties to wear fake specs as part of their image to make themselves look smarter.
* Referenced in ''Film/{{Hidden Figures}}'': When Jim Johnson expresses surprise that women work at NASA, Katherine Goble (who does wear glasses) goes on a rant, culminating in this memorable put-down:
--> So yes, they let women "do some things" at NASA, and it's not because we wear skirts, it's because we wear glasses!
* ''Film/Gremlins2'': The Brain Gremlin immediately puts on glasses when he establishes that he's smart.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Tris from ''Literature/TheCircleOfMagic'' is the most academic of the main characters, and the only one to wear glasses.
* While the Oxford Clerk from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'' lacks the requisite glasses from this trope (they were just starting to come into fashion during the time period), he is specifically noted as having poor eyesight from staying up and reading books by candlelight.
* Intentionally invoked in ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' by the intellectual Erudite. PurelyAestheticGlasses are part of their "uniform".
* ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'' has Scobie and [[MeaningfulName Prudence]], the resident {{Teen Genius}}es, who both wear glasses. Scobie is brilliant at debating and very good at all his school subjects. Prue plays three instruments and is usually seen reading {{doorstopper}}s.
* Uesugi from ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', whose epithet is "[[GoodWithNumbers the numbers guy]]".
* George "Sticky" Washington from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' wears glasses and has a nervous tic of cleaning them. While all the children are some form of smart, be it book smart or street smart, Sticky has been shown to be on a different level from the others due to his PhotographicMemory.
* Tumpkin in "Literature/TheSixtyTwoCursesOfCaliphArenschadd" is bookish, and intelligent enough to solve the problem that has every other character stumped. The power of trope is strong enough that he wears glasses despite them technically being an anachronism in an ArabianNightsDays setting.
* Kosma of ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' is a walking encyclopedia and a tech genius, and he wears glasses.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the Number Man, TheSmartGuy[=/=]EvilGenius (depending on how you see him) of Cauldron, who deliberately dresses like a stereotypical accountant down to the glasses, and is so GoodWithNumbers it goes right into BadassBookworm.
* Ponder Stibbons in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is a brilliant natural philosopher and theoretical wizard, who wears thick round glasses. In ''Literature/TheLastContinent'', when he's given a chance to [[ItMakesSenseInContext help design life on the Disc]], he plans for this trope to trump WizardBeard (which he can't grow) as a symbol of wisdom.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Garcia, a computer genius, and her boyfriend Kevin Lynch both wear glasses. Though he apparently switched to contacts, flashbacks to Reid's youth in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' shows that he had some of the largest glasses any child has ever worn, ever.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Giles, while not the resident genius, is the resident MrExposition.
* Liberty, Toby, and Claire on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. Actually, if a character wears glasses on that show, it's almost a given that they're intelligent.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': In an alternate universe episode where she never joined the SGC, we find Sam Carter wearing huge NerdGlasses. It may be that in the regular timeline she wears contacts. Either way, there's no denying that her (excellent) combat skills are not the ''only'' reason she's on the team.
* Alex Dunphy from ''Series/ModernFamily'' is the only one of the Dunphy kids to wear glasses, and is definitely the brains of the family.
* Ted Kasselbaum, the resident private investigator and genius computer hacker on ''Series/JustCause'', wears glasses with blue tinted lenses.
** Peggy, a paralegal with three graduate degrees, also wears glasses.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': In the series' original incarnation, Billy (the Blue Ranger) was shown to be [[TheSmartGuy a straight A student]], and actually suffered a mild HeroicBSOD the ''one time'' he scored a "B" on a test. However, he got rid of the glasses in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''.
* FBI computer genius Winifred from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' wore nerd glasses, even though the guy she was a DistaffCounterpart of (Spinelli) did not. The same actress wore a different pair of glasses as another computer genius in ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''.
* Gil Grissom from ''Series/{{CSI}}'', at least some of the time. Apparently they're mostly reading glasses.
