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->''"These sunglasses sure make it hard to see in the dark, but I refuse to take them off because I'm an [[{{Eagleland}} American]] and Americans ''always'' wear sunglasses!"''
-->-- '''Bandit Keith''', ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''

Sunglasses serve mainly five purposes:
# To block out the sun or very bright lights from one's vision.
# To cover up [[UhOhEyes disturbing and/or missing eyes]]. (This is the reason why some blind people wear sunglasses In RealLife.)
# [[CoolShades To look]] [[RuleOfCool totally cool.]]
# To hide where [[MaleGaze the gaze]] wanders when passing by. (Actually often combined with the #3 purpose. And most of them usually play poker.)
# To keep track of visions in one's eyes.

Then there are times where a character wears glasses most of the time, if not all the time, even if it's impractical to do so. Sunglasses At Night is a trope where the glasses wearer is known for wearing their shades on even when it's nighttime, when they are fighting and in some occasions, when they are asleep. Most of these characters do it because of reason #2, but for others it is #3, or the whole thing is {{Hand Wave}}d. Sometimes justified because [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual the shades do something unusual]]. Other characters have enhanced senses, so they follow the first reason even at night. Many of the characters wouldn't be as recognizable without them.

A subtrope of CoolShades and UselessAccessory. Compare to SinisterShades. Named for, but mostly unrelated to, a song by Corey Hart.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In Episode 11 of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' Gendo Ikari keeps his sunglasses on despite the fact that NERV is experiencing a station-wide blackout.
* Bandit Keith of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' doesn't take his sunglasses off even when navigating a dark cave in the Duelist Kingdom saga, something that gets made fun of in WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries.
* Rei-kun of ''KodomoNoOmocha'' wears his sunglasses wherever he goes to show his devotion to Sana-chan, who picked him up off the street when he was homeless and made him her manager. She thinks it's cool, therefore that's what he wears.
* Noriaki Kakyoin from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Stardust Crusaders starts wearing sunglasses 24/7 after [[spoiler: The Geb seriously injures his eyes and he spends several arcs recovering.]] He still keeps them on during the final battle. Which happens naturally at night.
* Kamina of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' wore his famous orange sunglasses all the time even though he spent most of his life ''underground with no knowledge of the sun's existence'' ([[FridgeLogic which makes you wonder]] how he even got them in the first place). However, the color of those sunglasses may imply he's wearing to help him [[FridgeBrilliance see in the dark]].
** Simon sports an epic, red pair later on even though [[spoiler:he's ''in outer space'', in the core of a moon-sized mecha and not near any apparent natural light source]].
** Boota, too. Who is a pig.
* Scar of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' wears them to conceal his [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]], a sign of his Ishvalan heritage.
** For the same reason, Major Miles up at Briggs. That, and preventing snow-blindness.
* Shino Aburame of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has never been without his sunglasses, nor has any other member of his [[TheClan clan]].
** This has lead to [[WildMassGuessing a popular fan theory that the bugs in his body have eaten out his eyes, serve as his eyes, or have augmented them in some way]]
** Killer Bee is also always wearing sunglasses, even in his first appearance where he's coming out of a dark cave.
* Harima from ''SchoolRumble'' is almost never without his shades.
** Also, during the survival game (which takes place at night) Hanai shows up with a sunglasses, prompting several people to [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade on it]]. Granted, eye protection was required due to the nature of the game, but nobody said you can't just wear a visor.
* 7th squad lieutenant Iba Tetsuzaemon and the Vaizard Aikawa Love from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. When Mr. Chang does it, it's {{Badass}}. When Lotton the Wizard does it...not so much.
* Yamaki in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' only has his sunglasses off for about a minute of his total screentime, if that, and is often literally wearing them at night (or indoors in a darkened room). They also function as SinisterShades, even though he retains them [[spoiler:after changing his mind and allying with the Tamers]].
** Satsuma (aka [[DubNameChange Samson]]) in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', on the other hand, is literally ''never'' seen not wearing his. He even ''drove at night'' still wearing them. [[spoiler:It ended with a fiery car wreck of course, although the accident was not the fault of his shades.]]
* Despite being a nocturnal vampire, [[{{Hellsing}} Alucard]] is prone to his trademark shades. When we first meet him he wears those orange sunglasses of his. He also wears them in that dark basement back at Hellsing Manor.
* Although he's seen without them half the time, Mera from ''{{TOKYO TRIBE}} 2'' sometimes wears his sunglasses inside, outside, and at night. Sometimes he wears them so much, that his commander Buppa has to order him to take them off whenever inside.
* Numata from ''KurosagiCorpseDeliveryService''. As it turns out, it's [[spoiler:to honour his dowsing mentor, who told him that a man should always hide his tears. Numata tends to be overly emotional partly due to a rather crappy childhood.]]
* Bear Walken and Bunji Kugashira of ''{{Gungrave}}'' both perpetually wear sunglasses. Bear's eyes are seen [[spoiler:just before his death]] in the anime, Bunji's never are.
