Leela: I know Fry's rich, but do we really have to wear these top hats?Want to give your character a prop that sets him as high as possible in the social strata? Give him a monocle. Largely obsolete today (it disappeared sometime during The Great Depression of the 1930s, when being conspicuously wealthy was a quick way to get yourself despised), the monocle is a corrective lens applied to only one eye. In this sense it is no different from eyeglasses. But while eyeglasses have never been anything more than a medical appliance (with the possible exception of the pince-nez), the monocle has been a status symbol virtually since its invention. They are never seen on the faces of the working class. Instead, they are the exclusive province of titled nobility, high ranking military officers, upper-level businessmen, academics, etc. They are also exclusively worn by men — though lesbians in the early 20th century sometimes used them for a subtly masculine edge. Monocles were available to the lower classes, but proper manufacture and fitting made them very expensive. Cheaper versions were of poor quality and very uncomfortable to wear; people needing a corrective lens in only one eye who could not or would not get a monocle would generally opt for a full pair of glasses with a flat pane of glass as the "lens" for the eye not needing correction. This is generally how it is done today (except when the person just goes for contacts). In media, the monocle's wearer will constantly clean it and fidget with it. It will be whipped out and squinted through when the wearer views something below his social station. In comedies, a monocle will pop off its wearer's face and/or shatter in shocked response to the working class hero giving this pompous toady his well-deserved comeuppance. The monocle is also a popular graffito to draw on a sleeping person's face. Especially in British works, the monocle is associated with old-time German military officers, and its appearance on the face of a German is visual shorthand, depending on whether the war is the first or the second, of a haughty aristocratic Prussian or a Nasty Nazi. Either way it denotes a cold-blooded thinly-disguised psychopath with no regard for human lives lost, so long as Germany wins the war. Monocles and nasty Germans are pretty much synonymous in British works. A trope largely as obsolete as the monocle itself, it still turns up in period pieces and parodies, and is gaining popularity in the Steam Punk scene. The female version is the lorgnette (pronounced to rhyme with "born yet," as numerous songwriters have done), which is a pair of spectacles on a small stick to be held up when you want to look at something. It is a common property of the Grande Dame. Given its association with wealth and status, it's a very popular prop for the Mock Millionaire and the Wicked Cultured villain. Today, putting a monocle and top hat on anything is sure to get a laugh just out of the pure absurdity.note Sub-trope of Stock Costume Traits. The monocle may be making a small comeback in the 21st century as a way for people to check their phones without having to fumble for reading glasses, as they can hold the phone in one hand and the monocle in the other. Whether this will catch one remains to be seen.
Bender: Maybe you don't understand just how rich he is. In fact, I think I'd better put on a monocle.
Bender: Maybe you don't understand just how rich he is. In fact, I think I'd better put on a monocle.
— Futurama, "A Fishful of Dollars"
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- The Man Your Man Could Smell Like Isaiah Mustafa has introduced the term Monocle Smile!, useful in everything from referencing Anonymous to helping Barack Obama's public image.
- In a Frank's red hot sauce commercial, where Ethel makes Cucumber sandwiches for the Queen of England, she says the secret is Frank's red hot, she puts that *** on everything. Someone drops his monocle.
Anime & Manga
- Walter Dornez, loyal retainer to the Hellsing family in Hellsing wears a monocle. It goes into Scary Shiny Glasses mode when he's ready to kick undead ass.
- Dr. Adashino from Mushishi wears a monocle, presumably to make him look more intellegent and make him visually distinguishable from the other villagers, since the series' art style mostly averts the Hair Colors commonly see in anime and gives most people black hair.
- Cho Hakkai from Saiyuki has one over his artificial right eye, presumably to protect it. He's also generally the most level-headed and polite of the group — unless he has to pull his I Am Not Left-Handed trick and remove his Restraining Bolt accessories when it's time to kick some ass.
- In Trinity Blood, Cardinal Sforza is a woman who wears a monocle. She's also a duchess and half-sister to the Pope.
- Kaitou Kid from Detective Conan and Magic Kaito. The monocle (and top hat) practically define the character, harkening back to Arsène Lupin and the whole Gentleman Thief bit. Also, the monocle has a tendency to do the Scary Shiny Glasses thing when Kid's being disturbing.
- Though not a high-class woman at all, Forte of Galaxy Angel wears a monocle.
- Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: Sir Mallory, one of the top dogs in Mithril, is shown wearing a monocle.
- Aeolia Schenberg from Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
- In Umineko: When They Cry, Beatrice's demon butler (and Servile Snarker) Ronove wears a monocle.
- Alternate in Et Cetera wears a monocle. Although he really isn't anywhere close to being nobility or high-class.
- Fei Wang Reed, the Big Bad of Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, wears one constantly, although it is frequently overshadowed by his giant asschin of evil.
- The Distaff Counterpart, glasses on a stick, appear on the face of Eclair Tonnerre in Ouran High School Host Club.
- Tokita, the Itoshiki family butler in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei wears one.
- Vilefort in Gankutsuou wears one, which is often scary and shiny.
- Count Brocken in Mazinger Z.
- Prof. Moriarty in Sherlock Hound, who looks like a traditional melodrama villain with cape, tophat and mustache.
- Whenever Arsène Lupin (or his son) appears in Lupin III (usually via flashback), he's usually shown with one of these.
- Momo of Girls und Panzer wears half of a regular pair of glasses as a monocle.
- Code Geass: Bartley Asprius, loyal general to Clovis la Britannia, and later, his brother Schneizel, wears a tinted one (combined with an ear piercing)◊ in his appearances. There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene in one episode that shows him being transported to the homeland in disgrace and under arrest (for his apparent disloyalty) where he is wearing a standard Britannian prisoner's straightjacket... and his usual monocle.
- Space Pirate Mito wears a distinctive-looking monocle over her Mobile-Suit Human when she's in space pirate mode. It serves as a disguise and it contains targeting and head-up displays and a powerful concealed energy weapon. She ditches the monocle when she's in mom mode and wears glasses in her real, childlike form.
- The Penguin from Batman. This has been played with in various subsequent adaptations. In Batman Returns the Penguin's father wore a monocle, but the Penguin himself uses one only when he's writing at his desk. In Batman: The Animated Series, he does wear the monocle all the time, but is actually dirt-poor, the idea that he is living the high life being just a delusion in his head. Most versions suggest that it's mostly if not entirely an affectation (in one Silver Age comics story, he switches the monocle to his other eye just to troll and distract Batman with an irrelevant puzzle).
- The DC Comics supervillain The Monocle. It's a weaponized monocle, too.
- Marvel had their own villain named The Monocle, also sporting a monocle that could fire energy blasts and hypnotize people. Fought the Fantastic Four a couple of times.
- After Captain Haddock came into a sizable inheritance, at the beginning of Tintin The Seven Crystal Balls he starts wearing a monocle. Not being accustomed to them, he loses a lot of them.
- Colonel Sponsz is a villainous example.
- Berim from Lucifer wears a monocle, even when shapeshifted as a tiger. Or even weirder things.
- In Dark Reign: Fantastic Four, the FF traveled through several alternate universes, including one with the FF as the royal family in a mock-Elizabethan England. The Thing, dressed as a chamberlain and sporting a monocle, has become an internet meme.
The Thing: Milady, 'tis the clobbering hour.
- Victor Von Fogg's headgear comes with a lens giving the effect of a monocle. Just like his father.
- The Headmaster of Praetorian Academy also has a lens over one eye as part of his cyborg gear.
- The Hawk Man rogue Gentleman Ghost is completely invisible aside from his monocle, sparkling white attire and Top Hat.
- Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker (former Nazi Nobleman and Nick Fury's archnemesis) wears a monocole, even while in the middle of a fight.
- When Father Christmas visits a casino in Las Vegas in Father Christmas Goes on Holiday by Raymond Briggs, he completes his image as a high roller by sporting a monocle. Ironically, it's just a cheap plastic toy he found in a Christmas cacker the year before, but it does suit him.
Films — Animation
- The Grand Duke from Cinderella.
- For sure, Mr. Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach is this. Especially when he puts on a top hat during the song number "That's the Life for Me".
- Shane Acker's 9 has 2, who wears a top hat made from a piece of candelabra and topped off with a spoon, with a monocle made out of the discarded remains of a pair of eyeglasses attached to it. He even has a cane and a catchphrase of, "This is smashing!" However, he loses all his gear about twenty minutes into the movie and acts more like an eager explorer not afraid to get himself dirty than a high-class citizen. Admittedly, he IS a seven-inch-tall doll made from scraps of burlap and the remnants of a human soul, but still.
