"M-m-mimes... nothing but mimes..."A sub-trope of Monster Clown, the enemy of the show is a dastardly white-faced, beret-wearing mute with world domination on his mind. Occasionally they are motivated by a lesser goal, but still, evil... and almost always French. A possible reason for this is that the late Marcel Marceau (the most famous mime in the world) was French. Some Enemy Mime villains have Your Mime Makes It Real powers, such as the ability to erect an invisible wall or conjure an unheard gale-force wind which one must walk against. Others simply use gadgets to leech the world of sound and color, and hope and fluffy things right along with it. May or may not be affected by the "silence" condition when fought against. Really, any mime-like character will count. Compare to the following tropes: Played for comedy far more often than Monster Clown. If he's particularly scruffy, he probably also Looks Like Cesare. When a mime is not necessarily evil but everybody treats him or her as such, that's Everyone Hates Mimes. When the evil mime doesn't speak, they are also a Silent Antagonist. Contrast with Heroic Mime (a hero who doesn't speak, and probably isn't a mime). Also not related to Enemy Mine; the name is just a pun on that trope.
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- Strings (merely called "the Pantomimer" in the Japanese version or "the Killer Doll" in the manga) in Yu-Gi-Oh!, is a rather strange example, seeming like more of a punk anarchist/goth with his shaved head, eyeshadow, and multiple piercings. Nevertheless, he is referred to as a mime in both versions, even though his only "trick" was standing still on a park bench without moving a muscle (easy to do, as Marik Brainwashed him into his minion, and seems to have destroyed his real mind in the process).
- Standing that still is impressive in real life, but real mimes often can do it.
- In the manga, it's stated that he had murdered his parents, and apparently repressed his entire mind out of guilt, so he was already mindless when Marik found him.
- In Yakitate!! Japan, one of the final enemy bakers is a mime called Shadow. He is able to perfect mimic his boss's Kirisaki's baking techniques, which enable his bread to tie with Kazuma's bread.
- For a brief period during the nineties, there was a gang of villainous mimes that made several appearances in the Spider-Man titles. They were defeated, at least once, when Spidey webbed several large sheets of glass into an invisible box around them. As seen here!
- One Deadpool short had him fighting the same bunch of mimes in full mime costume who had just stolen a device that allowed their mimed weapons to actually work. (Like a lot of Deadpool stories, it didn't make much sense, and didn't have to.)
- The French comic book series De cape et de crocs plays with this: the bad guy's foot soldiers are mute mime tribesmen from the Moon (seriously). Their abilities include swordfighting, artistic death and distracting people with the power of mime◊.
- Aside from being one of the good guys, The Mime from the comic book Mister Blank fits this trope to a T.
- There was a one-shot Batman villainness who was a mime who hated loud noises. That's about it. Likewise, Pierrot Lunaire of the Club of Villains had a mime motif.
- One of Ant's villains is Jessica Mime, who dresses like a (skanky) mime and has a sort of "mime power" in the form of gauntlets that allow her to make various shapes in the air out of Hard Light. She's an obnoxious loudmouth even by non-mime standards, though.
- In Red Robin # 20 Stephanie is fighting a the villain Romeo Void who dresses as a mime when Tim contacts her to warn her about Calculator being on the move.
- Invoked several times in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, most obviously with Steve the Mime.
- The Batman / Sin City crossover A Dark Knight over Sin City features a gang of "guys in mime makeup" led by the Joker.
- A.A. Pessimal's Discworld fic concerning civil war in the Fools' Guild, Clowning Is A Serious Business, strongly suggests one of the reasons why the Patrician does not allow mimes on the streets of Ankh-Morpork is because black-clad men, who have to be extremely physically supple and fit, are in fact a sort of ninja; the Fools' Guild's version of the silent, black-clad, Assassin. One Mime is captured having narrowly failed to do what the real Assassins have miserably failed in - breaching the security of Ramkin Manor and launching an attack on Sam Vimes. Lord Downey of the Assassins is not pleased and demands a chat with Doctor Whiteface on issues of professional demarcation...
