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[[{{Meganekko}} Bespectacled girls are cute]]. [[TheShortGuyWithGlasses Bespectacled short guys]] are book-smart. Bespectacled [[APrettyBoyIndex pretty boys]], on the other hand, are cool, calm and collected. It's not uncommon for them to also be intelligent and [[{{Badass}} kick ass in a fight]], [[BadassBookworm as this character type tends to be where the opposing viewpoints of]] "[[NerdGlasses glasses are for nerds]]" and "glasses look cool" converge.

Most commonly, the glasses in question are of the narrow, thin-rimmed sort to avoid obscuring the bishy boy's pretty face, though they can be prone to [[ScaryShinyGlasses shining spookily]]. Also, God help you if TheGlassesComeOff. If you're dangerous even without removing them, they are SpecsOfAwesome. If you're a [[BastardBoyfriend cold, sadistic]] but [[MrFanservice hot]] LoveInterest type as well as a spectacled guy, then you might be a BespectacledBastardBoyfriend. If you've got the cold and sadistic but not the love interest, you might have FourEyesZeroSoul.

Bonus points for the character also has [[LongHairedPrettyBoy long hair]]; double if it's worn in a ponytail. See also the "little round glasses" option of MaskPower.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Nagayama from ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan''. Inverted with Maruo.
* Gendo Ikari from Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion manages stoicism because ''[[MemeticMutation EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN.]]''
* Mamoru from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' wears reading glasses in the manga, and he's adorable in them.
* Jin from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', with the double points for long ponytail (he's a big fangirl draw). [[spoiler:The glasses didn't actually do anything. He'd apparently adopted them as a disguise (seriously ineffective; the only time it fools anyone looking for him was because the searcher had heard Jin wore glasses but he happened to ''not'' be wearing them currently), but it's still a serious BadAss moment when TheGlassesComeOff in the finale because it means he's past hiding behind the disguise]].
* Gilbert G.P. Guilford from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. And then he goes for stoic CoolShades...
* Tieria Erde from ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'', although his glasses are fairly big.
* Uryu Ishida and his dad from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Uryu in particular fits the "where nerdy and cool converge" part of the trope description, being 1st in his class, a highly skilled warrior, and a dorkily obsessive sewing fanboy. Zangetsu fits this trope as well
* Lord Il Palazzo from ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', though he wears the small type of glasses that don't cover your eyes. Also, he's not very collected.
* Kyouya from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. He's at his scariest when TheGlassesComeOff...because he's at his scariest [[NotAMorningPerson when he's just woken up.]]
* Nagato Yuki of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is female, but gravitates more toward this trope than the typical {{Meganekko}}. She loses her glasses near the end of the first book and, from there, goes through TinMan development.
** The rather popular gender-flipped fan project turns her into a full example in that said male variant is an aloof bishonen.
* Chiga in ''SeitokaichouNiChuukoku'', who is one of the best fighters in the dojo but still occasionally blushes.
* Subversion: Ryoki from ''HotGimmick'' comes across as emotionally distant in his introduction, but later on develops strong feelings for the female lead in [[LoveMakesYouCrazy his own twisted way]].
* Mikami from ''Manga/DeathNote'' appears to be yet another subversion: he comes across as polite, incisive, determined, quiet and intelligent (he also gets bonus style points for his long black hair and smart clothes) - until he's properly introduced and we get to see just how twisted his psyche is.
* Takahata-Sensei from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Thin glasses, check. Hawt, Asuna is convinced at least so check. {{Badass}}, double check. Expression ranges from bemused smile to mildly concerned frown even in the midst of combat, check.
* Joui in ''PsychoBusters''
* Rin from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' is another female example. The first episode also hints that she's BlindWithoutEm, although she still manages to kick ass pretty well despite losing her glasses every now and then.
* Takami Ichiro of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is a good example of the convergence of nerdy and cool: an intelligent, strategic thinker, and the quarterback of a football team. Maybe athletic glasses aren't the best choice for looking suave, but they're much more practical.
