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16th Mar '17 3:45:46 PM ajbit26
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* Is both played straight and averted in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'': In the Advance Mode of the Director's Cut of the original game, looking in the mirror in the mansion's bathroom causes a zombie to spring from behind you. In Invisible Enemy mode in REmake, seeing the monsters reflection is the only way you ever actually see them.


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* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' uses it in the season one finale as both a CrowningMomentOfFunny and Awesome when McGurik hides in a heckler's car and pops up to fill his rear view mirror while he is driving home.
21st Feb '17 2:55:49 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Otto Octavius is startled by his own reflection in his lab equipment, but is then frightened when he catches sight of {{Supervillain}} the Green Goblin hovering right behind him, in the process of stealing a Tech-Flight [[HoverBoard glider]]. This trope is later [[InvertedTrope inverted]] when [[spoiler:Harry Osborn holds a vial of [[PsychoSerum Globulin Green]] up to his face, the ''viewer'' is briefly allowed to see the Green Goblin, as Harry's own, distorted reflection.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Otto Octavius is startled by his own reflection in his lab equipment, but is then frightened when he catches sight of {{Supervillain}} the Green Goblin hovering right behind him, in the process of stealing a Tech-Flight [[HoverBoard glider]]. This trope is later [[InvertedTrope inverted]] {{inverted|Trope}} when [[spoiler:Harry Osborn holds a vial of [[PsychoSerum Globulin Green]] up to his face, the ''viewer'' is briefly allowed to see the Green Goblin, as Harry's own, distorted reflection.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' Jade is getting her mouthwash from behind a mirror cabinet and when she closed the door the mirror reveals three Shadowkhan behind her. It turns into more of a CrowningMomentOfFunny when it takes her several seconds to notice them and does so with a SpitTake to the mirror. Becomes even funnier when the Shadowkhan [[spoiler:instead of attacking her [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness offer her cereal, toast and other breakfast food]].]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode ''Dreams In Darkness'' has this, with Bruce trying to go over clues in the Batcave, only to see ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'' come up behind him in the reflection on the Batcomputer monitor. When he turns around, he finds Alfred there instead.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' Jade is getting her mouthwash from behind a mirror cabinet and when she closed the door the mirror reveals three Shadowkhan behind her. It turns into more of a CrowningMomentOfFunny SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} when it takes her several seconds to notice them and does so with a SpitTake to the mirror. Becomes even funnier when the Shadowkhan [[spoiler:instead of attacking her [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness offer her cereal, toast and other breakfast food]].]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode ''Dreams In Darkness'' "Dreams in Darkness" has this, with Bruce trying to go over clues in the Batcave, only to see ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'' come up behind him in the reflection on the Batcomputer monitor. When he turns around, he finds Alfred there instead.
20th Dec '16 8:15:08 PM Kazrak
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* Used in the infamous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLhdE1DiebU Nike]] [[HockeyMaskAndChainsaw chainsaw]] commercial.
1st Nov '16 5:40:15 PM nombretomado
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* In an early episode of ''DawsonsCreek'', Andie sneaks into Abby's bedroom and spots her reflection in the mirror. What's scary? [[spoiler:Abby had died a few days before and [[KilledOffForReal she didn't get better]]]]

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* In an early episode of ''DawsonsCreek'', ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', Andie sneaks into Abby's bedroom and spots her reflection in the mirror. What's scary? [[spoiler:Abby had died a few days before and [[KilledOffForReal she didn't get better]]]]
19th Oct '16 6:28:07 AM erforce
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* Shown in the trailer for ''Film/ParanormalActivity 3'', in which the two young sisters turn a video camera on in a darkened bathroom to try out the old 'Bloody Mary' UrbanLegend, leading to a brief JumpScare when the older sister turns on a flashlight and screams to scare the younger. As the two girls run out of the bathroom, however, they fail to notice the ominous silhouette in the mirror behind the camera.

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* Shown in the trailer for ''Film/ParanormalActivity 3'', ''Film/ParanormalActivity3'', in which the two young sisters turn a video camera on in a darkened bathroom to try out the old 'Bloody Mary' UrbanLegend, leading to a brief JumpScare when the older sister turns on a flashlight and screams to scare the younger. As the two girls run out of the bathroom, however, they fail to notice the ominous silhouette in the mirror behind the camera.
30th Jun '16 11:32:50 PM infernape612
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A scene where a reflection is used to suddenly reveal a villain or monster, usually, when the angle of the mirror is adjusted by the victim/ protagonist.

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A scene where a reflection is used to suddenly reveal a villain or monster, usually, when the angle of the mirror is adjusted by the victim/ protagonist.
victim[=/=]protagonist.
14th Jun '16 9:43:31 PM PaulA
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* Done well without even moving the mirror in the 1931 ''Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde''. Ivy, having just (so she thinks) escaped Hyde's grasp, sits in front of her mirror and toasts herself. Just as she finishes raising the glass, the door opens...

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* Done well without even moving the mirror in the 1931 ''Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde''.''Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1931''. Ivy, having just (so she thinks) escaped Hyde's grasp, sits in front of her mirror and toasts herself. Just as she finishes raising the glass, the door opens...
7th May '16 6:41:11 PM WillBGood
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* Occurs in ''WesternAmimation/MrBugGoesToTown'', where after Mr. Beetle is speaking with his lackeys about his plan, he sees Hoppity's angry reflection on the top of his hat, making him realize that he overheard the conversation.

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* Occurs in ''WesternAmimation/MrBugGoesToTown'', ''WesternAnimation/MrBugGoesToTown'', where after Mr. Beetle is speaking with his lackeys about his plan, he sees Hoppity's angry reflection on the top of his hat, making him realize that he overheard the conversation.
1st Apr '16 12:39:31 PM Dontfollowmeman
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* Batwoman has the TV variant in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBadBlood'' when she switches off the news and sees [[spoiler:her father behind her just as he's about to shoot her.]]
30th Mar '16 6:05:14 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "High Road", a criminal sees a glass door on a balcony unlocked and pulls it closed, [[MookHorrorShow revealing Reese reflected from behind him]], having [[FastRoping entered through the door earlier]].
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