Created By: foxley on April 26, 2014 Last Edited By: foxley on April 29, 2014
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Your Mime Makes It Real

Miming an action causes the actual event to occur.

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Primarily a Comedy Trope, Your Mime Makes It Real is when a character mimes an action and this mime causes a real world effect to occur. For example, miming aiming a gun at someone and pulling the trigger causes an object to go flying out of their hands. Or Miming peeling a banana and dropping the Banana Peel on the ground will cause someone to slip over.

A standard method for dealing with this is to mime a situation they must deal with, such as miming locking a door or sealing them in a glass box.

A standard tactic of the Enemy Mime.

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Examples

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • One Deadpool short had him fighting a bunch of mimes in full mime costume who had just stolen a device that allowed their mimed weapons to actually work.
  • The Mime from Mister Blank was a street performer who developed powers styled after her mime persona. These included the creation of invisible fields or "boxes", and the creation of powerful winds.

Film - Animated
  • In A Goofy Movie, Max and Goofy see a mime pretending to pull something up. Goofy plays along and mimes cutting the rope, which causes a real piano to crush the mime.

Film - Live Action
  • In Bruce Almighty, Bruce mimes about throwing a lasso at the moon and then pulling it - and the moon does come closer. Justified, he's almighty.
  • Subverted In Crank, during the final confrontation. Chevy "fires" a Finger Gun to one of his enemies lackeys, only for the guy to get a Boom, Headshot. Turns out The Cavalry has arrived (one of them shot the guy) and are helping him because of an Enemy Mine situation.

Literature
  • Felicia Sorceress of Katara. In The Cult of the Rubber Nose, Felicia runs into a group of mime assassins who not only use invisible walls to try and stop escapes, but mime things like invisible bows and arrows. She captures one by turning his powers on him and miming a small box around him, then gets him to talk with sodium pentathol.
  • The Meaning of Liff defines "Scosthrop" as the act of miming using a pair of scissors while searching for them, in the hope that it will favourably influence your chance of actually finding them.

Live-Action TV
  • The Goodies. This is the primary weapon of the mimes in "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express". Mimed guns allow them to shoot musical instruments out of the Goodies hand, miming carrying a sheet of glass across a road causes nasty accident, a mimed tack on the road causes a blow-out on a wheelchair, etc.
  • The Slammer. In one episode, an escaped mime uses this wreak havoc in the prison.

Tabletop Games
  • Champions: An Illustration in the UNTIL Superpowers Database sourcebook showed a supervillain with a mime motif doing the 'glass box' bit to set up a force wall between himself and two superheroes.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Donald McBonald is a mime with this ability. Our hero defeats him with a pantomime of an invisible rocket launcher, while King Radical simply decks him while yelling "I don't believe in mimes!"

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Western Animation
  • Grojband. Used by the mimes Grojband get in a fight with in "Myme Disease".
  • On Dexter's Laboratory, Dee Dee stops Dexter, who has turned into a clown, by taking mime classes and using what she learned to "trap" Clown Dexter in an invisible box.
  • Le Mime from Xiaolin Showdown and Chronicles is capable of making invisible objects by simply miming them into existence. In Showdown, it's shown though that these objects can actually be changed ever so slightly by others if they mime new characteristics on said objects. Such a case happened when Raimundo mimed that the perfectly solid box he and his fellow monks were in had bars.
  • In the Animaniacs recurring segment "Mime Time" a mime mimes something which then comes true. For example he'll mime pulling a rope and it turns out he's pulling a tiger towards him.
  • ˇMucha Lucha! has a minor character named French Twist who is a wrestler who happens to be a mime, and has the power to turn the imaginary objects he acts out into real invisible objects.


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Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • April 26, 2014
    DAN004
    • In Bruce Almighty, Bruce mimes about throwing a lasso at the moon and then pulling it - and the moon does come closer. Justified, he's almighty.
  • April 26, 2014
    TonyG
    • On Dexters Laboratory, Dee Dee stops Dexter, who has turned into a clown, by taking mime classes and using what she learned to "trap" Clown Dexter in an invisible box.
    • In A Goofy Movie, Max and Goofy see a mime pretending to pull something up. Goofy plays along and mimes cutting the rope, which causes a real piano to crush the mime.
  • April 26, 2014
    DracMonster
    This title violates the dialogue and snowclone rules, but DAMMIT I WANT TO KEEP IT ANYWAY!

  • April 26, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Anime and Manga
  • April 26, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    Anime and Manga

    • From Miraculous Ladybug, there is the Mime villain who is capable of a number of tricks via miming. The shadows he casts show the objects he is supposedly holding and their very real effects.