Films — Animation
- In Flushed Away, the French frog spy antagonists have a mime as part of their team.
- An Anti-Hero example comes from Tangled. One of the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling, Ulf, is revealed to be into mime during the song "I've Got A Dream". His talent comes in handy when the Thugs team up to break Flynn out of prison.
- "Bomb Voyage", a briefly-seen villain from the beginning of The Incredibles, is a French mime who uses explosives to perpetrate his crimes. He speaks, but only in French. And his makeup is so subtle that you might not even notice it.
Films — Live-Action
- In Batman, when the Joker assassinates Ricorso in broad daylight, his goons first show up disguised as street mimes (presumably so they don't appear overtly dangerous to the cops, the press, or the gangsters) and then spray machine gun fire over a crowd to cover his escape. The Joker himself is wearing a dandyish suit and top hat, and has also applied a little lipstick (not too much, since his lips are red naturally) to appear more mime-like. This could be a Jokerish twist on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, where (supposedly) members of Chicago's South Side gang got close enough to assassinate their North Side rivals by disguising themselves as police officers.
- The Hi-Hats in The Warriors. They were ultimately cut from the film, and are only named in the trailer; they weren't developed any further than that until the video game adaptation was released thirty years later.
- Somewhat subverted in Robin Hood: Men in Tights when the villainous Sheriff of Rottingham and Prince John watch a mime, decide to kill him, and then change their minds. "A mime is a terrible thing to waste."
- Played with and lampshaded in The Crow, when a police officer facetiously refers to the chalk-faced Eric Draven as "a mime from Hell."
- In the 1996 spy spoof Spy Hard, the Big Bad has some Amazonian Indians in "tribal" makeup (and who communicate with cell phones!) track the good guys through a jungle. As a Cutaway Gag, one of the Indians is shown in "mime-face."
- Dead Presidents has three bank robbers (all of them black or Latino) disguise their identities with white-and-black greasepaint during a heist, making themselves look like evil mimes. Chillingly, two of them are killed by the police, so the face-paint becomes their death mask.
- Kit Kat in Hudson Hawk never speaks a word through the whole movie, communicating instead by using pre-printed cards.
- The 1948 black-and-white film The Snake Pit, which was originally supposed to generate sympathy for the mentally ill but now comes across as an uncomfortable mixture of Black Comedy and psychological horror, has Virginia Cunningham (Olivia de Havilland) committed to an all-female sanitarium after suffering a nervous breakdown. After having a panic attack and biting one of her handlers on the finger, the hospital staff simply toss her into the "snake pit" of the film's title, a dark, subterranean, dungeon-like room where dozens of psychotic women roam about engaging in deviant behavior. One of them has an eerie smile frozen on her face and repetitively and silently performs strange, balletic movements that could be interpreted as mime. (Truth in Television, because some schizophrenic people can enter a semi-catatonic state where they perform mime-like movements.)
- The So Bad, It's Good Israeli Cult Classic An American Hippie in Israel has a mysterious pair of silent gun-toting men in black suits, top hats, and silver makeup who stalk the protagonist throughout, mow down a hippie commune save for the four leads, and ultimately make a getaway in the group's vehicle once they have destroyed themselves.
- In the book Singularity Sky by Charles Stross, there are monstrous mimes, near-dead white creatures who attack by throwing flesh eating, nanobot-filled pies at people. They never rest or sleep, but occasionally get stuck in invisible boxes.
- Not quite used in the series, where mimes in Ankh-Morpork are hung upside down over scorpion pits with a sign on the wall saying "learn the words". But the whiteface, frowning clowns, the ones that never get splashed with water and are never the butt of the joke? Yeah, even other clowns, who go through life in a sort of nihilistic angst, fear them.
- Pterry strongly hinted in The Art Of Discworld that Vetinari banned street theater because he knows something we don't. Given that the Fools' Guild (which trains clowns, jesters and mimes) is actually one of the Discworld's largest spy networks, to which jesters all over the continent feed information on their high-born employers, the Patrician probably has a darn good reason to lock mimes up. The Patrician's political enemies count this as one of his good points.