- Professor Z, The Dragon of the Pixar film Cars 2 actually wears a monocle over his windshield.
- The evil owl from Rock-A-Doodle is first seen with a monocle over his face, but then he takes it off when he finds out that Edmund had touched his face (or at least on a storybook illustration of his face). He then turns Edmund into a cat with his magic as revenge.
Grand Duke: These are expensive... you little brat!
- In the animated The King and I, the Kralahome (King Mongkut's treacherous majordomo) wears a tuxedo and monocle to a state dinner so he'll appear to be a British sympathizer. In fact, he's just trying to impress the British diplomats in attendance as part of a scheme to get Mongkut overthrown and have himself installed as King of Siam.
- Both Daniel and (for a brief time near the end) the Mole King wear a monocle in The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina before the king's monocle is smashed by Tom Thumb.
- The frog in Tubby The Tuba 1975 wears one.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Blackbird, "West End Bertie" does this as part of a scam. His racket is to lure high-society types down to the Red Light District of Limehouse, where he arranges for them to be robbed.
- Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy.
- In Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Transsylvanian police Inspector Kemp is evidently so attached to his monocle he continues to wear it even though the eye in question is also covered with a patch.
- The "Monopoly Guy" in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
- Benjamin Disraeli sports one in Disraeli. He is Prime Minister, after all. It pops out a couple of times when he gets excited.
- In Death Takes a Holiday, Death tries to blend in with the Italian aristocracy, and puts one of these glasses as he masquerades as Prince Sirki.
- In the Spanish comedy Hay que educar a papá (1971), the aristocratic character Count De Ronda wears a monocle, which pops off his face whenever the main character, a lower-class Self-Made Man, shows any of his traits. In the end, De Ronda is found to be a con man pretending to be an aristocrat.
- De Ronda is played by a real-life self-styled aristocrat (albeit he never really had a title) and eccentric Don Jaime De Mora y Aragón, who used monocle, walking stick and hair gel in his constant public appearances as a celebrity (one of these "famous for being famous" types).
- The psychiatrist in Bringing Up Baby has one.
- Invoked in Night Train to Munich. Randall wears one as part of his Nazi disguise.
- The Three Stooges in Three Sappy People go to a party pretending to be psychiatrists. There they meet a stuffy woman identified as "Countess" who wears a monocle.
- The British Egyptologist in The Mummy (1999) remake wears a monocole and speaks with an upper-class accent. He's also greedy and disdainful of the rival expedition being led by a woman.
- At the climax of The Pest, Pestario Vargas (John Leguizamo) wears one when he poses as "the German ambassador", despite not looking remotely German (his family is Puerto Rican) and using a bizarre accent that sounds like it could be anything but German. This being a zany comedy-fantasy, the ruse actually works.
- In Topaze, the Baron, a slimy, Corrupt Corporate Executive, always wears a monocle.
- The Last Jedi: In the intergalactic casino for rich arms dealers, the little alien who keeps putting coins in BB-8 wears a monocle.
- Baron von Kranz, the cuckolded German officer in Hell's Angels, wears one.
- In Jewel Robbery, Teri’s former lover, Paul, the cabinet minister, sports one whenever he wants to look more serious.
- In Dressed to Kill (1946), 'Stinky' Emery, an old school friend of Watson (and an Upper-Class Twit), sports a monocle
- Lord Peter Wimsey from Dorothy L. Sayers' detective novels. His monocle was actually a disguised magnifying glass, perfect for taking a really close look at something — and looking like a bloody ass while doing it.
- At the Bright Young Things' party in Murder Must Advertise, there's a female dancer who wears a top hat, monocle, and leather boots. And nothing else.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix features two slight subversions of the trope. The persons wearing the monocles are a judge and a schoolteacher, but both are women — Madam Amelia Bones and Professor Wilhemina Grubbly-Plank, respectively.
- H. Beam Piper's Uller Uprising has General Carlos Von Schlicten, who wears a monocle; the only thing ever observed to knock it out of his eye is a nuclear blast while kissing a lady. "Don't you know, lieutenant, that no gentleman ever wears a monocle while kissing a lady?"
- Count Olaf of A Series of Unfortunate Events, when disguised as a wealthy, fashionable Funny Foreigner auctioneer, adopts a monocle as part of his getup. It seems to be a standard part of the V.F.D. disguise kit.