    Western Animation

    • Le Mime from Xiaolin Showdown and Chronicles is capable of making invisible objects by simply miming them into existence. In Showdown, it's shown though that these objects can actually be changed ever so slightly by others if they mime new characteristics on said objects. Such a case happened when Raimundo mimed that the perfectly solid box he and his fellow monks were in had bars.
  • April 26, 2014
    zarpaulus
    Webcomics
    • In The Adventures Of Dr Mc Ninja Donald McBonald is a mime with this ability. Our hero defeats him with a pantomime of an invisible rocket launcher, while King Radical simply decks him while yelling "I don't believe in mimes!"

    Novellas
    • In The Cult of the Rubber Nose Felicia runs into a group of mime assassins who not only use invisible walls to try and stop escapes, but mime things like invisible bows and arrows. She captures one by turning his powers on him and miming a small box around him, then gets him to talk with sodium pentathol.
  • April 26, 2014
    BOFH
    Literature
    • The Meaning Of Liff defines "Scosthrop" as the act of miming using a pair of scissors while searching for them, in the hope that it will favourably influence your chance of actually finding them.
  • April 26, 2014
    Pannic
    One of the entries in the SCP Foundation is such a magical mime.
  • April 26, 2014
    Stratadrake
    Wow ... the punny working is so bad it's hilarious....
  • April 26, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • In the Animaniacs recurring segment "Mime Time" a mime mimes something which then comes true. For example he'll mime pulling a rope and it turns out he's pulling a tiger towards him.
  • April 26, 2014
    Arivne
  • April 27, 2014
    aurora369
    The Mime class in Final Fantasy has this as its power. Apparently, they mime any action last performed by an ally or enemy, and it becomes a real repeating of this action.
  • April 27, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ That's Ditto Fighter. your Word Cruft makes it so.
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Ditto Fighter would be a subtrope.ofthis, depending on their method.
  • April 27, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Not really. Ditto Fighter copies the moves of his/her opponents, whereas this trope is about miming used as a sort of Reality Warping power (you pretend it happens, and it does).
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    More like Ditto Fighter (and Power Copying) is miming something that others do.

    But I see your point. :P
  • April 27, 2014
    Mr.Movie
    I've seen awesome trope names before, but not like this. Not like this. Added a hat...or maybe I clicked the wrong button. If I accidentally deleted a hat or added two I'm sorry. But I do think it is ready to publish.
  • April 27, 2014
    foxley
    ^^ Can someone clarify if the Final Fantasy example qualifies or not? I've never played the game.

    Thanks.
  • April 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Ff's Mime counts here simply because of the name Mime. It implies that they can mime the actions of others and turn it real.
  • April 28, 2014
    Scorpion451
    Agree it counts.

    Both Ditto Fighter and Power Copying imply that the powers are mimicked by invoking some special ability, but the mime copy is only one of many ways of doing it. The copycat could be a shapeshifter exactly copying forms and/or weapons, or Casting A Shadow of the original, for instance.

    Personally I've actually seen the combination played as "pantomiming the same action and getting the same result" in different media often enough that they're worth mentioning as common overlaps, but there's no subtrope/supertrope relation there.
  • April 29, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    DAN 004

    bullshit. as i've said it's Ditto Fighter. They copy any action from non-unique jobs and can use whatever weapon was used for the last action. there is no actual "miming" involved, just mimicking. different things.

    If I make a Mime Fighter who fights like a Ditto Fighter (copies someone's moves) why the hell would he belong to a trope about "miming actions make them happen" just because he's a mime?

    Live Action Film
  • April 29, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ mimicking by miming is possible, right? :P

    Anyways
    • Team Fortress 2: Heavy's taunt for his fists has him miming a Finger Gun that, if an enemy is in the finger's line, he'll die instantly.
  • April 29, 2014
    Scorpion451
    Thats the thing though. Apparently it varies on which FF you're talking out, which is probably where the confusion is coming from- several versions definitely aren't this trope.

    Clearest example for this one are the FF Tactics mimes, which cannot equip any items (neither weapons nor armor) and have only passive innate abilities, but automatically copy whatever the last non-mime did, including things like weapon attacks. Its implied that they do this by virtue of this trope.

    A better way to say what I was trying to in my previous post is "a combat mime will often use this trope for Power Copying or even to become a full-fledged Ditto Fighter".

    If they copy a sword attack by conjuring a sword made of energy, its not this trope. If they copy a sword attack by pretending to swing a sword and the enemy actually gets hurt as if you hit them with a sword, its this trope.
  • April 29, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ Tactics mime still use the same weapons and item as the last person who acted. if the copied person uses a potion, he uses a "real" potion off your stockpile, reducing your number of potions. apparently they either "borrow" things invisibly by throwing weapons to each other in the battlefield or used energy weapons. played tactics and they clearly use the sprite for whatever weapon was last used.
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