- Subverted in The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway where a troupe of mimes are among the good guys saving the day at the end with their mad kung fu skills
- The short Michael Moorcock story Elric at the End of Time sees Elric desperately battling a horde of mute pierrots (French-style whiteface clowns).
- Commis in The Islanders by Christopher Priest. He taunts some poor stagehand while in makeup while also threatening the same guy in the street out of it.
- In the novel White Teeth there's a couple of mentions of a mime-like weirdo (whom the characters never actually meet) named "Mr. White Face" (actually an Indian immigrant wearing white greasepaint and blue lipstick) who stalks the streets of North London, creepily staring at people (and angrily swearing at anyone who dares to stare back). He's actually one of several eccentric street people around that area of the city who enjoy creeping people out. The book paints them as Jerkass Woobie characters who are either beaten down by life, insane, or mentally retarded.
- The Further Adventures of Batman: In "The Sound Of One Hand Clapping", the Joker, Batman’s notorious Monster Clown antagonist, falls in love with Camilla Cameo, also known as "The Mime". She wears mime makeup and the only sounds she ever makes is one scream and one peal of laughter. Quite a Foil for the garrulous Joker.
- "The Gentlemen" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer count: pale-faced, grinning, silent monstrosities. They have voice-leeching powers, too.
- An episode of Highlander: The Series featured an group of assassins who used pantomime as a cover. They were led by an evil Immortal called Christoph Kuyler.
- A trio of villainous mimes are behind the murders in The Goodies episode "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express".
- One of these was the antagonist, and later protagonist, of the Freddy's Nightmares episode "Silence is Golden".
- "The Icon" Sting played with this trope in WCW during the fall of 1996 and most of 1997, effectively creating an enormously popular new wrestling character in the process. After being framed by Hulk Hogan's New World Order, Sting announced that he was going to go into seclusion for a while until he thought of a way to clear his name. As he made this announcement, the audience could see that his "Ultimate Warrior"-style greasepaint had begun to consume his face in a bizarre and unsettling literal example of Becoming the Mask, bleaching everything but his nose, lips, and lower jaw clown-white. The following week, Sting appeared in the rafters above the arena with a completely white face, black lips, and black Gothic "crosses" over his eyes, making him look suspiciously like a mime (although Sting's portrayer, Steve Borden, would eventually admit in an interview that the makeup design was suggested to him by nWo member Scott Hall as a tribute to Brandon Lee's appearance in the movie version of The Crow). Not only that, but Sting did not speak a single word while wearing the whiteface for over a year (finally blurting out an insult to Hogan in anger after he was stripped of the WCW Championship). In the meantime, he kept showing up in the ring (sometimes via the rafters and sometimes via the crowd) with a black baseball bat, attacking the nWo or silently subjecting his former allies to a series of "loyalty tests." The whiteface, black bat, and Badass Longcoat that Sting also wore would go on to become key parts of his wrestling iconography and are still part of his signature look today (although he now speaks quite frequently, and has hardly ever been a heel since). Long story short: While Sting was never supposed to be taken as a mime, his fans took to nicknaming him things like "The Sad Mime" or "The Angry Mime."
- Goldust. Not truly a mime, and indeed his natural eloquence is a large part of his gimmick. But his face-paint is very mime-like (increasingly so after he returned to WWE in 2009), and his overly effeminate behavior and bizarre body-language tics also smack of stereotypical miming. His brother Stardust looked even more like a mime, and moved more like one as well.
- Although the gimmick only appeared on national television once, little-known wrestler Harry Del Rios (no relation to Alberto Del Rio) also played with the trope when he was "Phantasio" on an episode of WWE Wrestling Challenge in 1995 (and also as Spellbinder, the Captain Ersatz for Phantasio, in the Tennessee wrestling territory). Ostensibly a magician in a top hat and Badass Longcoat, Phantasio/Spellbinder also wore a mime mask that he would then remove to reveal that his face was painted exactly the same. While he was not a heel, Phantasio/Spellbinder would cheat a bit by spraying his opponents with "silly string" or slipping up behind them and "magically" removing their underpants from inside their wrestling costumes - but these tricks were to amuse the audience rather than to make them angry.
