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In many cartoons, characters that wear glasses seem to have their whole eyes fused into the lens. Their eyelids are nowhere to be seen, often all that is seen are pupils and the lens. Often the pupils go squinty when the character blinks, and the frames of the glasses have the ability to move around similar to an Expressive Mask.

Presumably, this is simply because drawing eyelids inside the glass frames is rather difficult and would create a less appealing character design.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Nobita from Doraemon plays with this. Due to the animation/art style, his eyes did this in the sense that his eyes are animated within them (you'd see his eyelids).
  • Lotte from Little Witch Academia, as her eyes are magnified by her glasses, however, her glasses don't emote with her eyes but her glasses style makes it seem like they do.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput: Fat Doc's pupils and sclerae are seemingly contained within the lenses of his glasses. Whenever he is not wearing his glasses, his pupils are the only part of his eyes that are visible.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire averts this with Milo (though briefly played straight during the viewing of an old film reel depicting his childhood), but uses it as a brief visual gag about halfway through the film where Kida actually takes off his glasses because of her curiosity and puts them on her face.
  • Globehunters: An Around The World In 80 Days Adventure: Trevor the parrot wears eyeglasses that only show his pupils. Though his eyelids appear in them when he expresses emotions rather than the glasses conforming to his mood.
    • Wilkins' glasses are this way too. When he's viewed from the side, you can see his Black Bead Eyes behind his glasses.
  • Hotel Transylvania has the Expressive Mask variant with Griffin the Invisible Man — which, naturally, is the only way for the audience to see his expression.
  • In the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls movie series, the techies wearing Nerd Glasses, notably Scribble Dee and Micro Chips, lean into this, although the glasses don't change shape when they blink (instead the eyelids become visible). Of note, it is entirely averted with the human version of Twilight Sparkle.
  • In the fifth Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film, one of the snakes wears a pair of glasses that seemingly contain his eyes. The insides of the lenses are entirely white, even from the back.
  • Despicable Me has the goggles-variant with the Minions. But the goggles don't change shape.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the 2005 film of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Hummakavula wears glasses that apparently magnify his eyes many times. Then he takes them off to reveal that the magnified eyes are in the glasses themselves, and his own eye sockets are sunken, empty pits. This is the first sign to the protagonists that he is more sinister than he appears.
  • The same with Boris the Animal (JUST BORIS!!) in Men in Black 3; his "eyeglasses" sink right into his skull.


    Puppet Shows 
  • Mr. Cook from Allegra's Window is depicted with his pupils on his glasses.
  • The Muppet Show:
    • Scooter's pupils are attached to the glasses instead of his head. The Muppets gave him regular (very small) eyes when his glasses broke, but in Muppets Now he wakes up suddenly and doesn't have eyes at all until he puts them on.
    • Not to mention Bunsen Honeydew, whose only indication that he can see is his glasses.
    • Mahna Mahna (from the song of the same name) has no visible eyes, and sunglasses that can blink.
  • Sesame Street has Herbert Birdsfoot and Don Music.

    Video Games 
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Iggy Koopa, starting with Super Mario Bros. 3.
    • Dorrie from Super Mario 64 starts wearing a pair of swimming goggles as part of his Yoshi-like redesign in the DS remake.
  • Bottles from Banjo-Kazooie has eye glasses that even blink. It is possible to see around his glasses. He does have eyes, however, they don't blink.
  • Bentley the Turtle from the Sly Cooper series doesn't even have pupils on his in-game model, let alone eyeballs. Just incredibly thick glasses that grow and shrink to whatever emotion he's feeling.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Homestuck
    • John Egbert. His glasses go so far as to not even be connected to anything; they don't even have a bridge between the lenses note .
    • Bro's Triangle Shades act like this as well, despite not having visible pupils.
    • Jade kind of averts it, however, because her eyelashes are visible through the glasses. The same later applies to Jane.
    • Lampshaded in the 2012-02-16 animation, where Brobot slaps Jake's glasses off. His pupils go with them.
    • Jake later manages to cry through his glasses.
    • [S] GAME OVER. subsequently reveals that both John and Jane have the same trait as Jake when their glasses are knocked off. Whether this is also true of Jade remains unseen.
  • Several characters in Everyday Heroes have this, most notably Carrie. One good example is seen here.
  • Donald Donlan in Gunnerkrigg Court has some quite expressive eyeglasses. A nice counterpart to his Eyes Always Shut wife.