- This continues into the distant future. In Isaac Asimov's Foundation stories, the warlord of Kalgan wore a monocle along with his "fur-lined scarlet robe and high-crowned hat". In his humbler role as the loyal viceroy of the Mule, he wears none of these.
- In King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard, Sir Henry's monocle is a plot-point that endears him to the denizens of the secret African kingdom.
- In Patricia A. McKillip's The Bell at Sealey Head, Mr. Moren eyes Emma with a monocle while quizzing her about where the heiress, Miranda Beryl, went. (And expresses disdain for the local squire's son while he's about it.)
- In P. G. Wodehouse's fiction:
- Welkin Weasels: Lord Hannover Haukin (Word of God says he's a pastiche of Bertie Wooster) wears one. At one point he drops it, and puts it back in the other eye, revealing that he only wears it for the "upper class" chic.
- In A Little Princess, in one of the scenes illustrating Sara's luxurious lifestyle, it's mentioned that her new doll has its own little opera glasses.
- The Oberstleutenant Boerner bot from Daemon wears a monocle.
- In Monstrous Regiment Prince Heinreich wears one. There's no particular comedy to it, although a groan may result from his Obligatory Joke, "If I had two I'd make a spectacle of myself."
- A trademark of Arsène Lupin, along with a top hat and cape.
- Johnny from the Doc Savage novels originally wears a monocle to correct the vision in his injured left eye. After Doc operates on the eye and repairs the damage, Johnny keeps the monocle as an affectation, although it now contains a powerful magnifying lens that he uses as a tool.
- Eorache from the Lord of the Rings parody Bored of the Rings wears two monocles in her role as the embodiment of all Germanic stereotypes.
- Blunted Lance by Max Hennessey. A British officer who has to wear a monocle because he's almost blind in one eye is put in charge of an Australian unit. Finding this trope amusing, the entire unit somehow get hold of their own monocles by parade the next day. Undeterred, the British officer flips his monocle up in the air and catches it in his eyelid. "Bet none of you can do that."
- In Biggles, the aristocratic Prussian turned Nasty Nazi, von Stalhein, serves as the villainous foil to the craggy-jawed British hero. And - naturally - von Stalhein wears a monocle.
- Colonel Wilhelm Klink of Hogan's Heroes sports a monocle, being an aristocrat of Junker descent and all-around pretentious.
- The sitcom Just Shoot Me! had an episode guest-starring French Stewart as the puppeteer of the sock puppet show, and the puppet "Mr. Mayor" is noted to wear tiny spectacles and a monocle, redundantly enough.
- A favorite of The Daily Show.
- In You Rang, M'Lord?, there is an example of a lesbian in the early 20th century wearing a monocle, Lady Cissy.
- Ted Mosby, of How I Met Your Mother, wants to be a high class guy. At a society function, he encounters a man in a monocle. Just before he's pulled away...
Ted: No, I like it; I think they're coming back. I just wanna ask, do they cost half as much as glasses?
- Later he asks the guy if he's trying to kill James Bond.
- In one episode of The Persuaders!, Danny Wilde has to impersonate his friend Lord Brett Sinclair and portrays him as an Upper-Class Twit, naturally wearing a monocle that keeps popping off.
- In Dad's Army, it's revealed that upper-class Sgt. Wilson requires a monocle because his sight is weaker in one eye than the other. Captain Mainwaring — who is lower-class, wears glasses and is ridiculously class-conscious — immediately feels threatened because of this.
- An incident on QI where Stephen Fry had to have the expression "beer goggles" explained to him resulted in the panel accusing him of using "Madeira pince-nez" or a "sherry monocle" instead.
- Queen Machina from Power Rangers Zeo wears a monocle over her left eye.
- Exaggerated in an episode of Weird Science — a stereotypical Nazi officer wears a monocle on each eye.
- Doctor Who: The First Doctor wore one, which very much fitted with his Victorian gentleman persona.
- Grayson the School Bully from "Tomkinson's School Days" of Ripping Yarns had a monocle and always wore a nice suit and a top hat.
- One video on an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos showed an old man dressed as a gentlemanly German general for an Oktoberfest celebration. The funny part is when his monocle slips off and lands in his mug of beer; it's all foamy when he pulls it out.
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- The New Yorker has as its semi-official mascot Eustace Tilley, a top-hatted, monocled dandy who appeared on the cover of the first issue, and has been parodied lots and lots over the decades.
