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Usually a boy who is much younger than the rest of the group, but is technically the smartest. This kid always has a plan (and a back up plan) when it comes down to it. Often wears green for some reason. Can be The Runt At the End.

See also Shorter Means Smarter. Potentially overlaps with Meganekko, especially when the character is female.

Not to be confused with That Guy With The Glasses.

Examples of The Short Guy with Glasses include:

Anime & Manga




Live Action TV

  • Classic Game Show emcee Bill Cullen, of such shows as The Fifties' Price Is Right, To Tell the Truth, and The $25,000 Pyramid. Notable for being a real Deadpan Snarker.
  • Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly from ~M* A* S* H~.
  • Hiro from Heroes.
    • It helps that Hiro's actor Masi Oka is an actual genius, with an IQ of about eleventy-billion.
  • Lex from Flight 29 Down, definitely.
  • Reid, in flashback to his kid genius days on Criminal Minds.
  • George from Seinfeld is the biggest subversion of The Smart Guy part of the trope, as he's not the brightest of the ensemble, and often makes thick-witted or mean-spirited mistakes that snowball humiliatingly. While on occasion he does have a clever scheme that actually works, it somehow or other blows up in his face. He's out-schemed by Newman, the Other Short Guy With Glasses who plays the trope a little straighter, but it's less due to 'smarts' than a cunning more vicious than the others are willing to get.
  • Charlie Eppes on Numb3rs
  • Simon Tam on Firefly

Video Games

Web Comics

  • Nick from General Protection Fault.
  • Jyrras is definitely short, and he wears glasses, even though he doesn't need them; it's an image thing. He's also the one with the greatest technical aptitude.
  • Tedd in El Goonish Shive is the shortest of the group, but isn't any younger. He also doesn't need to wear glasses; he even recently stopped wearing them completely.

Western Animation

  • Albert a.k.a. Presto from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon fits the visual style and personality, but the magic item he received from Dungeonmaster was a magic hat from which he could pull anything he wanted. Unfortunately, the hat was something of a Literal Genie with a trend towards notoriously random interpretations; as a result, he never had a plan he could rely on.
  • Honker Muddlefoot in Darkwing Duck.
  • Dexter of Dexter's Laboratory.
  • Jeremie from Code Lyoko, though admittedly he's only shorter than two-fifths of the main cast. (He is the youngest, though.)
    • It's worth pointing out that, while he doesn't wear green, the towers that he controls on Lyoko are.
  • Lexington from Gargoyles in spirit, being short and green but lacking the glasses. He does have unusually large eyes, however.
  • Kevin French from the short-lived Mission Hill. In fact, his character was based on the afore-mentioned Dilton Doiley.
  • Chester McTech from Beverly Hills Teens.
  • Brainiac 5 from Legion Of Superheroes. Amusingly, actually is green.
  • Sam AKA Squid of Rocket Power.