  • Both Matchu and his love interest Amber. Matchu's in particular can go from rectangular to round depending on his mood.
  • Phil from My Roommate Is an Elf. It's revealed that his eyes are scar tissue after being attacked by a Giant Spider.
  • Ronnie from Whomp! has these. A guest strip revealed that he actually had Black Bead Eyes, and painted the skin around them in white, while an "official" strip showed that his eyes were actually stuck to the lenses.
  • DumbingOfAge is this at times, particularly Dorothy Keener and Amber O’Malley. Jennifer "Billie" Billingsworth mostly averts it, other characters vary
  • Questionable Content varies considerably. Faye is usually drawn with natural eyes behind realistic frames, but character Tilly/Taffy is much more cartoony in style.
  • Averted throughout, all characters having naturally-drawn eyes behind natural-shaped glasses in Frivolesque

    Western Animation 
  • Dr. Fidgel from 3-2-1 Penguins!
  • The 9th Life of Sherman Phelps: Ronald, Sherman's friend, wears glasses that render his eyelids invisible most of the time.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: Carl is an odd case, because the 3-D animation makes it possible to see around his glasses and he still has pupils without eyes.
  • Simon from The Alvin Show.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Principal Brown. Lampshaded once when he took off his glasses briefly and beneath them was another pair of glasses.
  • Steve from American Dad! , however, these were most prominent in the earlier episodes (i.e, when he opened his eyes wider, his glasses would get a bit rounder when he did), they're harder to notice in the later ones (his glasses are rectangular).
  • Arthur: The titular character had something like this, however, his glasses don't change shape, as his eyes are shown animated within them, though, he did have these in the earlier version of the books.
  • Daryl (again) from the Baby Blues animated series.
  • Averted on King of the Hill, where all the glass frames are drawn independently of the eyelids.series.
  • Ian on Being Ian. His glasses can change shape.
  • There's a kind of variation in the Canadian short The Big Snit, where the wife's pupils get stuck in odd positions and she actually removes her eyes as if they were a pince-nez and shakes them rapidly to unstick the pupils. Lampshaded in the following exchange:
    Husband: Why are you always shaking your eyes?
    Wife: I... I don't shake them like I used to.
    Husband: Yes you do! You shake 'em here and shake 'em there! Why dontcha go join some stupid shake 'n' rock 'n' roll band?
  • Tina from Bob's Burgers plays with this as her eyes are animated/drawn within her glasses.
  • Mrs. Bruins from The Berenstain Bears.
  • Gramma Alice Green and Remy Remington from Big City Greens.
  • Lizzie Devine from Codename: Kids Next Door has it where we see her eyelids through them when she has to be more expressive.
  • Inez from Cyberchase.
  • Penny Sanchez from ChalkZone.
  • Gandhi and Principal Scudworth from Clone High.
  • Mung Daal and Truffles from Chowder.
  • Scoutmaster Lumpus and Samson from Camp Lazlo.
  • Penfold from Danger Mouse.
  • Dexter and his dad from Dexter's Laboratory, as well as Mandark. The glasses can change shape depending on expression, as seen above and, in one episode, when Dexter's glasses were knocked off at a Suck E. Cheese's, his glasses had an expression of his being annoyed.
  • The Dreamstone: Frizz, at least in the first season (the glasses were fazed out in Season 2). Once he removes his glasses in "The Shrinking Stone" to clean them, his face is blank except for his nose and mouth.
  • Duckman. His glasses are his eyes: They have eyebrows. Very odd when he lampshades it by taking the glasses off to clean them: his face is blank. It's also explicitly pointed out in one episode that he has no ears on which to hang the glasses.
  • Applied to Mimi and Jeremy on Eliot Kid.
  • Mo and Frankie from Elliott from Earth.
  • Averted with Simone from Esme & Roy.
  • Denzel Crocker and Tootie from The Fairly OddParents.
  • Played with on Family Guy where most characters' glasses just happen to be the same size and shape of their eyeballs, though Peter's glasses do change shape when he frowns. Also lampshaded: In "The King Is Dead," Peter takes off his glasses and his pupils stay attached to the lenses.
    • This was mentioned in the DVD commentary for Quagmire's Dad as being the reason it was hard to animate a scene where Peter adjusts his glasses, as, for the most part, they're shown as his eyes.
    • This was averted in the episode Peter-assment, where Peter's glasses were broken and he had to wear contacts.
    • Meg's large glasses are noticeably bigger than her eyes though and, thus, avert this trope.