- On a recent episode of Monday Night Raw, Big E. Langston was attacked during his match with Adam Rose by two "Rosebuds" (a group of costumed groupies and mascots who accompany Rose to his matches) wearing mime masks. The mimes then unmasked to reveal themselves as Antonio Cesaro and Tyson Kidd.
- The Eldar Harlequins in Warhammer 40,000 include mimes amongst their number.
- Mr. Mime has been released several times in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. A common theme among them is their ability to reduce or negate battle damage via their invisible walls.
- Champions: Almost a throwaway joke in UNTIL Superpowers Database. An illustration shows a mime-themed supervillain battling two superheroes. The accompanying text included this statement:
The villain defeated both heroes and escaped the confrontation. Our efforts to identify and locate him continue, since the mime motif of his costume indicates a particularly high degree of evil and depravity.
- In Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, an issue of Dragon Magazine introduced a brother & sister pair of Drow assassins who were dressed like mimes in their artwork. Aside from the mime angle, they were really only notable because the sister (who was the leader of the two) was described as being very caring toward her brother instead of having the typical disdain that female Drow had for males.
- In some productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Judas Iscariot is constantly shadowed by two voiceless and literally faceless humanoid figures (actually two mime-artists in flesh-colored bodysuits) who act out various eerie imaginings known only to them. They represent Judas's evil side, and when he hangs himself near the end of the play, they're the ones who slip on the noose.
- In No One Lives Forever 2, the villains include an entire gang of evil mimes armed with submachineguns. Who sing the French national anthem. You heard that right. Singing mimes.
- Though barely seen in the movie, the videogame version of The Warriors features a street-gang consisting entirely of mimes. Known as the Hi-Hats, the only one of them that talks is their stuttering leader, Chatterbox, who's clearly more of a Monster Clown anyway. They also use blades as their signature weapon, which — barring two appearances of firearms — are the most powerful weapons in the game.
- A few of the Hi-Hats do speak in a moment of great emotion - namely, when the Warriors have knocked Chatterbox from a high scaffolding and appear to have killed him. Crackerjack, the gang's Dragon, bursts into Manly Tears and shouts "CHADDUHBAWKS!" in his extremely high-pitched Brooklyn accent, and then another Hi-Hat points up to where the Warriors are hiding and vows, "Time to DIE, Warriors!" In the cut scene to the level's next challenge, as the Warriors are making their escape over the rooftops, we hear (though we never actually see the mimes' lips moving) Crackerjack screeching "After them! Hurry!" and one of his men responding - in a very evil, sepulchral voice - "THIS WAY!"
- The third expansion of Guild Wars features an evil mime that steals the voices of three villagers and prevents the player character from using shout buffs.
- In the first game of the ''Broken Sword'' series, the principal antagonist for the majority of the game is the elusive Professional Killer and Well-Intentioned Extremist bent on stopping the true Big Bads, a group of faux Knights Templar, from ruling the world, Khan. Khan is a Master of Disguise, and his first appearance in the Director's Cut fits this trope. Obviously subverted in that he's not actually a mime and talks later on.
- The Penny Arcade game Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness features mimes as enemies. And the final boss of Part One is a Mime Cthulhu.
- The Mime, a bit player from Animaniacs, was featured as a generic enemy in the Animaniacs Game Pack. His power was to mime an invisible box every so often making him invincible while still remaining deadly.
- In one small area in the game Shadow Madness, mimes are Random Encounters.
- "They sully the park with their presence!"
- Stage 4-2 of Batman for the Sega Genesis is filled with mimes. The small mime enemy attacks with jump kicks, while the fat mime breathes fire.
- In the third mission of the Saints Row 2 DLC Pack "Corporate Warfare", after you kill a Mime (which gratitously explodes when you kill him), a limousine appears with an army of angry mimes bent on revenge.
