History Main / EnemyMime

19th Oct '17 6:20:54 AM CosmicFerret
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* In the first game of the [[BrokenSword ''Broken Sword'' series]], the principal antagonist for the majority of the game is the elusive ProfessionalKiller [[spoiler: and WellIntentionedExtremist bent on stopping the true Big Bads, a group of faux [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Knights Templar]], from ruling the world]], Khan. Khan is a MasterOfDisguise, and his first appearance in the Director's Cut fits this trope. Obviously subverted in that he's not actually a mime and talks later on.

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* In the first game of the [[BrokenSword [[VideoGame/BrokenSword ''Broken Sword'' series]], the principal antagonist for the majority of the game is the elusive ProfessionalKiller [[spoiler: and WellIntentionedExtremist bent on stopping the true Big Bads, a group of faux [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Knights Templar]], from ruling the world]], Khan. Khan is a MasterOfDisguise, and his first appearance in the Director's Cut fits this trope. Obviously subverted in that he's not actually a mime and talks later on.
20th Sep '17 5:50:17 AM crazysamaritan
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Some Enemy Mime villains have YourMimeMakesItReal powers, such as the ability to erect an invisible wall or conjure an unheard gale-force wind which one must walk against. Others simply use gadgets to leech the world of sound and color, and hope and fluffy things right along with it. May or may not be affected by the [[StandardStatusAilments "silence" condition]] when fought against. Really, any voiceless, sinister character will count if they have a clown-like appearance or perform extremely stylized movements, or both.

Played for comedy far more often than MonsterClown. If he's particularly scruffy, he probably also LooksLikeCesare. When a mime is not necessarily evil but everybody treats him or her as such, that's EveryoneHatesMimes. When he's an antagonist who simply doesn't speak, it's SilentAntagonist. Similarly, this is not related to HeroicMime. Also not related to EnemyMine; the name is just a pun on that trope.

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Some Enemy Mime villains have YourMimeMakesItReal powers, such as the ability to erect an invisible wall or conjure an unheard gale-force wind which one must walk against. Others simply use gadgets to leech the world of sound and color, and hope and fluffy things right along with it. May or may not be affected by the [[StandardStatusAilments "silence" condition]] when fought against. Really, any voiceless, sinister mime-like character will count if they have a clown-like appearance or perform extremely stylized movements, or both.

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Played for comedy far more often than MonsterClown. If he's particularly scruffy, he probably also LooksLikeCesare. When a mime is not necessarily evil but everybody treats him or her as such, that's EveryoneHatesMimes. When he's an antagonist who simply the evil mime doesn't speak, it's they are also a SilentAntagonist. Similarly, this is not related to HeroicMime.Contrast with HeroicMime (a hero who doesn't speak, and probably isn't a mime). Also not related to EnemyMine; the name is just a pun on that trope.
13th Sep '17 11:57:05 AM JadeEyes1
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* All of the several different ToTheArks from ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' can be considered this, though we don't yet know what their motives yet are.

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* All of the several different ToTheArks from [=ToTheArks =]from ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' can be considered this, though we don't yet know what their motives yet are.
13th Sep '17 11:52:37 AM JadeEyes1
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* "Bomb Voyage", a briefly-seen villain from the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', is a French mime who uses explosives to perpetrate his crimes. He also speaks, but only in French. And his makeup is so subtle that you might not even notice it.

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* "Bomb Voyage", a briefly-seen villain from the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', is a French mime who uses explosives to perpetrate his crimes. He also speaks, but only in French. And his makeup is so subtle that you might not even notice it.
30th Aug '17 10:23:24 AM GrammarNavi
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* Although the gimmick only appeared on national television once, little-known wrestler Harry Del Rios (no relation to AlbertoDelRio) also played with the trope when he was "Phantasio" on an episode of ''WWE Wrestling Challenge'' in 1995 (and also as Spellbinder, the CaptainErsatz for Phantasio, in the Tennessee wrestling territory). Ostensibly a magician in a top hat and BadassLongcoat, Phantasio/Spellbinder also wore a mime mask that he would then remove to reveal that [[ShapedLikeItself his face was painted exactly the same]]. While he was not a heel, Phantasio/Spellbinder would [[CombatPragmatist cheat a bit by spraying his opponents with "silly string" or slipping up behind them and]] [[DefeatByModesty "magically" removing their underpants from inside their wrestling costumes]] - but these tricks were to amuse the audience rather than to make them angry.

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* Although the gimmick only appeared on national television once, little-known wrestler Harry Del Rios (no relation to AlbertoDelRio) Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio) also played with the trope when he was "Phantasio" on an episode of ''WWE Wrestling Challenge'' in 1995 (and also as Spellbinder, the CaptainErsatz for Phantasio, in the Tennessee wrestling territory). Ostensibly a magician in a top hat and BadassLongcoat, Phantasio/Spellbinder also wore a mime mask that he would then remove to reveal that [[ShapedLikeItself his face was painted exactly the same]]. While he was not a heel, Phantasio/Spellbinder would [[CombatPragmatist cheat a bit by spraying his opponents with "silly string" or slipping up behind them and]] [[DefeatByModesty "magically" removing their underpants from inside their wrestling costumes]] - but these tricks were to amuse the audience rather than to make them angry.
27th Aug '17 4:37:51 AM Doug86
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* "The Icon" Wrestling/{{Sting}} played with this trope in Wrestling/{{WCW}} during the fall of 1996 and most of 1997, effectively creating an enormously popular new wrestling character in the process. After being framed by HulkHogan's New World Order, Sting announced that he was going to go into seclusion for a while until he thought of a way to [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. As he made this announcement, the audience could see that his "UltimateWarrior"-style greasepaint had begun to consume his face in a bizarre and unsettling literal example of BecomingTheMask, bleaching everything but his nose, lips, and lower jaw clown-white. The following week, Sting appeared in the rafters above the arena with a ''completely'' white face, black lips, and black Gothic "crosses" over his eyes, making him look suspiciously like a mime (although Sting's portrayer, Steve Borden, would eventually admit in an interview that the makeup design was suggested to him by nWo member ScottHall as a tribute to Brandon Lee's appearance in the movie version of ''Film/TheCrow''). Not only that, but Sting [[TheVoiceless did not speak a single word]] while wearing the whiteface for over a year (finally blurting out an insult to Hogan in anger after he was stripped of the WCW Championship). In the meantime, he kept showing up in the ring (sometimes via the rafters and sometimes via the crowd) with a black baseball bat, attacking the nWo or silently subjecting his former allies to a series of "loyalty tests." The whiteface, black bat, and BadassLongcoat that Sting also wore would go on to become key parts of his wrestling [[StealthPun iconography]] and are still part of his signature look today (although he now speaks quite frequently, and has hardly ever been a heel since). Long story short: While Sting was never supposed to be taken as a mime, [[FanNickname his fans took to nicknaming him things like "The Sad Mime" or "The Angry Mime."]]

