[[quoteright:340:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mara_Then_Now_1380.png]][[caption-width-right:340:From an adorable child actress, to a witty writer and storyteller.[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk And she wields unholy powers from beyond our realm!]][[/note]]]]

->''Don't fuck with Mara Wilson!''

Mara Wilson (born in 1987) [[FormerChildStar was a child actress]] who was in several films in TheNineties (best known as the title character in the feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl's ''{{Matilda}}''), but decided to leave when she realized "film acting is not very fun", in her own words.

She still works in entertainment, but as a playwright after graduating from NYU. She also writes a blog, "[[http://marawilsonwritesstuff.com/ Mara Wilson Writes Stuff]]", to which she often posts humorous stories and the like. Her [[https://twitter.com/#!/MaraWritesStuff Twitter feed]] is similarly humorous. She's [[http://www.cracked.com/members/MaraWilson/ also written]] for Website/{{Cracked}}.

She has also done guest spots on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, revealing that she has unholy powers that she will use to punish those who blindly mock her. According to [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], she obtained these powers from {{God}} Himself.

She also has a recurring role on ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' as The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home.

Evidently, she's well aware of the existence of TVTropes, too, [[http://marawilsonwritesstuff.com/top-girl-the-game-for-everyone/ mentioning]] ArtisticLicensePhysics (back when [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes it was known as]] You Fail Physics Forever) [[http://marawilsonwritesstuff.com/an-essay-about-me-by-jenny-donoghue/ and]] CloudCuckoolander, as well as a tendency to check this page. (Hi, Mara! We're happy you exist!)

!!Associated Tropes:

* AdamWesting: An InvertedTrope variation. Usually, when an actor engages in this they're playing a CloudCuckooLander variation of themselves. Mara Wilson's idea (at least when it comes to Channel Awesome) of this is to [[MemeticMutation WIELD UNHOLY POWERS FROM BEYOND OUR REALM!!]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Her internet persona is basically this: if you don't invoke her demonic rage she is rather a nice person.
* BrainyBrunette
* CerebusRetcon: According to one Cracked article, when she was younger she found herself on a foot fetish website devoted to child actresses - which she found quite funny. Years later she told a friend about it and then realised she had been on a child porn website.
* ClarkKenting: In the Nostalgia Chick's ''Matilda'' review. Disguised with her hair in a bun and a thick pair of glasses.
* [[ConvertedFanboy Converted Fangirl]]: Once convinced that [[Creator/DougWalker Doug]] was an asshole because of awful fans of his harassing her, now practically an honorary ChannelAwesome member and good friends with both him and Lindsay.
* DeadpanSnarker: An attitude she takes in a lot of her writing.
* TheDreaded: When she shows up in Channel Awesome content, she generally appears as this.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Her internet persona may be an evil revenge-hungry she-demon, but she doesn't hate kids.
* FormerChildStar: She prefers the term "reformed drama nerd". She retired on her own, prefers her non-film jobs, and has certainly avoided a breakdown. [[Pantheon/TheaterGreaterGods Parse be Mara!]]
* GagBoobs: See SheIsAllGrownUp for the details below. Even the Nostalgia Chick commented on them.
* HandicappedBadass: Has suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which she [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-no-one-tells-you-about-having-ocd/ has written articles about]] [[http://amysmartgirls.com/smart-girl-mara-wilson-discusses-mental-illness/ and posted videos online over]].
* HeartwarmingMoments: [[https://twitter.com/MaraWritesStuff/status/579719442638249984 Invoked.]]
* HollywoodAtheist: [[https://twitter.com/MaraWritesStuff/status/508385928394833921 She discussed this at one time, stating that she love to meet some nice atheists yet they're hard to find on the internet]].
* IAmNotSpock: Apparently, people she encounters still call her Film/{{Matilda}}, prompting her to remind them that Matilda doesn't exist.
** She's been at some pains to emphasize that her overly perky, precocious film characters are quite different from her real personality, even back then. She also hated wearing pink.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Has consistently pointed out, including in her {{Twitter}} profile, that her name is pronounced MAH-ra, ("rhymes with capybara"), and that it is not pronounced like "Sarah". Many people still mispronounce her first name, though.
* OneOfUs: On Twitter, she mentioned that she enjoys playing ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Website/IMDb claimed she was dead once. Mara's response was that she CameBackWrong.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: She jokes about how her figure filling out from puberty tends to throw people a bit.
-->'''Nella''': Holy shit, Matilda! You've got a great rack!
* ShipTease: Not above giving "the [[SlashFic slash-ficcers]] more material" (her words) though you really need ShippingGoggles to see it.
* SlashFic: People keep sending her their Matilda/Miss Honey femmeslash fics, the existence of which creeps her out. She has compared these fics to ''{{Literature/Lolita}}''.
* [[invoked]]TastesLikeDiabetes: Her getting typecast into these kinds of roles (and consequently people tending to assume she was actually that nauseatingly precocious in real life) is what got her to quit acting.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Saltine crackers. She posted a photo label of a box of saltines on her {{Twitter}} account, which remains there as of March 2015, and she has humorously discussed her obsession with the snack on Twitter posts..
* [[invoked]]WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: She expressed horror on her Twitter page when a newspaper mentioned in summer 2013 that fans of the ''{{Theatre/Matilda}}'' musical (which not long before won multiple Tony awards) staged nearby in New York City would love to see Mara's play, ''Sheeple'' at a nearby venue purely based on the fact that she played Matilda Wormwood in the 1996 movie version. [[WordOfGod As she often stresses]], ''Sheeple'' is most definitely ''not'' for kids.

!!Works Include

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' (the episode "Mind Games")
* ''Film/{{Matilda}}''
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (the 1994 remake)
* ''Film/ASimpleWish''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad''
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' (the [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/35109-a-simple-wish review]] of ''A Simple Wish'')
* ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' (the episode "Lost In Translation (Bromance Version)")
* ''Shut Up and Talk'' (guest of first episode)
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' (the [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/36832-matilda review]] of ''Matilda''. ''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/42581-nostalgic-foods-of-yore-feat-mara-wilson Nostalgic Foods]]'', and she also [[http://www.formspring.me/ElisaInTime/q/365855450928801027 apparently]] helped out with the ''Charlie's Angels'' [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/36358-charlies-angels review]].
* ''{{Website/Cracked}}''
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': The faceless old woman who lives in your home.