- Pokémon: Mr. Mime and and its previous form Mime Jr. Naturally, they learn moves like Barrier, Reflect, Light Screen, Trick, Role Play, Mimic, and Follow Me. (In the anime, Ash's mom has one as her housekeeper, but that one is actually rather friendly.)
- In the original The Sims game, a mime would sometimes show up if your party was going badly and make matters worse by annoying your guests.
- In The Legend of Kyrandia Book 3, there is a mime performing in the middle of town. If you mock him too many times, the mime will kill you.
Malcolm: I see. You're going to shoot me with an arrow. Let it loose, paste-face!
- Kingdom of Loathing: A story arc involved "four-shadowed mimes" (which are internally classified as "horror" monster types) invading the kingdom as advance scouts for the Humorless Ones (who wouldn't send in the clowns: clowns make noise). They first appeared as wandering monsters during April Fools' Day 2012, then invaded in full-force during late October 2012, and popped up a few more times during Halloween events. The mimes showed up in force again for the 2017 Crimbo event, trying to suck holiday cheer from the Kingdom for some sinister purpose.
- Traitor mimes in Space Station 13.
- Norm from Crash Nitro Kart , although he is mostly an aversion as he is being forced to race against you. His overweight other half on the other hand, is more than willing to kick your butt.
- Although he too is a subversion, as he is a gracious loser. Just don't call him a clown.
- There are zombie mimes in the final stage of CarnEvil, but unlike the other monsters, they can't actually hurt you, except to draw your fire.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, the eponymous hero fights a battle (or two) against fast-food pitch-clown Donald McBonald, who has access to mime powers. The good doctor defeats him with a pantomime of an invisible rocket launcher. (In this story.)
- Casey and Andy features a Mime Assassin as a recurring antagonist. He utilizes Mime Powers in addition to ordinary and specialized firearms (such as a water-gun loaded with Very Holy Water for fighting off Satan, who just happens to be dating one of the main characters), but is foiled when the Quantum Cop turns said powers against him, locking him in an invisible, unbreakable box.
- In Breakpoint City, one of the first arcs begins with Ben getting mugged by a "criminally insane mime".
- Living with Shine has one. He actually has powers... mime powers. (Can create invisible walls) but most of the time he is treated as joke by the cast. Also, he speaks...
- A now defunct webcomic featured a villain with battle mimes as henchmen. When a character commented on the absurdity of this, the villain replied that, being silent, agile, and well trained, Mimes were just ninjas with pizazz.
- Homestuck has Kurloz Makara, the pre-Scratch incarnation of Gamzee's ancestor and one of the many Dragons to Lord English.
- All of the several different ToTheArks from Marble Hornets can be considered this, though we don't yet know what their motives yet are.
- The "Panous-Panous" — Mooks in the amateur French sentai show France Five — have been described as "ninja-mimes".
- Lord Opticord and his minions in Sock Baby have the mime theme going on, but they were most certainly not mute. Quite the contrary...
- Whateley Universe: Marcel, Robur's right-hand man.
- SCP Foundation has the joke article SCP-5040-J, with two mime gangs fighting each other in utter silence.
- There was a claim circulating on the Web some years back (it even made its way onto Wikipedia until it was removed) that there was a nasty, Snobs Versus Slobs historical rivalry between mimes and Blackface minstrels, similar to that between vaudeville and burlesque performers, or metal and punk fans in our own day. What make this legend plausible are the many similarities between mimes and blackface comedians: both wear heavy makeup (of contrasting colors, to be sure), white gloves and (at least sometimes in the case of mimes) top hats; and both are loathed by many people nowadays. But the story was soon exposed as a lie when it was pointed out that mime artistry didn't start to become popular in America until Marcel Marceau visited the U.S. in the mid-1950s, by which point blackface minstrelsy was clearly dying out.
- Le Mime, of Xiaolin Showdown could create invisible objects. His weakness turned out to be that said objects could be modified by others using their imaginations. He also didn't know when to stop. When he started to mirror Clay's movements, Clay took advantage and punched himself in the face — Clay could take the hit, Le Mime couldn't.
