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17th May '16 2:05:43 PM Morgenthaler
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If the reflection talks back, it's a case of TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack. If they're practicing a speech to someone else, it can be a TrickDialogue -- and may feature UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking. If it's delivered to some other object--a pet, a tombstone, a skull--it's a SurrogateSoliloquy. If the character winds up shattering the mirror in a fit of anger or sorrow, it's RageAgainstTheReflection. If they say something along the lines of "YouTalkinToMe", it's a reference to the famous scene from ''TaxiDriver''.

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If the reflection talks back, it's a case of TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack. If they're practicing a speech to someone else, it can be a TrickDialogue -- and may feature UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking. If it's delivered to some other object--a pet, a tombstone, a skull--it's a SurrogateSoliloquy. If the character winds up shattering the mirror in a fit of anger or sorrow, it's RageAgainstTheReflection. If they say something along the lines of "YouTalkinToMe", it's a reference to the famous scene from ''TaxiDriver''.
''Film/TaxiDriver''.
1st May '16 9:23:44 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Meet WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', after the Jetsons are accidentally left behind in Bedrock while the Flintstones went to the future, George practices telling his family to make the most of their circumstances to his refection.
-->'''George:''' Well, that oughta do it, George ol' boy. I just wish I'd already done it.
7th Dec '15 2:26:22 PM FF32
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Herr Starr psyched himself up before a fight by repeating the words "Doom cock" in front of a mirror. It would be an {{understatement}} to claim that his TraumaCongaLine has led to a bit of SanitySlippage.
28th Nov '15 11:33:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* The much-parodied "[[YouTalkinToMe You talkin' to me?]]" scene from ''TaxiDriver''.

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* The much-parodied "[[YouTalkinToMe You talkin' to me?]]" scene from ''TaxiDriver''.''Film/TaxiDriver''.



* ''MichaelClayton'' cuts back and forth between TildaSwinton character laboriously practicing her comments as a mirror monologue and the "final version" she delivers. This shows that her air of self-confidence is an agonizingly crafted facade hiding stark terror just below the surface.

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* ''MichaelClayton'' ''Film/MichaelClayton'' cuts back and forth between TildaSwinton character laboriously practicing her comments as a mirror monologue and the "final version" she delivers. This shows that her air of self-confidence is an agonizingly crafted facade hiding stark terror just below the surface.



* Done straight in ''JoeDirt'' to show how naive the title character is.
* Launcelot Gobbo in the 2004 movie of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''. Interestingly, he gets an entire monologue in the original stage play, but the movie cut the monologue and left him with one (slightly altered) line from its opening to say into the mirror--"Certainly my conscience will ''not'' serve me to run from this Jew my master."
* Kevin in ''HomeAlone'' does this while washing up in the bathroom.

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* Done straight in ''JoeDirt'' ''Film/JoeDirt'' to show how naive the title character is.
* Launcelot Gobbo in the 2004 movie of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''.''Film/TheMerchantOfVenice''. Interestingly, he gets an entire monologue in the original stage play, but the movie cut the monologue and left him with one (slightly altered) line from its opening to say into the mirror--"Certainly my conscience will ''not'' serve me to run from this Jew my master."
* Kevin in ''HomeAlone'' ''Film/HomeAlone'' does this while washing up in the bathroom.



* {{Redwall}}'s narcissistic Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes does one of these near the end of ''Pearls of Lutra''.

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* {{Redwall}}'s Literature/{{Redwall}}'s narcissistic Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes does one of these near the end of ''Pearls of Lutra''.



* In the ''{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'' episode "If The Shoe Fits...", Aphrodite's reflection convinces Aphrodite to get the little girl back as her apprentice/whatever.

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* In the ''{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'' ''Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'' episode "If The Shoe Fits...", Aphrodite's reflection convinces Aphrodite to get the little girl back as her apprentice/whatever.



* In the final season of ''HannahMontana'', Miley is confronted by her own guilty conscience, represented by herself as Hannah in the mirror. After years of [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Miley]] [[LittleMissSnarker being generally obnoxious to other people]], it's incredibly amusing to watch her try to out-sass herself.
* Lampshaded in ''SexAndTheCity'': Carrie thinks her boyfriend is about to propose to her in a restaurant; panicked, she excuses herself to use the bathroom. Cut to her, staring at herself in the mirror, and she asks herself aloud "What are you doing?", to which a woman using one of the stalls responds "Are you talking to me?"
* ''Fall of Night'', the ''Series/BabylonFive'' season 2 finale, had Sheridan practicing his official apology for destroying a Centauri battlecruiser after it had opened fire on the station.[[note]]Which it had done in response to the station providing safe harbor for one of the last remaining Narn starcruisers, the Narn having recently been defeated by the Centauri in a war.[[/note]] As it happens, his practiced [[BackhandedApology "apology"]] was a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, aimed at the Centauri and Human officials who were insisting that he apologize for acting in the station's defense.
* In ''NewGirl'', Schmidt apparently does this so often that his roommates no longer think it's weird to walk in on it.

