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30th Jul '17 5:29:51 AM eroock
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* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Obfuscate Discipline (which either makes the user invisible or appear to be someone else) is generally ineffective against cameras or other mechanical sensors.

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Obfuscate Discipline (which either makes the user invisible or appear to be someone else) is generally ineffective against cameras or other mechanical sensors.sensors.
** The Lasombra either [[MissingReflection don't leave images on cameras and mirrors]], or they have a weird abnormality which means their reflection is that of what they would really look like if they weren't turned into vampires: usually a rotting corpse or a walking skeleton.
30th Jul '17 4:13:48 AM eroock
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* In ''Literature/FightingFantasy'', the true nature of [[PlantPeople mandrakes]] shapeshifters that pose as people can only be revealed with a mirror.
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30th Jul '17 4:12:36 AM eroock
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This is a trope for all the times a character's reflection in a mirror is different from what others (viewer included) see with the naked eye. In fiction, mirrors are treated as able to cause GlamourFailure in supernatural creatures, reveal MindControl, and if the [[MagicMirror mirror is magical]], reveal a character's true nature. The most common uses are [[GlamourFailure revealing]] the [[ThisWasHisTrueForm true form]] of a {{Shapeshift|ing}}er, that a character is a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] or [[TheSoulless soulless]], and if a character is under MindControl.

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This is a trope for all the times a character's reflection in a mirror is different from what others (viewer included) see with the naked eye. In fiction, mirrors are treated as able to cause GlamourFailure in supernatural creatures, reveal MindControl, and if the [[MagicMirror mirror is magical]], reveal a character's true nature. The most common uses are [[GlamourFailure revealing]] revealing the [[ThisWasHisTrueForm true form]] of a {{Shapeshift|ing}}er, that a character is a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] {{Shapeshift|ing}}er or [[TheSoulless soulless]], and if a character is under MindControl.
30th Jul '17 3:52:53 AM eroock
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* Averted in ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'', where vampires only appear as blurs in old films due to silver emulsion but show up perfectly fine on digital cameras. This is actually a problem, as a blurry photo only revealed that the photographer was incompetent, while a clear digital picture of a vampire with a GameFace feeding on someone is compromising evidence. It is not mentioned if the image is blurred in regular silver mirrors (which are still widely used).



* Most ''Series/ForeverKnight'' vampires don't appear in mirrors, but Nick having a reflection was handwaved as being because of his progress toward humanity. In reality, budget issues prevented the editing out of every reflection.



** Rachel Alucard [[MissingReflection doesn't cast a reflection]] in any reflective surface, be it a mirror, a water puddle or a really reflective floor, due of her being a vampire.
27th Jul '17 2:37:26 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has two scenes where BOB showed up in the reflection of the person [[DemonicPossession he was possessing]]. Said mirrors tend to be [[RageAgainstTheReflection damaged]]. By ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', twenty-five years of possessing the same body ([[CharacterOutlivesActor and twenty-two years of BOB's actor being dead]]) seems to have [[TheNthDoctor altered BOB's self-image]] enough that looking in the mirror only briefly show a fragment of his real face.

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has two scenes where BOB showed up in the reflection of the person [[DemonicPossession he was possessing]]. Said mirrors tend to be [[RageAgainstTheReflection damaged]]. By In ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', twenty-five years of possessing it turns out BOB [[spoiler:was not controlling Cooper's body, just passively inhabiting the same body ([[CharacterOutlivesActor and twenty-two years of BOB's actor being dead]]) seems to have [[TheNthDoctor altered BOB's self-image]] enough that looking Cooper's EvilTwin]], but a look in the mirror only briefly show shows a fragment of his real face.face, confirming BOB is still there after all those years.
26th Jul '17 9:54:45 AM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has two scenes where BOB showed up in the reflection of the person [[DemonicPossession he was possessing]]. Said mirrors tend to be [[RageAgainstTheReflection damaged]]. By ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', twenty-five years of possessing the same body ([[CharacterOutlivesActor and twenty-two years of BOB's actor being dead]]) seems to have altered BOB's self-image enough that looking in the mirror only briefly show a fragment of his real face.

