"I will use my magic mirror for spying on my enemies rather than for vain attempts at preserving my position as fairest in the land."A common household device, sometimes employed as a symbol of vanity, but with much deeper roots: combining the reflective and symbolic properties of flat, still water and the portability and delicacy of glass, mirrors show a character their reflections, and often much, much more... A common staple of fantasy literature and movies, the Magic Mirror is exactly what you think it is: A mirror with magical powers. Like a Crystal Ball, they can be used for seeing the future or communicating with or spying on someone at the other end, but a mirror is much more versatile; other possibilities include the mirror being used as a portal through time or space, or even into a Mirror Universe, and a Crystal Prison to trap foes. A mirror may even be used to reveal the true nature of one of the main characters or the villain. They are the standard tool for a Vain Sorceress who wants to know who is the Fairest of Them All. Often, the Magic Mirror itself may be sentient; if it is, it's usually evil, or at the very least quite fickle.
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Anime and Manga
- Atsuko aka Akko's mirror in Himitsu no Akko-chan, which makes her a Master of Disguise.
- Sailor Moon:
- Sailor Neptune's Deep Aqua Mirror, one of the talismans that summons the Holy Grail. It can be used to see other locations and reveal illusions, not to mention it shoots water out of the glass.
- Also Nehelenia's mirror in Super S, which corrupts her younger self into the Vain Sorceress she grew up to be. Later, in the first part of Stars, Nehelenia used mirrors and crystal shards to brainwash some people (including Mamoru) and traps the Senshi in others until Usagi, the Messianic Archetype, talks her out of it.
- The two mirrors in Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara Dream Saga. They're both based on Amaterasu's mirror.
- Kanna's soul-sucking mirror in InuYasha. It's also a crystal ball for the Big Bad.
- The Slayers:
- One of the movies is about a Dungeons & Dragons type Mirror of Opposition, except that it doesn't work quite the way the villain thought it would... He thought it would spawn a Lina and Naga that would be willing to serve him and kill their duplicates. What it opposed turned out to be their personalities - it spawned a Lina and Naga set who were both extremely shy and nervous (and in Naga's case, ashamed of her outfit).
- We see another in Slayers NEXT. Aqua the Dragon uses it to show to Lina the horrible consequences of invoking the Lord Of Nightmares through her most powerful Black Magic spell
- Ichika's adventure in Uta Kata starts when Manatsu appears in an old mirror and promptly exits it with a cool light show.
- Haunted Junction gives us the Mirror Girl or Kagamiko, a female ghost with the looks of a Moe girl who resides inside of a floating mirror. In the manga, she also has the power of showing the other characters what's reflected in other mirrors and also can use her mirror as a teleport device.
- The Lilith Mirror in Rosario + Vampire has the power to return any monster disguised as a human to its original form if they gaze into it, as well as liberating their suppressed primal instincts. Strangely, when Moka is affected, she does not revert to her usual form; instead, she splits in two, each of them representing a different form. The mirror has a mischievous pixie-like spirit residing in it which, upon being set free by Kyoko (Tsukune's cousin), goes off to wreak utter chaos around Youkai Academy, thus weakening the barrier which separates the youkai world from the human world.
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle has several uses of reflective surfaces for scrying or magical communication, but the most classical and recurring example is the giant mirror that the Big Bad uses like a Crystal Ball.
- The character, Mirror, in the series Sisters Grimm. Doesn't just show you what you want to see, but will take you there it is within his power, and is the guardian of a never ending warehouse of magical items and artifacts.
- In the Tokyopop-published Manga The Dreaming, the use of a Mirror in a Bloody Mary-style ends up with one girl walking out into the bush, and being found dead and the twin characters started to have different dreams, with one of course ended up being possessed by the Headmistress' dead twin, permanently. The more superstitious of the twins berated the other - reciting the common mirror superstitions listed above.