* Mamoru from ''UntilDeathDoUsPart''; justified in that he's blind and they allow him to kind of see (example [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/until_death_do_us_part/v01/c001/11.html here]]).
* King Kai of ''Manga/DragonBall Z''. Master Roshi as well.
* Nanba-san of ''LivingGame'' appears without her sunglasses for only two or three panels out of 100-odd chapters.
* Shizuo Heiwajima from ''{{Durarara}}'' evidently sees no reason to take off his sunglasses when the sun goes down or he's off the job. Given that they're implied to be a gift from Tom, he probably just clings to them like he does [[LimitedWardrobe his other]] {{Memento MacGuffin}}s.
* Michiko in ''MichikoToHatchin''. On one occasion, she's not only driving her scooter at night while wearing sunglasses, it's also raining to boot!
* Younger Togoro of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' he only removes them when the fighting gets serious.
* Quattro Bajeena (Char Aznable) from ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' wears his shades, even in space.
* Prime Minister Wong in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' sports a pair of these as well, and takes them off exactly ''once'' in the whole series.
* The three "Hunters" from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' Bando, The Unknown Man, and The Agent. [[spoiler: Bando's is partially justified, as he set up flash bombs on the beach, and he kept the glasses on, on the off chance he'd get into fight.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the blacksmith Nimaiya Ouetsu sports shades. He only removes them when he forges a sword, since he needs to be able to tell the color of the flames.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' wears ruby-quartz sunglasses when he's in his street clothes to [[PowerIncontinence keep his eye beams at bay]].
* Hex, from ''TangentComics'', as part of his obsession with being, and being considered, cool.
* For no real reason, TheDCU's ''Kid Eternity'' never takes off his sunglasses.
* SpiderMan's enemy DoctorOctopus. (In the mini-seres ''Spider-Man/Dr. Octopus Negative Exposure'', he tells a photographer that there's a reason for this: the accident that bonded his tentacles to him also made his eyes very sensitive to light. [[spoiler: In the final issue of the mini-series, the photographer uses this knowledge to help Spider-Man defeat him. After the villain's glasses are knocked off, he aims a camera with a flash directly in his face, which blinds him long enough for the hero to clock him.]]
* {{Blade}} from MarvelComics wears shades because his eyes are sensitive to light. He can also see in the dark, so wearing them at night is no big deal.
* The Corinthian of Neil Gaiman's ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Justified, in that he has tiny mouths with razor-sharp teeth where his eyes should be. We get several brief sequences from his POV in ''The Doll's House'' that include a blue tint to show this. In the second scene with him it becomes extra-clear that he's wearing sunglasses (rather than just standing in shadow) when a would-be mugger knocks them off and he has to put them back on a few panels later. [[EyeScream Needless to say, you really shouldn't touch the shades.]]
* The Anarchist of ''XForce'' (later X-Statix) always wore his tinted sunglasses. Always. Even in a flashback to his childhood and when he was otherwise naked, like in the shower. It's implied that his eyes are overly sensitive to light, and that they're prescription.
* Matt in ''{{Dramacon}}'' wears sunglasses for the third reason.
* The vampiric Cassidy from ''{{Preacher}}'' wears sunglasses 24/7 (except during flashbacks to his human life). Towards the end of the book, we find out why. [[spoiler:His eyes are bloodshot]]
** And before that, every time they come off the reaction is, "My god, what happened to your eyes?!?"
* The titular character from Mr. X always wears sunglasses. Presumably to cover up the damage that years of drug-assisted sleep deprivation have done.
* A different Mr. X, a {{Wolverine}} villain and former member of the ''{{Thunderbolts}}'', also wears sunglasses all day, every day. He's first encountered by his new T-Bolts teammates at a ballet performance; Paladin took care to notify him that he looked like an asshole wearing sunglasses indoors at night.
* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' ''never'' shows his eyes in most adaptions. If he's not in costume and wearing his mask, or in shadow, he's wearing sunglasses.
* In the swedish comic ''Hälge'' we have [[BloodKnight Uffe]]. This trope gets discussed, deconstructed and lampshaded in one strip where we see him walk into trees and other stuff in the middle of the night. Apparently he wears them all the time cause he doesn't want people to see that he has friendly baby blue eyes.
* For a time at least, ''WonderMan'' was a case 3, wearing sunglasses so the ionic energy constantly glowing in his eyes wouldn't freak people out. He eventually got over it.
* Pinkie briefly in ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' #6, who even wears them on the moon. Rainbow is quick to tell her to take them off when she complains about not being able to see.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* Ghost from Fanfic/YetAgain wears these [[spoiler: due to being blind as reason three and they allow him to read as reason four]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Ringo constantly wears his fake (solid obsidian) sunglasses to hide the fact that he's walking around with his eyes closed all the time. Mostly it's just an affectation, though. And he loses the glasses when they get turned into a living creature.
* Elliot of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' wears sunglasses ''in his own house'', which the LemonyNarrator [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]].
