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Dr. Kisaragi is a textbook case of this phenomenon.

Bespectacled girls are cute. Bespectacled short guys are book-smart. Bespectacled pretty boys, on the other hand, are cool, calm and collected. It's not uncommon for them to also be intelligent and kick ass in a fight, as this character type tends to be where the opposing viewpoints of "glasses are for nerds" and "glasses look cool" converge.

Most commonly, the glasses in question are of the narrow, thin-rimmed sort to avoid obscuring the bishie boy's pretty face, though they can be prone to shining spookily. Also, God help you if The Glasses Come Off. If you're dangerous even without removing them, they are Specs of Awesome. If you're a cold, sadistic but hot Love Interest type as well as a spectacled guy, then you might be a Kichiku Megane. If you've got the cold and sadistic but not the love interest, you might have Four Eyes, Zero Soul.


Bonus points if the character also has long hair; double if it's worn in a ponytail. See also the "little round glasses" option of Mask Power.


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  • Nagayama from Chibi Maruko-chan. Inverted with Maruo.
  • Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion manages stoicism because EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN.
  • Mamoru from Sailor Moon wears reading glasses in the manga, and he's adorable in them.
  • Kakyoin from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. While prone to outbursts of emotion like his compatriots, he is by far the least prone to them, and is often the straight man to Polnareff's Emotional Bruiser, Idiot Hero combo.
  • Jin from Samurai Champloo, with the double points for long ponytail (he's a big fangirl draw). The glasses didn't actually do anything. He'd apparently adopted them as a disguise (seriously ineffective; the only time it fools anyone looking for him was because the searcher had heard Jin wore glasses but he happened to not be wearing them currently), but it's still a serious badass moment when The Glasses Come Off in the finale because it means he's past hiding behind the disguise.
  • Gilbert G.P. Guilford from Code Geass - he has the ponytail, too. And then he goes for stoic Cool Shades...
  • Reisi Munakata, the Blue King in K is distilled essence of this trope. His two subordinates with glasses, Saruhiko Fushimi and Tatsuya Enomoto, aren't quite this - Fushimi tries, but he can only stay stoic for so long. He has thicker frames. Enomoto is dorky (but he has the ponytail). Munakata is also dorky on the inside, but he hides it well... most of the time. Then there are times when there's a real live ninja involved, and there's only so much one can do to stay calm...
    • Goki Zenjo, with his red frames.
    • Izumo Kusanagi, of the Red Clan, can be this, too, but with sunglasses. The Red Clan also has Masaomi Dewa, who pairs his with a Nice Hat; and Bandou, who also wears Cool Shades. This series might just have the highest concentration of glasses Bishōnen anywhere.
    • Douhan Hirasaka (the aforementioned ninja) is a good female example, as is Chiho Hyuga, the Student Council President (both with red frames).
  • Invel from Fairy Tail fits this trope to a tee. He not only is bespectacled, he also wears his long blue hair in a side ponytail. Invel also is really capable in a fight and having Four Eyes, Zero Soul. Just as an extra sidenote: Invel is An Ice Person, so that kinda explains it.
  • Tieria Erde from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, although his glasses are fairly big.
  • Uryu Ishida and his dad from Bleach. Uryu in particular fits the "where nerdy and cool converge" part of the trope description, being 1st in his class, a highly skilled warrior, and a dorkily obsessive sewing fanboy. Zangetsu fits this trope as well
  • Lord Il Palazzo from Excel Saga, though he wears the small type of glasses that don't cover your eyes. Also, he's not very collected.
  • Kyouya from Ouran High School Host Club. He's at his scariest when The Glasses Come Off...because he's at his scariest when he's just woken up.
  • Nagato Yuki of Haruhi Suzumiya is female, but gravitates more toward this trope than the typical Meganekko. She loses her glasses near the end of the first book and, from there, goes through Tin Man development.
    • The rather popular gender-flipped fan project turns her into a full example in that said male variant is an aloof bishonen.
  • Chiga in Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku, who is one of the best fighters in the dojo but still occasionally blushes.
  • Subversion: Ryoki from Hot Gimmick comes across as emotionally distant in his introduction, but later on develops strong feelings for the female lead in his own twisted way.
  • Mikami from Death Note appears to be yet another subversion: he comes across as polite, incisive, determined, quiet and intelligent (he also gets bonus style points for his long black hair and smart clothes) - until he's properly introduced and we get to see just how twisted his psyche is.
  • Takahata-Sensei from Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Thin glasses, check. Hawt, Asuna is convinced at least so check. Badass, double check. Expression ranges from bemused smile to mildly concerned frown even in the midst of combat, check.
  • Joui in Psycho Busters.
  • Rin from Mnemosyne is another female example. The first episode also hints that she's Blind Without 'Em, although she still manages to kick ass pretty well despite losing her glasses every now and then.
  • Takami Ichiro of Eyeshield 21 is a good example of the convergence of nerdy and cool: an intelligent, strategic thinker, and the quarterback of a football team. Maybe athletic glasses aren't the best choice for looking suave, but they're much more practical.
  • The Prince of Tennis:
    • Kunimitsu Tezuka and Sadaharu Inui. The latter in particular is prone to a constant state of Scary Shiny Glasses. So mcuh that his eyes are very seldom seen — which is a Running Gag in one of the chibi episodes, where he constantly covers his eyes when he loses his glasses.
    • Yuushi Oshitari from Hyoutei too, and he's got the long hair to go with it. It's even lampshaded when he reveals that he doesn't really need glasses, he just wears them because he's going for this look.
    • Also Hiroshi Yagyuu from Rikkai and Eishirou Kite from Higa, who borders on Kichiku Megane.
    • Subverted in Hyoutei's Hiyoshi, who fits the associated traits for the trope and actually needs glasses, but wears contact lenses instead.
  • Shino of Naruto has a pair of stoic shades which constantly cover his eyes, even during side views. It's even become somewhat of a running gag among the fandom that his eyes have never been seen.
    • Also, Kabuto. Oh, God, where do we start with him? Let's see... long hair. Bonus because it's white. The glasses, obviously... which he often pushes up, and which seem to shine on their own, often with little light. And several cool character traits, but mostly being that he's sadistic.
  • Maiza Avaro from Baccano! has a pair, which serves as a quick visual note of his position as the Martillo family's bookkeeper. When Firo takes his place around the 1970's, he also acquires a pair of entirely decorative glasses — primarily to look smarter and older.
  • RahXephon's Dr. Itsuki Kisaragi, as pictured above, seems to have been genetically engineered for the purposes of fulfilling this trope.
  • Hirato from Karneval fits this to a T.
  • Kakei, from one of Clamp's lesser known manga, Legal Drug. Bonus points in that he wears a lab coat, no word on if he's actually a doctor or not. Also very pretty.
  • Kairi of the manga Nightmare Inspector is most definitely this, and gets the long ponytail bonus points. ...However, he's also a Cloud Cuckoolander.
  • Spoofed in a Super Robot Wars Yonkoma, where Stoic Spectacles can make even the most Hot-Blooded of Idiot Heroes look like an intelligent bishie.
    Kouji: I can put on a pair of glasses and...Voila! See how intelligent I look?
