History Main / HallOfMirrors

2nd Nov '17 11:58:19 PM thatother1dude
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': in one episode towards the end of Season 2, Slade chases Beast Boy and Terra through a causality-defying hall of mirrors.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': in one episode towards the end of Season 2, In "[[Recap/TeenTitansS2E10Betrayal Betrayal]]", Slade chases Beast Boy and Terra through a causality-defying hall of mirrors.mirrors. It leads to a memorable scene of Terra's ThousandYardStare reflected by a half-dozen mirrors at once.



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''. When a villain runs from Static into one, Static uses what must be the most obvious trick that nobody ever uses: He looks at the floor.

to:

* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''. When One episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' ends with a villain runs running from Static into one, a hall of mirror. Static uses then immediately finds him by using what must be [[MundaneSolution the most obvious trick that nobody ever uses: uses]]: He looks at the floor.
14th Aug '17 2:04:57 PM nighttrainfm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


--> "If you think ''this'' is confusing, try living inside my head!"

to:

--> "If you "You think ''this'' is confusing, try confusing? Try living inside my MY head!"
9th Aug '17 10:46:11 AM nighttrainfm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', there's a hall-of-mirrors chase in the Second Doctor episode "The Seeds of Death," with an Ice Warrior lumbering after our hero. It's reminiscent of an old silent movie, and very tense despite the Warrior's slowness.

to:

* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', there's ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** There's
a hall-of-mirrors chase in the Second Doctor episode "The Seeds of Death," with an Ice Warrior lumbering after our hero. It's reminiscent of an old silent movie, and very tense despite the Warrior's slowness.


Added DiffLines:

* In grand Batman tradition, ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has a hall-of-mirrors scene in "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies". Specifically, [[spoiler: it's between Bruce and Jerome, in a reference to The Killing Joke.]]
12th Jun '17 12:56:12 PM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


During TheChase, especially if at a carnival or AmusementPark, the quarry will duck into a funhouse. When the pursuer follows, he will be confronted with a HallOfMirrors, dozens of panes of glass -- every one of them reflecting an image of his quarry, taunting him. The pursuer has to figure out which is the real one before he escapes.

Though it often is so, the HallOfMirrors need not be in an actual funhouse, or even in a carnival setting. It can also be used outside a chase scenario, perhaps in its natural setting or even for a generic kaleidoscope effect.

to:

During TheChase, especially if at a carnival or AmusementPark, the quarry will duck into a funhouse. When the pursuer follows, he will be confronted with a HallOfMirrors, hall of mirrors, dozens of panes of glass -- every one of them reflecting an image of his quarry, taunting him. The pursuer has to figure out which is the real one before he escapes.

Though it often is so, the HallOfMirrors hall of mirrors need not be in an actual funhouse, or even in a carnival setting. It can also be used outside a chase scenario, perhaps in its natural setting or even for a generic kaleidoscope effect.



Most of the trouble characters encounter in a HallOfMirrors results from the mirrors not behaving the way real mirrors do. This is justifiable with mirrors that are magic, [[DemonicPossession possessed]], supernatural, or otherwise likely to behave oddly anyway, but it also happens with mirrors that are supposedly ordinary.

to:

Most of the trouble characters encounter in a HallOfMirrors hall of mirrors results from the mirrors not behaving the way real mirrors do. This is justifiable with mirrors that are magic, [[DemonicPossession possessed]], supernatural, or otherwise likely to behave oddly anyway, but it also happens with mirrors that are supposedly ordinary.



* An issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'' featured Cyclops and Colossus chasing Mystique into a HallOfMirrors; by getting Cyclops to fire his EyeBeams at her reflection, Mystique tricked him into shooting through an energy amplification device which blasted Colossus, which in turn allowed her to get the drop on Cyclops.

to:

* An issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'' featured Cyclops and Colossus chasing Mystique into a HallOfMirrors; hall of mirrors; by getting Cyclops to fire his EyeBeams at her reflection, Mystique tricked him into shooting through an energy amplification device which blasted Colossus, which in turn allowed her to get the drop on Cyclops.



** In ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' graphic novel, Batman chases the Joker into a HallOfMirrors.

to:

** In ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' graphic novel, Batman chases the Joker into a HallOfMirrors.hall of mirrors.