* Among the main cast of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard, Amy, and Bernadette. The trope was once {{invoked}} by Penny, who wore a pair of PurelyAestheticGlasses that made her look smarter, ''and sexier'', simply by tilting them down and saying, "molecule".
* Lampshaded in the first episode of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', when Echo's programmed personality is a hostage negotiation specialist. Topher explains that the glasses aren't to make her look smarter; her implanted personality is short-sighted and her intellect comes from the drive to overcome such imperfections.
** A weird example as it's something of an informed trait: scientist Bennett wears, as [[PairTheSmartOnes Topher]] so gleefully puts it, "glasses. On a chain!" She's apparently far-sighted because she only wears them when looking at computer screens.
* Creator/VanKootenEnDeBie: Their characters O. den Beste, a German language teacher, and professor Kipping, a Dutch language specialist both wore glasses.
* George Costanza from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' claims in the episode "The Cafe" that he is not intelligent and that people only think he is, presumably due to his glasses. In fact, many viewers ''did'' assume George was smart just because he wore glasses, to the point that the creators had to dedicate an episode to George proclaiming (and proving) himself "Lord of the Idiots" to get it through their heads that glasses do not automatically equal smart person.
* Mona from ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' [[spoiler:evil]] genius. She loses the glasses when she leaves her {{Adorkable}} past behind her, in order to become the not-so-ditzy AlphaBitch of Rosewood High.
** Spencer, the smartest PLL, is also sometimes shown with glasses.
* Prof. Shane from ''Series/VampireDiaries'' is another [[spoiler: villainous]] example.
* Lane Kim from ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. Lampshaded by her mother and boyfriend when she get contacts. It was a big moment in the series, when the strict mother and slacker boyfriend ''finally'' agreed on something - the glasses suit Lane because they show that she's smart.
* Andrea Zukerman, the GoGetterGirl from ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', is always shown wearing glasses, except in her very rare BeautifulAllAlong moments.
* Walter White and Gus Fring in ''Series/BreakingBad''
* Dr Harrison Wells, from ''Series/TheFlash2014''. He works alongside a GadgeteerGenius, a brilliant geneticist and a smarter-than-average forensic scientist, but there's no denying that even compared to them he's a genius. This is emphasised by the fact that he is the only member of Team Flash to wear glasses.
** [[spoiler: Earth-2 Harrison Wells]] is similarly indicated to be a genius by his glasses, although he is seen with them [[TheGlassesComeOff off]] much more frequently because he's been forced into the role of action hero.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Bury the Lede", Reese decides the best way to protect the VictimOfTheWeek is to take her on a date. Because her profile on the dating website says she likes the intellectual type, Finch gets Reese the appropriate NerdGlasses. Reese is understandably reluctant to wear them, but does.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Ben Urich, veteran journalist with the ''New York Bulletin'', wears a pair of spectacles that give him this image. After he dies, his editor Mitchell Ellison takes up the mantle.
** Admittedly he only wears the glasses because he's blind, but Matt Murdock graduated from Columbia Law School ''summa cum laude''.

[[folder: Machinima]]
* From ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'', a Chuckya teacher who appeared in "Sob story: Tale of a Bob-omb".

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Lex from ''{{VideoGame/Bookworm}}''. He's a regular old bookworm who is able to ''tell'' if the paper he eats has letters on it and if said letters form words. As a result, he chooses to only eats words.
* Shad from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is an archaic researcher and CunningLinguist at age seventeen. He's the first prominent character in the entire ''Zelda'' series to sport glasses.
* Invoked in ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse''. Resident {{Ditz}} and assistant relic hunter Bolo is given a pair of [[XRayVision X-Ray Specs]] to help with his nearsightedness. While it doesn't help with his vision, it does make him feel super smart, and he proceeds to identify the fossil he was given with a series of smart-sounding words. Some time later, [[spoiler:the Techno Baron employs him as his assistant simply because of how super smart he looks with his glasses... whereupon this gets subverted as Bolo accidentally installs the circuit panel of the Targetting Module backwards, upside down, and inside out, causing the Disruptor Cannon to miss its intended target wildly and hit the Techno Baron several islands over. While Shantae initially believes that he did that on purpose, talking to him in Propeller Town afterwards proves that he had no idea about what happened and removes any doubts about him still being the same dunderhead as before]].