- One of the Clow Card in Cardcaptor Sakura is "The Mirror", but it's more of a Master of Disguise and shape shifter. In her human form, she's a white-haired girl in robes who holds a mirror in her hands.
- In Monster, the God of Peace has the reflection of a demon.
- Soul Eater:
- Shinigami's very large mirror acts as audio/video link to any of his staff or students provided they have a mirror (a pane of glass works, too). He can, however, use it to watch over people without such an aid (he's seen watching several missions from a vantage point where no mirror can be), though the mirror apparently cannot see everywhere (Asura and Noah have not been found via the mirror). Shinigami seems to use it for convenient transportation into the Death Room, but it's unclear where he's coming there from.
- There's also the Death Scythe Tezca Tlipocta, whose weapon form is a mirror that allows him to reflect people's souls.
- Harisugawa in Mirror World
- One youkai in Natsume Yuujin Chou was looking for a mirror that could heal her friend. It had broken into fragments and one of them was in Natsume's eye.
- Toyed with in Onegai! Samia-don (the anime version of the novel [Five Children and It). There's a whole magical world behind each mirror, but it cannot be accessed from the outside if not via magic; therefore, we only get to see it when a depressed Anne asks the Psammead to send her there. The episode ends in a borderline Tear Jerker as the last spot in the Mirror World is one that contains Anne's earliest memories, including those of her deceased mother... and when she's about to unlock them, Psammead's magic wears off since it's sundown.
- In Peter Pan no Bouken, Queen Sinistra has one. Wendy gets thrown inside of it, finds a world behind the crystal... and has to face the Face Heel Turned Princess Luna.
- More than one of these is featured in Hell Teacher Nube. In a variation, there are two who aren't inherently magical, but Kyoko and Miki perform a sort-of spell to follow an urban legend that says mirrors let you see the future...
- Mercuremon of Digimon Frontier has mirrors as shields that he can use to send enemy attacks back at them (or anywhere else.) The mirror seems to absorb rather than just bounce 'em off, and at one point, he sucks white projectiles into one mirror and spits identical-but-black projectiles out of the other.
- In the Byakko-related backstory in Fushigi Yuugi, it's mentioned that Suzuno "Byakko no Miko" Ohsugi brought a handmirror with her when she was spirited into the world of the book. It's a normal mirror at first, but it becomes magical after Suzuno has to go back to Japan and leaves it in the care of her Senshi and Star Crossed Lover Tatara, ultimately becoming one of the four Shinzaho.
- The mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a recurring character, and yes, "recurring character" is the right description; it appears to have human-level intelligence. It can show whoever asks it almost anything they ask for, but seems to prefer that the request be in the form "Mirror, mirror, [description of mirror]/[Question that rhymes with the first line]." We see it getting snippy with Jack at one point for not bothering to make his request rhyme (Jack tries to defend himself, saying it's free verse but the mirror doesn't buy it).
- More obliquely: Kay still has bits of the Snow Queen's Mirror stuck in his eyes even though he is freed of them in the story he comes from.
- Despair from The Sandman has a domain full of windows. Each represents a mirror in our world, and she can look through them to watch the suffering of humanity. Sometimes she'll catch the eye of a person looking in a mirror and he'll experience dread and heartache.
- Mirror Master doesn't so much have "magic" mirrors but he uses them for all sorts of different things up to and including a mirror gun that turns people into mirrors.
- In New Mutants, Magik's scrying glass was one of her most powerful tools and was even stronger than Cerebro. Its shattering made painfully clear that she had lost control of Limbo, and during Inferno, rebuilding it signified that she was back in charge just in time for her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Rather common in Western myths and legends, including:
- "Snow White" (later made into a Disney movie, where the Mirror - exact and unflattering - epitomized the all-consuming vanity of the queen).
- "Beauty and the Beast" (likewise, in which the mirror shows the user whatever he or she asks to see).
