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Glasses generally allow people to see out of ''and'' into the eyes of the wearer. The subjects of this trope, however, have glasses that are reminiscent of the mirror windows of crime-show examination rooms - they can see you, but you can't see them. This is not a threatening gesture like ScaryShinyGlasses. It may be permanent, but it isn't silly NerdGlasses.

Perhaps the artist was lazy, but that's not what this is about. Characters with Opaque Lenses are usually hiding something. Maybe they're just emotionless - their hidden eyes, the so-called "window to the soul," hammering home the fact that you have no idea what they are thinking. Maybe they are hiding GlowingEyes or RedEyesTakeWarning. Maybe they are disguising themselves. But regardless of the reason, when you look at them you get the feeling like you're missing something.

Often, it's done for RuleOfCool or because in animation, it's a time saving shortcut. In many cases, the glasses are only opaque when necessary for dramatic effect. In reality, the opaque effect is due to reflection and refraction of light off the lenses at just the right angle. Quite frequently, this shows up in instances where the lighting of the scene does not plausibly allow for this.

See also: OpaqueNerdGlasses, ScaryShinyGlasses. Compare SinisterShades, which have the same effect, but you expect it because, well, they're actually supposed to hide the character's eyes.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Umino and Princess Diamond of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' both have opaque glasses. Ami gets them when she's wearing her glasses and is either overconfident or excited.
* Paul Wan from ''Manga/GetBackers'', as seen above, is a bizarre example, if only because his sunglasses are ''actually opaque''. He is hiding his [[spoiler:stigma]], but [[spoiler:Kazuki]] used contact lenses for the same purpose, so who knows? Oddly enough, Ban has a pair just like Paul's, but they're normal.
* From ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'', Ritsu's eyes are occasionally visible in the manga behind his StoicSpectacles. In the anime, however, they're only hidden when Ritsu is in ScaryShinyGlasses mode.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** Yomi's glasses go from transparent to opaque (a light blue) for a few different reasons: annoyance, dumbfoundedness, sneaky idea, uh, that "Limiter override!" thing, y'know.
** Mr. Kimura's glasses are '''always''' opaque. But given that he's a DirtyOldMan (and not shy about it), you can be pretty sure what he's looking at anyway.
* [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Yuki Nagato]] has glasses that do this... at least, [[spoiler:until she breaks them defending Kyon from Asakura Ryoko, and he tells her he "doesn't really have a glasses fetish". Thus, she decides to stop wearing them. Haruhi and the {{Muggles}} in the story assume she started wearing contact lenses]].
* Hazuki in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', usually when she's upset or embarrassed.
** Or when the artists [[DemotedToExtra consider her less important.]]
* Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater'', most of the time.
* Between this and ScaryShinyGlasses, you very rarely see Kobayashi's eyes in ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki.'' After he gets [[NeverSayDie sent to Hell]] as punishment for saving Ueki from being killed by Robert, he isn't wearing glasses for a while, and when he starts wearing them again, you can see his eyes more often. [[HellishPupils Not that that's necessarily a good thing...]]
* Rider in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' apparently has no trouble seeing through purple blinders that are roughly an inch thick and cover about 40% of her face. At one point she's asked to take them off... so that people can see her face, not the other way around.
* Inui of ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', to the point where it becomes a RunningGag that no one ''ever'' sees his eyes. The height of the gag comes when he breaks his glasses during a match, so we're expecting to finally see his eyes-- and then it turns out he has [[CrazyPrepared a large case full of pairs of spare glasses]]. Rikkaidai's Yagyuu also qualifies for this trope.
* Rei from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' is subject to having opaque lenses half the time, usually to emphasize his meekness. They do clear up when they ''need'' to be seen.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by [[spoiler:Koyo Aoba]] in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. Everyone can see his eyes through his glasses perfectly fine, but they're made opaque on the inside in order to [[spoiler:[[PowerIncontinence block]] Koyo's [[DeadlyGaze Killer Point Vision]]]].
* Cho Hakkai of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is an interesting half-example; his monocle is usually--though not always--drawn as opaque. As Hakkai is a StepfordSmiler of the first order, this provides a helpful visual distinction between his outward pleasantry and his inner secrets.
* Tsubomi (when she wears her glasses) and Yuri of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' tend to have this effect to their glasses. Usually when Erika's doing something involving them.
* Miki Yoshikawa is ''really'' fond of this trope in both of her works - ''Manga/FlunkPunkRumble'' and ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'' - to the point that it appears many times in every scene that involves characters with glasses. Usually when the character(s) acts weird or comedic, but also when they are seen from a distance, in which case it's probably just a case of LazyArtist.
* Reiko Azuma of ''Manga/{{Pupipo}}'' usually has opaque lenses with lines over them. Unlike the swirly lines common to this trope in anime, Azuma's are straight lines that match up with her square lenses.
* Hajime's glasses in ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'', with the exception of close-ups and the [[HeartwarmingMoments really romantic moments with Kaoru]] (and in one case, a parodied FriendshipMoment with Nozomu). Tanaka's glasses on the other hand are always see-through.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/TheSandman The Corinthian's]] shades might be these on occasion, depending on the artist. They're either SunglassesAtNight drawn in fairly realistic style to hide his teeth-eyes, or stylised black circles on his face that hide his eyes entirely.
* The original Ventriloquist in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''. The intent (combined with his bald head and inexpressive mouth) seems to be to make him as much TheBlank as possible without it looking odd; ''[[DemonicDummy Scarface]]'' is the character who emotes.
* Spiderman installed these into his mask specifically because it unnerves people.
* The "lenses" of Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s mask are just for show. Since he's blind any eyeholes would be pointless anyway.
* Kevin from ''Comicbook/SinCity'' is drawn with these pretty much all the time. The solid white lenses are an iconic part of his character.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* A rare literary example in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Because Ringo is walking around with his eyes closed all the time, he has black obsidian glasses made for himself to hide that little fact. However, he loses the glasses when they're turned into living creatures by Brox's life spell.