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Characters originating from the science-based Sector Seven, such as Kokonoe, Tager, Litchi, Roy ([[spoiler:before he became Arakune]]) all wear glasses. The rare physical-based hard-hitters like Azrael or Makoto do not wear glasses and they're usually the lesser smart (in book-learning manner) characters from that faction.
* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'': [[spoiler: The Mastermind AKA Junko Enoshima]] wears these [[SplitPersonality as part of her "intelligent" side.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': The two characters that wear glasses are particularly intelligent people. Mei is a brilliant Chinese climatologist who has a lot of research notes about trying to stop global warming. Winston is a sentient, particularly intelligent gorilla.
* ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'': The Goblins Mages and the Banshee Brainboxes both wear glasses, invoking this trope. The Banshee Brainbox's description even alludes to her highly educated status.
* ''VideoGame/IgglePop'': Both Dr. Iggle and his assistant Rizzo are geniuses, and both wear glasses.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Tedd Verres is a highly intelligent GadgeteerGenius with a dash of MadScientist. He normally wears OpaqueNerdGlasses that have... [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-06 other features.]]
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': [[{{Technopath}} Sandi Mnemonic]] is a member of her school's [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil student council]] and serves as [[StudentCouncilPresident Faith's]] personal secretary. She's so knowledgeable, that the cast page of the comic's print edition describes her as (quote): "a living Website/{{Google}}". Plus, she can predict the outcome of future events [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/slipped_past_our_defenses with 97.09% accuracy]], provided she has all the pertinent data to work with.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2697 Monique donned them for a strip, to look intellectual.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-8-page-13 this trope lay behind Sarin's monocle]] pre-GenderBender.
* The blue guy with glasses in ''{{Webcomic/Irrelevator}}'' is stickman wearing glasses. Being smart is [[http://i.imgur.com/7bWEBWM.gif his thing]], he does [[http://i.imgur.com/UpjtOeC.gif earn the]] [[http://i.imgur.com/JAlIDL3.gif title of being the]] [[http://i.imgur.com/1LY94sw.gif smart]] [[http://i.imgur.com/n26DyxC.gif guy though]].
* ''Webcomic/MonsterOfTheWeek'' lampshades it in its first strip. In his first scene, Mulder wears glasses. There's an arrow pointing at them with "smart glasses" written next to it.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* The Director in Machinima/RedVsBlue is a brilliant AI theorist who, of course, wears glasses.
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] and [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]]'s joint-review of the ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'' movie, Linkara points this out regarding TaraReid's character.
---> ''Spoony'': (scoffs) As if wearing glasses make anyone look smarter! (Critic and Linkara, who both wear glasses, glare at Spoony) ...I need glasses.
* The dictionary website [[http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ The Free Dictionary]] has a logo featuring a pair of glasses, because dictionaries are smart or something like that.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' has Simon and Jeanette. Simon excels academically and Jeanette is his DistaffCounterpart, but she's also a CuteClumsyGirl and DitzyGenius. Which makes her more {{adorkable}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryInc'': In [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo evey incarnation of the series]], Velma Dinkley is the group's resident genius. Though it's {{subverted}} since it's [[TheLeader Fred]] who determines the group's actions and devises their plans for capturing [[MonsterOfTheWeek whatever]] [[ScoobyDooHoax "spook"]] they're after.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Daria is famous for her coke-bottle glasses, and for being one of very few [[TooDumbToLive Lawndale residents]] with a rapier-wit.
** CharacterizationMarchesOn makes aversions of several characters, when in later seasons, most characters are given redeeming moments, often of intelligence.