* The worshipers of the Signless in ''Fanfic/{{Cultstuck}}'' wear dark glasses at all times to hide the color of their eyes (which would give away the color of their blood, and thus their former position in the hemospectrum). The glasses serve no other purpose; besides being nocturnal, they live ''underground''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkFury'', mercenary boss Junner is wearing sunglasses in a completely artificially-lid spaceship. Justified in the case of Riddick, since he's blinded by any sources of light.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' is practically the TropeNamer here.
--> '''Elwood:''' It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.
--> '''Jake:''' Hit it.
* Most films derived from HGWells' ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' include sunglasses in the disguise.
* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Film/TheMatrix'' wears their sunglasses at night, at fights, at eating ... at least while they're inside the virtual world. Real world, not so much. (Albeit mostly because you can't even see the sun in the real world, let alone find an intact pair of sunglasses.)
* Riddick from ''Film/PitchBlack'' wears not just sunglasses, but welding goggles, because his eyes have been altered to be super-sensitive to any light, as recounted in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay''. As a consequence, his eyeballs see things in just-next-to total darkness in high resolution, and anything overly bright burns them.
* Vince in ''MyScienceProject'' wears sunglasses all the time. When asked why he is wearing them at night, he answers "Because when you're cool, the sun shines on you 24 hours a day."
* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. The first one used sunglasses to hide his damaged eye (he only wore sunglasses after it was damaged). The second one was entirely RuleOfCool. Being a {{Cyborg}} definitely helps with the vision problems normally associated with this trope.
* The ''Film/MenInBlack'' also [[GogglesDoSomethingUnusual use their shades for a purpose]]: It keeps them from being affected by their [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory-erasing Neuralizer]].
* Averted in ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' by Humma Kavula, who wears glasses that look like eyes over empty eye-sockets....
** In [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the TV series]] Zaphod Beeblebrox also doesn't take off his sunglasses in a cave because they are "peril-chromatic," that is, they turn black at the slightest hint of danger, thus preventing you from seeing anything that might alarm you.
** One of the {{Feelies}} with [[VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the text adventure game]] was a set of peril-sensitive sunglasses. [[spoiler:They're entirely opaque]].
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Cyclops has to wear sunglasses everywhere at all times or things tend to get destroyed by his eye beams.
** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Sabretooth taunts a young Cyclops by telling him that it's a little too dark to be wearing sunglasses. Of course, Cyclops [[EyeBeams kind of needs to wear them]].
* Worn by the [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] soldiers in the cliche-ridden ''MegasharkVersusGiantOctopus'', even in poorly-lit laboratories and interrogation rooms.
* ''SchoolForScoundrels'' has BillyBobThornton's "{{sensei|forscoundrels}}" have his loser students do as part of their "training" - wear sunglasses all the time, day or night, inside and outside. Eventually, the main character gives up once he realizes that his mentor is full of crap and tells his friends (who keep doing that) that they look stupid.
* Phil Coulson wears them in the opening scene of ''Film/TheAvengers'', most likely so that he can do a dramatic GlassesPull.
* Invoked in ''Film/TheEliteSquad'' when Renan is told to put on shades while indoors to hide his pink eye.
* The Italian cab driver in ''Night On Earth'' gripes about the lack of street lighting in Rome. His passenger points out he's still wearing his sunglasses.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Crowley from ''Literature/GoodOmens''. As Hastur comments, "He wears sunglasses even when he don't need to. Flash bastard." When they [[strike:fall]] melt off at one point, he's revealed to have [[HellishPupils snake-like eyes]].
* Maciek from ''Ashes and Diamonds''; his character in TheFilmOfTheBook is one of the iconic examples of this trope, arguably one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s. Unlike many later examples, he has an in-story reason for it: his eyesight was damaged fighting for LaResistance in the [[WorldWarII Warsaw Uprising]].
* The main protagonist of Creator/BenElton's 'Stark', one Colin 'CD' Dobson, is constantly wearing sunglasses, even at night and when taking shot at [[spoiler:helicopter. In a complete fluke he actually succeeds in destroying it, which was very likely not his intention]].
* In the first ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book, Butler questions Artemis about why they have to wear sunglasses during their fairy kidnapping attempts at night. [[spoiler:It makes them immune to the fairies' hypnosis powers as the sunglasses have mirrored lenses and the Mesmer won't work on strong minds without eye contact.]]
* In William Gibson's [[SprawlTrilogy Sprawl]] stories, Molly Kolodny (aka Molly Millions, Sally Shears, etc.) in ''{{Neuromancer}}'', ''MonaLisaOverdrive'', and the short story "Johnny Mnemonic" never takes her mirrorshades off. Because they're implanted into her face.
** For that matter, Sublett in Gibson's book ''VirtualLight'' has mirrored contacts he wears all the time due to a light allergy.
* In the DaleBrown novel ''Edge of Battle'' it is noted that "Comandante Veracruz" wears sunglasses almost all the time.
* In ''GauntsGhosts'' novels Ezrah ap Niht wears sunglasses given to him by Varl almost all the time, even indoors.