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has two scenes where BOB showed up in the reflection of the person [[DemonicPossession he was possessing]]. Said mirrors tend to be [[RageAgainstTheReflection damaged]]. By ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', twenty-five years of possessing the same body ([[CharacterOutlivesActor and twenty-two years of BOB's actor being dead]]) seems to have [[TheNthDoctor altered BOB's self-image self-image]] enough that looking in the mirror only briefly show a fragment of his real face.
26th Jul '17 9:25:36 AM thatother1dude
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* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' starts with [=LaForge=] walking around. he then looks at a reflective surface, and we are shown a cylinder hovering in the reflection instead of the engineer. It turns out Geordi was using a telepresence system to move as if he was the drone. In this case, the mirror reveal is for the audience.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has two scenes where BOB showed up in the reflection of the person [[DemonicPossession he was possessing]]. Said mirrors tend to be [[RageAgainstTheReflection damaged]].

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* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' starts with [=LaForge=] walking around. he He then looks at a reflective surface, and we are shown a cylinder hovering in the reflection instead of the engineer. It turns out Geordi was using a telepresence system to move as if he was the drone. In this case, the mirror reveal is for the audience.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has two scenes where BOB showed up in the reflection of the person [[DemonicPossession he was possessing]]. Said mirrors tend to be [[RageAgainstTheReflection damaged]]. By ''[[{{Revival}} The Return]]'', twenty-five years of possessing the same body ([[CharacterOutlivesActor and twenty-two years of BOB's actor being dead]]) seems to have altered BOB's self-image enough that looking in the mirror only briefly show a fragment of his real face.
23rd Jul '17 7:06:41 PM PaulA
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A subtrope of MagicMirror, GlamourFailure and LieToTheBeholder. Compare TheShadowKnows.

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A subtrope of MagicMirror, GlamourFailure and LieToTheBeholder. Compare TheShadowKnows.
TheShadowKnows. Contrast MissingReflection, where the mirror shows nothing at all.
21st Jul '17 11:18:28 AM Miss_Desperado
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* Reversed in the ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers'', it was used as a trap to indicate who was human during the vampire ball. Since vampires cast no reflection.



* ''Film/CountDracula1977'': After Dracula's third attack on Lucy. Helsing goes to check on her, but look at a nearby mirror and realizes he's too late to save her when she doesn't cast a reflection anymore.



* In ''Literature/TheVampireFiles'', vampires can become intangible and invisible to direct sight, but their intangible forms' ''reflections'' are visible as clouds of mist. It takes quite a few books for the vampire protagonist to discover this, as his normal solid form casts no reflection at all, so he normally avoids mirrors altogether.



** There is an episode where he leaps into a man who lives in a castle and thinks he's a vampire. As such, there are no mirrors in sight. At the end, he removes fake fangs off another vampire wannabe and, satisfied, is prepared to leap. Right before leaping, he looks at a metal tray which doesn't reflect him. This was hinted in the previous episode, where the new person in the waiting room revealed vampire fangs.



* ''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}.'' Vampires have no reflection, neither can their image or voice be transferred by electronic media such as telephones or CCTV cameras. The government team that's hunting them therefore use small video cameras [[GunAccessories attached to their weapons]] to confirm their target.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Vampires don't show up in mirrors, although they can be captured in photos and video.
** This is toyed with when Wesley is impersonating Angel, where he screams at the sight of a mirror and insists it be covered while the people around him stand bemused and point out that they already know he is a vampire.
** When Angel suffers from phlebotinum-induced amnesia and doesn't know he is a vampire. Then he looks in a mirror...
--->'''Angel:''' I'm invisible!\\
'''Cordelia:''' No you're not.\\
'''Angel:''' Oh. [[TomatoInTheMirror I'm a vampire]]. [[OhCrap They're gonna kill me.]]



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice "The Vampires of Venice"]], the Saturnyns don't show up in mirrors. It is explained that the perception filter they use to appear human "manipulates the brainwaves" of whoever is looking at one, but it doesn't work on mirrors which show them for what they are. The mind however is confused by the two being different, and compensates by simply not showing a reflection at all.



* Played with in ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'' where a GlamorFailure is often shown via a reflective surface, but doesn't happen every time there's a mirror.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''[='s=] net spinoff ''Kamen Sentai Gorider'', protagonist Emu meets several [[BackFromTheDead slain Kamen Riders]] in a ClosedCircle mystery. The room where they spend most of their time has a giant mirror, and none of the dead Riders casts a reflection -- but Emu does, which makes them suspicious. [[spoiler:This actually gives away real culprit: one of the Riders present is Kazuma Kenzaki (Series/KamenRiderBlade), who didn't die at the end of his series but rather turned himself into a monster (though he initially claims that's the same thing as being dead). When the ''real'' Kenzaki shows up, he casts a reflection just like Emu, exposing the impostor.]]