** Invoked in ''Through a lens, darkly'', where resident [[TheDitz Ditzes]] Kevin and Brittany start wearing glasses to become smarter.
* Jeremie from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. (And Franz Hopper, when he had a physical body.)
* Carwash the Cat in ''WesternAnimation/WilloTheWisp'', by far the most intelligent and sarcastic of the cast, and consequently the most rarely used character.
* {{Invoked}} on ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', when Rocko's idol (a professional Jackhammer-er) says he wears contacts while on the job, but prefers glasses when off because they make him look like an intellectual. Cue a FanGirl approaching and asking him questions about Creator/FriedrichNietzsche. Heffer then claims he needs glasses because he doesn't know who Nietzsche is.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Professor Frink, Data, and Waylon Smithers are all among the smartest characters on the show and wear glasses. Inverted with Milhouse who is nerdy and wears glasses but isn't particularly intelligent.
** Homer Simpson attempts to exploit this trope when get first finds abandoned glasses in a bathroom. He recites a version of the Pythagorean theorem (quoted verbatim from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'') when he looks in the mirror but it backfires when someone points out his version is incorrect.
* Chief Quimby in [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget2015 the new Inspector Gadget cartoon]] now wears glasses, possibly to add emphasis to him being smarter than Gadget.
* Chloe from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' is a ChildProdigy who is in college. She wears large glasses.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'': Mr. Peabody is likely the smartest being in existence, being an OmnidisciplinaryScientist who built a TimeMachine. And he wears glasses.
* Shy Violet from ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' wears glasses. She is the most science savvy of the main characters and uses large words often.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': Both [[ChildProdigy Dexter]] and his equally brilliant rival Mandark wear glasses. Averted with Dexter's Dad who also wears glasses and is the typical clueless BumblingDad (though he may be a GeniusDitz).
* Chicken tried to invoke this trope in ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' thinking glasses would make him smart after Cow seemed smarter once she started wearing hers. He even went so far as to deliberately flub his vision test. Chicken thought he was smarter, but was really a KnowNothingKnowItAll. Cow even tried to tell him that glasses didn't work that way.
* In Episode 72 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', [[TheDitz Stumpy]] is granted intelligence by a spirit after [[TooDumbToLive his stupidity causes him to die]]. Immediately after he rises from the grave, having been brought BackFromTheDead, he dons a pair of glasses.
* [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' who's the only human smart enough to instantly recognize [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] is an alien ([[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation and suffers for it]]). {{Downplayed}} by [[https://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/9493/1745894-dib_invader_zim_518477_600_947.jpg the art style]], since his glasses function as an ExpressiveMask and are oddly drawn without temples, making the bridge the only way to notice them visually.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' both [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Stan]] and [[ScienceHero Ford]] wear glasses in their old age, but the WholeEpisodeFlashback reveals that Ford, being a genius, had them even as a child.
* {{Invoked}} in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "The Real You," when [[KidHero Finn]] wore a pair of magic glasses that made him TheOmniscient.
* Steve on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' along with his friend Toshi. His other friends don't wear glasses and, while geeky, are less likely to be shown as smart. (Especially [[TheDitz Barry]].)
* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow''--Junior wears glasses, but his intelligence is somewhere between PingPongNaivete and straight-up DependingOnTheWriter, which the show itself sometimes {{Lampshades}}. If a character ''is'' going to be portrayed as unusually intelligent, however, it's usually him.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} Pol Pot]] hated intellectuals, so he had people killed for wearing glasses.
* Myopia actually does correlate with IQ. #4 of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20332_5-unrealistic-movie-cliches-that-are-scientifically-accurate.html 5 Unrealistic Movie Cliches That Are Scientifically Accurate]] points out a study finding that intelligence and education are somehow correlated with nearsightedness in real life. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myopia#Education_and_IQ Confirmed]] by Wiki/TheOtherWiki as well. Contact lenses, laser correction, and fake glasses can still throw this trope off, however.
* In 2014, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry [[InvokedTrope invoked]] this trope for a time.