"Fear me!" note
Where Scary Shiny Glasses
meets Cool Shades
. Usually they hide the malice from the eyes of the one wearing them. If you're Making a Spectacle of Yourself
, invoking this trope will fail horribly.
Examples are numerous, including The Men in Black
, members of secret societies
, CIA workers, sinister police officers
, Agents in the Matrix
films... you get the picture. Not always
associated with villainous characters but usually a deliberate attempt to intimidate, so chances are that if a hero wears these, they're an example of Good Is Not Nice
if not a full Anti-Hero
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Anime and Manga
- Yamaki of Digimon Tamers, even after he finishing his Heel-Face Turn. It's kind of telling that they either come off or lighten up when he's doing something good.
- Alucard in Hellsing has these as part of his initial look, but, strangely enough, as he becomes more threatening, he loses them.
- Younger Toguro in YuYu Hakusho.
- Trigun gives us the little shiny sunglasses Vash puts on when he's about to kick someone's ass.
- Remarkably the same Cool Shades invoke Megane Bishōnen. In fact, because of the starkness of the character change from the goofball, simply shifting to Stoic Spectacles reaches the border of this trope. The shades can change in the same situations where, if his shades didn't go Sinister, we'd probably see the Glowing Red Eyes Of Doom instead.
- Shino from Naruto is rarely, if ever seen without his shades.
- The same goes with his dad.
- Or anyone from the Aburame family, for that matter.
- Rubel in Claymore has really big round ones.
- Admiral Kizaru of One Piece has these.
- Gendo Ikari practically revels in this. He's only shown without them in flashbacks; their lack doesn't make him any less scary though.
- Char Aznable, originally of Mobile Suit Gundam, sports these in Zeta Gundam. He and his Clones tend to alternate between these and Cool Mask.
- Jerk Jock Agon Kongo from Eyeshield 21 sports some nifty sports goggles, helps that they're opaque most of the time.
- The shades in question are also nefariously expensive (they're Oakley Juliet sports goggles). Shades of evil indeed.
- Subverted with Akaba, who even combines these with red eyes, but is actually a nice, if eccentric person.
- As of BW, Jessie, James, and Meowth of Pokémon have been doing this a lot. They've also lately been approaching competent.
- Pokemon Hunter J before them also had these.
- Kemo (a.k.a. the Hair Guy) from Yu-Gi-Oh!. Bandit Keith as well, where they really enhance the sense of both menace and douchebaggery that he gives off.
- Don't forget Croquet, Pegasus's right-hand man.
- Yukishiro Enishi from Rurouni Kenshin.
- The godhand Ubrik from Berserk.
- Smith from Future GPX Cyber Formula is never seen without them, even when he dies after his helicopter crashes.
- As mentioned above, the Agents in The Matrix. Also Morpheus, when he was still mysterious and vaguely threatening. They're deliberately shed whenever the character's meant to be vulnerable.
- The assassin in Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster.
- Paul Yau, the hitman hired to replace the title character of John Woo's The Killer, had a pair of these.
- Fender Tremolo in Cyborg is nearly all the time sporting his pair of 80's vintage black, dirty shades. And believe it or not, he's much better on with these however creepy he is. You really don't want to see what lies behind them.
- Soultaker stars Martin Sheen's brother as a Cool Shades-wearing Grim Reaper who falls in love with the leading lady/scriptwriter. The SOL Crew insisted upon singing "Sunglasses At Night" to mock this.
- The prison guard in Cool Hand Luke wears a pair of sinister shades while watching the prisoners in the hot sun.
- The cop who wakes up Marion Crane from sleeping in her car in Psycho dons a pair of these.
- Every portrayal of a Highway Patrol officer has him wearing mirrored aviator sunglasses. The T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a prime example.
- Carnegie from The Book of Eli, the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic America has a pair he wears to cover his eyes from the UV light. He's a very bad man, a dangerous and horrible individual.
- Parodied in Out of Sight where the two protagonists drive around and spot a number of undercover FBI agents watching them... due to the fact they all wear identical sunglasses.
- Doctor Octopus in Spider Man 2. This is explained away in the novelized version, as Octavius was left with very light-sensitive eyes after the tritium exploded.
- Sheriff Cooley from O Brother, Where Art Thou??. He's implied to be the devil, and in close-ups on his face firelight is often reflected in his shades.
- In 1945's Leave Her to Heaven, the pathologically jealous and evil Ellen Harland (Gene Tierney) dons a pair of these just prior to letting her husband's disabled kid brother drown in a lake.
- Masai in The Warriors.
- Peter Cook as the Devil in Bedazzled 1967 wears sinister looking 'mod' sunglasses along with a tuxedo, cape, and red socks.
- Discussed in In the Line of Fire; Clint Eastwood's character is asked why he doesn't wear shades, like the rest of the agents, while standing post. He replies that he likes to get a good look at people's eyes. Given that he has the classic Eastwood Death Glare in his arsenal, adding shades might actually make him less intimidating. The other agents in the film all follow right along with this trope, though.
- One of the anarchists in G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday wears a pair of them. Deliberately. With them, he's terrifying to behold. Without them, he's cheerful and ordinary.
- The Tonton Macoutes wear these in Graham Greene's The Comedians.
