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->''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 it's featured in a visual medium.

Compare RageAgainstTheReflection and GlassShatteringSound.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPKofuLveSU This]] Timex commercial demonstrates a humorous exaggeration of the trope by having an old woman's gaze breaking not only her mirror, but also a man's glasses, a car window, and various other items made of glass except for the brand of watch being advertised.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A variation occurs in ''Manga/YakitateJapan'', where "mushroom head" Kinosita causes Yukino's TV screen to crack when the camera closes up to his face.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Plug from ''[[ComicBook/TheBeano The Bash Street Kids]]'', though chances are his ugliness will make ''anything'' break.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Happens with ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' at the beginning of his first movie. Though considering as he prides himself on being disgusting and ugly, he probably [[InsultBackfire takes this as a compliment]].
* Used during the musical selection "A Guy Like You" in Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' after the gargoyles slap a giant 18th Century powder wig on Quasimodo only to find it makes him so ugly he cracks the mirror.
* 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.
* In ''Mad Mad Mad Monsters'', a prequel to ''WesternAnimation/MadMonsterParty'', the Monster's bride at one point cracks a mirror by looking at it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheSlipperAndTheRose'', one of Cinderella's stepsisters cracks a mirror by looking in it.
* 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!"
* Done earlier with Mike Myers in ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe'' when his [[BritishTeeth smile]] caused his rear view mirror to crack.

* 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 Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book series.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A frequently recurring gag with Herman in ''Series/TheMunsters.''
* Same in the sketch comedy ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.
* [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Uncle Arthur]]. Referenced in the unfortunate film version.
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/LifeGoesOn''. During an argument between siblings Becca and Corky, he snarkily accuses her of doing this.

* 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.

* In ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', Seagoon has been promoted to Lieutenant.
-->'''Seagoon:''' Now, let me view myself in the commissioned-ranks-only mirror.\\
'''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!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 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.]]").
* Something of an InformedAttribute in the ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'' series of games. One of the attributes you can get is termed, [[CaptainObvious for obvious reasons]], "Ugly" with the description "The Mirrors in your house didn't break. ''[[UpToEleven They committed suicide.]]'' When your wife saw you, she screamed and swam across the Atlantic to flee you." In ''Tropico 4'', another addition is made [[CrossesTheLineTwice "The Middle Eastern leaders like your resemblance to a Camel, and thus enjoy meeting you."]] This gives an increase in relations with the Middle East, depending on how ugly you are.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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]].
* 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".
* 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" ComicStrip/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".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** In the 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.
* Used in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}} Hercules: The Animated Series]]'' where a temporarily human Medusa turns back into her Gorgon self while the sun sets.
--> '''Medusa''': This is getting ugly. (She notices the mirror has cracked) Oh, who asked you? (Ad break, by next time it's seen, the mirror has formed a spiderweb-like series of cracks)
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': In "The Hunchback of Nowhere", Eustace says to the titular hunchback, "You've got a face that could crack a ''sink!''"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madballs}}'' episode "Gross Jokes", the scene at the beginning where the Madballs are introduced shows Freakella looking at herself in the mirror and being shocked when it suddenly breaks.
* This trope turns up in the ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' episode "Beauty and the Bump" when Mr. Bumpy and friends are discussing ways they can free the antique princess doll from her glass case. Squishington mentions that he once saw Mr. Bumpy's face crack a mirror and proposes that his face can also affect glass. Bumpy figures that using his ugliness to break the glass case is worth a try and proves Squishington's claim of his ugliness breaking mirrors, but after that, his ugliness ends up breaking or melting everything around him except the princess's glass case.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': In ''Senorella and the Glass Hurache'', a Mexican take on the Cinderella story, one of Senorella's mean stepsisters shatters a mirror by grinning into it.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' episode "Long Day's Gurney Into Night" had a brief scene where Duzer, a teenage gorgon, broke her mirror by looking into it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheGooseLady'' used this in the episode "The Ugly Duck-Thing", where the Duck-Thing found a benefit to his ugliness by using it to save lives, such as freeing a baby who got its head stuck in a bottle by shattering the glass with his face and defusing a bomb by staring at the timer.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'' episode "Bad to the Duck Bone", [=SwaySway=] makes himself evil by eating a loaf of Dark Rye. When he looks in a hand mirror it not only cracks but also [[StuffBlowingUp explodes]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' episode "The Princess and the Troll" had a handsome prince turned into a troll by the episode's villain to prevent him from marrying his true love Princess Gwendolyn. At one point, the transformed prince looks into a hand mirror and causes it to shatter because of his ugliness.
* A CutawayGag in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Save the Clam" depicts Creator/KathleenTurner as being this.