- "The Snow Queen" has a mirror created by a devil that shows only the ugly things in the world. It gets broken and two of the shards end up in a boy named Kai's eye and heart, turning him into a cold and unfeeling Empty Shell. From then on, it's up to his best friend Gerda to save him.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has one act as a gateway to a Mirror Universe, thanks to one of Dr. Brainstorm's inventions.
- In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, magic mirrors can be used as a medieval fantasy version of the Internet.
- In Seven Days In Sunny June, Sunset finds a second mirror that returns her to Equestria.
- In the film Double Double Toil And Trouble, Aunt Agatha casts a spell that traps her sister on the other side of a mirror.
- The Hugga Bunch Movie features a girl named Bridget Severson, who follows one of the Hugga Bunch characters through her closet mirror into HuggaLand, in search of a way to keep her grandmother young.
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus features a stage mirror as an entrance to the dream world.
- The titular mirror mask from MirrorMask, in part.
- The Mirrors of the eponymous 2008 film, being the (rather halfassed) prison for some sort of demonic force, tend to manifest reflections which can make People Puppets of their real-world counterparts, controlling, harming, or killing them, or sucking them into the mirror world.
- In Snow White A Taleof Terror of course. It's also implied that the mirror is either the experience of Claudia's psychotic break or a spirit.
- In Van Helsing, a giant mirror serves as a magical doorway to Castle Dracula.
- In the French supernatural thriller Vidocq the villain makes his immortality-granting Magic Mirror into a mask for convenience.
- The Artifact of Doom in Oculus. It's responsible for forty-five deaths at the beginning of the film.
- Desmond has a mirror that can answer any question (in rhyme) in Casper Meets Wendy.
- Snow White still has her magic mirror in Avengers Grimm. At the beginning of the film, she uses it to scry on her friends and enemies. We soon learn that it also acts as a portal to Earth.
- The many Real Life superstitions surrounding mirrors are, one might say, an extension of this trope. These include:
- Breaking a mirror results in seven years' bad luck (probably, from when glass was very expensive, because you have to then pay off the debt).
- This was actually based around the idea of a soul renewing itself every so often.
- A lot of mirror folklore stems from the idea of the reflection as a manifestation of the soul: covering mirrors in a dying person's room prevents the departing soul from being trapped, soulless creatures (such as vampires) don't cast reflections, etc.
- Using a mirror to summon some malevolent force:
- Breaking a mirror results in seven years' bad luck (probably, from when glass was very expensive, because you have to then pay off the debt).
- Divination using mirrors is called Catoptromancy. Some legends held that a catoptromancer could also use mirrors to reflect magic back on the practitioner.
- Mirrors can be used for scrying in both of Tamora Pierce's universes, but none of the main characters have a particular affinity for this means of divination.
- In Shaman of the Undead, every mirror is magical, as every mirror can be used to travel to alternative dimensions, including multiple hells, future and past. You can travel between the mirrors as well, but such ventures are unadvised, as members of various hells would love to eat, replace or keep humans.
- Harry Potter:
- The Mirror of Erised shows you Your Heart's Desire. This can border on Lotus-Eater Machine in some cases - Harry sees his deceased parents and extended family, and Dumbledore has to warn him not to spend all his nights staring at it.
- There are also linked mirrors that wizards can use as the equivalent of walky-talkies (or, you know, Skyping). Sirius and James used them at school, and Sirius gives one of the set to Harry when Snape starts teaching him Occlumency. Not wanting Sirius to get in trouble for his sake, Harry stuffs it away. This comes back to bite him when he does urgently need to contact Sirius and forgets the mirror.
- Even standard mirrors have a habit of talking back to their users (one tells Harry that attempting to straighten his hair is a losing battle).
- In The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen Donaldson all magic is based on mirrors and all mirrors are magical. Each mirror functions as a window to somewhere, in the same universe or not, and it is possible to transport things in and out of the mirror. Clever use of mirrors can achieve a wide variety of effects.
- In Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice enters another world magically through a mirror.