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* In the final season of ''HannahMontana'', ''Series/HannahMontana'', Miley is confronted by her own guilty conscience, represented by herself as Hannah in the mirror. After years of [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Miley]] [[LittleMissSnarker being generally obnoxious to other people]], it's incredibly amusing to watch her try to out-sass herself.
* Lampshaded in ''SexAndTheCity'': ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Carrie thinks her boyfriend is about to propose to her in a restaurant; panicked, she excuses herself to use the bathroom. Cut to her, staring at herself in the mirror, and she asks herself aloud "What are you doing?", to which a woman using one of the stalls responds "Are you talking to me?"
* ''Fall "Fall of Night'', Night", the ''Series/BabylonFive'' season 2 finale, had Sheridan practicing his official apology for destroying a Centauri battlecruiser after it had opened fire on the station.[[note]]Which it had done in response to the station providing safe harbor for one of the last remaining Narn starcruisers, the Narn having recently been defeated by the Centauri in a war.[[/note]] As it happens, his practiced [[BackhandedApology "apology"]] was a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, aimed at the Centauri and Human officials who were insisting that he apologize for acting in the station's defense.
* In ''NewGirl'', ''Series/NewGirl'', Schmidt apparently does this so often that his roommates no longer think it's weird to walk in on it.
21st Nov '15 8:29:07 AM nombretomado
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** The same gag was subconsciously stolen by Berkeley Breathed for ''BloomCounty'' (Milo talking to the mirror).

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** The same gag was subconsciously stolen by Berkeley Breathed for ''BloomCounty'' ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' (Milo talking to the mirror).
12th Oct '15 10:46:52 PM Twentington
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Mirror, Mirror" by the CountryMusic band Diamond Rio:
-->Mirror, mirror, on my wall\\
Tell me, who is the loneliest fool of all?\\
Oh, wait a minute, I believe I see\\
The answer staring back at me
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15th Aug '15 7:14:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': It's her IWantSong.
* ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'' has Pocahontas singing to her reflection in the ice as well as imagined reflections of people from her past. Later, when she runs away from the royal ball, she sees her reflection in a pool and starts splashing water on her face to wash off her make-up. She imagines she sees herself in her tribal dress with her hair loose rather than the ballgown and elaborate hair-do she really does have.
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* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': It's her IWantSong.
* ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'' has Pocahontas singing to her reflection in the ice as well as imagined reflections of people from her past. Later, when she runs away from the royal ball, she sees her reflection in a pool and starts splashing water on her face to wash off her make-up. She imagines she sees herself in her tribal dress with her hair loose rather than the ballgown and elaborate hair-do she really does have.
15th Aug '15 7:09:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* Pictured above, Don Logan does the nutter variety of this in ''Film/SexyBeast'', eventually talking himself into attacking Gal in his bed.

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* Pictured above, Don Logan does the nutter variety of this in ''Film/SexyBeast'', eventually talking himself into attacking Gal in his bed.
15th Aug '15 7:06:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}} 2'' has Pocahontas singing to her reflection in the ice as well as imagined reflections of people from her past. Later, when she runs away from the royal ball, she sees her reflection in a pool and starts splashing water on her face to wash off her make-up. She imagines she sees herself in her tribal dress with her hair loose rather than the ballgown and elaborate hair-do she really does have.
* ''KickButtowski'' gives us one without words. When fighting with his best friend, Kick briefly looks down into a puddle to see his reflection nudge him into an apology and make up.
* In the penultimate episode of ''CloneHigh'', [[JerkJock JFK's]] reflection ends up daring him to give Gandhi an UnnecessaryMakeover.

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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}} 2'' ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'' has Pocahontas singing to her reflection in the ice as well as imagined reflections of people from her past. Later, when she runs away from the royal ball, she sees her reflection in a pool and starts splashing water on her face to wash off her make-up. She imagines she sees herself in her tribal dress with her hair loose rather than the ballgown and elaborate hair-do she really does have.
* ''KickButtowski'' ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' gives us one without words. When fighting with his best friend, Kick briefly looks down into a puddle to see his reflection nudge him into an apology and make up.
* In the penultimate episode of ''CloneHigh'', ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', [[JerkJock JFK's]] reflection ends up daring him to give Gandhi an UnnecessaryMakeover.
3rd Aug '15 6:09:21 AM Hjortron18
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* In ''Film/IMissYou, IMissYou'', Tina frequently carries out conversations with her reflection, imagining that she's really talking to Cilla, her late twin sister.

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* In ''Film/IMissYou, IMissYou'', ''Film/IMissYouIMissYou'', Tina frequently carries out conversations with her reflection, imagining that she's really talking to Cilla, her late twin sister.
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