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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.
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  • Justified: Bob is a spy who has good vision, but he has several pairs of glasses in case he needs to do undercover work where highly intelligent people wearing glasses wouldn't be an unreasonable expectation of the populace (eg. infiltrating a high-tech laboratory to steal trade secrets).
  • Inverted: Bob's glasses make him look like an idiot.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob takes off his glasses and reveals that he 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 pre-curse. However, once Bob gets it destroyed, he ends up even smarter.
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  • 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 her more.
  • 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 to see.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob's glasses are magical and boost his intelligence when he wears them.
    • But at least everyone thinks he's smart.
  • Played for Laughs: It's a Running Gag that Bob is mistaken for Professor Rob, who's an Identical Stranger to him who truly needs glasses.
  • Played for Drama: Bob goes out wearing glasses and is mistaken for Professor Rob, but the person who met him needs Rob's help planning against some calamitous event. Bob doesn't know anything in Rob's field, and as a result, many people are harmed or killed.

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