* Kunimitsu Tezuka and Sadaharu Inui of ''Manga/PrinceOfTennis''. The latter in particular is prone to a constant state of ScaryShinyGlasses. So mcuh that his eyes are ''very'' seldom seen - which is a RunningGag in one of the chibi episodes, where he constantly covers his eyes when he loses his glasses.
** Yuushi Oshitari from Hyoutei too, and he's got the long hair to go with it. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when he reveals that he doesn't really need glasses, he just wears them because he's going for this look.
** Also Hiroshi Yagyuu from Rikkai and Eishirou Kite from Higa, who borders on [[BespectacledBastardBoyfriend kichiku megane]].
** Subverted in Hyoutei's Hiyoshi, who fits the associated traits for the trope and actually ''needs'' glasses, but wears contact lenses instead.
* Shino of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a pair of stoic ''shades'' which constantly cover his eyes, even during side views. It's even become somewhat of a running gag among the fandom that his eyes have never been seen.
** Also, Kabuto. Oh, ''God'', where do we start with him? Let's see... long hair. Bonus because it's white. The glasses, obviously... which he often pushes up, and which seem to ''[[ScaryShinyGlasses shine on their own, often with little light]]''. And several cool character traits, but mostly being that he's [[FourEyesZeroSoul sadistic]].
* Maiza Avaro from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has a pair, which serves as a quick visual note of his position as the [[TheMafia Martillo family's]] bookkeeper. [[spoiler: When Firo takes his place around the 1970's, he also acquires a pair of entirely decorative glasses -- primarily to look smarter and older.]]
* [[Anime/RahXephon Dr. Itsuki Kisaragi]], as pictured above, seems to have been genetically engineered for the purposes of fulfilling this trope.
* Hirato from ''Manga/{{Karneval}}'' fits this to a T
* Kakei, from one of Creator/{{Clamp}}'s lesser known manga, ''Manga/LegalDrug''. Bonus points in that he wears a lab coat, no word on if he's actually a doctor or not. Also very pretty (of course, it's Creator/{{Clamp}}) and dangerously GenreSavvy.
* Kairi of the manga ''NightmareInspector'' is most definitely this, and gets the long ponytail bonus points. ...However, he's also a CloudCuckoolander.
* Spoofed in a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' {{Yonkoma}}, where StoicSpectacles can make even the most HotBlooded of {{Idiot Hero}}es look like an intelligent bishie.
-->'''[[MazingerZ Kouji]]:''' I can put on a pair of glasses and...''[[BishieSparkle Voila!]]'' See how intelligent I look?
-->'''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka]]:''' ...''Whoa.''
* Eriol from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
** His predecessor Clow Reed goes for the glasses-long hair-ponytail trifecta. He's more friendly and not quite as stoic, though. Eriol got all the stoicness, while Fujitaka might as well be filed under {{Meganekko}}.
* Austria from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''.
** Sweden counts too, though he's more of a GentleGiant than a stoic character.
* Satoshi in ''Manga/DNAngel''. In fact, it's hinted that his glasses has something to do with suppressing his emotions to keep his SuperpoweredEvilSide at bay.
* Aion from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', complete with the long ponytail. However, while he enjoys keeping up an appearance of being stoic, he has several moments where he reveals a more dramatic side--indeed, flashbacks that show him without the glasses have him being much more emotional, and when he loses the glasses in the final battle his motives are revealed and he's ''much'' more emotional.
* Luna from ''HeliosEclipse''. ''Slightly'' subverted as he emotes just fine.
* Sugata Eishirou from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' fits this well. He generally has the same expression on his face, he's the SmartGuy of the group, and he fights bears on a regular basis.
* Abel Nightroad from ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. {{Bishonen}}? Check. Ponytail? Check. However, he tends towards a rather hyper personality, except for when he goes [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass badass.]]
** Badass is almost exclusively when TheGlassesComeOff.
* William T. Spears of ''Manga/BlackButler''. Bishi? Check. Stoic? Check. Glassed? Oddly enough geeky, but check. Badass? CHECK. I wonder what would happen if he took the glasses off...
** [[BlindWithoutEm Turns out he actually really needs them.]]
* ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'' introduces new butler Claude Faustus. He's basically William T. Spears with more unruly hair... until TheGlassesComeOff.
