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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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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.

  • 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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