- Midway through Lirael, Lirael finds the Dark Mirror, a handheld portal into the past, used specially for Remembrancers. By walking into Death and reciting the incantation, the user can see into past events. The farther back one wants to look, the farther into Death she must walk.
- The Mirror of Llunet is the object of Taran's quest in Taran Wanderer, by Lloyd Alexander. Taran wishes to know of his parentage and so seeks this mirror (actually a flat, still, shallow pool) which will show the truth.
- There's a mirror in the afterlife in the Detective Inspector Chen series that tells the souls of the dead what they are likely to be in the next life when they reincarnate.
- The Big Bad in the novel Witches Abroad has a mirrors-facing-each-other setup which multiplies her images, also multiplying her power.
- The Omniscope used by the wizards in several books is described as looking like a mirror surrounded by junk. It's basically a flatscreen crystal ball. The Patrician initially thinks it's just a piece of glass, since it's set to "here" and "now" so he just sees what's on the other side of it. Harry Pot... er, Ponder Stibbons resets the direction, which causes him to think it's a mirror until Ponder suggests that he wave at it.
- And the Demon King in Eric has one that answers questions, although not very helpfully.
- Tom Holt's entertaining but nonsensical novel Snow White and the Seven Samurai subverts this (as he does practically everything else) by introducing the "Mirrors 3.1" operating system which Snow White's Evil Queen Nemesis uses to pretty much control the whole fairytale world. Sort of. Since it's a parody of a rather well-known OS, you can imagine it doesn't work quite as well as the box claims.
- Lord of the Rings:
- When the Fellowship visit Lórien, Galadriel has a mirror that shows what's going on in the Shire right at that moment, as well as glimpses to the history of the Ring. The Mirror itself is incidentally just water in a silver bowl. It's implied that all the power comes from Galadriel herself, or her ring.
- The light of the star Eärendil is also caught in the water of the spring, which Galadriel also uses to fill the crystal vial she later gives to Frodo, so presumably it has mystical properties, as well.
- Parodied in book three of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Calling On Dragons, where magic mirrors are used as magical telephones. (You call someone by reciting the couplet "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I would like to make a call".) A sign of the quality of the mirror is how polite it is to you; one mirror has quite the personality.
- In Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, Conan the Barbarian is shown to Xaltotun with a magic mirror.
- In the Kull story "The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune" — the mirror of Tuzun Thune.
- Clark Ashton Smith's Averoigne stories.
- "The Enchantress of Sylaire". The title character has a mirror that reflects reality as it really is, ignoring all illusions and enchantments.
- "The Colossus of Ylourgne". The magician Gaspard du Nord has a mirror that allows him to see distant scenes and places.
- Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms:
- Many of the godmothers have magic mirrors to help them.
- In The Sleeping Beauty Fairy Godmother Lily falls in love with hers.
- There are several forms of Magic Mirrors in Septimus Heap, mostly of the portal type. Several of them become critical to the plot in Physik.
- The Dresden Files:
- Harry makes a point of not having a mirror in his home, as there are apparently a bunch of nasty things out there which can attack through them. For some reason he keeps the rear view mirror in his car, though. And McAnally's Pub has 13 mirrors, with no complaints. Maybe there's some other reason he doesn't own one?
- Harry himself uses a mirror as a key part of a spell in Blood Rites.
- In the Goosebumps spin-off Horrorland, mirrors are banned because they are portals to Panic Park.
- In Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series, in the first book - The Serpent's Shadow - the villainess has a magic mirror called a dark mirror (understandable, since this is an adaptation of the Snow White tale). Said mirror is horror of the And I Must Scream variety - she uses it to imprison the ghost of a man she sacrifices and tortures him constantly to insanity then slavish devotion so he can be useful to her. And she planned to do this to the heroine...
- The Otherworld Series has Whispering Mirrors, which are used for secure two-way communications between members of the Otherworld Intelligence Agency.
- In Stephanie Burgis's A Most Improper Magick, her mother's mirror. Kat finds it is a Clingy MacGuffin and she can use it as a portal.