* Joe Pike from the books of Robert Crais wears glasses all the time including literally at night. It was seven books before we found out his eye color. This is part of his extreme stoicism and when they do come off in ''L.A. Requiem'' it's symbolic.
* ''Sunglasses After Dark'' is the first book of Nancy Collins' series about Sonja Blue, a light-sensitive vampire who wears just those.
* The 1980's pulp hero John Thomas Rourke in ''The Survivalist'' series by Jerry Ahern. This is due to his sensitivity to light, and he is always seen wearing them on the book covers.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/HardGay''.
* Clifford of ''TheMuppets'', except in ''MuppetsTonight''. It seems likely that "classic" Clifford doesn't have eyes under the shades, so taking them off would be a bit NightmareFuel.
** Fozzie also wore them one episode, after the band declared him officially hip. He spent the rest of the episode bumping into things from wearing them indoors.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. Romo Lampkin wears his sunglasses constantly, even in the dark corridors of Galactica. He is however a kleptomaniac lawyer who wouldn't want people to see where he's looking. Not to mention the times he finds it useful to [[TheGlassesComeOff remove them for effect]] (e.g. when he's interviewing Caprica Six).
* Cameron from ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' did this, though as part of a ShoutOut to the T-800 of the above films.
* The Doctor in ''DoctorWho'', briefly in season five's "The Hungry Earth". Justified in that they're night vision sunglasses.
* TheManShow suggested doing this when walking on the street to ogle women without getting noticed.
* CSIMiami: Horatio Caine, though the main purpose seems less to avoid glare and more to [[GlassesPull put them on or take them off dramatically]].
* In the fifth season ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode ''Changing Channels'', the main characters are trapped inside various television shows. This trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a thinly veiled CSIMiami parody:
--> '''Sam:''' "You gotta calm down."
--> '''Dean:''' "Calm down? I'm wearing sunglasses at night. You know who does that? [[TakeThat No talent douchebags]]."
* PlayedForLaughs in an episode of ''Series/MyHero'': The crew walk down the street at night in shades. George starts to veer off to the side, and is pulled back by Tyler. He then remarks "Can't see a thing!"
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* Hom from ''Webcomic/WelcomeToRoom305'' never takes his sunglasses off. [[UpToEleven He wears them in bed as well]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* The aptly titled CoreyHart song "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sunglasses]] [[TropeNamers At Night]]".
* The 69 Eyes song "Gothic Girl" says that the eponymous character "loves her sunglasses after dark".
* SoulAsylum's "April Fool" :
-->''Night driving without headlights,''
-->''Wearin' sunglasses too.''
-->''Lookin' good but sure don't feel right,''
-->''Anything to be cool.''
* Music/TomWaits' "Burma Shave". It turns out to be a [[DownerEnding bad idea]].
* Music/TheCramps' "Sunglasses After Dark" claims it's a way "to be cool in one easy lesson" - even if you can't actually see anything.
-->Uh, where am I, by the way?
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''{{Peanuts}}'' - Snoopy, in his "Joe Cool" guise.
* ''{{Candorville}}'' - Clyde even wears his in bed.
* Uncle Duke in ''{{Doonesbury}}'' wears his all the time. His eyes would be pretty messed up if you saw them, [[ImmuneToDrugs for obvious reasons]]. This is confirmed in Duke's first appearance, where he's lying catatonic and shadesless in the guest bedroom of Zonker's parents. His eyes look pretty freaked.
** Duke's relatively sane son Earl also wears sunglasses all the time.
* It took aliens from space reversing his personality to finally get [[BloomCounty Steve Dallas]] to stop wearing his 24/7, and even THAT was only temporary.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Phil from ''Theatre/TheShapeOfThings'' wears sunglasses on the top of his head constantly. His fiance, after having broken up with him, comments: "And Phil? You don't really need sunglasses at night."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Johnny Cage from ''MortalKombat'', was always known for his $500 sunglasses, but starting with ''MK Trilogy'', he stopped taking them off before a battle.
* John Crawley and Mr. Big from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' both go into battle with their sunglasses on. They would come off only [[ClothingDamage when the opponent knocked them off their face]].
** In Mr. Big's ''KingOfFighters'' appearances, the glasses stay intact throughout the battle, as with Clark and Choi. In ''KOF: '98'', Clark actually puts his glasses on '''before''' the match.
* Not only does the Duck King from ''FatalFury'' wears his glasses in battle and at night, but he changes to a new pair for each new costume he wears. Cheng Sinzan also sports shades in battle after his initial game appearance.
* ''CaptainCommando'' is always seen with sunglasses, always. He even transforms into superhero by putting on [[TransformationTrinket a pair of sunglasses]] over another pair.
* Damnd/Thrasher from ''FinalFight''.
* Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' fits in the classes 2 and 3
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' by J.C Denton - "My vision is augmented."
** This is after he's been called out on it by Agent Navarre - "Don't tell me you're going to wear those sunglasses during a night-time operation..."
