Lennon Specs is a type of sunglasses with perfectly round lenses, preferably black or red, made famous by John Lennon. They are mostly commonly worn by beatniks, hippies and - since they are uncommon and noticeable - unconventional but notable characters. Thanks to John Lone in The Last Emperor, they're known as 'Pu Yi' glasses in Chinese-speaking countries. note A subtrope of Cool Shades. See also Triangle Shades. Furthermore, please note that perfectly round but clear glasses, despite also having been worn by John Lennon, do not fall under this trope. Neither do oval sunglasses, square-ish sunglasses with rounded edges, or any other type of sunglasses with less than perfectly round lenses. note
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Anime and Manga
- Admiral Aokiji from One Piece wore them in the past, and goes back to wearing them after the timeskip.
- Enishi of Rurouni Kenshin wears these.
- Trigun's Vash the Stampede wears a pair of yellow lensed Lennon glasses with a cool little zig-zag in the temples.
- Alucard of Hellsing wears a pair of these.
- Hikozaemon Otaki from Ah! My Goddess is never seen without his.
- Though they're not actually sunglasses, Bautou from Ghost in the Shell has cybernetic eyes that provide a similar aesthetic.
- Yuudai Yamato from The Prince of Tennis. Until he changes his looks throughly for Shin Tenipuri, so The Glasses Gotta Go.
- Dryden Fassa of The Vision of Escaflowne.
- Black Cat's blood-weaponizing Charden Flamberg completes his long, blonde hair and sharp-clothes with a pair of cool, round shades.
- The Squirtle Squad from Pokémon, with the exception of their leader (who joins Ash) that wears Triangle Shades.
- Shino Aburame before the Time Skip, Ebisu and Yoroi Akado from Naruto.
- Jianliang Lee of Digimon Tamers favours a pair with green lenses, used when he's entering the foggy fields generated by Realized wild Digimon or dealing with storms.
- The Unknown Man from Elfen Lied. Doubles as Sunglasses at Night.
- Ace pilot Porco Rosso
- Albert from Candy Candy is rarely seen without his specs, specially at the start.
- Basara Nekki of Macross7
- Kamajin wears them in Spirited Away.
- In one X-Men storyline (X-Men: Divided). the X-Men are tracking down a group of hippies who have used Lady Mastermind's mind control powers to turn the Haight-Ashbury area back to the way it was in the sixties. Emma Frost mentally alters their clothing to fit in, and Cyclops's visor turns into ruby-quartz Lennon specs.
- Black leather 90s Superboy wore these.
- King Mob in The Invisibles wears them.
- I-Ching, Wonder Woman's mentor during her depowered phase.
- Batman villain Hugo Strange is fond of wearing these. This isn't a trait exclusive to the comic, either, as his Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Arkham City, and Gotham incarnations also sport them.
- John Lone in The Last Emperor, see the article.
- Mickey, one of the leads in Natural Born Killers wears these, and they're an integral aspect of one of the film's posters.
- The hitman protagonist of The Professional, Léon, wears these.
- As does Il Duce, a.k.a. Noah MacManus of The Boondock Saints.
- Camille Claudel in the 1988 Camille Claudel wears John Lennon specs in one scene.
- In The Matrix sequels, Seraph wears a pair of these.
- Mr.Orange briefly wears a blue pair in Reservoir Dogs.
Live Action TV
- In the pilot episode of Firefly, Simon first appears wearing a red pair.
- John Lennon, duh.◊
- Ozzy Osbourne seems◊ to◊ like◊ them.◊
- Hiroshi Morie tends to wear these on occasion.
- Andy Partridge of XTC began wearing these shortly after the band's retirement from touring.
- Ferre Grignard wore◊ these in the mid 60s. Then didn't.◊
- Geddy Lee of Rush wears these at times. And looks like Ozzy when he does
- In Mitsumete Knight, Sam Burston, one of the three local punks, wears black round sunglasses, at all times.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Doctor Eggman wears these. His grandfather Gerald also does in some of his designs.
- Wild Dog owns a dark blue pair (purple in Time Crisis 3).
- Oshare Bones wears a small, orange-tinted pair.
- In Dead Rising, You can obtain some with free DLC.
- Rock Band includes these among the types of eyewear you can put on your characters, and like most of the other sunglasses, they can be any colour.
- Tomb Raider: Lara Croft has worn a red pair of these on occasion.
- In Final Fantasy IV, resident Badass Grandpa, Tellah, has a pair.
- Archibald Grims from Super Robot Wars Original Generation sports a dark-green pair.
- In Saints Row: The Third the Morningstar specialists wear a pair of these with bright red lenses. These specs can also be bought and worn by the player's character if they have the DLC that adds the ability to wear rival gang clothing.
- In Street Fighter V, newcomer F.A.N.G. wears a sinister pair of these.
- In Xenoblade Chronicles X, shades like these are some of the headgear you can make characters wear.
- A red-lensed pair of these have been the trademark of Madness Combat's Hank from Depredation onward.
- In addition, Sanford also sports a pair that he obtains in Episode 6.5.
- The Slappy Squirrel short "Woodstock Slappy" has Skippy sporting these specs.
Skippy: No I don't.Slappy: Get rid of those John Lennon glasses and look!
- Carl in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius wore these when he channeled John Lennon in the episode where Jimmy forms a band. He also adopts the Liverpudlian accent and travels with a generically-Asian-looking "assistant." (It's a kid's show.)
- The Warden from Superjail! has them.
- The Ice King from Adventure Time had these when he was a human named Simon Petrikov.
- Both Daria from Daria and her Aunt Amy wear these.
- Egon on The Real Ghostbusters has round-rimmed glasses, but with clear lenses.