- In Michael Ende's The Night of Wishes, Beelzebub Preposteror was warned by a magic mirror about the cat seeking shelter actually being a spy.
- In the Saga of the Trillium universe there exists at least one "Magic Mirror" (In reality an ancient surveillance system built into a bunker under the ice.) The thing is running on the last shreds of reserve power and rambles on about low power levels and failing backup power cells. As a result the sorcerer using it has begun praising "Almighty Bahkup" every time he uses it.
- The temirs in Tough Magic are mirrors that function as videophones.
- In The Princess Series, Snow White possesses one that was created by her mother to enhance her magic. In the final volume, she discovers that its magic comes from a demon that is trapped within it.
- In Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Strange discovers how to travel magically between mirrors.
- The 10th Kingdom has lots of these. Besides the main set of mirrors that the Evil Queen has ("mirrors to travel, mirrors to spy, mirrors to remember, mirrors to forget, mirrors to rule the world!"), people can use them like videophones. The Huntsman even has a small pocket mirror that acts as a video cellphone! At one point, the heroes are shown to a mirror which answers questions, and finds that it's so old that not only is it half-deaf, but it won't understand a question unless it's spoken in rhyme.
- The Twilight Zone:
- The episode "The Mirror" features a mirror that supposedly shows a reflection of a man's assassins. A Central American dictator leaves it to the man who overthrew him, who becomes paranoid when he sees visions of his companions trying to do him in. Ultimately, he ends up killing himself.
- "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room" and "The Last Night Of A Jockey" feature the main characters' talking to their alter-egos through a mirror.
- Rod Serling's Night Gallery, episode "The Painted Mirror".
- Gideon of Charmed has a magic mirror that connects his world to a Mirror Universe.
- Several times on The X-Files:
- In "Syzygy" monster-of-the-week teen girls used a mirror to summon up Bloody Mary as described in the folklore section.
- "Elegy" had one of the messages written on the mirror in blood.
- Every crime scene in "Chimera" involved a broken mirror or shiny surface so that the MOTW could not actually see her true self when she was murdering.
- Stargate SG-1 has a Quantum Mirror connecting an unlimited number of parallel universes.
- Once Upon a Time gives both classic magic mirrors a twist:
- The Evil Queen from Snow White has, of course, got a magic mirror in which she's trapped the Genie of the Lamp.
- In Season 4, part of this mirror is used by the Snow Queen to create a mirror which lets her cast the Spell of Shattered Sight, a Hate Plague based on her broken mirror in the original story.
Myths And Religion
- Found in Japanese mythology, with Amaterasu's Yata no Kagami, supposedly part of the Japanese Imperial regalia. Quite possibly the Ur-Example, unless we can find an older one.
- Subverted in Mirror of Matsuyama. A dying mother who lived in the mountains of Matsuyama gave her little daughter a mirror and told her it's a magical one that would let her see her mom's ghost when she was out of this world. It was just a normal mirror, though, with no powers; the mother had said so to give the child some emotional support for when she died. It kinda worked, as the very sheltered girl believed for several years that the image in said mirror was her mom's ghost, not her own reflection (sorta an echo of what her mom did when she got the mirror as a gift from her husband, too), but her father and stepmother were very confused as she didn't tell them anything and they mistakenly believed that either she was conceited and enamored with her own looks, or was a witch who wanted to use the mirror for evil spells.
- In the Voodoo religion, mirrors are seen as powerful religious objects that makes it possible to see into the spirit world and for the spirits to see into ours.
- SCP Foundation, Characters/SCPFoundation.
- SCP-412 ("Mutagenic Mirror"). Anyone who looks into this mirror suffers progressive body changes. If they live long enough a cavity forms in their chest and a small humanoid creature appears in the cavity.
- SCP-739 ("A Mirrored Booth"). When someone is inside the booth, the mirrors' reflections of the person act independently of what the person is doing. Each time the booth's door is opened and closed the reflection move closer to the person. It's hinted that if the reflections reach the person they will replace them and escape into the world.