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* "The Icon" Wrestling/{{Sting}} played with this trope in Wrestling/{{WCW}} during the fall of 1996 and most of 1997, effectively creating an enormously popular new wrestling character in the process. After being framed by HulkHogan's New World Order, Sting announced that he was going to go into seclusion for a while until he thought of a way to [[ClearMyName clear his name]]. As he made this announcement, the audience could see that his "UltimateWarrior"-style "Wrestling/UltimateWarrior"-style greasepaint had begun to consume his face in a bizarre and unsettling literal example of BecomingTheMask, bleaching everything but his nose, lips, and lower jaw clown-white. The following week, Sting appeared in the rafters above the arena with a ''completely'' white face, black lips, and black Gothic "crosses" over his eyes, making him look suspiciously like a mime (although Sting's portrayer, Steve Borden, would eventually admit in an interview that the makeup design was suggested to him by nWo member ScottHall as a tribute to Brandon Lee's appearance in the movie version of ''Film/TheCrow''). Not only that, but Sting [[TheVoiceless did not speak a single word]] while wearing the whiteface for over a year (finally blurting out an insult to Hogan in anger after he was stripped of the WCW Championship). In the meantime, he kept showing up in the ring (sometimes via the rafters and sometimes via the crowd) with a black baseball bat, attacking the nWo or silently subjecting his former allies to a series of "loyalty tests." The whiteface, black bat, and BadassLongcoat that Sting also wore would go on to become key parts of his wrestling [[StealthPun iconography]] and are still part of his signature look today (although he now speaks quite frequently, and has hardly ever been a heel since). Long story short: While Sting was never supposed to be taken as a mime, [[FanNickname his fans took to nicknaming him things like "The Sad Mime" or "The Angry Mime."]]
17th Jun '17 2:19:37 PM nombretomado
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* There was a claim circulating on the Web some years back (it even made its way onto {{Wikipedia}} until it was removed) that there was a nasty, SnobsVersusSlobs historical rivalry between mimes and {{Blackface}} minstrels, similar to that between vaudeville and burlesque performers, or metal and punk fans in our own day. What make this legend plausible are the many similarities between mimes and blackface comedians: both wear heavy makeup (of contrasting colors, to be sure), white gloves and (at least sometimes in the case of mimes) top hats; and both are loathed by many people nowadays. But the story was soon exposed as a lie when it was pointed out that mime artistry didn't start to become popular in America until Marcel Marceau visited the U.S. in the mid-1950s, by which point blackface minstrelsy was clearly dying out.

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* There was a claim circulating on the Web some years back (it even made its way onto {{Wikipedia}} Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} until it was removed) that there was a nasty, SnobsVersusSlobs historical rivalry between mimes and {{Blackface}} minstrels, similar to that between vaudeville and burlesque performers, or metal and punk fans in our own day. What make this legend plausible are the many similarities between mimes and blackface comedians: both wear heavy makeup (of contrasting colors, to be sure), white gloves and (at least sometimes in the case of mimes) top hats; and both are loathed by many people nowadays. But the story was soon exposed as a lie when it was pointed out that mime artistry didn't start to become popular in America until Marcel Marceau visited the U.S. in the mid-1950s, by which point blackface minstrelsy was clearly dying out.
6th Jun '17 7:16:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''WhateleyUniverse'': Marcel, Robur's right-hand man.

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* ''WhateleyUniverse'': ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': Marcel, Robur's right-hand man.
30th Apr '17 5:08:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''TotallySpies'' has Jazz Hands, a Mime Villain hell-bent on showing the world the beauty of his craft, usually by converting people into mimes. At first he seems to be a poor mime himself, as he never seems to shut up, but [[LetsGetDangerous when he does buckle down he gives the heroines quite a tough time]].

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* ''TotallySpies'' ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' has Jazz Hands, a Mime Villain hell-bent on showing the world the beauty of his craft, usually by converting people into mimes. At first he seems to be a poor mime himself, as he never seems to shut up, but [[LetsGetDangerous when he does buckle down he gives the heroines quite a tough time]].
18th Mar '17 7:15:44 PM Scifimaster92
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* The SoBadItsGood Israeli CultClassic ''Film/AnAmericanHippieInIsrael'' has a mysterious pair of silent gun-toting men in black suits, top hats, and silver makeup who stalk the protagonist throughout, mow down a hippie commune save for the four leads, and ultimately [[spoiler:make a getaway in the group's vehicle once they have destroyed themselves]].
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