Expressive Mask. Presumably this is simply because drawing eyelids inside the glass frames is rather difficult and would create a less appealing character design. Not to be confused with this.
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- Mr. Owl from the animated Tootsie Pop commercial.
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Films — Animation
- Disney's Atlantis The Lost Empire averts this with Milo (though briefly played straight during the viewing of an old film reel depicting his childhood), but plays this straight during a brief scene about halfway through the film where Kida actually takes off his glasses because of her curiosity and puts them on her face.
- Hotel Transylvania has the Expressive Mask variant with the Invisible Man—which, naturally, is the only way for the audience to see his expression.
Films — Live-Action
- In the 2005 film of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Hummakavula wears glasses that apparently magnify his eyes many times. Then he takes them off to reveal that the magnified eyes are in the glasses themselves, and his own eye sockets are sunken, empty pits. This is the first sign to the protagonists that he is more sinister than he appears.
- The same with Boris the Animal (JUST BORIS!!) in Men in Black 3; his "eyeglasses" sink right into his skull.
- John Egbert. His glasses go so far as to not even be connected to anything; they don't even have a bridge between the lenses.
- Bro's Triangle Shades act like this as well, despite not having visible pupils.
- Jade kind of averts it, however, because her eyelashes are visible through the glasses. The same later applies to Jane.
- Lampshaded in the 2012-02-16 animation, where Brobot slaps Jake's glasses off. His pupils go with them.
- Jake later manages to cry through his glasses.
- Several characters in Everyday Heroes have this, most notably Carrie. One good example is seen here.
- Donald Donlan in Gunnerkrigg Court has some quite expressive eyeglasses. A nice counterpart to his Eyes Always Shut wife.
- Both Matchu and his love interest Amber. Matchu's in particular can go from rectangular to round depending on his mood.
- Phil from My Roommate Is an Elf. It's revealed that his eyes are scar tissue after being attacked by a Giant Spider.
- Dexter and his dad from Dexter's Laboratory. The glasses can change shape depending on expression.
- Daryl (again) from the Baby Blues animated series.
- Averted on King of the Hill, where all the glass frames are drawn independently of the eyelids.
- Played with on Family Guy where most characters' glasses just happen to be the same size and shape of their eyeballs, though Peter's glasses do change shape when he frowns. Meg's large glasses are noticably bigger than her eyes though. Also lampshaded: In "The King Is Dead," Peter takes off his glasses and his pupils stay attached to the lenses.
- Sherman from Peabody and Sherman.
- Arthur Read.
- Simon from The Alvin Show.
- Millhouse from The Simpsons.
- Duckman. His glasses are his eyes: They have eyebrows. ◊ Very odd when he lampshades it by taking the glasses off to clean them: his face is blank.
- Coop the Chicken from Yin Yang Yo.
- There's an episode of Phineas and Ferb in which Candace puts on glasses to show how serious and focused she is. And her upper and lower lids show up when she blinks and changes expressions.
- There's a kind of variation in the Canadian short The Big Snit, where the wife's pupils get stuck in odd positions and she actually removes her eyes as if they were a pince-nez and shakes them rapidly to unstick the pupils. Lampshaded in the following exchange:
Husband: Why are you always shaking your eyes?
Wife: I... I don't shake them like I used to.
Husband: Yes you do! You shake 'em here and shake 'em there! Why dontcha go join some stupid shake 'n' rock 'n' roll band?
- Penfold from Danger Mouse.
- Mr. Slate from The Flintstones.
- Nora Wakeman from My Life as a Teenage Robot has the "pupils that blink" variation, but her eyelids also show through her lenses.
- Steve from American Dad!.
- Dib from Invader Zim. The lenses even disappear as he closes his eyes. His glasses also have wire-thin frames and no earpieces. Some fans didn't even realize he wore glasses until Zim mentioned it, at which point we suddenly realized what that narrow line connecting Dib's eyes was supposed to be.
- Pa Grape from Veggie Tales. Despite wearing glasses, he actually doesn't have eyes.
- Andy from Squirrel Boy.
- Inez from Cyberchase.
- Lizzie Devine from Codename: Kids Next Door.
- Carl from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron is an odd case, because the 3-D animation makes it possible to see around his glasses and he still has pupils without eyes.
- Principal Brown from The Amazing World of Gumball. Lampshaded once when he took off his glasses briefly and beneath them was another pair of glasses.
- Played with in the Total Drama franchise. Of the franchise's bespectacled characters, Beth, Harold, Sam, Mary, Miles, and Tom play it straight while Cameron, Scarlett, and Ellody avert it.
- Johnny Test has Susan and Mary Test.
- Denzel Crocker from The Fairly OddParents. He and Dexter could be from the same cartoon.
- Grunkle Stan from Gravity Falls is an interesting case. His eyes are drawn inside the frame, however, they are 'magnified', giving the appearance that his skin appears to be 'fused' to the lens. His glasses also change shape to match his expression, though it's hard to notice, because his eyebrows can be seen over his glasses.
- Irwin from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
- Dr. Fidgel from 3-2-1 Penguins!
- Otto Osworth from Time Squad.
- Surprisingly averted with Velma in most incarnations of Scooby-Doo. Hanna-Barbara is not normally noted for their painstakingly detailed animation work, but Velma has functioning eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows despite having glasses. It helps a little that her glasses are quite large, so the animators can just draw the whole shebang right onto the lens (nearly everyone else in the series has Skintone Sclerae, so this just makes her look "normal").
- Tina from Bob's Burgers.
- Frizz from The Dreamstone, at least in the first season (the glasses were fazed out in Season 2). Like the Duckman example above, he removes his glasses once (in "The Shrinking Stone") to clean them, and his face is blank except for his nose and mouth.