- The Ankh-Morpork banking community wear these in Making Money, as seen on the cover◊.
- Depending on the person wearing them and the reader's point of view, the sports glasses Daemon operatives use are this, Cool Shades or maybe even both. Not to mention having a number of functions besides looking cool and/or intimidating.
- In Joyce Carol Oates short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Arnold Friend, a creep who forcefully persuades theProtagonist to accompany him in his car for unknown-but-probably-nefarious purposes wears a pair of mirrored aviator shades that hide his true self, and true age; he's much older than he appears, and much less innocent than Connie thought...
- Commander Khashoggi, the head of the Secret Police in We Will Rock You.
- In the Toronto version of the musical, he is also shown to have two different colored eyes, which might explain why he wears them.
- In Resident Evil, Albert goddamn Wesker. Eventually, it's to cover up with bizarrely inhuman eyes, but mostly they're just there to be rockin'.
- The strange eyes thing doesn't explain why he did it before he got them and why he wore them in the lab, so yeah; it's mostly to be badass.
- Originally, in the PS1 game, each character could only have so many 'skins' or textures. Wesker was wearing them in the beginning, and they just probably didn't have enough room for a retexture without them. (they'd have to do a whole new face texture.) Could also possibly be a Viewers Are Morons as perhaps they thought that without his defining shades, and the low-resolution textures of the time, He'd be unrecognizable as... Wesker. In future versions as well as the remake, they kept it because it was just part of his character.
- Funnily enough, these bite him in the bum during his final appearance in 5. Despite all his mutagenic augmentations by that point in his career, for some reason merely shutting off the lights (in an area that wouldn't even be described as "poorly lit" anyway) can confuse him and leave him vulnerable for no reason other than his choice of eyewear, it seems.
- Machi Tobaye in Apollo Justice : Ace Attorney may be a deliberate subversion, as his shades make him come off as creepy when he really isn't.
- The World Ends with You gives us Megumi "Shades" Kitaniji. Sinister indeed.
- Rude (his name, not his description) in Final Fantasy VII has these, making him as scary as possible for being a member of the Goldfish Poop Gang.
- Rude also seems to carry around multiple pairs. In Advent Children, his shades get stepped on, so he just pulls another one out of this jacket pocket.
- The Doctor character from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer has mirrored goggles over a White Mask of Doom. The Engineer has proper sunglasses.
- Khaled Al-Asad in Call Of Duty 4 is never seen without his sunglasses.
- In the first edition of Civilization, when the player was running a modern-age despotism, or their civilization was in "anarchy" between governments, the image of the civ's leaders included a generallisimo-type wearing shades.
- Jacob Arthur "Danik" in Dead Space 3 wears them "Albert Wesker" style. In other words, he never takes them off. Even when he is in snowy conditions and under the freaking ground, where he would have literally no reason to wear them.
- The Shadow Men, Chessmasters of Broken Saints, both sport these, as does sleaze ball strip club owner Mars, whose shades are red and glowing.
- lonelygirl15 loves this trope. Lucy, Virgil, and various Shadows, Deacons and hired thugs all wear these.
- Michelle Clore of KateModern wears these, as does Kate when under her influence.
- Let's not forget "Dr. Specialist", either.
- Bridget in Sorority Forever has worn these on occasion.
- Doctor Steel is never seen without his antique dark welding goggles (which in one of his music videos, reflect flames).
- Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum always wears black Willy Wonka-style goggles.
- While in his disguise as a kebab restaurant clerk during the Lovers mini-arc in Vaguely Recalling Jo Jo, Steely Dan wears a pair of shades.
- Colonel Franklin and his men wore Sunglasses at Night at the beginning of Transformers Cybertron. He wore them less after he was revealed as a good guy rather than a sinister government agent.
- Protoman had these in the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon; at a few points, we could see Mega reflected in them as he was about to sneak up on him.
- Heather was introduced with these on Total Drama Island, complete with scary background music.
- In the first GI Joe A Real American Hero miniseries, the Baroness wears sunglasses before switching to regular ones in the next one.
- In Real Life, the US Secret Service goes for the Sinister Shades look on purpose, to discourage anyone from messing with their "protectees". They also do it so they can stare at someone without being noticed, i.e. no one knows where they are looking.
- One additional reason they wear sunglasses is so that their eyes are adjusted to the light when they go indoors. Inside agents almost never wear sunglasses, its just that most of the time they are seen they are outdoors and therefore this trope exists.
- The late Reverend Jim Jones wore them to hide the evilness in his eyes.
- Serial killer Richard Ramirez wore shades in the courtroom.
- The image above is of the late Kim Jong-Il, the previous leader of North Korea. The ruthless dictator wore them to look even more menacing. Well, to try to look the part anyway - it wasn't all that successful. The shades didn't make up for the fact that he was short, fat, and unbelievably goofy looking, though. Unless you were actually under his heel, it's pretty hard to find him scary, especially after Team America: World Police.
- Muammar Gaddafi, the former dictator of Libya, was frequently photographed wearing them in the past few years. It works roughly as well for him as it does for Kim Jong-il.
- This (in)famous photo◊ of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is probably the very definition of this trope.
- Blogger and self admitted pedophile Jack McClellan claims that he wears the sunglasses because of the studio's lighting. Steve Wilkos makes him take them off.