Oh... looks like your glasses are sliding down your nose. You'd better correct them--

But wait! Don't reach for those frames just yet. ''How'' you adjust your glasses speaks volumes of your character - at least if you're a fictional one. Here, we've provided a helpful list of the myriad ways to correct your spectacles, from which you can pick the one that suits you the best.



[[folder:By the arms]]
[[quoteright:160:[[Anime/LuckyStar http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lucky-star_miyuki_by-the-arms_9175.png]]]]

Adjusting your glasses by their arms, using both hands, conveys that you're either not used to wearing eyeglasses, or taking exceptional care with them, or to express that your glasses are extremely fragile. In any case, it is {{Moe}}, and as such usually the province of the {{Meganekko}}. The one-handed variant, however, has come to be known as a somewhat sly gesture, but more softspoken {{Megane}} have been known to utilize it without mischievous intent.


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* As depicted, Miyuki Takara from ''Anime/LuckyStar'' engages in this.
* [[Anime/ReadOrDie Yomiko Readman]] also does this.
* The members of the Student Council in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', [[StudentCouncilPresident Itsuki]] being the only exception. A rare not moe at all example.
* This is how Yuno from ''{{Manga/Hidamari Sketch}}'' puts her {{Cool Shades}} on. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFlTQBKTtAo See for yourself.]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', this is often how [[BadassAdorable Tashigi]] adjusts her glasses. [[spoiler: She attempts it in the Punk Hazard arc, only to remember that [[FreakyFridayFlip she is in Smoker's body]], who doesn't wear glasses.]]
* Els Tasmin from ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' adjusts her glasses by the left bridge.

* Anri Sonohara from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}!!''

* WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} apparently does this as a nervous habit. In later episodes, it becomes his "tell" and if he does it then you know he's lying or at least not being entirely truthful.
[[folder:By the corner]]
[[quoteright:170:[[VideoGame/HotelDuskRoom215 http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hoteldusk-room215_martin-summer_adjusting-your-glasses_1793.png]]]]

Holding one lens or hinge between the thumb and the forefinger is almost singularly reserved for TheProfessor types. NerdGlasses and PurelyAestheticGlasses are -- almost by definition -- adjusted this way. This is also the ''only'' way to adjust your HighClassGlass, but we can't say if there's a deeper meaning to the connection.

Adjusting your glasses by ''both'' lenses is only reserved for the highest echelons of geekdom, and those who wear goggles. (Sometimes these two groups overlap.)


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* Shiho and Karin from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* Autor from ''Anime/PrincessTutu''.
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, [[StalkerWithaCrush Conway]] combines this with ScaryShinyGlasses for a particularly creepy effect, usually when addressing Dawn, the object of his affections.

* [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] is often seen adjusting his glasses this way, especially in Post-Crisis stories where Clark was given a more aggressive personality. Often used as a punctuation for his [[DeadpanSnarker snarking.]]

* Dr. Bunsen Honeydew on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' does this a lot, which only makes the fact that he's a Muppet [[EyelessFace with no eyes]] even funnier.

* Pe Lanza of {{Restart}}, occasionally.

* Canada of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' did this in the second part of "[[TitleOfTheDead Hetalia of the Dead]]" from season five.

* As seen above, Martin Summer does this ''constantly'' in ''VideoGame/HotelDuskRoom215''.
* Jeff from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' is doing this as his pose on his ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' trophy.
* There is also an NPC in ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' who does this for his talking animation.
* Jihl Nabaat of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''
* Lucca will do that before covering the hapless enemy with napalm or with other, stronger explosives.

* Ema Skye in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Unusual in that she very rarely wears the glasses over her ''eyes'', so the adjustment is mostly for the sake of adjusting.
* The concise Shizune of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' often poses this way.

[[AC:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has a habit of doing it whenever people with glasses get treated badly in the movies he reviews.

[[folder:By the bridge]]
[[quoteright:158:[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/neon-genesis-evangelion_gendo_by-the-bridge_555.png]]]]

Pushing your glasses back up your nose by their bridge, using one or two fingers, usually means that you're a BadassBookworm or have some Machiavellian EvilPlan up your sleeve (Especially when combined with ScaryShinyGlasses and/or StoicSpectacles).

Sometimes this is also combined with a covert way of FlippingTheBird without technically doing so, intentional or [[AccidentalUnfortunateGesture otherwise]].