    Asuka: ...Whoa.
  • Eriol from Cardcaptor Sakura.
    • His predecessor Clow Reed goes for the glasses-long hair-ponytail trifecta. He's more friendly and not quite as stoic, though. Eriol got all the stoicness, while Fujitaka might as well be filed under Meganekko.
  • Austria from Hetalia: Axis Powers.
    • Sweden counts too, though he's more of a Gentle Giant than a stoic character.
  • Satoshi in D.N.Angel. In fact, it's hinted that his glasses has something to do with suppressing his emotions to keep his Superpowered Evil Side at bay.
  • Aion from Chrono Crusade, complete with the long ponytail. However, while he enjoys keeping up an appearance of being stoic, he has several moments where he reveals a more dramatic side—indeed, flashbacks that show him without the glasses have him being much more emotional, and when he loses the glasses in the final battle his motives are revealed and he's much more emotional.
  • Luna from Helios Eclipse. Slightly subverted as he emotes just fine.
  • Sugata Eishirou from Heaven's Lost Property fits this well. He generally has the same expression on his face, he's The Smart Guy of the group, and he fights bears on a regular basis.
  • Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood is an subversion. Bishōnen? Check. Ponytail? Check. However, he tends towards a rather hyper personality, except for when he goes badass.
  • William T. Spears of Black Butler. Bishi? Check. Stoic? Check. Glassed? Oddly enough geeky, but check. Badass? CHECK.
  • Black Butler II introduces new butler Claude Faustus. He's basically William T. Spears with more unruly hair... until The Glasses Come Off.
  • Karasuma Kirio of Kamichama Karin is a parody of this character type; he appears to be this for about the first five minutes he appears, and then the Mood Whiplash starts and his true personality comes to light.
  • Kyousuke Kishi of Yozakura Quartet.
  • Verde from Reborn! (2004) doubles as a Hot Scientist with a dash of Nerds Are Sexy.
    • Also, Chikusa.
  • Trigun's Vash the Stampede can wear his specs and remain the lovable goofball. Or he can put them on dramatically, with a bit of shine, and go implacable.
  • Griffith Lowran from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Also serves as the Number Two to Hayate Yagami.
  • There's a generic Shoujo manga called Megane Ouji (or "Four-Eyed Prince" in the USA) that's built around this trope. The main love interest wears glasses and is quiet, aloof, bookish and generally blunt. However, at night he takes off his glasses, dons an apron and works as a bartender. While at his job he takes on a personality of a flirty, warm and chipper character. He later explains to the main character that as a child he was shuffled around to be raised by several relatives, and took on whatever persona that seemed to please his current foster parents, resulting in the split.
  • Koganei of The Weatherman Is My Lover fits this to a tee.
  • The methodical, quiet monk and writer Seishin Muroi in Shiki fits this extremely well, right down to wearing the small, half-framed style of glasses common with the trope.
  • Soubi from Loveless, complete with intelligence, badass magic fighting skills, and long hair which is sometimes pulled back. Also prone to The Glasses Come Off before wordspell battles.
  • Barnaby Brooks Jr. from Tiger & Bunny. He even had a fan club back in the Hero Academy based off of them.
  • Soichi of The Tyrant Falls in Love has long, pale hair, often tied back in a ponytail, is intelligent and wears glasses, but that's about where it stops. Being an extreme tsundere and all. And it only gets worse after the glasses come off (during sex) and the ponytail comes undone (also during sex), both to make him more traditionally uke-ish.
    • Morinaga's older brother, Kunihiro, would be a better example. At least until the raping begins, during which he isn't so collected for obvious reasons.
  • Subverted by Hidenori from Daily Lives of High School Boys. While his glasses does make him look stoic, it's just a paper-thin shell that hides his Large Ham tendencies. This is not to say he doesn't wear those for vision purposes; he has 40/20 vision without.
  • Keima Katsuragi from The World God Only Knows, who only breaks his stone cold stoicism to gush about his dating sims.
  • Wolf Haruto from Saint Seiya Omega, who also doubles with The Glasses Come Off when he dons his cloth.
  • Jin in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou sports these, which is quite effective for his role as The Casanova.
  • Rei Ryugazaki in Free! wears a mean pair. Occasionally subverted in his interactions with Nagisa.
  • Kneesocks from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt wears glasses and never lets her emotions go over-the-top, without a good reason unlike her sister whose anger and impulsiveness is partly the reason why they fail a lot of the time.
  • Yumi Azusa from Soul Eater is a very clear example.
  • Saikawa, the bespectacled butler from Gakuen Babysitters is mysterious, quiet and always keep a straight face even when telling a "joke".
  • Kawasumi from Hibi Chouchou.
  • Shibungi from Guilty Crown plays this trope well, despite not garnering any kind of attention from female characters.
  • Kishou Arima, from Tokyo Ghoul. Known as the "God of Death", he is a Ghoul Investigator with a fearsome reputation and an unapproachable air. Upon seeing him for the first time, Kaneki notes that he is an incredibly beautiful man, even standing calmly among piles of corpses. His eyes are often hidden behind his glasses, helping to obscure his expressions.
  • Kunikida Doppo from Bungou Stray Dogs. He is professional and likes to organize and schedule every little detail to the point that it becomes a Running Gag. Double points since he has his long hair in a ponytail.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid has Fafnir, who's the "acts reserved, but would probably kill you and your entire family if you so much as annoy him" type.
  • Dr. Stone: Kinro was already The Stoic, but Senku eventually makes him some proper glasses to fix his "fuzzy sickness", and they make him look all the more stoic and serious.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Juror #4(E.G. Marshall) in 12 Angry Men is a "rational stockbroker, unflappable, self-assured, and analytical" and the only juror who wears glasses.
  • Milo Hoffman in Anti Trust wears glasses to read and work on his computer. Seeing as he's played by Ryan Phillipe, the thick-framed monstrosities just make him look all the hotter.
  • Ballistic Kiss: The main character, Cat, is an elite hitman and killing machine who wears glasses in all his scenes. His character is also The Stoic.
  • Jonathan Crane of Batman Begins is all about this trope. Largely calm and stoic, intelligent, good looking and wears glasses, but he's also a psychopath who gasses people with fear toxins. True to trope, heaven help you when he takes them off.
  • Major Hank Marshall (pictured about to punch his creepy superior officer) in Blue Sky — which makes it all the more heartbreaking that when he does take the glasses off, it's to wipe away tears.
  • Pasha in Doctor Zhivago. Even more so later when he becomes the Red Army commissar Strelnikov.
  • Western example: Morpheus from The Matrix, despite having circular pince-nez (no earpieces!), is definitely a stoic badass with glasses.
  • Peter in The Room, a somewhat uptight but reasonably intelligent (by this film's standards, anyway) psychiatrist.
  • There is an example of this trope in the third Thin Man film. The character is a crime boss named Vogel who probably also qualifies as a Smug Snake. What's amusing is that once the glasses are gone, he's worthless in a fight. Against a ditzy blonde.
  • In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy George Smiley's no bishonen, being on the older side of middle-aged and rather ordinary looking, but he does wear glasses, and he is certainly stoic.
  • Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the To Kill a Mockingbird movie.