- A number of Dungeons & Dragons magic items are monocles. They are often described as a "lens". The "Lens of True Seeing", which allows someone to see through illusions and invisibility (well, to not see through invisible creatures), is probably the most famous.
- Warhammer 40,000
- Some Imperial Guard officers wear monocles. In one of the Siege of Vraks books there is a mention of the officer's monocle acting as a HUD, displaying battlefied data.
- Many artists for that franchise achieve the same visual aesthetic by having a character with a monocle-like cybernetic eye.
- The RPGs also include a Targeting Monocle, which connects to one of the wearer's weapons to provide the benefits of many different gun sights. Needless to say, any Rogue Trader or Inquisitor sporting a monocle is probably going to be wearing one of these (it even takes a Scrutiny test to realise it's not just an ordinary monocle making it the perfect tool to bring to high-society functions).
- High-tech monocles capable of doing things like perceiving AR and smartlinking to weapons are an option in Shadowrun 4E.
- Three Gilbert and Sullivan characters, all of them George Grossmith comic baritone roles, wear monocles as part of their costume. Sullivan himself wore a monocle.
- Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I, whose monocle causes a panic among the King's wives.
- Gwendolyn in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest uses a lorgnette.
- Wally B. Feed of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge wore one. It was a kind of Running Gag that he was constantly losing it, and unable to do anything without it.
- Sparda from Devil May Cry used to have a monocle as part of his attire. It's one-way and tinted purple.
- The twin bosses Lechku and Nechku in Ōkami isn't satisfied with just wearing monocles, but they also wear top hats and wield canes. They are also GIANT DEMONIC CLOCKWORK OWLS (who may or may not be shoutouts to Clockwerk, the recurring antagonist of the Sly Cooper series)!
- Shoyō from Onmyōji wears one post-Awakening perhaps to suit his personality and combat style, but this is Heian period Japan, so monocles should have no business doing there.
- One quest has you helping the TzHaars (Some kind of a sentient lava-and-rock race) make a theatrical play. One of these TzHaars has to play the role of a rich mystic caste member, and how does he dress up? With nothing more than a monocle.
- Zimberfizz gets both a tophat and a monocle as he takes over the Soul Wars area as a successor of Nomad who you kill.
- Monocle Man from Silent Hill: Downpour. He/it is a disembodied Nightmare Face wearing a monocle in his right eye but has only a gaping hole where the left should be.
- Fire Emblem
- Arpeggio, the Big Bad from Sly 2: Band of Thieves. It even makes for dramatic effect just after his death scene.
- In Overlord II, Marius, the official Spokesperson for Emperor Solarius wears a monocle.
- Mr. King from Mega Man Star Force 3 may or may not wear a monocle, as it is difficult to tell from his overworld sprite. However, his face portrait does not show a monocle, but rather blue markings under his eyes.
- Kingdom of Loathing
- Many wealthy or prestigious enemies wear monocles, such as the Wealthy Pirates and the 101st Infantrygentlemen. A few, like Baron von Ratsworth, also wear tophats.
- The stuffed monocle is now available to players:
This essential rich-person accoutrement is rendered fairly useless when made out of fabric and stuffing. But if there's one thing rich folks like more than ostentatious displays of wealth, it's ostentatious displays of wealth that don't serve any function.
- Baron Von Ratsworth's monocle allows you to find more items, because "Rich people have cool stuff and wear monocles".
- Count Bleck, the Big Bad of Super Paper Mario, wears a top hat and a monocle.
- Seems to be a thing of the Lumen Sages in the Bayonetta series:
- Henry Hatsworth of Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure.
- There are a few monocles in World of Warcraft. They're all head items and most are cloth armour.
- The Beholder Eyes can come in different armour types but are more steampunk-engineer monocles than aristocrat monocles.
- Of particular note is the Noble's Monocle which, being wearable by Level 1 characters, is highly sought after by bank alts. Because of this, it has an average auction house value of 400 gold, despite providing no combat benefits.
- Slayer from Guilty Gear wears one of these.
- Baron from Shining Force Neo. Despite being a wolfling ninja, he's still quite classy.
- Killed Until Dead is populated by parodies of various detectives, including a "Lord Peter Flimsey". If you manage to rattle him when you interrogate him, his monocle flies off — but it still blinks when his eyes do.