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The trope image is Gendo Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. When he's not doing his trademark [[ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive Gendo]][[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lt/GendoGlasses.jpg Pose]], he's doing this.
* Vash the Stampede from ''Anime/{{Trigun}}'', occasionally with his middle finger.
* As a recent trailer for the next ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie reveals, [[BloodKnight Mari]] also prefers to use the bridge.
* Rossiu's assistant in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' does this all the time.
* As does Takamizawa in ''MidoriDays''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Mostly an anime-only trope, although it sometimes happens in the manga. Uryuu Ishida, Ryuuken Ishida and Nanao Ise all adjust their glasshes by the bridge. They tend to do it when they're making a point, or irritated, nervous, thoughtful or about to enter combat or a confrontational situation.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Haruna Saotome does this often.
* In ''[[HarvestMoon Tree of Tranquility]]'', Jin (one of the eligible bachelors) does this as his "talking" gesture (which all the characters have).
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** [[BadassBookworm Shino]] and Ebisu both push up their CoolShades this way.
** [[DragonAscendant Kabuto]] does this to his ScaryShinyGlasses.
* Kyouya Ootori of ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' does it with alarming frequency, often triggering ScaryShinyGlasses.
* Nikaidou Yuu of ''ShugoChara'' does this frequently,often triggering ScaryShinyGlasses, but stops after his [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]]
* Kirio a.k.a. "Mr. Glasses Man" from ''KamichamaKarin''.
* Keima in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' generally does this except when he's pretending to be nicer than he is, in which case he'll adjust them by the sides. It plays out interestingly when [[spoiler:Keima and Yui switch bodies and he tries doing it by habit, but Yui's vision is better and she doesn't need glasses. [[http://www.mangareader.net/120-47542-2/the-world-god-only-knows/chapter-83.html He's momentarily confused]].]]
* Shou Tucker does this in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. This combined with ScaryShinyGlasses are clues to show that something isn't quite right with him.
* Mai Minakami from ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' does this occasionally, but with her, it's because [[TheGadfly she's trolling her friends]]. A notable example is when she and her friends are playing "Red Light Green Light".
* Takamatsu in ''Anime/AngelBeats'' does this many times in a row when saying things. Yuri claims he's actually quite dumb and just wears glasses to seem smart.
* After becoming a {{Megane}}, Yuuno Scrya from ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' does this.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Nishiki is first glimpsed adjusting his glasses this way, with the upper half of his face obscured from view. It serves to quickly establish him as someone not to be trusted, though he [[LoveRedeems eventually]] becomes less of a violent {{Jerkass}}.

* Justin Hammer does it this way in ''Film/IronMan2'', showing that he has a lot of nervous energy and is an awkward man.
* In ''Film/NowAndThen'', Nerdy Morton does this as a child while saying "hello dear" to Chrissy, and it becomes his defining characteristic so we later recognize him as an adult [[spoiler:once he's married to her. Awww.]]

* Shizuo Heiwajima in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}!!'' does this with his CoolShades on occasion.
* Shiroe in ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' does this incessantly whenever he comes up with a plan, as is fitting for his role as TheStrategist of his party. Krusty, the surprisingly sneaky leader of the combat Guild D.D.D. does this as well.
** It's gotten to the point that ''non''-glasses-wearing characters have started imitating this motion to show they are thinking of or have a cunning plan.

* Hiro in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' does this - it does a good job straddling the western 'dork glasses' and eastern 'serious moment.' It also {{lampshade|Hanging}}s itself from time to time, like when Hiro meets his younger self, and they both adjust their glasses at the same time.
* In ''{{Psychoville}}'', the younger Jeremy does this multiple times during his flashback of [[spoiler:Ravenhill]].
* The ''Stefan & Krister'' character Olvert Bengtsson does the FlippingTheBird variant in almost all his sketches.

* Meibo from ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' does this in an attempt to look threatening, it usually works.