* In Creator/RayBradbury's novel ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'' about a hellish [[CircusOfFear carnival]], a school teacher gets lost in a HallOfMirrors while chasing a girl who looks like her at a young age.

to:

* In Creator/RayBradbury's novel ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'' about a hellish [[CircusOfFear carnival]], a school teacher gets lost in a HallOfMirrors hall of mirrors while chasing a girl who looks like her at a young age.



* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' has a variation, wherein [[spoiler: Granny Weatherwax and her sister Lily each face their own reflections in a HallOfMirrors and are challenged by Death to find the one that's real. Lily searches endlessly through the mirrors, while Granny Weatherwax, after asking a couple of questions, looks down at herself and says "This one."]]

to:

* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' has a variation, wherein [[spoiler: Granny Weatherwax and her sister Lily each face their own reflections in a HallOfMirrors hall of mirrors and are challenged by Death to find the one that's real. Lily searches endlessly through the mirrors, while Granny Weatherwax, after asking a couple of questions, looks down at herself and says "This one."]]



* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' story "Mid-Death", some mercenaries venture into the extreme DeathWorld environment of the Midworld mega-rainforest. One of them gets separated in the midst of a cluster of giant flowers, which turn from translucent to mirror-surfaced once she's been isolated; lost in their midst, she actually thinks of them as a HallOfMirrors.

to:

* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' story "Mid-Death", some mercenaries venture into the extreme DeathWorld environment of the Midworld mega-rainforest. One of them gets separated in the midst of a cluster of giant flowers, which turn from translucent to mirror-surfaced once she's been isolated; lost in their midst, she actually thinks of them as a HallOfMirrors.hall of mirrors.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': in one episode towards the end of Season 2, Slade chases Beast Boy and Terra through a causality-defying HallOfMirrors.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': in one episode towards the end of Season 2, Slade chases Beast Boy and Terra through a causality-defying HallOfMirrors.hall of mirrors.
25th Apr '17 10:29:20 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster story "Mid-Death", some mercenaries venture into the extreme DeathWorld environment of the Midworld mega-rainforest. One of them gets separated in the midst of a cluster of giant flowers, which turn from translucent to mirror-surfaced once she's been isolated; lost in their midst, she actually thinks of them as a HallOfMirrors.

to:

* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' story "Mid-Death", some mercenaries venture into the extreme DeathWorld environment of the Midworld mega-rainforest. One of them gets separated in the midst of a cluster of giant flowers, which turn from translucent to mirror-surfaced once she's been isolated; lost in their midst, she actually thinks of them as a HallOfMirrors.
19th Apr '17 2:05:02 PM Rubber_Lotus
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Hilariously lampshaded and subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/GothamGirls'' tie-in comic, where Harley runs into one to elude Catwoman, only to realize it's an ''ordinary'' mirror store with no room to hide.
16th Jan '17 4:23:12 AM StarTropes
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/IQ'', Picard, Data, and Q get caught in one. Data can't resist counting how many there are (at android speed) and Q can't resist asking how many, getting an answer that's somewhere in the trillions.

to:

* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/IQ'', ''Literature/{{IQ}}'', Picard, Data, and Q get caught in one. Data can't resist counting how many there are (at android speed) and Q can't resist asking how many, getting an answer that's somewhere in the trillions.
16th Jan '17 4:22:33 AM StarTropes
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/IQ'', Picard, Data, and Q get caught in one. Data can't resist counting how many there are (at android speed) and Q can't resist asking how many, getting an answer that's somewhere in the trillions.
11th Dec '16 11:38:32 AM AgProv
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Music/{{Horslips}} also did a song about being trapped in the multiple reflections of a Hall of Mirrors.
* ''Astronomy'', by Music/BlueOysterCult, refers to multiple mirrors set up to obscure the true entrance to the Four Winds Bar. A later song called simply ''Mirrors'' also alludes to this confusing effect.
19th Nov '16 8:07:45 AM rafi
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Also used in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' during the second fight between Recca and Mikagami. Like Batman and Lee, Recca smashes the mirrors to find the real Mikagami.
* [[AnIcePerson Akira]] uses this as a strategy in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Aki and Misty's final showdown takes place in one of these. Also, Misty has a field spell called ''Mirror Labyrinth'', which apparently brings the monster's reflections to life.