** Coincidentally, there's a very infamous "[[Website/ItHeSoftware anti-walkthrough]]" (how to completely take apart the game in normal play) for ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' called [[http://www.it-he.org/deus.htm Sunglasses at Night]].
** ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' continues the tradition, going so far as to have sunglasses one of Adam Jensen's ''augmentations''. One possible NPC [[LampshadeHanging response]] is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xd0LO04tis "Nice sunglasses, but it's night time, you dig?"]]
*** Part of that has to do with the fact that Adam has ElectronicEyes and likely wants to hide that. It doesn't help that there's plenty of anti-augmentation feelings going around. Besides, as he mentions in the trailer, he "never asked for this".
* Sissel [[spoiler: (actually Yomiel)]] in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' always wears sunglasses, even though the game takes place entirely during the night. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as he's a ghost, and they don't hinder his vision.
** [[spoiler: Justified even more because he saw the body he thought was his wearing sunglasses, and as a cat he didn't know what those black things on the face were for. As for Yomiel, with him it's probably just because of RuleOfCool.]]
* Wesker in ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, but from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' onward, he has a reason.[[note]]Who in their right mind would walk around exposing their cat-like eyes in public, anyway?[[/note]] Perhaps the most ridiculous use is when [[spoiler:flashbacks and pictures shows him wearing them in the lab]]. Granted labs do require some form of eye protection but it is still disconcerting when even before he injects his virus, he chooses to wear shades in a foggy nighttime forest and rather dark mansion.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', [[spoiler:These are what help Sheva and Chris defeat him at the end, as they just turn the lights off and shoot him when he starts having trouble seeing them]].
* Roy Koopa from ''SuperMarioBros'' was actually named for his ever present sunglasses ("Roy" as in "Roy Orbison").
* Eggman in the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' game always wears those little blue glasses that hide his eyes for no apparent reasons. Even on dimly-lit space colonies. Maybe they're for protection, right? No, he sometimes covers them up with big black (welding?) goggles. Apparently, in the very visually-detailed 2006 title, Eggman's eyes can be seen behind his glasses, and they're blue.
** The pair he wears on top of his head are basic safety goggles - apparently he builds his robots by hand sometimes - and in the 2006 game you can clearly see that the regular sunglasses serve as micro-computer screens for the Doctor.
* Rude from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. In TheMovie sequel, when his glasses are knocked off and cracked, he simply reaches into his jacket and pulls out another pair.
* Blake Hall from ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger 2'' wears them in the middle of the night...''on the roof of a several-hundred-foot-tall building while standing close to the edge''. Smart guy.
** Played almost literally in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', where you meet a man wearing sunglasses in the middle of Dark Cave (which requires using Flash to navigate through).
* ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'': Proto Man has never removed his sunglasses/visor, in-game or out. The same applies to his [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Ruby-Spears]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork .EXE counterparts]]. (If one piece of art from ''8'' is to be believed, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment he even wears shades under his helmet's visor.]])
** Which is lampshaded by various webcomics like ''BobAndGeorge'' all the time.
* The Boy with Sunglasses from ''MitadakeHigh'' always wears them. Technically it's always night, but the lights inside the school are on unless someone cuts the power...
* [[HandsomeLech Johnny]] of the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' series wears sunglasses even when he fights.
* HeavyRain: Norman Jayden wears his [[JustifiedTrope high-tech, crime scene analysing sunglasses]] indoors and at night.
* [[VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Arthur Kilpatrick]]
* VideoGame/DukeNukem: the titular Duke.
* Sam Burston, one of the punks of ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', wears a pair of sunglasses at all times. The only time you can see him without them is when you beat him in a one-on-one duel: he'll be shown all battered and with his sunglasses broken.
* ''AlphaProtocol's'' Mike Thorton can wear opt to wear sunglasses on any mission, at any time of the day. Most of them take place during the daytime, but a few happen at night, notably the airfield during Desert Shield, the infiltration of Marburg's villa in Deus Vult, and just about every mission in Moscow save the trainyard.
* VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'s sun glasses give your perception stat a bonus regardless of when they're worn, encouraging this trope. There is even a mod that gives the player a perk that causes all sun glasses to grant a massive charisma bonus, but only at night, with RuleOfCool serving as an in-game justification.
* Guido Kandori from ''{{Persona 2}}''. [[EyeScream He has reasons.]]
* The point-and-click adventure game ''Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy'' takes place entirely at night, and the protagonist Joshua Reev wears sunglasses the whole time. He takes them off at the end of the game, just as the sun is rising ([[TheUnReveal though we don't get to see his eyes]]).
* Sasha Nein of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}.'' This serves to cement his "cool secret agent" look and emphasize his [[TheSpock emotional separation from everybody.]] [[{{Fanon}} Fandom]] has speculated that he's photosensitive.
* Kazuhira Miller from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' wears his aviator sunglasses every day, even during a thunderstorm. In addition, Miller wore them in VideoGame/MetalGear2's rereleases, and in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid (although that was actually Liquid Snake disguised as Miller).