* Karasuma Kirio of ''KamichamaKarin'' is a parody of this character type; he appears to be this for about the first five minutes he appears, and then the MoodWhiplash starts and his [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain true personality]] comes to light.
* Kyousuke Kishi of ''YozakuraQuartet''.
* Verde from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' doubles as a HotScientist with a dash of NerdsAreSexy.
** Also, Chikusa.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'s'' Vash the Stampede can wear his specs and remain the [[LoveFreak lovable]] [[IdiotHero goofball]]. Or he can put them on dramatically, with a [[ScaryShinyGlasses bit of shine]], and go [[ImplacableMan implacable]].
* Griffith Lowran from ''ANime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. Also serves as the NumberTwo to [[TheCaptain Hayate]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Yagami]].
* There's a generic {{shoujo}} manga called ''Megane Ouji'' (or "Four-Eyed Prince" in the USA) that's built around this trope. The main love interest wears glasses and is quiet, aloof, bookish and generally blunt. However, at night he [[TheGlassesGottaGo takes off his glasses]], dons an apron and works as a bartender. While at his job he takes on a personality of a [[ChivalrousPervert flirty]], warm and chipper character. He later explains to the main character that as a child he was shuffled around to be raised by several relatives, and took on whatever persona that seemed to please his current foster parents, resulting in the split.
* Koganei of ''TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' fits this to a tee.
* The methodical, quiet monk and writer Seishin Muroi in ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'' fits this extremely well, right down to wearing the small, half-framed style of glasses common with the trope.
* Soubi from ''{{Loveless}}'', complete with intelligence, badass magic fighting skills, and long hair which is sometimes pulled back. Also prone to TheGlassesComeOff before wordspell battles.
* Barnaby Brooks Jr. from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. He even had a fan club back in the HeroAcademy based off of them.
* [[{{Tsundere}} Soichi]] of ''TheTyrantFallsInLove'' has long, pale hair, often tied back in a ponytail, is intelligent and wears glasses, but that's about where it stops. Being an extreme {{tsundere}} and all. And it only gets worse after the glasses come off (during sex) and the ponytail comes undone (also during sex), both to make him more traditionally {{uke}}-ish.
** Morinaga's older brother, Kunihiro, would be a better example. At least until [[spoiler: the raping begins, during which he isn't so collected for obvious reasons.]]
* Subverted by Hidenori from ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''. While his glasses does make him ''look'' stoic, it's just a paper-thin shell that hides his ''LargeHam'' tendencies. [[spoiler:This is not to say he doesn't wear those for vision purposes; he has 40/20 vision ''without''.]]
* Keima Katsuragi from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', who only breaks his stone cold stoicism to gush about his {{dating sim}}s.
* Wolf Haruto from ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega'', who also doubles with TheGlassesComeOff when he dons his cloth.
* Jin in ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'' sports these, which is quite effective for his role as TheCasanova.
* Rei Ryugazaki in "Anime/{{Free}}" wears a mean pair. Occasionally subverted in his interactions with Nagisa.
* Kneesocks from ''Anime/PantyandStocking'' wears glasses and never lets her emotions go over-the-top, without a good reason [[SiblingYinYang unlike her sister whose anger and impulsiveness is partly the reason why they fail a lot of the time.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Despite being blue and furry, Beast of Comicbook/{{X-Men}} is often seen wearing glasses. Expect a sarcastic quote, usually from a work of Shakespeare, when he is wearing these. Never seen when he's pummeling evil mutants.
** Reading glasses are not needed to punch and kick, and would likely get broken just by the stunts Beast pulls.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Western example: Morpheus from ''Film/TheMatrix'', despite having circular pince-nez (no earpieces!), is definitely a stoic badass with glasses.
* Jonathan Crane of ''Film/BatmanBegins'' is all about this trope. Largely calm and stoic, intelligent, good looking and wears glasses, but he's also a psychopath who gasses people with fear toxins. True to trope, heaven help you when he takes them off.