- SCP-919 ("Needy Mirror"). After someone has been in front of SCP-919 for 15 seconds their image will come alive and beg them not to leave the area in front of SCP-919. If the person does leave, their image in SCP-919 will scream and disintegrate.
- SCP-944 ("Mirror Maze"). A number of mirrors in the Fun House section of SCP-944 have strange effects on people who pass through them, such as being teleported to another mirror 700 miles away, being squashed down to a height of 3 foot 4 inches, and being trapped inside the mirror.
- SCP-987 ("Gruesome Gallery"). SCP-987 (A-M) are a set of 13 mirrors whose reflections each depict a series of events involving the death of a different person.
- Dungeons & Dragons has had a lot of magic mirrors through the years. Here are a few of them:
- Mirror of Opposition: when a creature looks into it, a duplicate creature appears and attacks the original. In one version, the duplicate's personality is the opposite of the original.
- Barlithian's Mystical Mirror: (1) when something is in front of it, the reflection shows the thing's true nature. (2) It can be used as a Crystal Ball. (3) It can repair any damage to itself.
- Mirror of Curing: can heal damage.
- Flaming Mirror of Tenh: allows travel to the Elemental Plane of Fire.
- Mirror of Life Trapping: any creature looking at its reflection is trapped inside it.
- Malto's Mirror of Retention: records (and can play back) events that occur in front of it.
- Not-So-Funny Funhouse Mirror: as a Mirror of Opposition, but the duplicate has a distorted body.
- Mirror of Recall: gives the user retroactive photographic and phonographic memory.
- Mirror of Reversal: allows passage to a bizarre dimension where everything is reversed.
- Skarda's Mirror: actually a portal to a mirror-walled pocket demiplane, described in its own adventure module.
- Mirror of Mind Switch: Swaps the mind of whoever looks into it with the person holding it. Actually a hand-mirror.
- Classic one is, of course, scrying mirror, which is also the second function of the Mirror of Mental Prowess.
- There was even a Shout-Out — "Isolde's Answer" spell that allowed to see a scene in 5+ mile radius as an answer to one question using any scrying device. And yes, asking a mirror "Who's The Fairest of Them All?" (— them all in 1 mile per level, anyway —) was one of examples. The other two were far more useful "Where I put that book?" and "Where are the fish biting today?"
- Fetches from Changeling: The Lost, as part of their very nature, have powers over mirrors and associated elements. They can produce a shard of glass that serves as a knife from any mirror, or force a changeling to perceive everyone as wearing their own face, or trap a changeling in a mirror world, or touch a mirror and produce a clone.
- Another New World of Darkness book, Proverbial Monsters, features a creature called a Miraree that gains access to this world when a mirror is broken, and can manifest through other nearby mirrors to drain people of their Life Energy.
- In the Old World of Darkness, Werewolves generally needed a reflective, mirror-like surface to look at in order to cross between the physical world and the spiritual plane of Umbra.
- Man, Myth & Magic module Death to Setenta. Inside the Maze of Death the PCs can find a hsll filled with mirrors. Once they start to move through it, ugly distorted reflections of themselves will emerge from the mirrors and attack them.
- Featured multiple times in King's Quest.
- In King's Quest I, Merlin's Mirror, one of the treasures of Daventry, was a magical mirror, one of the three treasures Graham sought to collect.
- In King's Quest II, the mirror shows the imprisoned Valanice to king Graham.
- In King's Quest III, the mirror finally clears up after a long period of darkness has passed.
- In King's Quest IV, the fairy Genesta first contacted Rosella through it, launching the events of the game.
- In King's Quest VI, this mirror revealed to Alexander the peril of Cassima in the intro, again launching the events of the game; and yet another magic mirror is given to Alexander by the Beast from "Beauty and the Beast", and later used to win a duel with Death by making him cry. The mirror has a second use in the bare-bones ending, where it reveals the princess to be a fake at the royal wedding.