** In Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, Marionette Owl wore sunglasses even in places not appropriate (such as indoors during a blackout). It's justified in his case, however, as he was born with a mutant gene that allows him to see in the dark on par with an owl, and its hinted that his eyes as a result of the mutation shine in the dark, thus necessitating eyewear that masks the eyes.
* Lampshaded in ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' with regards to [[UndergroundMonkey underground koopas]].
* Boss, the bartender from ''{{Catherine}}'' wears them [[spoiler:to hide his [[RedEyesTakeWarning unusual red eyes]], which also are a mark of his true identity -- Thomas Mutton, the man giving Vincent nightmares]].
* NightTrap has Tony playing this trope straight. At least one character puts a LampshadeHanging on it by mentioning how strange it is that he wears sunglasses at night. Tony wears them to cover up the fact that his eyes glow green - which is something that vampires in this game have.
* VideoGame/TeamFortress2 - The Sniper always wears his piss-yellow colored tinted shades everywhere, the Engineer always wears welding goggles, the Pyro always wears a gas mask with tinted eye sockets, and other classes have hats that include sunglasses (including the infamous shuttered shades that are part of the so-called "Demopan" getup).
* Speaking of Wesker, there's Goldman from ''HouseOfTheDead''.
** Agent G does this in ''VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill''.
* Cole's best friend Zeke from ''{{VideoGame/Infamous}}'' always wears sunglasses as part of his static model. [[spoiler: This actually undergoes GameplayAndStoryIntegration in the second game, as he's hiding his face so Cole can't work out Zeke has caught the plague.]]
* Johnny Smiles from ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney follows reason #3. Complete with utter disbelief from all parties.
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* Shadehawk of ''AntiheroForHire''. His MissionControl GadgeteerGenius had to make him ''light-amplificating shades''. He insisted, because they [[RuleOfCool look cool.]]
* Brent Sienna from ''PvP''. When he gets a head injury in one story, the bandages get put on ''over his sunglasses.'' He finally takes them off, for one panel, at the altar when he married Jade. He puts them back on afterward, saying he hadn't seen unfiltered daylight in a decade.
** Apparently they were perscription since he's recently started wearing regular glasses.
* Riff from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' never takes his off.
* Slick from ''{{Sinfest}}'' never takes his off, even at the request of the girl he's pursued for the entire life of the comic.
** He finally does take them off, but by then she had already stormed off when his back was turned.
* As literal [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]], Agent Ben and Agent Jerry in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' are never without their shades. This does have the regrettable effect of making them look like the [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20060629.html Blues Brothers.]]
* Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer! of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''.
** He has taken them off on [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080125 one occasion]], though that story may not likely be canon.
** That one may not be canon, but [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100317 this one]] ''is''.
* Shilo from ''{{Rhapsodies}}''
* Rudy Dewclaw, ''KevinAndKell''. [[http://kevinandkell.com/1998/kk1124.html After being told of a night hunting competition in total darkness]], Rudy's teammates all wonder why he is wearing sunglasses (To be fair, though, it's implied that even Rudy's teammates are unable to see anything).
* [[MacHall Ian]] wears ''prescription'' sunglasses, albeit green-lensed ones. It sure makes finding the male toilets in a darkened cinema an interesting experience.
* Johnny Danger of ''Webcomic/LegostarGalactica''.
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', as well as Flute Cop (and all his incarnations), Ralph Wrinkles, Wexter, and Telescope Gun Cop.
* Kazu Ito in MitadakeSaga wears sunglasses (his alias is The Boy With Sunglasses) despite being trapped in a high school. Although it -is- night outside, it's sort of irrelevant.
* In ''AGirlAndHerFed'' all those who have brain implants wear sunglasses all the time, since said implants make them very sensitive to light.
* Liliane in ''Webcomic/{{Frivolesque}}'' is never seen without a pair of sunglasses on. They kinda fit seeing as she's the head of some secret agency, but she also keeps them on when she's casually hanging out with her sister and friends.
* Dave Strider in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', as well as his brother, his post-Scratch version, his post-Scratch player counterpart Dirk, and his troll maybe-girlfriend Terezi all wear shades constantly. Terezi at least has the excuse that [[HandicappedBadass she's blind]].
* Black Monday Blues of ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' is almost never seen without his iconic red shades. In one moment his shades are knocked off and crushed but he simply reaches into his coat and takes out [[http://deadwinter.cc/page/119.htm another pair.]]
** But when it's really dark, [[http://www.deadwinter.cc/page/391.htm he actually takes them off.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' has Mr. Spender, a teacher who wears sunglasses in class.
* Komi from ''Webcomic/{{Darken}}'' is a Drow, so his eyes are very sensitive to light. But when asked why he doesn't take his shades off at night, he confesses they are prescription.
* A variation in ''AirForceBlues'': Barbie is revealed to have been wearing his [[CoolShades aviator shades]] ''under his helmet visor''. Thus, he manages to invoke this trope in broad daylight. [[GroinAttack It's a shame that he couldn't see]] [[FailedASpotCheck that parked generator cart]] on the flightline.
