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The difference between you and him? He makes this look good!

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

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    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.
      • The shades have become so iconic in their role of turning the wearer into a Memetic Badass that in some circles the shades by themselves have gained Memetic Badass status.
    • 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 Yu Yu 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.
  • 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. Her granpa pulls them out again in episode 6.


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  • SMG4's Mario 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.

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  • Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin once tried to convince his mom to buy him a BRIGHT GREEN pair of these. Became Hilarious in Hindsight when TTGL came out, prompting a lot of crossover fanart (or just the strip while recoloring the shades to the appropriate color).


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    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • Steven Universe:
    • For Garnet's first two outfits, she wears a visor that is flat on the top and sides, but has a triangle beneath each eye. Her third form changes it to have three triangular prongs on top, the middle one covering her Third Eye.
    • Sugilite has a fully triangular pair that covers four of her five eyes.
    • Peridot gains these as part of her Crystal Gem outfit. They're even designed as a direct Shout-Out to Kamina himself.

Examples — eyes

    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin the Paranoid Android has these, although instead of flaring up at the edges, they droop down to give him a suitably depressive expression.
    • Same goes for the movie version, except the triangles are placed against a meridian line around his perfectly-spherical head. The effect is the same, given the arc the line makes.

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Alternative Title(s): Kamina Shades, Triangular Shades


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