- Inverted in a Dexter's Laboratory short, wherein Dexter becomes a Monster Clown, and DeeDee dons a mime outfit to combat his evil clown-iness. Going a step further, DeeDee was in fact trained in pantomime and given her mime clothes by a group of friendly mimes she sought out.
- In an episode of The Powerpuff Girls, there is a clown who is genuinely good and just entertaining a child at his party. When he gets hit by a tidal wave of bleach, he goes crazy and turns into Mr. Mime (no relation) who tries to silence the whole town and drain its color. When the girls restore the clown back to his normal, innocent self, he's beaten to a pulp and put in jail anyway. Even the Narrator approved of this. He later appeared at the Girls' birthday party, however. Presumably, he won parole.
- Totally Spies! has Jazz Hands, a Mime Villain hell-bent on showing the world the beauty of his craft, usually by converting people into mimes. At first he seems to be a poor mime himself, as he never seems to shut up, but when he does buckle down he gives the heroines quite a tough time.
- Perhaps as a nod to the Tim Burton films — on which many aspects of the series were closely patterned, at least at first — the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series had three hulking goons in mime-face named Lar, Mo, and Cur, who accompany him on his capers in four episodes ("Harlequinade," "Make 'Em Laugh," "Holiday Knights," and "The Creeper"). While they became less menacing with every new appearance, eventually being reduced to comically incompetent Dumb Muscle, they are quite menacing in the earlier episodes, hardly ever speaking and standing around looking angry and bloodthirsty. They were last seen in the animated film Batman and Harley Quinn, dancing at a karaoke club that is apparently reserved for henchpeople only.
- An episode of Rugrats: All Grown Up! had a Yu-Gi-Oh!-esque card game, which featured a monster called The Atomic Mime.
- The mime Trent had to face in one episode of Total Drama.
- An episode of Garfield and Friends that aired late in the series's run had Garfield, Jon, and Odie visit a carnival. An Ambiguously Jewish fortune-teller at the carnival places a curse on Garfield, turning him into a werewolf. (Yes, a cat being turned into a wolf. Don't think about it too hard.) Once the curse wears off, Garfield gets his hands on the spell book and decides to teach the actress a lesson. When the actress sees which curse Garfield has selected for her, she screams "No! Not that! Anything but that!" and tries to run away. But before she can escape, Garfield recites the chant....and turns her into a mime. Some passersby show up and see the woman, scream "A mime!" and run off in terror. Garfield then turns to Jon and Odie and shrugs, saying: "There are worse things in this world than wolf-creatures, you know."
- A Thanksgiving episode of South Park from several years back showed the kids getting ready to stage a Thanksgiving pageant starring Timmy as Helen Keller and Timmy's pet turkey, Gobbles, as Helen's pet. Cartman is in charge of writing the songs for the pageant, but he can't come up with lyrics. The play's director suggests that he put on a blindfold (in order to experience what it would have been like to be Helen Keller) and write down what he sees. Once Cartman's eyes are covered, the screen goes black and then yields to a montage of images. Most of them are "traditional" scary things, such as rotting corpses and vermin - but we also see the disturbing shot of a mime lasciviously licking his lips. What makes it truly frightening is that when Cartman takes off the blindfold and the director asks him what he has seen, his only response is "Just what I always see when I close my eyes."
- An episode of Family Guy revealed Paris has a lot of "mime on mime violence".
- ˇMucha Lucha! has a minor character named French Twist; not truly evil, but he is a wrestler who happens to be a mime. (And he does have the power to turn the imaginary objects he acts out, into real invisible objects.)
- Grojband: When the favorite town statue (who was actually a statue performer) is taken down in "Myme Disease", Grojband decides to take the prime performance spot left behind. A turf war erupts between Corey and a group of mimes when they take the last busking spot in the park.
- In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Heebie Jeebies", Wander and Sylvia explore a creepy forest in search of a weapon to defeat Lord Dominator, and Wander is tormented by a growing number of maniacally-grinning "phantom mimes".
- An episode of Miraculous Ladybug has a mime for the Monster of the Week, with the standard Your Mime Makes It Real powers, referred to (in his transformed state) only as the Mime.