* Mia from ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' is blind but has relatively normal-looking eyes, and tends to wear sunglasses only when she's out and about by herself because she simply [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=142 doesn't look blind enough]] without a cane or guide dog at hand.
** Also possibly for [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=129 protection ]].
* Tom Mustaine from ''SoulSymphony'' wears shades all the time, even in school. It's mostly to make him feel more cool and intimidating.
* Just like Proto Man, Bob from ''BobAndGeorge'' wears shades all the time, with or without his helmet.
** Proto Man did show his eyes once, in "The Aftermath of X". His mind had been switched with Mega Man's due to ''VideoGame/MegaManX's'' wireless router, so he took his sunglasses back from Mega Man until they could be switched back (so it's actually Mega Man, in Proto Man's body, that's not wearing them, except for one panel immediately after they switch back).
** Bob, being a Proto Man recolor, is never seen without his shades in sprite form, and is usually [[FireballEyeballs partially]] [[BurningWithAnger or completely]] [[EvilIsBurningHot on fire]] in the [[ArtShift hand-drawn comics]] (except for the [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/070402 7th anniversary party]], though [[GrillingPyrotechnics fire was still involved]]).
* Erik the LongHairedPrettyBoy in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' rarely takes his shades off, even at night or during sex.
* Cammi the limo driver in ''Webcomic/SAndraOnTheRocks'' appears to have her shades permanently attached, again even during sex.
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* Partially invoked in the animated web saga ''BrokenSaints'', when the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Shadow Men]] are shown wearing CoolShades in a dark room, seemingly just so [[RuleOfCool the artist could show the giant monitor they're watching reflected in the lenses.]] One of them, [[spoiler:Lear Dunham]] is shown wearing them for the [[spoiler:first few minutes of the GrandFinale, taking them off to dramatically reveal [[EyeScream the gaping eye socket where his left eye should be]].]]
* Lucy in ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' wears sunglasses even when it's dark and when she's fighting.
* Cortez from ''TheLeetWorld''. During a challenge battle set at night, Ahmad asks the nearly-blind terrorist why he doesn't take his sunglasses off. His response? [[HandicappedBadass "I do not need my eyes to kill a man."]]
* FailBlog Sums it up nicely [[http://failblog.org/2009/11/02/club-sign-win/ here.]]
* The Necro Critic is a CausticCritic who is characterized by his sunglasses.
** When he read a viewer comment in his ''Sleepwalkers'' review, he put on a pair of reading glasses '''over his sunglasses'''.
* The Mole in ''HappyTreeFriends''. He's blind.
* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "the bet", Homestar Runner manages to win the eponymous bet and prove to Strong Bad that he can "be's cool" by putting on sunglasses at night and saying "'Sup?" Strong Bad is impressed enough that he reluctantly admits Homestar won.
* Johnny Cage and Duke Nukem are part of the {{VGCW}} roster, and keep their shades firmly in place at all times. VGCW airs each week at 11 PM GMT, and broadcasts out of the UK.
** Proto Man's visor never comes off, either.
** Guile wears his shades as well, except when actually wrestling.
* Agent Henry, from the WebSerialNovel ''Literature/{{Curveball}}'', wears sunglasses at all times. That's more of a courtesy to others, though, as his gaze removes the ability to lie in any way.
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* JohnnyBravo. His eyes have never been seen on the show, unless you count when he had Velma's glasses on. In one old "coming up next" message, the narrator joked that it was to hide his case of pink eye from the ladies.
* Alexander Cabot from ''JosieAndThePussycats'' was seldom seen without sunglasses.
* Dale Gribble from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' practically wears his sunglasses as frequently as he wears his orange hat.
* Numbah One from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. In one episode, Lizzie took his glasses so she could lead the team. When she realized she was in over her head, he was about to take over, but it just didn't seem right... Then she gave him back the glasses and ''then'' everything was right.
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie, Bender goes back in time to terminate Fry. When he [[Film/TheTerminator puts on sunglasses]] before leaving, his reasoning is "It's really bright in the past."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': [[TedBaxter Worse-than-he-thinks-he-is]] Detective Cash Tankenson wears sunglasses at night. [[ThirdPersonPerson And speaks in third person.]] Detective Ying at one point starts hanging lampshades all over the place.
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker even nicknames the guy "Detective Shades".
* The three main Dreadnoks in ''GIJoe'' are never seen without their sunglasses for no real reason.
* Danny Dingo's biggest trademark in ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' are his sunglasses which he wears most of the time.
* While monitoring the Autobots in ''TransformersCybertron'', Colonel Franklin and his goons wear sunglasses. At night. While looking through the tinted windows of their car.
* In the first episode of ''[[XMenEvolution X-Men: Evolution]]'', [[JerkJock Duncan]] invokes this trope by name on the aforementioned Cyclops.
* [[{{Beatnik}} Judy Funnie]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' is rarely seen without her shades on. She ''does'' take them off sometimes, but not often.