- In Scribblenauts, this is the main difference between a normal velociraptor and the Philosoraptor. In Super Scribblenauts, applying the "gentlemanly" adjective will give objects a top hat and monocle along with making them friendly, even if the object in question normally spawns hostile (the Tyrannosarus Rex, for example).
- Team Fortress 2. One of the Pyro's new unlockable hats is a monocle and fake mustache taped over his mask. Which can be worn in conjunction with the MANY different top hats available to various classes.
- EVE Online added a cash shop with player clothing in the Incarna update. Although all of the items are rather expensive for in-game microtransactions, the most expensive by far is a $70 "ocular implant" which looks conspicuously like a monocle, meaning that players who have enough money to spend that much on a cosmetic item in an MMO can now fly around looking like a 19th-century industrialist. The rest of the playerbase is less than thrilled about this, what with the in-game riots and the player-led advisory board being sent all the way to the developers in Iceland in an attempt to save face.
- The Penguin in Batman: Arkham City looks like he has one of these at first glance... then you get a closer look and realize it's the bottom half of a broken bottle that had been embedded around his eye during a barfight. It apparently can't be removed without killing him, but he likes how it looks so he doesn't particularly want it removed anyway.
- Batman: The Telltale Series decides to play with Penguin's monocle as well, this time by making it a smartglass that lets him interface with the technology he stole from Wayne Enterprises.
- Fugue, one of Count Waltz's lackeys in Eternal Sonata. In the PlayStation 3 Updated Re-release of the game, it earns him the mean nickname "three-eyed freak" from Salsa. Even March uses it, which is unusual, given her Blue Oni status to Salsa's Red Oni. Naturally, it really tees Fugue off. "Little girl, I hope you aren't referring to me."
- Similiar to the Warhammer 40,000 example above, Garrus Vakarian in the Mass Effect games wears the sci-fi version of it, with the HUD showing tactical data, helping him to aim etc.. In second and third game, Commander Shepard can acquire one like that, too.
- Dr. Wilbur C. Feels from the game The Colonel's Bequest sports one, and doubles as a magnifying glass once you obtain it.
- Conker's Bad Fur Day: Let's not forget that General Von Kriplespac also wore one until his legs blew up.
- Edmund, the Insufferable Genius Lizard Folk general from Divinity: Dragon Commander, wears a monocle as part of his snooty gentleman attire.
- Phoenix Wright Trilogy:
- Gentleman assassin Shelly DeKiller in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All. Curiously enough, when de Killer testifies in court via transciever, the gadget's button mimics his monocle. And Ace Attorney Investigations 2 shows him holding an ice cream cone with a cherry to mimic it. Guy really loves that monocle.
- Detective Luke Atmey in Phoenix Wright Ace A Ttorney Trials And Tribulations, who has a monocle that doubles as magnifying glass.
- The series Unforgotten Realms has a long-running joke set up by the following line:
Rob: Mike, it's a well-known fact that all wizards wear monocles.
- One version of the Dramatic Chipmunk.
- Dr. Donkey, the villain from Space Goose, always wears a monocle, as well as a top hat.
- Used frequently in Zero Punctuation, most often when Yahtzee wants to depict a particular person (such as the creators of Penny Arcade) as being wealthy.
Viewer: Monocles and Top Hats, eh?
- The high-class villain Earl Grey from Dick Figures wears a monocle. A weaponised, diamond-encrusted one.
- VG Cats
- Better Days sent this up by having Fisk and Tommy dress up in the stereotypical upper-class style (complete with monocles and fake mustaches) while shopping for clothes for a trip to New York.
- Twisp of Penny Arcade is an upper-class, monocle-wearing cat, who tends to speak in single-word sentences.
- Berserker Axinhed of 8-Bit Theater has a monocle that not only grants him status, but a completely new (non-berserk) personality.
- Sean has a fantasy about becoming monocle-rich in Sean and Mimi's Awkward Adventures.
- Antihero for Hire's Doctor Nefarious.
- In Real Life Comics, one arc had Greg gain super-intelligence from a gamer-marketed energy drink. He also claimed it gave him myopia in one eye, requiring a monocle.
- Subverted/deconstructed in a strip of Jump Leads, where it was revealed that in the world Meany jumped in, monocles, and high-class wear in general, were used by peasants to compensate for lack of good treatment/clothing for their body, like monocle instead of eye surgery. It turns out that top hat was actually able to kill body-possessing slugs because it's made of silk. The people who join the army to receive better clothes actually abandon a good mean of defense against these slugs.
