"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you mime can be used against you in a court of law."
"Until I came here to America, I'd never realized that you were right: nobody in the world likes mime."
Mimes are universally hated in fiction. They're an Acceptable Target
of sorts. No real reason is ever given, but the Uncanny Valley
may have something to do with it - after all, their pure white faces
and refusal to speak
give them a definite alien aura. This trope isn't limited to people who hate mimes, but also works of fiction that seem to have it out for them. In other words a character doesn't have to say "I hate mimes" for it to be this trope. All the character needs to do is fall on, punch, kick, or otherwise cause intentional or accidental harm to a mime. Compare Enemy Mime
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- The TBS commercial: "Which is funnier, mime pretending to be trapped in a glass box, or a mime really trapped in a glass box?"
- A Starburst commercial about contradictions, which features a Irish-Asian musing about this while watching a Mime...who's shouting at people.
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Live Action Television
- Mimes sometimes pop up during any "world's worst"-type games on Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
Colin: (In a singsong voice) I'm a MIIIIIIIIIIME!
- In part 2 of The Invisible Man's "Money for Nothing", invisible and temporarily Quicksilver-Mad Darien beats up a mime. At the end of the episode he anxiously confirms with his partner that he didn't do too much damage when out of control:
Darien: There was a mime; I beat the hell out of a mime. What happened to him? Is he okay?
Hobbes: Relax, he did not recover.
Darien: Thank God. ...You're kidding, right?
- (Hobbes then reassures him that the mime is in fact okay.)
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, Graham Chapman's Marcel Marceau impersonation ends with him miming being hit with a 16-ton weight, followed immediately by an actual 16-ton weight falling on him. Cue to footage of a cheering crowd.
- On Empty Nest, a patient of Harry's who's a mime laments about how much hatred they are subject to. "People throw fruit at us!"
- In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," there's this annoying mime who follows the main characters around mimicking their actions, which causes them no end of irritation. It gets so bad that during the summation, Stottlemeyer finally snaps and arrests him for impersonating a police officer.
- On 3rd Rock from the Sun when Evil!Dick traps Dick in an invisible box in the basement, Dick bemoans, "He's turned me into a mime!" His tone implies that it's a Fate Worse Than Death.
- Cheers: One episode saw a mime enter the bar in full makeup and performing his trade. The regular cast were generally bemused by his antics. Another episode had Diane practising the craft. She pronounced it "meem."
- Alexei Sayle did a stand-up routine on Alexei Sayle's Stuff about how you wouldn't pay money to watch someone actually walk into the wind, sew their fingers together and get shut in a glass box, but if someone pretends to walk into the wind, sew their fingers together and get shut in a glass box...
- A 1980s Saturday Night Live sketch had Randy Quaid trying to tell guest host Pee-Wee Herman that he needs to see a hooker, but is couching it in euphemisms:
Randy: Well, they wear a lot of makeup...
Randy: No-o-o, let's just say you'd be embarrassed to be seen with one...
Pee-Wee: [nods knowingly]...Mimes!
- In an episode of The Golden Girls, Sophia asks a mime if he wears makeup and doesn't speak because his mother is ashamed of him. When Blanche tells her that nothing she says is going to make him break character, she simply turns and says, "Hey, Buddy, your fly's open." He then falls off his platform and lands face-first on the ground.
- The Governor on The Slammer hates mimes. Apparently he once hired a troupe of mimes to build him a house on the cheap, only when they finished he didn't actually have a house.
- One episode of the horror series Werewolf features a mime who opens an imaginary door for the hero, who tips him with an imaginary coin. The mime philosophically starts flipping it in the air. It is hinted the mime is possibly More Than He Appears, but the episode ends with the discovery of his murdered corpse.
- On an episode of ALF, Alf worries about the future (since his species live for a long time, he'll still be around when the kids are grown up and moved out while the parents become elderly) and has several imagine spots about where he'll be staying while he hids from the government. In the case of Lynn, he utterly despises her wouldbe mime husband, as he doesn't provide much income and keeps giving her imaginary gifts. (Lynn adores him and loves the makebelieve flowers and jewelry, though.)
- Wings: According to Brian "mimes are not clever. They're white-faced, big-mouthed, glove-wearing, little horrible jerks who live in imaginary boxes."
- In a Saturday Night Live sketch, a man rents an apartment cheaply because there's a mime (guest host Robin Williams) in it. The new renter ends up killing the mime and is treated like a hero for it.
- "Doctor Who": The Doctor in the episode "Deep Breath" states that he will blow up the room if he sees anything he doesn't like including karaoke and mimes.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "She Never Told Me She Was a Mime".
- In Fall Out Boy's "I Don't Care" video, Pete Wentz is shown harrasing a mime on the street.
- In his song "Loco", Andrés Calamaro talks about "containing his murder instinct in front of a mime or a clown".
- In real life, it's a mixed bag. Similarly to clowns, they can't seem to take the "I'm not in a good mood, annoy someone else" hint and try to cheer them up, only irritating them in the process. However, there is one famous aversion: Marcel Marceau, considered by some to be the father of mime, was widely respected by almost everybody. In fact, when two reporters for World News Now got the giggles during a report of his death, the next day, Whoopi Goldberg completely shredded the two, saying that he had an influence on how she acted (and remember, even with Theodore Rex, she is an Oscar-winning actress), that doing anything completely in pantomime is incredibly difficult, and that the two reporters should be ashamed of themselves.
- Marcel Marceu and his equally-talented brother picked up mime during World War II while fighting for the French Resistance. They used it as a way to entertain the Jewish children they were smuggling over the border to Switzerland (and keep them quiet in the process, so as to avoid being caught by the Nazis). Suffice it to say that those children (and subsequent generations) don't hate mimes as a result.
- And now, the explanation for the quote at the top of the page: David Bowie, in the late 1960s, supplemented his then-struggling career as a musician by joining the avant-garde theatre troupe of Lindsay Kemp, who used mime in the service of performance art (as Bowie puts it in the book Moonage Daydream, "sawing away at Genet and re-interpreting episodes from The Maids and Salome"). Bowie would work his resultant education in acting, stage movement, and characterization into his musical career, and even incorporated mime segments into his Ziggy Stardust-era stage act. As John Peel warned him, however, not all audiences appreciated such touches...
- A common complaint in reviews of Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour is that Cirque du Soleil apparently couldn't come up with a more interesting viewpoint character than a dancing mime in an all-white costume.