  • Mr. Slate from The Flintstones.
  • Madame Foster from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • The titular character of FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman.
  • Gravity Falls: Grunkle Stan is an interesting case. His eyes are drawn inside the frame; however, they are 'magnified', giving the appearance that his skin appears to be 'fused' to the lens. His glasses also change shape to match his expression, though it's hard to notice, because his eyebrows can be seen over his glasses.
  • Irwin and Nergal Jr. from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
    • Major Doctor Ghastly has the goggles-variant from its sister series, Evil Con Carne.
  • Kaz from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
  • Phoebe and Arnold's grandmother from Hey Arnold!.
  • Dib from Invader Zim. The lenses even disappear as he closes his eyes. His glasses also have wire-thin frames and no earpieces. Some fans didn't even realize he wore glasses until Zim mentioned it, at which point we suddenly realized what that narrow line connecting Dib's eyes was supposed to be.
  • Dannan and Grandpa Piggley on Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks.
  • Johnny Test has Susan and Mary Test.
  • Kid Cosmic and Papa G. Their glasses can change shape when they're sad, angry or serious.
    • Flo as well, but her glasses don't change shape.
  • Lisa Loud and Clyde McBride from The Loud House.
  • Leo from Little Einsteins.
  • Muppet Babies (1984): Like his adult counterpart, Scooter has these as well as his twin sister, Skeeter. Things get strange in one episode as the kids learn to be more like Gonzo and embrace something weird about themselves. Skeeter takes off her glasses, and shows that her pupils are still in the lenses. And then she shakes her glasses, and the pupils rattle around like Cookie Monster's eyes.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Nora Wakeman has the "pupils that blink" variation, but her eyelids also show through her lenses.
  • Bessie Higgenbottom from The Mighty B!.
  • Averted with Arnold Perlstein from The Magic School Bus.
  • The Turbots from PAW Patrol.
  • Sherman from Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
  • The titular character from Pepper Ann. She can frown through her glasses, and they also expand to convey surprise. Nearly all characters with glasses actually, although in Lydia's or Alice Kane's case it's not that noticeable.
  • Lawrence Fletcher, Carl Karl and Irving DuBois from Phineas and Ferb.
    • There's one episode in which Candace puts on glasses to show how serious and focused she is. And her upper and lower lids show up when she blinks and changes expressions.
  • Chuckie Finster, Didi Pickles, Grandpa Lou Pickles, Chas Finster and Drew Pickles from Rugrats. But the glasses don't change shape.
  • Otto Rocket and Sam Dullard in Rocket Power both wear eye glasses, though Otto himself is far from a nerd.
  • Eileen from Regular Show.
  • Filburt Turtle from Rocko's Modern Life.
  • Surprisingly averted with Velma in most incarnations of Scooby-Doo. Hanna-Barbara is not normally noted for their painstakingly detailed animation work, but Velma has functioning eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows despite having glasses. It helps a little that her glasses are quite large, so the animators can just draw the whole shebang right onto the lens (nearly everyone else in the series has Skintone Sclerae, so this just makes her look "normal"). Things are played very straight however with her pre-pubescent counterpart in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
  • Eric Needles from Sidekick.
  • Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings (2002): Simon's eyeglasses would occasionally conform to his mood.
  • Millhouse, Ned Flanders and Waylon Smithers Jr. from The Simpsons.
  • Andy from Squirrel Boy.
  • Bradley from Stickin' Around.
  • Mr. Mackey from South Park.
  • Fu-Fu the Bat from Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat.
  • Brainy Smurf from The Smurfs.
  • Just like the VeggieTales example down below, The Farmer from Shaun the Sheep wears those glasses with no eyes.
  • Angie on Thomas Edisons Secret Lab.
  • Otto Osworth from Time Squad.
  • Played with in the Total Drama franchise. Of the franchise's bespectacled characters, Beth, Harold, Sam, Mary, Miles, and Tom play it straight while Cameron, Scarlett, and Ellody avert it.
  • Teen Titans Go!.
  • Dr. Fox from Unikitty!.
    • Hawkodile has an Expressive Mask variant. Despite wearing sunglasses, He doesn't have pupils. His sunglasses can change shape.
  • Pa Grape from VeggieTales. Despite wearing glasses, he actually doesn't have eyes.
  • W.: William, though the shapes of the lenses don't really change.
  • Averted with Brad from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.
  • Coop the Chicken from Yin Yang Yo!.
  • Daria from her own show.