->''Mirrors don't crack when I look in them. They scream and run away.''

A common comedy trope, especially in western animation, a character's ugliness is frequently conveyed by his (or her) smiling into a mirror, and the mirror cracks as a result. A type of InformedFlaw sometimes, specially when its featured in a visual media.

Compare RageAgainstTheReflection and GlassShatteringSound.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPKofuLveSU This]] Timex commercial.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* Plug from ''[[TheBeano The Bash Street Kids]]'', though chances are his ugliness will make ''anything'' break.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Used in the ''[[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Stooges]]'' short "Gypped in the Penthouse" - Larry, wondering if he really is ''that'' ugly (after stopping a clock by looking at it), asks "Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the FairestOfThemAll?" and it promptly shatters - "I break more mirrors that way!"
* Happens with ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' at the beginning of his first movie. Though considering as he prides himself on being disgusting and ugly, he probably takes this as a compliment.
* Done earlier with Mike Myers in ''AustinPowers: The Spy Who Shagged Me'' when his [[BritishTeeth smile]] caused his rear view mirror to crack.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The children's book ''The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit'' doesn't feature any mirrors, but the monster is so ugly that his presence cracks rocks, dries up ponds and kills plant life.
* Occurs with the ogres in PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book series.

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* A frequently recurring gag with Herman in ''TheMunsters.''
* Same in the sketch comedy ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.
* [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Uncle Arthur]]. Referenced in the unfortunate film version.
* ''InLivingColor'': Ugly Wanda turns this to her advantage in the ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' spoof. Dracula has spent the skit wooing her, only to rue his success once he gets a good look at her. Desperate to leave he tells her he can't stand mirrors, and since there's one in her room, well...Ugly Wanda tells him she can take care of it. Staring into it, she recites "Mirror, mirror on the wall..." and it cracks.
* In ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', Uncle Fester has this effect on mirrors.

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* In ''Pinball/MonsterBash'', when the Bride of Frankenstein practices her singing, she causes the display to shatter. However, [[PlayingWithATrope it's unclear]] if this is due to her appearance or [[GlassShatteringSound her voice,]] as neither one is extreme enough to invoke either trope.

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* In ''TheGoonShow'', Seagoon has been promoted to Lieutenant.
-->'''Seagoon:''' Now, let me view myself in the commissioned-ranks-only mirror.
-->''[Shattering]''
-->'''Willium:''' Ooh, it's never done that before, mate.
-->'''Seagoon:''' Well, I'll make damn sure it doesn't do it again. Take it out and shoot it!

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* In ''Ultimate MortalKombat 3'', Mileena's Friendship features her removing her mask and looking at her hideous face in a mirror, which then shatters (followed by [[BigBad Shao Kahn]] saying "[[SarcasmMode Pretty.]]").

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* Used in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. First, Ren's teeth are so bad that his smile causes the mirror to shatter. The next day, his teeth are so bad that smiling at the mirror [[InvertedTrope causes his teeth to shatter]].
* Used during the musical selection "A Guy Like You" in Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' after the gargoyles slap a giant 1800s powder wig on Quasimodo only to find it makes him so ugly he cracks the mirror.
* Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Something Smells". Spongebob gets bad breath and is wondering why everyone is avoiding him. Patrick thinks it's because he's ugly, and suggests "the reflection test". [[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack His reflection]] ''[[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack breaks the mirror with a hammer]]'' [[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack to get away from the smell.]]
* The witch in the [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Fractured Fairy Tales]] short "The Witch's Broom".
* Gnorga, the queen of trolls in ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark''. During her VillainSong, she passes a series of mirrors, each one cracking to a more severe degree than the last, until she torches the last one before it can crack.
* Yukk! from ''The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Show'' is a dog so ugly he has to wear a house on his head. Not only does he break mirrors (and destroys them so quickly that he's never seen his own face), but he is so ugly that when he uncovers his face, the earth shakes and anything in direct line of sight of his face is destroyed, and anyone catching a glimpse of it screams, passes out, and/or runs away. [[TheFaceless The audience, of course, never sees his face.]]
* Kaz in ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' breaks a mirror by looking in it as a result of the girls trying to get him an unsuccessful makeover in "Stupid Cupids".
* Played with in a ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' short. Sidekick Penfold tries to take advantage of a photo booth. The result: 'You have broken the lens. You have broken the lens.'
* Lucius in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* Wade Duck in "The Ugly Duckling" USAcres short on ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''. Orson is telling Booker and Sheldon, two baby chicks, his version of "The Ugly Duckling." When confronting the Wicked Witch of the Wool and she asks "How Ugly Are You?" he answers, "I'm so ugly I need to sneak up on my mirror to shave!" (To prevent the mirror breaking as he could also stop ''a sundial'' with his face.)
* Hogatha's mirror cracks when she inspects herself and sees that she has dry skin in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Golden Smurf Award".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' episode "Beddy Bye", Cosmo, who had temporarily became [[TheGrotesque hideous]] from sleep deprivation, not only cracks Timmy's mirror, he also cracks the Great Wall of China and causes a herd of antelopes far away to stop grazing near the end of the episode when his ugliness reaches its zenith.
** In the episode "Bad Heir Day", Crocker cracks his mirror when he's contemplating how to get an heir.
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