10 people who really knew how to rock a monocle [SLIDESHOW]

Why put up with wearing two lenses when you can just roll with one?

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  • Danny DeVito is far from the pretty boy Joseph Chamberlain was. Danny DeVito as the Penguin in Batman Returns is even further. But even as a downright filthy slob, the Penguin demonstrated how you can be evil and classy at the same time.
  • Ruth Gordon picked up what Anna Dorothea Therbusch put down. Gordon had to show the men in her day a thing or two about how to rock a killer monocle.
  • Lord Peter Wimsey, though fictional, is a gentleman's gentleman. The kind of guy you look at and really reconsider some of the choices you've made in life. Specifically, your choice to not wear a monocle.
  • Mr. Peanut made the monocle iconic, roasted and salted. (Photo: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
  • Joseph Chamberlain's flawless execution of wearing a monocle is a major reason why the optical enhancer is still so popular today. It's the perfect face for a single lens.
  • Nazis aren't cool, but fictional Nazis wearing monocles certainly aren't the worst. Colonel Klink, from Hogan's Heroes. is a prime example.
  • Charlie McCarthy is not just a doll. He is a metaphor for everything that is perfect about monocles. (Photo: Bill&Vicki T/Flickr)
  • Funnyman Budd Friedman (right) is best known as the founder of the Improv Comedy Club. He played a major role in launching the careers of Rodney Dangerfield, Jay Leno, and Freddie Prinze. He also played a major role in keeping the monocle swag popular. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/ Getty Images)
  • So this may not be an actual monocle. But there's no denying this man is changing the game for monocle advocates everywhere. (Photo: semio/Flickr)
  • Anna Dorothea Therbusch can be credited with making the monocle sexy. The hotness is too much to handle here.