* Zaphod Beeblebrox has a variation in ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' where his glasses are opaque, period, when they sense danger. If you can't see it, it can't frighten you, after all.
* Crowley from ''Literature/GoodOmens'' hides the fact that he's a demon with reptilian eyes with a pair of sunglasses.
* In ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', razorgirl Molly Millions seems to be wearing mirrored sunglasses, but they are really surgically implanted lenses which offer her various enhancements.
* A minor character in the Literature/XWingSeries wears an EyepatchOfPower that Wedge Antilles suspects operates in this way over a cybernetic (replacement) eye.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Marcie from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''. She occasionally had to GlassesPull to reveal that she was rolling her eyes, perhaps as a subtle LampshadeHanging.
* Jason Fox and any other nerdy character in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' (e.g., Morton Goldthwait). Non-nerds who wear glasses, such as Jason's grandmother, don't have opaque lenses.
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}, his mother, Dogbert, and Wally.
* {{Agnes}} and her grandmother.
* Any glasses wearers in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' and many an imitator thereof.
* Milo Bloom and most other glasses wearers in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''.
* Lance Fusco in ''The Fusco Brothers''. Lampshaded: "How can you tell ''what'' kind of eyes I'm making, Gloria? I've got my opaque one-way Lance Fusco glasses on."
* Darryl from ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' goes back-and-forth on this, sometimes he's draw so you can't he his eyes but usually is drawn with eyes.
* Daddy in ''TheFamilyCircus.''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 1'', at first the man you talk with to book training for your monster has opaque glasses and a distant, impersonal air. Once you pass the milestone of getting a monster to class B, his glasses lose the opaque look and he seems friendlier. Get to class S, and he starts to greet you with a deferential bow of the head.
%%* Boss from ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. Most early promotional materials and demo videos showed that whenever Shepard and his/her squadmates have their helmets on the visors were reflective and hid the top half their faces. In the final game, the visors are generally clear with the exception of some areas where lighting is poor and their faces can clearly be seen.
* Happens from time to time with ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'''s protagonist; he's ClarkKenting, so it ties into him obscuring his identity.
* Kenji's glasses in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. Except for one scene, he's never seen without them. Hisao estimates the lenses are about an inch thick.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Everyone who wears glasses in ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' has blank white lenses, although the most prominent example, Dr. Haas, simply has ScaryShinyGlasses.
* Parodied in the webcomic ''Real Life'': When Cliff is introduced, he has see-through glasses despite the fact that the only other character in the strip wearing glasses, Dave, had opaque lenses. The very next strip had Cliff asking Dave about this, prompting Dave to reveal that they aren't just glasses, but rather something akin to [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Geordi La Forge's VISOR]].
%%* Tedd from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive.''
* Dave in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', until [[spoiler:he goes mad.]]
* Everyone who wears sunglasses in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' - Dave, Dirk, their guardian counterparts, Redglare, Terezi, Sollux, and Equius - makes use of this trope. Characters who just wear normal glasses have visible eyes, unless they're using a computer display function.
* In ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter003/ib017.html worn to hide]] Glowing Eyes. [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/ISSUE07Pages/ib154.html When they come off, she has to stage]] TheReveal.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2658 Slick, even in Eden]]. The importance is shown [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2607 when Monique asks him to take them off]], and [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2608 he reacts]], and [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2609 she reacts to that.]]
%%* Yeo Goseng from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''.
* Ichabod in ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' wears a HUGE pair of glasses like this. For some reason, his are the only regular glasses like this. Opaque goggles or sunglasses aren't uncommon, but everyone else who wears normal glasses has clearly visible eyes.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', there are the Wonderbolts.
* Professor Frink in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and Professor Hubert Farnsworth in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''.
%%* Dale from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
%%* Curly from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''.
%%* Agent Six from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''
* Parodied on WesternAnimation/SouthPark with Cartman's police officer outfit. It includes a pair of shades which ALWAYS reflect a mountain sunset, no matter what he is actually looking at.
%%* Eustace and Muriel from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. There's also Eustace's mother Ma Bagge.
* Robin ([[LegacyCharacter both of them]]) of WesternAnimation/YoungJustice wears dark sunglasses when in civies to hide his secret identity from his teammates.
%%* The Borgs, Chronozoid and Easel of ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce''.