* There is an example of this trope in the third Thin Man film. The character is a crime boss named Vogel who probably also qualifies as a SmugSnake. What's amusing is that once the glasses are gone, he's worthless in a fight. Against a ditzy blonde.
* Pasha in ''Film/DoctorZhivago''. Even more so later [[spoiler: when he becomes the Red Army commissar Srelnikov.]]
* Milo Hoffman in ''AntiTrust'' wears glasses to read and work on his computer. Seeing as he's played by Ryan Phillipe, the thick-framed monstrosities just make him look all the hotter.
* GregoryPeck as Atticus Finch in the ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird'' movie.
* In ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' George Smiley's no bishonen, being on the older side of middle-aged and rather ordinary looking, but he does wear glasses, and he is certainly stoic.
* Juror #4(E.G. Marshall) in ''TwelveAngryMen'' is a " rational stockbroker, unflappable, self-assured, and analytical" and the only juror who wears glasses.
* Peter in ''Film/TheRoom'', a somewhat uptight but reasonably intelligent (by this film's standards, anyway) psychiatrist.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series, Jeff Higgins wears NerdGlasses for normal reasons. However, due to a combination of spectacles being rare in the 17th century and Jeff [[TookALevelInBadass taking several levels in badass]], many down-timers conclude that he is a cold killer who uses spectacles to see his victims better.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Jamie Hyneman. Not bishonen, and definitely no ponytail. But he is one aloof, stoic, spectacled, kickass [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Mythbuster]].
** No, he's not bishonen, but there are certainly plenty of people who find the man damn sexy.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Tenth Doctor.]] It's possible [[PurelyAestheticGlasses he doesn't need them]], but they still make him look even more {{badass}}.
** The Fifth Doctor looked cuter in the specs. And that's where Tennant got the idea.....
* ''DarkAngel'''s Alec as Simon Lehane. [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v234/mousebumples/JAckles/jensen-da211a.jpg See]].
** Or, you know, ''Logan''.
* Kamen Rider:
** [[http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Itsuro_Takuma Itsuro Takuma]], the Centipede Orphenoch from ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]''.
** The [[http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Kanai Giraffa Undead]] in Series/KamenRiderBlade.
** People possessed by [[TheCasanova Urataros]] in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' (and his later appearances in the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise) gain these.
** [[http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Bishop Bishop]] from Series/KamenRiderKiva
* Giles from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is the grand master of stoicism ''and'' spectacles. However, he averts the trope in the season 5 finale when he ''puts his glasses on'' to [[spoiler: smother Ben, the human counterpart to the god, Glory]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Daniel Jackson leans towards this, especially in the first season. He has big round 90s glasses, though.
** In season 10, some wonderful person got Daniel new glasses with a more angular shape. They took Daniel from [[http://www.stargatecaps.com/sg1/s4/401/html/737.html cute geek]] to [[http://www.stargatecaps.com/sg1/s10/1015/html/bounty0195.html GUH]].
* Spencer Reid of ''Series/CriminalMinds, though his glasses are, like the Tenth Doctor's, not always present.
* Joe Gibken of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' gets these during the [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megaranger]] tribute episode, which involved the core cast becoming High School students for the day. This was in order to gain the [[{{Macguffin}} Greater Power]] of the Megarangers who were High School Students during their series, while their representitive has become a teacher at their school.
* SherlockHolmes, emotionally-detached BadassBookworm par excellence, wears little round reading glasses in a few scenes of Series/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmesAndDoctorWatson.
* Mr. Harris, the strangely intense chemistry teacher in ''Series/TeenWolf''. If this show wasn't live-action, you could expect ScaryShinyGlasses to be invoked for emphasis.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kristoph Gavin in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', [[spoiler:at least until they get [[ScaryShinyGlasses scary and shiny]] and you realize that he's a case of FourEyesZeroSoul]].
** Edgeworth gets himself a pair of these in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]''.
* Jade Curtiss, the resident DeadpanSnarker of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Bonus points for long hair (He has his hair in a loose braid in one of his outfits, and a loose ponytail in another). Also very prone to the ''ScaryShinyGlasses'' trope. And TheGlassesComeOff? Yeah. About the only time the glasses ever come off is in the final confrontation between the BigBad and the party.