* Auron does this with his {{Scary Shiny|Glasses}} CoolShades after every battle in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. [[{{Badass}} And he]] [[{{Mentor}} is most]] [[{{BFS}} definitely not]] [[BigDamnHeroes a nerd]].
* Clive of ''WildARMs 3'' is a BadassBookworm and does this ''constantly''.
* Otacon does this in ''Franchise/MetalGear''. It's a nervous habit that persists even when he's not wearing glasses.
** Senator Armstrong of ''Videogame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' does this as well.
* Wearing a scientist disguise in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3 allows the player to make Snake do this.
* As does Roxis in ''ManaKhemia''. Even on the pause menu. His GraphicsInducedSuperDeformed field sprite uses Type 2, however.
* Tager does this in the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' games.
* Jade does this in both ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' and TheAnimeOfTheGame, triggering ScaryShinyGlasses more often in the latter. Despite this, it seems to be a nervous habit as much as anything - watch the OVA closely and you'll notice he usually does it when he's trying to hide a lie, and he does Type 2 at least once when he's really just trying to see something better.
* Rare Western example of badassery: the Medic in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' does this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36lSzUMBJnc Meet the Medic]]. Medic will also adjust his glasses during his High Five Taunt animation.
* Hubert Oswell of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is shown doing this in his menu portrait and this also seems to be a standard gesture of his in skits.

* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': Grey does this a lot in the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney second game]], as does Kristoph in the [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney fourth]]. Sometime after the [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies time skip]], [[TheRival Edgeworth]] has acquired a pair and also adjusts them this way.
* Shiroe and Crusty from ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' both adjust their glasses by the bridge, especially before they put a plan into motion. It's famous enough for Shiroe to be nicknamed "The Villain with the Glasses".

* During her introduction, Glynda Goodwitch does this as she begins her duel in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', seeming to invoke BadassTeacher.

* Mr. Spender from ''{{Webcomic/Paranatural}}'' exaggerates this trope as well as ScaryShinyGlasses by doing it seven times in a row and ''[[http://paranatural.net/index.php?id=182 weaponizing it]]''. [[spoiler: He has the power to control [[LightEmUp light]], as in any kind of light, including the shine coming from adjusted glasses.]]

[[folder:Other ways]]
After what we've covered thus far, the gestures that remain tend to be so alien as to be relegated to some singular character's idiosyncracies. Look through these examples for some truly exotic ways to adjust your glasses.


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[TheChessmaster Kuro]] adjust his glasses by pushing up on the bottoms of the lenses with the heels of his hands, an early hint to the fact that he used to wear clawed gauntlets. Specifically, his [[TheDragon once-Dragon]] Jango considers the fact that he still does this despite Kuro not having worn the claws for years a sign that he hasn't gotten rusty.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'':
** William T Spears uses his [[WeaponOfChoice death scythe]] to adjust his glasses.
** At one point, Sebastian uses a violin bow to adjust his glasses while teaching Ciel the violin in Episode 13.
* ''{{Anime/Free}}'' has Rei, who performs the awkward ritual of putting his thumb on one corner and his middle finger on the opposite one and blocking his own vision while he pushes his glasses up. Usually just before he begins to rhapsodize about aesthetic or theory. He's so used to doing this that he once attempts to adjust his glasses [[http://i.imgur.com/ZqI8USF.gif while he's not even wearing them]].
* Tatsumi in ''Manga/YamiNoMatsuei'' does the whole-hand version with thumb and forefinger against the lower frames of opposite sides of his glasses, in his case causing his hand to cover most of his entire face below the eyes. This mostly has the effect of making him look dramatic and somewhat sinister.

* In ''Literature/TheGirlWithTheSilverEyes'', Katie is used to lifting her glasses via telekinesis. After she finds others like her, they jointly complain about how frustrating it is to try to remember to do it with your hands when it's so obvious and easy to do it the normal way - mentally!

* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', Detective Bobby Fulbright adjusts his sunglasses by the rims using his index finger, middle finger, and thumb [[FingerGun in the shape of a gun]]. This is accompanied with ScaryShinyGlasses.

As you can see, adjusting your glasses can be such a powerful [[CharacterizationTropes characterization tool]] that you shouldn't reserve doing it only for when your glasses actually need adjusting. If you're wearing StoicSpectacles or are just [[ShrinkingViolet painfully shy]], you can always just adjust your glasses in lieu of a proper greeting. If you want to underline the seriousness of the situation, adjust your glasses - GlassesPull used to be popular for this, but nowadays it's a largely DiscreditedTrope. Don't know [[TheStoic how to express your feelings]]? Adjust your glasses. It's an act with uses above and beyond just correcting your corrective lenses.
->''Bonus points if you wear glasses and were trying all of these methods as you read them.''
-->''Bonus bonus points if you put a pair on just to do that.''