- In King's Quest: Mask of Eternity, the mirror shows King Graham what transpires in the Realm of the Sun and later allows Connor his first glimpse of his enemy Lucreto.
- In the Extended Universe novel King's Quest: The Floating Castle, the mirror is clouded by the arrival of an Evil Sorcerer, and the sorcerer's castle also has a set of mirrors which can be used to view between or even travel between each other.
- Aside from the Mirror Shield which may or may not count, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past had a Magic Mirror which functioned as a Warp Zone between the Dark World and the Light World.
- Ōkami uses magic mirrors both as Save Points and teleportation nodes.
- As well as blunt instruments used to violently beat demons to death.
- The classical image of monsters and evil twins breaking out from inside a mirror is quite well-known. Case in point: Castlevania has a variety of animated skeletons and demons that emerge from mirrors.
- In The King of Fighters, Chizuru Kagura is the holder of the Mirror of Yata, which grants her Master of Illusion and Barrier Maiden powers. The Mirror is stolen by Ash Crimson later, and it's returned to her when Ash gets himself Ret Goned.
- She can give it the normal use if it's needed, though. In KOF: KYO she's seen watching over Iori and Kyo's Battle in the Rain through the Yata Mirror without needing to be there,
- In Quest for Glory I there is a magic mirror that can be used to reflect spells back upon the caster. It's of course an important object in beating the game.
- One house on the Glider PRO CD, "In The Mirror", is themed around these—some helpful, some harmful, others just cool-looking. Mirrors were also a common form of teleportation, going as far back as Glider 4.0's "The House."
- In Ultima IX the destruction of Skara Brae could be seen by activating a red, smoky mirror in Lord British's chambers, after which the mirror shattered.
- The mirror from Snow White appears in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. For gameplay reasons, it is given the previously unseen ability to suck people into a pocket dimension within itself where the mirror's spirit can physically harm the protagonists.
- The opening scene from the 1936 Mickey Mouse short "Thru the Mirror", in which Mickey has fallen asleep reading Through the Looking-Glass and his dream self decides to go check out the mirror above his fireplace mantle, is used in the intro of Epic Mickey as an explanation for how Mickey ended up in Yen Sid's tower and accidentally created the Shadow Blot and caused the Thinner Disaster. The short itself is also featured as a 2D "travel zone" level in-game.
- In the Dragon Age franchise, these are called Eluvians - relics of elven culture before The Empire enslaved them. Their powers include seeing over great distances and acting as a portal between the physical world and the Fade - or somewhere beyond even that. An Eluvian cursed by the Darkspawn Taint features in the Dalish origin story, and the Grey Warden Duncan shatters it to keep it from claiming more victims. In the Witch Hunt DLC, Morrigan activates one and uses it to disappear on a mysterious mission. In Dragon Age II, Merrill's goal is to fix the one from the Dalish origin even if it means using Blood Magic. Circumstances ensure we never learn if it could have worked.
- Although chances are she merely needed to find/create a Key for it, as if her goals were supported and she was on the Friendship path, her Eluvian has a counterpart seen in the Crossroads during Inquisition, when Morrigan brings the Inquisitor there. As a result, she was vindicated.
- Mirrors are used as portals to the Dark World in Dark Seed.
- In Emerald City Confidential, Queen Ozma has an all-seeing mirror in the throne room. The protagonist tries to use it to find her missing brother, but it oddly shows her nothing.
- Solomon's Key had evil mirrors as Mook Makers.
- The Sims 3 introduces this in the Supernatural expansion. Other than tell sims they're beautiful, it also can make them over or just chat with them. Also, like the other mirrors in the game, it can teach your sim the "charisma" skill.
- Mirrors in Illusions act as dimensional portals. On the other side, the game's Status Line has mirrored text.