* Officer Barbrady in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* Agent Six of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', as part of his TheMenInBlack-esque outfit. They've come off maybe once or twice (and probably just the once) over the course of the ''entire series'', and by the point where they do, it's far enough into the series that it's almost shocking to see him remove them, even though his eyes are perfectly fine underneath them.
* Mr. Rotter and Enzo in ''WheelSquad''.
* Chow in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. It's believed they're prescription glasses.
* In ''The ComicBook/PlasticMan Comedy Adventure Show'', a group of tiny villains are pursued by Plastic Man's team and they have rendered a Majah Raja unconscious. To hide that, they manipulate their victim like a puppet to tell Plas and his friends that everything is alright and are forced to cover his closed eyes with sunglasses to hide them. They are fooled for a few seconds until Plas remembers a few seconds after leaving that he noticed the sunglasses being worn at night in that dimly lit room.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Sheriff Blubs keeps his sunglasses on even during a late-night raid.
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* Rapper P. Diddy.
* Bono from Music/{{U2}}, but his are prescription.
** He once said in an interview that the glasses are partly because camera flashes hurt his eyes, partly for privacy and partly RuleOfCool. In 2014, he went further and said that he suffers from glaucoma and the glasses are to reduce further damage.
* Ray Charles's and Music/StevieWonder's are both because some blind people have eyes that are disturbing to sighted people.
* John Kay from Music/{{Steppenwolf}} is legally blind. Bright light hurts his eyes/what's left of his vision, so they have a practical use.
* Music/RoyOrbison started as he didn't want to be seen wearing his glasses in public so he took to wearing prescription sunglasses all the time instead. He must have really hated contacts.
* Rocky Sharpe of Rocky Sharpe and the Replays likes to begin his routine by taking off a pair of sunglasses, revealing another pair of sunglasses.
* Canadian DJ Chris Sheppard. Let me put it this way - you actually have a better chance of catching ''Bono'' without his shades.
* They say that if you wear sunglasses during a cloudy day that you're from Seattle.
** Or just light-sensitive. A thin overcast can admit, and scatter, a surprising amount of light. What's worse, while overcast lowers the general light levels, thus forcing your eyes to dilate, it doesn't really stop much of the solar UV.
* When amber sunglasses became commonplace for the second time in the 1980s, one aspect of their marketing was to suggest that they could be beneficial for night driving, as, rather than darkening the wearer's field of view, they worked by reducing glare and improving contrast, which might prove helpful when driving under the irregular lighting conditions of city lights. Amber lenses distort color far more than other kinds, which would be less noticeable and problematic under mostly-monochromatic nighttime conditions.
** Also when driving in the winter, especially at night since the snow reflects the headlights.
* {{Trope Namer|s}} Corey Hart wears his sunglasses at night, so he can, so he can, keep track of the visions in his eyes. Later subverted: he started avoiding being seen wearing sunglasses under any conditions, because he wanted to be known for more than that one song (seemingly the only song of his anyone outside his native Canada knows).
* Keiji Haino; there are few, if any, photos of him without the ubiquitous shades.
* The former NFL quarterback [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McMahon Jim McMahon]] is never seen without sunglasses. Even during games he wore a tinted visor on his helmet -- perhaps the first quarterback to do so -- leading to the nickname "[[StarWars Darth Vader]]". His right eye is sensitive to light due a childhood accident when he tried to remove a rubber band from a toy gun with a fork.
** Current Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano also wears sunglasses all the time due to getting fryer grease splashed in his eyes while he was a cook during his teens. It left him totally blind for a month.
* Creator/KeijiFujiwara has become somewhat infamous for being able to read his lines in the dark while wearing shades. Nevermind that he looks absolutely sharp.
* Most albinos, due to their sensitivity to light and possibly disturbing eyes.
* Another medical example is photophobia--which can, with sudden onset, mean you've got brain cancer, and is also a common result of aging. It can result in wearing sunglasses all the time, when symptoms are especially bad and people less than considerate about turning on lights.
* Quite a few poker players take to wearing sunglasses so that other people can't see where they're looking, as that could be a tell at what they have. One of the more interesting pairs of sunglasses is Greg Raymer's "Monster Eye" shades, famously worn during his 2004 WSOP World Championship win.
* While his aren't ubiquitous (the picture on his trope page shows him without them), Creator/ShinichiroMiki seems to wear them whenever he's around his ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' cast mates. This includes both inside during their interviews for the DVD extras and during their nighttime concerts.
* Geddy Lee from Music/{{Rush}}.
* The late Creator/MitchHedberg.
* Creator/StanLee wears sunglasses all the damn time. Why? Apparently, he saw it in a movie when he was younger and it looked cool.
* Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, better known as "The Rock", does this from time to time.
* Filipino celebrity Randy Santiago wears shades all the time 'cause he has an eye defect.
* The United States Secret Service goes for the SinisterShades look on purpose, to discourage anyone from messing with their "protectees". They also do it so they can stare at someone without being noticed, i.e. no one knows where they are looking.
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