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 

    Comic Books 
  • Dilton Doiley from Archie Comics.
  • Linus Van Pelt of Peanuts, for a brief period in the early '60s.

    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 
  • Classic Game Show emcee Bill Cullen, of such shows as The Fifties' Price Is Right, To Tell the Truth, and The $25,000 Pyramid. Notable for being a real Deadpan Snarker.
  • Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly from M*A*S*H.
  • Hiro from Heroes.
    • It helps that Hiro's actor Masi Oka is an actual genius, with an IQ of about eleventy-billion.
  • Lex from Flight 29 Down, definitely.
  • Reid, in flashback to his kid genius days on Criminal Minds.
  • 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.
  • Charlie Eppes on NUMB3RS.
  • Simon Tam on Firefly.
  • Blair Sandburg, sometimes on The Sentinel.
  • Leonard from The Big Bang Theory fits the trope to a tee, but also subverts it in that he's one of the main protagonists rather than a sidekick. Plus, he gets the girl.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • Nick from General Protection Fault.
  • 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 
  • Rafael, from Transformers Prime. He's the smallest human in the show by a significant margin.
  • Albert a.k.a. Presto from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon fits the visual style and personality, but the magic item he received from Dungeonmaster was a magic hat from which he could pull anything he wanted. Unfortunately, the hat was something of a Literal Genie with a trend towards notoriously random interpretations; as a result, he never had a plan he could rely on.
  • Honker Muddlefoot in Darkwing Duck.
  • Dexter of Dexter's Laboratory.
  • 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.
  • Chester McTech from Beverly Hills Teens.
  • Brainiac 5 from Legion Of Superheroes. Amusingly, actually is green.
  • Sam AKA Squid of Rocket Power.
  • Little Trouble from Team Umizoomi
  • Chudd Chudders from Skatoony
  • Kin Kujira from Grojband.
  • 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.