** Which is bad news for the BigBad, since those glasses act as a PowerLimiter for the spell that Jade has cast on [[RedEyesTakeWarning his eyes]].
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]] (who seriously should be his own trope) isn't bishonen, but he does have a ponytail wrapped inside that high collar, and he certainly has enough fangirls. As a bonus, we see him in recordings ten years prior, when we was unspectacled and much more emotional. Post-spectacling, he gets emotional exactly '''once''', and [[ItsPersonal that's personal]].
* Kyosuke Kagami from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''.
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3 The Sorrow]]. He doesn't fight much, but he's easily TheStoic and probably the smartest of the Cobras- at least, he's the most normal. He also has his own creepy version of TheGlassesComeOff - when he's about to show someone [[spoiler:the ghosts of everyone they've killed]], he cries blood and his glasses shatter.
* Citan Uzuki, of VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}, lets us know this way that he's both the most intelligent person and best fighter in the world.
* Roxis from ''ManaKhemia'' is this trope all over the place. Intelligent? Check. Stoic? Check? Long hair swept back in a ponytail? Check. Can also kinda throw down: though the storyline likes to suggest that he isn't hugely powerful, in battles he's actually pretty awesome.
* Jin, the doctor from ''[[HarvestMoon Harvest Moon: Tree Of Tranquility]]''. He has a ponytail, too.
** And Lloyd in ''[[HarvestMoon Grand Bazaar]]''. He doesn't have a ponytail, but his hair is still on the long side.
* Arcade Gannon of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''.
* Lazard Deusericus from Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.
* [[RareFemaleExample Miriel]] and Laurent from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' are both [[SpockSpeak stoic]], [[HotWitch good]]-[[{{Bishonen}} looking]] glasses-wearers who are also [[BadassBookworm badass in fights]]. Though Laurent's hair is short, his glasses ''are'' [[ScaryShinyGlasses shiny on occasion]] (according to text, anyway).
* Another RareFemaleExample: Xion from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2''. She wears glasses and speaks with a slow, deliberate, almost creepy monotone.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Chapel, from ''Webcomic/TheChapelChronicles'' constantly wears granny glasses -- perhaps she even sleeps with them on.
* Mordecai, from ''LackadaisyCats''. Add points for OCD about symmetry and a partner with only one eye.
* Liz from ''{{Blip}}''. Even though she's female, her glasses and demeanor imply stoicism rather than vulnerability. Bonus points for the fact that, as a shape shifter, she doesn't even need glasses.
* Momba Kawunei from ''TheWaterPhoenixKing.'' As an Archer it makes sense that he'd worry more about vision than vanity, though he's the first glasses-wearing warrior we've seen so far. His rivals (make that ''late'' in one case) may have mistaken them for NerdGlasses, but [[SingleStrokeDuel not for long.]] Even more badass for wielding a weapon ''completely'' unsuitable for use by someone with lenses, and being good enough to get away with it.
* Sven Bianchi from ''QuestionableContent'' wears these ''and'' has long, flowing hair. Apart from geeky Wil, he's the only male character to wear glasses, and they certainly don't detract from his appeal to women.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[FobbiesAreBorange Jeff Andonuts]]. Bonus points to that he is sometimes depicted with [[http://mestephen.com/fab/wiki/images/4/46/Jeff.png his voice actor's former long hair]].
* Doug Walker's suave ''[[WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses Ask That Guy]]'' persona.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Charles Foster Ofdensen from ''{{Metalocalypse}}''. As long as [[MemeticMutation you don't fuck with his bread and butter]], that is.
* Owen Burnett, David Xanatos' [[RightHandHottie right hand]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
* TransformersAnimated has Prowl, tall, stoic, he's a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Ninja]] and his eyes(?) make him look like he's wearing sunglasses.
** Maybe he is, maybe they are his eyes, who knows.
* ''{{Daria}}'''s title character is a RareFemaleExample: thick [[FanNickname manstopper glasses]], and [[EmotionlessGirl very, very stoic]].
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