- Von Pinn from Girl Genius wears a tinted-red monocle. She gets an uncharacteristic monocle pop at one time.
- Tarvek, aristocratic even among aristocrats, wears a pair of pince-nez, which pops off when he gets stabbed by his cousin Tweedle.
- Poked fun at in Bob and George where Nate and Chadling, two shapeshifting Devils from the Mega Man verse, get mixed up in their bodies. Seeing as Nate wears gigantic glasses they end up with one glass and one normal eye. So they get a top hat because they already had the monocle.
- In Questionable Content, monocles (and Gorgeous Period Dress in general) have become a common occurrence at a certain bar the characters frequent.
- In MegaTokyo, Largo wears a monocle with his clubbing outfit.
- One arc of Sluggy Freelance involving parodic supervillains included "Monicruel", who is easily impersonated by Sasha due to the fact that all the other supervillains only remember her appearance as "boobs and a monocle".
- Capu from Death Brigade also sports one, although character art shows that he wore glasses when he was much younger.
- The (currently orphaned) Pixel Comic has a rather impressive monocle contest.
- Scandinavia and the World gives one of these to England, as a Quintessential British Gentleman.
- The Order of the Stick provides us with ambassador Gourntonk, a monocle-wearing lizardfolk.
- Harkon of Turn Signals on a Land Raider briefly wears a monocle while serving as prime minister to a Warhammer Emperor.
- Chase from Nerf This dons a tophat, a fancy mustache, and Two monocles. Along with his girlfriend.
- Subverted in a fantastic little strip from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Which eventually led us to this.
- In Impure Blood, Caspian's father.Plus one of the Watchers
- In Minion Comics, Von Gernsbach — a member of a wealthy German family who lets him loose to fund an evil organization — wears a monocle over his eye-scar.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: Taru, who happens to be a miliatary strategist, wears a monocle as part of a "proper" outfit in the prologue. She may be female, but the story is set 90 years After the End in one of the better-off bastions of humanity, so she can be excused for liberties taken on the usual use.
- Mr. Herriman of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends wears a monocle and a hat.
- So does the Mayor of Townsville on The Powerpuff Girls.
- Fearless Leader in Rocky and Bullwinkle.
- Often used in The Simpsons and Futurama in flagrant parodies of rich white people. At one point on the former, when the rich white couple gasps dramatically at some display of boorish lower-class behavior and the man's monocle falls off and breaks, he laments "That's the third monocle this week. I simply MUST stop being so horrified."
- Leela wears one of these from time to time, mostly to play up the fact that she's a cyclops. She wore one as an awkward adolescent, and occasionally as an adult to read. These are more like glasses than traditional monocles, though. After she got reconstructive surgery to have two eyes, she threw out a whole box of monocles.
- Billionaire Bot. In the Movie The Beast with a Billion Backs he has a monocle made with a HUMAN EYE! Which he actually needs to see, despite only missing one eye.
- The episode "The Mutants are Revolting" features a banner at a high society event reading: "NO TOP HAT, NO MONOCLE, NO SERVICE"
- Evil Uncle Darius Dun from Ninja Turtles Fast Forward wears one of these unironically, despite the series' 2105 setting.
- Transformers Animated: the most logical of Blitzwing's Split Personalities has a big eye that looks more like a monocle than a Mad Eye. Icy Blitzwing is modeled on Colonel Klink noted above, just like Hothead Blitzwing is modeled on Arnold Schwarzenegger. We're not sure about Random.
- Ron disguises himself with one of these in Kim Possible.
- Invoked by Space Ghost in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Snatch" when he hears about unidentified (space) creatures violating their airspace.
Space Ghost: (beat) Bring me my monocle. I want to look rich!
- Anti-Cosmo wears one on The Fairly OddParents!.
- In an episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Grounder begins wearing one after he temporarly becomes smart.
- Archibald Asparagus of VeggieTales fame wears a monocle seemingly to emphasize the fact he's a culture-obsessed Brit. Fun fact: before the introduction of the Maya software at Big Idea, Archie's monocle had no glass in it.
- Beezy on Jimmy Two-Shoes wears a monocle during a brief gag involving him and Jimmy looking smart.