to:

* Also used Used in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' during the second fight between Recca and Mikagami. Like Batman and Lee, Recca smashes the mirrors to find the real Mikagami.
* [[AnIcePerson Akira]] uses this Played with in an anime episode of ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''. A paparazzi plans to take the ultimate photo of his career -- the world's greatest assassin as a strategy in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Aki and Misty's final showdown
he takes place his shot. He works out where Duke Togo will be shooting from, and to avoid getting shot himself plans to photograph Togo's reflection mirrored in one of these. Also, Misty has a field spell called ''Mirror Labyrinth'', which apparently brings the monster's reflections window glass of the hotel. Togo however [[HyperAwareness sees a glint of light from his camera lens]] and fires a bullet into the window to life.smash the reflection, then turns and kills his target.



* One is found in the abandoned, ancient amusement park in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' episode "Amusement Park Ruins". Suezo and Mocchi play around in it first, then when fighting against the Evil Kuros, Suezo uses it to scare and confuse them.



* Played with in an anime episode of ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''. A paparazzi plans to take the ultimate photo of his career -- the world's greatest assassin as he takes his shot. He works out where Duke Togo will be shooting from, and to avoid getting shot himself plans to photograph Togo's reflection mirrored in the window glass of the hotel. Togo however [[HyperAwareness sees a glint of light from his camera lens]] and fires a bullet into the window to smash the reflection, then turns and kills his target.

to:

* Played with [[AnIcePerson Akira]] uses this as a strategy in an anime episode of ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''. A paparazzi plans to take the ultimate photo of his career -- the world's greatest assassin as he ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Aki and Misty's final showdown
takes his shot. He works out where Duke Togo will be shooting from, and to avoid getting shot himself plans to photograph Togo's reflection mirrored place in one of these. Also, Misty has a field spell called ''Mirror Labyrinth'', which apparently brings the window glass of the hotel. Togo however [[HyperAwareness sees a glint of light from his camera lens]] and fires a bullet into the window monster's reflections to smash the reflection, then turns and kills his target.life.



* One is found in the abandoned, ancient amusement park in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' episode "Amusement Park Ruins". Suezo and Mocchi play around in it first, then when fighting against the Evil Kuros, Suezo uses it to scare and confuse them.



* TheFlash's longtime opponent(s) Mirror Master is extremely fond of this setting, for obvious reasons.

to:

* TheFlash's ComicBook/TheFlash's longtime opponent(s) Mirror Master is extremely fond of this setting, for obvious reasons.



* A variation occurred to Doctor Doom in one issue of the Fantastic Four, in a mirrored chamber for his latest scheme to destroy Reed Richards. He's forced to remove his mask and is confronted by multiple reflections of his ruined face which breaks his mind (he of course recovers months later).

to:

* A variation occurred to Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom in one issue of the Fantastic Four, ComicBook/FantasticFour, in a mirrored chamber for his latest scheme to destroy Reed Richards. He's forced to remove his mask and is confronted by multiple reflections of his ruined face which breaks his mind (he of course recovers months later).



* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096863/ Az én XX. századom]] features a {{denouement}} in a funhouse hall of mirrors, involving [[SeparatedAtBirth twins]].
* ''Film/TheCircus'' by Creator/CharlieChaplin. Twenty years before ''The Lady From Shanghai''--THIS is probably the TropeMaker.
* ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'' faced a hall of magic mirrors which produced a monster that could not be harmed by direct physical blows. However, Conan realized that he could smash the mirrors instead and the monster was wounded with each smash until it fell.
* A flashback in ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' shows Van Helsing capturing Dracula via mirrors set up in an alley. As vampires don't appear in mirrors Dracula fails to realise Van Helsing is actually behind him until it's too late.
* ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' uses this in the final showdown between Bruce Lee and Mr. Han. Bruce defeats Han by smashing the mirrors.
* In the film ''Film/FXMurderByIllusion'', Rory uses a sheet of reflective material to rig a decoy reflection of himself and lure a gun-toting thug in the wrong direction.
* Used with an extra symbolic twist in ''Film/FaceOff'': as the two main characters find themselves on opposite sides of a double-sided mirror, they point their guns squarely at their own reflections, which (due to the face swap) results in each man seeing the real face of their enemy. Also foreshadowed in an earlier scene, their first meeting after the swap: "it's like looking in a mirror, but... not."
* ''Film/TheGuest''. The school has created a haunted house for Halloween, including a mirror corridor. Major Carver ends up confronting David Collins there.



* ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' uses this in the final showdown between Bruce Lee and Mr. Han. Bruce defeats Han by smashing the mirrors.

to:

* ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' uses this A variation in the final showdown between Bruce Lee and Mr. Han. Bruce defeats Han by smashing the mirrors.''Film/JurassicPark'': a Velociraptor runs into a polished metal door whose angle reflected Lex, trying to hide in a different place.



* ''Film/TheCircus'' by Creator/CharlieChaplin. Twenty years before ''The Lady From Shanghai''--THIS is probably the TropeMaker.
* A variation in ''Film/JurassicPark'': a Velociraptor runs into a polished metal door whose angle reflected Lex, trying to hide in a different place.

to:

* ''Film/TheCircus'' by Creator/CharlieChaplin. Twenty years before ''The Lady From Shanghai''--THIS is probably the TropeMaker.
* A variation in ''Film/JurassicPark'': a Velociraptor runs
In ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'', Zhen Yi chases Silver Lion into a polished metal door whose angle reflected Lex, trying booby-trapped hall of mirrors. The mirrors could rotate, allowing Silver Lion to hide dart in and out. After smashing several mirrors, Zhen Yi confronts and defeats Silver Lion outside the hall.
* In ''Film/MyNameIsNobody'', Nobody lures a pair of mooks in such a hall to better beat and troll them.
* The [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 film adaptation]] of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' musical includes a hall of mirrors in which the Phantom traps Raoul. The hall of mirrors is only mentioned in the musical, but in [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the original novel]], Raoul and the Persian fall into a maze of mirrors that the Phantom uses to convince them they are trapped
in a different place.desert.



* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096863/ Az én XX. századom]] features a {{denouement}} in a funhouse hall of mirrors, involving [[SeparatedAtBirth twins]].
* In the film ''Film/FXMurderByIllusion'', Rory uses a sheet of reflective material to rig a decoy reflection of himself and lure a gun-toting thug in the wrong direction.
* The [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 film adaptation]] of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' musical includes a hall of mirrors in which the Phantom traps Raoul. The hall of mirrors is only mentioned in the musical, but in [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the original novel]], Raoul and the Persian fall into a maze of mirrors that the Phantom uses to convince them they are trapped in a desert.
* Used with an extra symbolic twist in ''Film/FaceOff'': as the two main characters find themselves on opposite sides of a double-sided mirror, they point their guns squarely at their own reflections, which (due to the face swap) results in each man seeing the real face of their enemy. Also foreshadowed in an earlier scene, their first meeting after the swap: "it's like looking in a mirror, but... not."
* ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'' faced a hall of magic mirrors which produced a monster that could not be harmed by direct physical blows. However, Conan realized that he could smash the mirrors instead and the monster was wounded with each smash until it fell.



* In ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'', Zhen Yi chases Silver Lion into a booby-trapped hall of mirrors. The mirrors could rotate, allowing Silver Lion to dart in and out. After smashing several mirrors, Zhen Yi confronts and defeats Silver Lion outside the hall.
* A flashback in ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' shows Van Helsing capturing Dracula via mirrors set up in an alley. As vampires don't appear in mirrors Dracula fails to realise Van Helsing is actually behind him until it's too late.
* ''Film/TheGuest''. The school has created a haunted house for Halloween, including a mirror corridor. Major Carver ends up confronting David Collins there.



* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had an episode where the ship was in a reflective cave with a hostile vessel. Their solution was to fire a lower powered phaser which bounced around until it hit the non-reflective enemy ship.
* [[MonsterClown Odd Bob the Clown]] does this in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode ''Day of the Clown'' in order to freak Sarah Jane out even more than she already is. It doesn't work. She uses her sonic lipstick to destroy one of the mirrors, revealing the way out of the hall.

to:

* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had an episode ''Series/TheAvengers'' - "Too Many Christmas Trees" finishes up in a gallery of distorting funhouse mirrors where a killer Father Christmas meets up with Steed and Peel - naturally, he shoots a reflection.
* ''Series/DarkOracle'': In
the ship was Season 1 finale, [[BiggerBad Blaze and Violet]] chase [[DiscOneFinalBoss Omen]] down one, ultimately trapping him in a reflective cave with a hostile vessel. Their solution was to fire a lower powered phaser which bounced around until it hit final hidden mirror at the non-reflective enemy ship.
* [[MonsterClown Odd Bob the Clown]] does this in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode ''Day of the Clown'' in order to freak Sarah Jane out even more than she already is. It doesn't work. She uses her sonic lipstick to destroy one of the mirrors, revealing the way out
end of the hall.



* Parodied in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' which [[StylisticSuck doesn't have the budget]] for a hall of mirrors, so has a shoot-out in the "mirror storage room". Well hospitals have to keep their mirrors somewhere, right?



* The ''Series/TimeTrax'' episode "Almost Human" has Captain Lambert battling his clone in a mirror house.

to:

* Parodied in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCw-iEJoVfY this]] ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch, which starts out completely straight (complete with the detective smacking into multiple mirrors), then the detective finds the real killer midway through his taunting. The ''Series/TimeTrax'' killer still tries to keep the game going by [[BlatantLies insisting he's just one of the reflections]], but the detective isn't having any of it.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': In "The Carnival Job" Roper confronts a concussed Eliot in the a hall of mirrors, seriously screwing with the already disoriented man. The fact that Eliot and Roper look somewhat alike adds to the confusing effect.
* Appears at the climax of the ''Series/LoisAndClark''
episode "Almost Human" has Captain Lambert battling his clone in a mirror house."Illusions of Grandeur".



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "In Praise of Pip".
* Appears at the climax of the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Illusions of Grandeur."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': In "The Carnival Job" Roper confronts a concussed Eliot in the a hall of mirrors, seriously screwing with the already disoriented man. The fact that Eliot and Roper look somewhat alike adds to the confusing effect.
* ''Series/DarkOracle'': In the Season 1 finale, [[BiggerBad Blaze and Violet]] chase [[DiscOneFinalBoss Omen]] down one, ultimately trapping him in a final hidden mirror at the end of the hall.

to:

* [[MonsterClown Odd Bob the Clown]] does this in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode ''Day of the Clown'' in order to freak Sarah Jane out even more than she already is. It doesn't work. She uses her sonic lipstick to destroy one of the mirrors, revealing the way out of the hall.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had an episode where the ship was in a reflective cave with a hostile vessel. Their solution was to fire a lower powered phaser which bounced around until it hit the non-reflective enemy ship.
* The ''Series/TimeTrax'' episode "Almost Human" has Captain Lambert battling his clone in a mirror house.
%%*
''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "In Praise of Pip".
* Appears at the climax of the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Illusions of Grandeur."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': In "The Carnival Job" Roper confronts a concussed Eliot in the a hall of mirrors, seriously screwing with the already disoriented man. The fact that Eliot and Roper look somewhat alike adds to the confusing effect.
* ''Series/DarkOracle'': In the Season 1 finale, [[BiggerBad Blaze and Violet]] chase [[DiscOneFinalBoss Omen]] down one, ultimately trapping him in a final hidden mirror at the end of the hall.
Pip".



* Parodied in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCw-iEJoVfY this]] ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch, which starts out completely straight (complete with the detective smacking into multiple mirrors), then the detective finds the real killer midway through his taunting. The killer still tries to keep the game going by [[BlatantLies insisting he's just one of the reflections]], but the detective isn't having any of it.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' - "Too Many Christmas Trees" finishes up in a gallery of distorting funhouse mirrors where a killer Father Christmas meets up with Steed and Peel - naturally, he shoots a reflection.
* Parodied in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' which [[StylisticSuck doesn't have the budget]] for a hall of mirrors, so has a shoot-out in the "mirror storage room". Well hospitals have to keep their mirrors somewhere, right?
This list shows the last 10 events of 84. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.HallOfMirrors