These are the absolute coolest variety of Cool Shades. Rather than those frightfully dull elliptical, circular, or square lenses, the lenses in these shades are in the shape of scalene triangles, joined at one point and with the shortest sides resting on the bridge of the nose. They are often, but not always, worn by lowlife hoodlum characters. There's even an emoticon for them: ◥▶◀◤ Aren't they cool? A variation is for robots to have their actual eyes in this shape. This serves no purpose other than looking cool.
Examples — sunglasses
open/close all folders
Anime and Manga
- Kamina of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts off with a pair, and everybody gets in on the act towards the end of the series. They've become so associated with him and considered such a defining trait that "Kamina shades" is a very common term used to refer to this style of sunglasses.
- It's also rumoured that if anybody puts on Kamina's shades, they will instantly be promoted to Memetic Badass status. It's become a meme to Photoshop Kamina's glasses onto various people◊, places, flags◊...which, well, instantly promotes them to Memetic Badass status. It even fixes hated characters such as Starchild◊.
- They became an Ascended Meme in Super Robot Wars Z2, where equipping them to a pilot gives them a huge starting will boost.
- Simon tops it off towards the end of the series, with his shades becoming star-shaped! ( which is like the original, with three pointed tips added)
- And topped off once more with Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in Lagann-hen which manifests galaxy-sized Kamina's shades. No, that's not a typo there.
- Pokémon has an example that predates Kamina's: Ash's Squirtle has a pair that he whips out every now and then, which signifies his role as The Leader of the Squirtle Squad (the other Squirtle instead wear Lennon Specs). So do various members of Team Rocket, especially Meowth.
- The title character of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.
- Franky from One Piece.
- Bleach: Old Man Zangetsu wears a wraparound variety of these.
- Toguro the younger in YuYu Hakusho.
- Knight Shoemach/Osamu Sugo from Future GPX Cyber Formula wears those when he's racing. It is also to keep his real identity a secret so he can catch up on Smith.
- A Gazimon is briefly seeing wearing a pair in Digimon Adventure. And by "briefly" we mean that Taichi accidentally broke them with a soccer ball to the face shortly thereafter.
- SuperStarmon of Digimon Frontier and Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Leaping Through Time, as well as Starmon of Digimon Xros Wars, perpetually wear them.
- Akane from Vividred Operation puts on these types of shades when she tries to disguise herself in Episode 3. The kicker? They are the Exact same shade of red as Kamina's◊.
" Just who the hell do you think I am, Private Momo!"
- Her grandpa does the same in episode 6, also the exact same shade. The kicker, he says this quote:
- Hottie from Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World wears pink Triangle Shades.
Live Action TV
- Supermarioglitchy4s Super Mario 64 Bloopers invokes this trope a few times:
- Bowser puts on a pair and breakdances after successfully cooking Italian ravioli with just Doritos in Cooking with Bowser and Mario 2!.
- Peach after poisoning Toadsworth in Toadsworth's how to-Princess.
- Yoshi wears a pair in Yoshrooms while attracting another Yoshi, only to be beaten up by said blue Yoshi.
- We also have triangle shade-wearing Teletubbies. For example:
- Dipsy while in the crowd cheering and dancing with SMG4 in APRIL FOOLS.
- Dipsy again in Tubbie TV while "getting it on with the ladies". This happens a second time at the very end of the blooper when the Teletubbies celebrate.
- Tinky Winky (briefly) in The 12 idiots of Christmas.
- Calvin And Hobbes: Calvin once tried to convince his mom to buy him a BRIGHT GREEN pair of these.
- Dr. Dude's bright orange shades.
- Mouser from Super Mario Bros. 2 and Boshi from Super Mario RPG wear them, almost identical to Squirtle's, as mentioned above.
- Teddy from MOTHER.
- Captain Falcon's mask counts, as do those of Blood Falcon, Black Shadow, and Phoenix.
- Proto Man from Mega Man similarly wears these as part of his helmet. The official art heavily implies that he wears another◊ set of Triangle Shades under the ones on his helmet.
- You can buy a pair in Transformice.
- Ghost Trick's Sissel has a pair of these. Yomiel, the person whose body Sissel mistakenly thought was his, has these too. These carry on even after Sissel loses Yomiel's image and reverts to the blueish blob shape all ghosts start out as and Yomiel seems to have drawn a pair of triangle shades onto his "face" after pulling a body together out of random items he found in the submarine.
- Some of the Animal Crossing games feature triangle shades for your character to wear.
- Kamikaze Bomber from Bomberman '94 and Metal Bomber from Super Bomberman 3 wear them. For a lesser-known example, Carat Diamond wears them instead of his round shades in the story manga in the Super Bomberman guidebook.
- Milky Nezumi from Nezumi Man, since he's a Shout-Out to Kamina.
- Whereas Dr. Eggman from the Sonic the Hedgehog series sports a pair of pince-nez sunglasses, his Evil Twin Eggman Nega wears triangular shades.
- Tatsu of Xenoblade Chronicles X got a pair of these as a memento from his father, who was selected as a yearly heropon.
- Homestuck: Dave's Bro sports "dumb pointy anime shades", as John calls them; the comic's author has denied this being a Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann reference on several occasions. Dave himself wore a pair of his own for most of his life, but swapped them for the aviators Ben Stiller wore in Starsky & Hutch which John gave him as a thirteenth birthday present. The post-Scratch counterpart of Bro, Dirk Strider, also wears his own computerized specs, which themselves hold Dirk's "Auto-Responder" an Artificial Intelligence based off Dirk's own consciousness.
- Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: Bishified Commander Badass has a pair. They come in handy for slitting Final Form Gackt's throat.
- As does Duke Nukem. He looks remarkably similar to Dirk above.
- The Man Who Was Thursday: Triangle shades are used in a webcomic version of the story to make a character look sinister.
- While not in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic itself, they're worn by Princess Cadance in one of the non-matching pictures from the printable Princess Cadance Perfect Match activity.
- In Ben 10: Omniverse, Bullfrag, one of Ben's transformations, wears a pair.
- Sugilite of Steven Universe has a pair. Partly to cover up (most of) her Extra Eyes.
Examples — eyes
Anime and Manga
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: As if the humans having them wasn't enough, the Gunmen also sport triangle shade-shaped optical receptors. And, as if that is not enough, Gurren Lagann sports humongous triangular shades over his triangular eyes.
- ABC Warriors: These robotics warriors enjoy this trope. Depending on their current bodies, at least a few of the titular robots have them at any one time. Hammerstein and Mek-Quake are the most fond of theme.
- Batman villain Mr. Zsasz has these in his original appearances, although this was dropped in the late 1990s.
- The character designs in Transformers Animated were influenced by those of ABC Warriors, and that famously included the eyes.