  • Henry Winters from The Secret History exemplifies this trope: tall, handsome, hyperintelligent, and rarely shows any emotion, although he does have them.
  • In the 1632 series, Jeff Higgins wears Nerd Glasses for normal reasons. However, due to a combination of spectacles being rare in the 17th century and Jeff taking several levels in badass, many down-timers conclude that he is a cold killer who uses spectacles to see his victims better.
  • Uesugi of Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note is the no-nonsense smart guy of the team who wears glasses. Aya's first impression on him is being cold, but as she find out quite soon after he isn't soulless.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jamie Hyneman. Not bishonen, and definitely no ponytail. But he is one aloof, stoic, spectacled, kickass Mythbuster.
    • No, he's not bishonen, but there are certainly plenty of people who find the man damn sexy.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Tenth Doctor. It's possible he doesn't need them, but they still make him look even more badass.
    • The Fifth Doctor looked cuter in the specs. And that's where Tennant got the idea.....
  • Dark Angel's Alec as Simon Lehane. See.
    • Or, you know, Logan.
  • Kamen Rider:
  • Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the grand master of stoicism and spectacles. However, he averts the trope in the season 5 finale when he puts his glasses on to smother Ben, the human counterpart to the god, Glory.
  • Stargate SG-1: Daniel Jackson leans towards this, especially in the first season. He has big round 90s glasses, though.
    • In season 10, some wonderful person got Daniel new glasses with a more angular shape. They took Daniel from cute geek to GUH.
  • Spencer Reid of ''Criminal Minds, though his glasses are, like the Tenth Doctor's, not always present.
  • Joe Gibken of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger gets these during the Megaranger tribute episode, which involved the core cast becoming High School students for the day. This was in order to gain the Greater Power of the Megarangers who were High School Students during their series, while their representitive has become a teacher at their school.
  • Sherlock Holmes, emotionally-detached Badass Bookworm par excellence, wears little round reading glasses in a few scenes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.
  • Mr. Harris, the strangely intense chemistry teacher in Teen Wolf. If this show wasn't live-action, you could expect Scary Shiny Glasses to be invoked for emphasis.
  • Dr Harrison Wells of The Flash (2014) wears half-black-half-clear-rimmed Nerd Glasses, and is usually the calm, logical voice of reason on Team Flash, despite his occasional Not So Stoic moments. He's also quite the Badass Bookworm, although being confined to a wheelchair means that his feats of badassery are of the intellectual and strategic variety rather than the physical.

