The Short Guy with Glasses

Usually a boy who is much younger than the rest of the group, but is technically the smartest. This kid always has a plan (and a back up plan) when it comes down to it. Often wears green for some reason. Can be The Runt at the End.

See also Shorter Means Smarter. Potentially overlaps with Meganekko, especially when the character is female.

Not to be confused with That Guy with the Glasses.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Rekuta from Duel Masters is practically the same character. With a few more Megaton Punch sequences.
  • Albert Pitt from ARIA fits this trope to a T. He's short enough to make those who don't know him personally think that he's almost four or five years younger than he actually is.
  • Conan Edogawa. He (as a 6-year-old) is very small for his age, even smaller than the girls. But subverted as a teen, as his glasses is only a disguise, and as Shinichi Kudo his height is appropriate for a teenage boy.
  • Partially subverted with Fullmetal Alchemist's Kain Fuery — he fits the description and is the Communications expert, but Vato Falman and Heymans Breda are the smarter ones in Col. Mustang's group.

    Films — Animation 
  • Glasses, the smallest and youngest crow in Dumbo, and the one that supplies the Magic Feather (from his tail!) wears large rose-tinted glasses.

    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • George from Seinfeld is the biggest subversion of The Smart Guy part of the trope, as he's not the brightest of the ensemble, and often makes thick-witted or mean-spirited mistakes that snowball humiliatingly. While on occasion he does have a clever scheme that actually works, it somehow or other blows up in his face. He's out-schemed by Newman, the Other Short Guy With Glasses who plays the trope a little straighter, but it's less due to 'smarts' than a cunning more vicious than the others are willing to get.

    Video Games 
  • Bottles, who teaches all the moves in Banjo-Kazooie, wears thick coke bottle glasses. His Suspiciously Similar Substitute in Banjo-Tooie, Jamjars, wears Cool Shades instead.
  • Lester from Grand Theft Auto V is not only short, balding, and wears glasses, but is crippled and walks with a cane or confines himself to a wheelchair.
  • Nevan's glasses in Dragon Quest VI cover most of his face. Fanart generally puts him next to Dumb Muscle Carver to make him even shorter.
  • Arno from Learning Voyage is short, wears glasses, and is pretty smart, considering his vocabulary (although in Sand Trapped!, he misheard "Put worm traps by the back door" as "Put trap doors back by the worms").

    Web Comics 
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures : Jyrras is definitely short, and he wears glasses, even though he doesn't need them; it's an image thing. He's also the one with the greatest technical aptitude.
  • Tedd in El Goonish Shive is the shortest of the group, but isn't any younger. He also doesn't need to wear glasses; he even recently stopped wearing them completely.

    Western Animation 
  • Jeremie from Code Lyoko, though admittedly he's only shorter than two-fifths of the main cast. (He is the youngest, though.)
    • It's worth pointing out that, while he doesn't wear green, the towers that he controls on Lyoko are.
  • Kevin French from the short-lived Mission Hill. In fact, his character was based on the afore-mentioned Dilton Doiley.
  • Steve Smith of American Dad! is almost half the size of his parents which is unusual for a 15 year old (they are frequently taller). He always has a plan when scheming with his friends about getting girls and is such regarded as the group leader. However his plans always go astray either due to bad luck or because he is hopelessly naive about it. Toshi is the only one to ever call him out on his idiocy, but of course he does it in Japanese, so no one can understand it.
  • Odie is the shortest member of the team in Class of the Titans, and the only one who wears glasses. His designated role on the team is "The Brain."
  • Gretchen from Phineas and Ferb is the shortest of the Fireside Girls, wears glasses, and tends to use long words. Ironically, in the episode "Act Your Age" (which takes place ten years later), she has the biggest growth spurt of the group.