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Playing With: Purely Aesthetic Glasses
Basic Trope: A character wears glasses solely for the purpose of looking intelligent.
  • Straight: Bob wears glasses so that he'll look smart.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has different pairs of glasses for different occasions. Each pair will make him look smarter based on the occasion.
  • Downplayed: Bob is mildly nearsighted. He could cope without glasses or just wear contacts, but he opts for the specs since he thinks they make him look clever.
  • Justified: Bob is actually rather smart and is nearsighted.
  • Inverted: Bob's glasses make him look like an idiot.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob takes off his glasses and reveals that he actually looks more intelligent without them.
    • Bob has some eye troubles.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob wears multiple pairs of glasses at once, thinking they'll make him look very smart.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob puts on a pair of glasses and ends up acting like an idiot. Later it is revealed that they were cursed and once removed Bob ends up acting smarter than he was precurse. However, once Bob ends up getting it destroyed he ends up even smarter.
  • Averted: Bob is a Blind Seer.
  • Enforced: "This character needs to have glasses so the audience knows how smart they are."
  • Lampshaded: "What, do you think those things make you look smarter?"
  • Invoked: Bob's friend Alice is a Meganekko, so he dons the glasses to resemble more to her.
  • Exploited: Cassie sells nerdy-looking glasses to college professors who don't need them, figuring they probably want to look smart.
  • Defied: Bob wears contacts and is still pretty smart.
  • Discussed: "Watch him whip out those glasses later in the show."
  • Conversed: "Do all glasses imbue people with great intelligence?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob wears glasses so that he'll look smart. People don't fall for this and Bob is ridiculed and looked down upon as a result of his charade.
    • Bob wears corrective lenses (and doesn't need them) so he'll come off as more intelligent. He wears them so often that his eyes are conditioned to wearing them, to the point where he needs glasses in order to see.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob's glasses are magical and boost his intelligence when he wears them.
    • But at least everyone thinks he's smart.

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