- In the first Prince of Persia game, one of the levels contains a mirror that can't be broken with a sword and blocks one of the paths that the Prince must go through. The correct solution is to have the Prince take some steps behind, then run back towards the mirror and ultimately leap into it. Bad thing, doing so will release the Prince's Evil Twin of sorts, whom he must fight later.
- In the Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden game, Kagami no Miko, one of these is in the home of a girl from modern Japan named Mariko Kobayashi (her archeologist dad found it in one of his research trips), and it swallows both Mariko and her best friend Takumi Mochizuki with its magic. It sends the two into the country of Hokkan, located within the Universe of the Four Gods, and in the path of the Genbu Kaiden heroine Takiko "Genbu no Miko" Okuda and her Genbu Senshi...
- Audience! Because of a being named Toshie who was sealed away using oneall mirrors in the world are magic mirrors. He can even control your reflection, tricking or manipulating people through power of suggestion. This also happens to be the only way he can communicate with the outside world.
- Mind My Gap has that "Damned 'Ol Mirror of Perspective" which Virgil uses as one of his primary tools of manipulation and observation.
- In Whither, you need a nameless child to make a hub of sorts - then every reflective surface is your magic mirror.
- The magic mirror in Shrek shows Lord Farquaad prospective princesses to marry, in the style of a 70s dating game show. In the first sequel, it's used as a television set. Its appearance is the same as in Disney's Snow White, or a parody thereof.
- Xiaolin Showdown has the Reversing Mirror, which had the power to reverse the powers of any Shen Gong Wu it was used against. This was a rather loose definition, as its real powers could range from reversing effects (like heavy armor becoming light as a feather) to reversing the direction of offensive attacks (like a projectile or strike being turned the way it came) to whatever the plot required (rather than some magic glasses that showed the future showing the past, it showed a bizarro "opposite" future where the hero was evil).
- Gargoyles had Titania's mirror in an episode named, interestingly, The Mirror. Unclear exactly what it did, it mostly seemed to be a focus for Puck's power. It was also used for by Demona to summon and capture Puck, and it exhibited teleportation capabilities.
- In Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the Beast gives Belle a magic mirror that will show her anything she wishes.
- ReBoot's Hexadecimal had a mirror that was powered by her own viral energy. She used it for communication, spying on the Supercomputer, and when broken it released a web creature into Mainframe.
- Sofia the First: The Royal Castle has one that grants wishes.
- In a Rocky and Bullwinkle "Fractured Fairy Tales" spot, there is a guy who is so determined to be in a fairy tale that at one point buys a dozen mirrors and is frustrated when none of them answers him when he talks to him.
- In The Snow Queen (2012), Gerda and Kai's father made mirrors like this, and Gerda herself carries one. This is why the Snow Queen is afraid of mirrors; she can't bear to know what she has become.
- In Equestria Girls, a mirror in the Crystal Palace leads Twilight Sparkle and Spike - and Sunset Shimmer before either of them - to the world of humans.
- A magic mirror in Steven Universe, similar to the one in Beauty and the Beast, has the power to show any instance of Gem culture (Gems are aliens, some of which have settled on Earth). That is, until it's seemingly broken. Then it has the power to show anything that the main character, Steven, records. That is, until it breaks completely. Then it turns back into a Gem.
- In The Smurfs episodes "The Smurfette" and "Smurfette Unmade", Smurfette had a magic mirror compact that allowed her to communicate with Gargamel whenever she was in her "un-Smurf" mode, making it resemble a flip-top cell phone years before such a thing came to the market.
- In "Smurfy Acres", Gargamel crafted two magic mirrors where one acted as a visual transmitter and the other a receiver, much like a television camera and screen.
- In "Vanity Fare", Gargamel crafted a magic mirror that trapped whoever looked into it into an alternate dimension where he and Azrael would be waiting for their preferred victims, the Smurfs.
- A real-world equivalent is a modern-day cell phone or Apple's Siri.
- A fun-house mirror isn't magic per say, but it may be viewed as such to people who are unfamiliar with its mechanics.