- Jeebie, the furry cyclopian brother of Milton the Monster, wears a monocle when reading. His ward, Professor Weirdo, mentions he's soon getting a contact lens (singular).
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- In the episode "The Best Night Ever", a number of high-class ponies at the Grand Galloping Gala are seen wearing monocles. During Rarity's part of "At the Gala", she imagines one such pony's monocle popping off when she enters the room.
- And you can't forget Fancypants, the only member of the Canterlot Elite who's not an Upper-Class Twit.
- Rarity uses opera glasses while watching the dragon migration in "Dragon Quest". Her friends use binoculars.
- On TUGS, the railway tugboat was called Top Hat. Despite hating dirty jobs, he and the garbage barge, Lord Stinker, get a CMOA in "High Tide" when the railway bridge over the canal collapses.
Top Hat: It's worked, Stinker! You're a smelly old genius! Nothing less!
- Phineas and Ferb
- Buford wears one briefly.
Phineas: What's with the monocle?
Buford: It's an affectation.
- Ferb's grandfather wears one normally.
- Buford wears one briefly.
- Baroness Paula von Gunther wears a monocle in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!"
- Heinrich von Marzipan, Numbuh Five's Arch-Enemy on Codename: Kids Next Door. It's part of the "Indiana Jones Nazi Villains" parody (which is in itself odd, as Indiana never encountered any monocled villains, Nazi or otherwise.
- In one episode of Super Secret Secret Squirrel, the posh, villainous Chameleon (an anthropomorphic chameleon) wears a monocle as a visual shorthand for how snobby and "uppercrust" he is.
- A couple of characters in Nickelodeon's Aaahh!!! Real Monsters wore monocles as a means of visually telling the audience something about them:
- Ickis' False Friend Chimera in "Cement Heads" wore one. His monocle seems to be intended to make him come across as posh and upper class, as well as intelligent.
- The Gromble's Drill Sergeant Nasty former mentor Balook in "The Master Monster" also sported a monocle. It makes him appear intelligent and studious, as a wizened old teacher should.
- Sheriff Callie's Wild West
- In "My Fair Stinky," Priscilla gives Farmer Stinky a new, high-class wardrobe. The monocle transforms his voice and mannerisms to that of the gentleman Priscilla wanted him to become.
- In "Train Bandits," the governor, a very distinguished gentleman, wears a monocle.
- Sir Patrick Moore. Only having sight problems in one eye, he decided it would look cool. Apropos of nothing, here's American newscaster Bob Schieffer's reaction to the monocle.
- Joseph Chamberlain, the father of Neville Chamberlain and an important British politician in his own right, famously wore a monocle.
- Fritz Lang. He briefly switched to glasses when he went to Hollywood, but got sick of them. Later on he combined◊ it with an eyepatch.
- Several men in the Steampunk community have one, although usually with regular glass instead of a lens.
- As mentioned under "Films-Live Action", Spanish celebrity Don Jaime De Mora y Aragón commonly had public appearances with a monocle, walking stick, hair gel and chauffeur ("Pepe"), especially in the night scene of Marbella in the 1980s. He made a number of movies playing characters similar to himself. Many people believed that De Mora was a rich aristocrat; he was simply the brother of the consort Queen of Belgium, and apparently liked his lifestyle.
- Petri Purho, Finnish video game designer sometimes wears one in public.
- Roy Ridley, Chaplain of Balliol College, Oxford and reputedly one of the inspirations for Dorothy L. Sayers' sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, was — according to legend — the only Church of England priest to say Mass wearing a monocle. Sadly, nobody thought to photograph him doing so.
- German Field Marshal Walter Model wore one, which he at one point used in an argument with Hitler to emphasize "Mein Führer, who commands the Ninth Army? Me or you?"
- Actress Phyllida Law (Emma Thompson's mother and known for playing sophisticates) used to be quite famous for sporting a monocle. She doesn't appear to have worn one for a while, at least not in public.
- On establishment the British National Health Service refused to provide monocles through their services. The Other Wiki suggests this led to their decline.
- After sustaining damage to his right eye in World War 1, Lt. Col. Alfred Wintle wore a monocle for the rest of his life, which he kept in place with an impressive squint rather than using a chain. It proved to be one of the factors that once foiled an attempt of his to escape from the military hospital to rejoin the war effort, as he had attempted to disguise himself as a nurse at the time.