    Multiple Media 
  • MonsterVerse: Dr. Serizawa in Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) fits this trope with his stoic and intelligent personality and his narrow, thin-rimmed choice of spectacles, though he's a little bit older than most examples. It's even slightly lampshaded in King of the Monsters, when he has his glasses off while mourning Dr. Graham's death, but puts them back on once he recollects his resolve for the time. In the prequel graphic novel Godzilla Awakening, Serizawa's father Eiji has traded his youthful self's Nerd Glasses for a pair of thin-rimmed spectacles which give off this impression. There's also the bespectacled Miles Atherton in the graphic novel Godzilla: Aftershock who rarely loses his composure.

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  • Bernard from Angel Down wears a pir of thin rectangular glases, and almost never looses his cool.
  • Chapel, from The Chapel Chronicles constantly wears granny glasses — perhaps she even sleeps with them on.
  • Mordecai, from Lackadaisy. Add points for OCD about symmetry and a partner with only one eye.
  • Liz from Blip. Even though she's female, her glasses and demeanor imply stoicism rather than vulnerability. Bonus points for the fact that, as a shape shifter, she doesn't even need glasses.
  • Momba Kawunei from The Water Phoenix King. As an Archer it makes sense that he'd worry more about vision than vanity, though he's the first glasses-wearing warrior we've seen so far. His rivals (make that late in one case) may have mistaken them for Nerd Glasses, but not for long. Even more badass for wielding a weapon completely unsuitable for use by someone with lenses, and being good enough to get away with it.
  • Sven Bianchi from Questionable Content wears these and has long, flowing hair. Apart from geeky Wil, he's the only male character to wear glasses, and they certainly don't detract from his appeal to women.
  • Tarvek of Girl Genius does his best to appear stoic, and is much more stoic than other Sparks, but he still has his Mad Scientist freakouts like all Sparks do and he ends up loosing his composure and yelling at Gill rather often. His chosen pince nez glasses however very much seem to be part of the stoic and cool persona he's trying to present though.

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Alternative Title(s): Stoic Glasses