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* Played with in ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'' where a GlamorFailure GlamourFailure is often shown via a reflective surface, but doesn't happen every time there's a mirror.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''[='s=] net spinoff ''Kamen Sentai Gorider'', protagonist Emu meets several [[BackFromTheDead slain Kamen Riders]] in a ClosedCircle mystery. The room where they spend most of their time has a giant mirror, and none of the dead Riders casts a reflection -- but Emu does, which makes them suspicious. [[spoiler:This actually gives away real culprit: one of the Riders present is Kazuma Kenzaki (Series/KamenRiderBlade), who didn't die at the end of his series but rather turned himself into a monster (though he initially claims that's the same thing as being dead). When the ''real'' Kenzaki shows up, he casts a reflection just like Emu, exposing the impostor.]]
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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'': Vampires appear as blurred images in mirrors. The Hollow Mekhet take this a step further, as they have no reflection - the part of their soul it represents has been separated from them, and is now loose in the world.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Lasombra clan weakness was the lack of a reflection.



* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Obfuscate Discipline (which either makes the user invisible or appear to be someone else) is generally ineffective against cameras or other mechanical sensors.



* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', when Vivi looks in the mirror, she has no reflection (save for her lipstick), revealing that she is a vampire. Not like this wasn't obvious before.
* Reversed in one of the possible quests in the video/PC game ''VideoGame/{{Darkstone}}''. A witch has cursed the women of a local village to turn to stone if they ever become more beautiful than she is. Since she looks to be about three million years old, all the women are statuary. Your character must visit the local dungeon and find a perfectly normal-looking man who is convinced that he's ugly as sin, so has come down to find the Fountain of Youth in order to hopefully fix the problem. Turns out that his real problem is that he's been using something called the Mirror of Lies, which makes beautiful people appear ugly and vice-versa. After getting it from him in exchange for a normal mirror, your character gives the Mirror of Lies to the witch, fooling her into believing that she's young and gorgeous again, so she releases the spell on the village.

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* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', when Vivi looks in the mirror, she has no reflection (save for her lipstick), revealing that she is a vampire. Not like this wasn't obvious before.
* Reversed
Inverted in one of the possible quests in the video/PC game ''VideoGame/{{Darkstone}}''. A witch has cursed the women of a local village to turn to stone if they ever become more beautiful than she is. Since she looks to be about three million years old, all the women are statuary. Your character must visit the local dungeon and find a perfectly normal-looking man who is convinced that he's ugly as sin, so has come down to find the Fountain of Youth in order to hopefully fix the problem. Turns out that his real problem is that he's been using something called the Mirror of Lies, which makes beautiful people appear ugly and vice-versa. After getting it from him in exchange for a normal mirror, your character gives the Mirror of Lies to the witch, fooling her into believing that she's young and gorgeous again, so she releases the spell on the village.



* A {{g|oodBadBug}}litch causes this to happen in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''. When looking in the mirror behind the bar in the Hip Hog Heaven Saloon, Jak's reflection has the horns of his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide dark form]]. They flicker in and out as he moves.

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* A {{g|oodBadBug}}litch [[GoodBadBug glitch]] causes this to happen in ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''. When looking in the mirror behind the bar in the Hip Hog Heaven Saloon, Jak's reflection has the horns of his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide dark form]]. They flicker in and out as he moves.



** Rachel Alucard doesn't cast a reflection in any reflective surface, was it a mirror, a water puddle or a really reflective floor due of her being a vampire.

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** Rachel Alucard [[MissingReflection doesn't cast a reflection reflection]] in any reflective surface, was be it a mirror, a water puddle or a really reflective floor floor, due of her being a vampire.
20th Jul '17 3:23:40 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'', in two of the scariest scenes in the series. In this case it's actually showing the malevolent entity [[GrandTheftMe possessing]] the person in question, but the idea is the same.

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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'', in ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has two of the scariest scenes where BOB showed up in the series. In this case it's actually showing the malevolent entity [[GrandTheftMe possessing]] reflection of the person in question, but the idea is the same.[[DemonicPossession he was possessing]]. Said mirrors tend to be [[RageAgainstTheReflection damaged]].
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