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->''"Mirror on the wall, here we are again.\\
Through my rise and fall, you've been my only friend.\\
You told me that they can, understand the man I am! \\
So why are we, here, talking to each other again?"''
-->-- '''Music/BrunoMars''', ''Mirror''

A character talks to their reflection in the mirror. Usually, it's a male character giving himself a pep talk.

If the reflection talks back, it's a case of TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack. If they're practicing a speech to someone else, it can be a TrickDialogue -- and may feature UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking. If it's delivered to some other object--a pet, a tombstone, a skull--it's a SurrogateSoliloquy. If the character winds up shattering the mirror in a fit of anger or sorrow, it's RageAgainstTheReflection. If they say something along the lines of "YouTalkinToMe", it's a reference to the famous scene from ''Film/TaxiDriver''.

A variation of this trope does not involve the character speaking. This version of the trope shows a stressed character washing their face at a wash basin, then staring at themselves in the mirror.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Claire Stanfield in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has one while finishing off his MadnessMakeover:
-->"[[spoiler:[[{{Cult}} Lemures]]...[[TheMafia The Russo family]]...Don't make me laugh. ''I'll'' be your monster. The one that will devour you all. From now on, just for you, ''I'' will be your [[TheReveal Rail Tracer]]!]]"
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon [=SuperS=]'' Sailor Jupiter's mind is increasingly befuddled in Nehelenia's lair and she finds herself [[http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=g-7_dsPwrS4&feature=related having a conversation]] with her reflection. Her "reflection" convinces her to give up, since it controlled by the BigBad. Next goes on to Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, but only Moon is unconvinced for once.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime, Light does this while contemplating the likelihood that he'll have to [[spoiler:kill his little sister]]. Misa listens outside.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villain Mirror Master has an inner monologue in front of a bathroom mirror, where, for the first time, his history is divulged. He gets over his depression by doing some cocaine of a hand mirror, thinking "I'm still in Wonderland."
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Herr Starr psyched himself up before a fight by repeating the words "Doom cock" in front of a mirror. It would be an {{understatement}} to claim that his TraumaCongaLine has led to a bit of SanitySlippage.

* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/83353/chapters/112639 Silent Trio 4: Harry and the Return of Sirius Black]]'' Dumbledore orders Harry to apologize to the Muggle Studies professor for insulting her competence and walking out of class. He uses a mirror to practice, coming up with one BackhandedApology after another.
-->'''Harry:''' I apologise for knowing more about your subject than you do.\\
I am sorry I made it obvious in class that you have no idea about the Muggle world.\\
I am sorry for disrupting class by telling the truth.\\
[Harry shrugs.]\\
It's the thought that counts.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': It's her IWantSong.
* ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'' has Pocahontas singing to her reflection in the ice as well as imagined reflections of people from her past. Later, when she runs away from the royal ball, she sees her reflection in a pool and starts splashing water on her face to wash off her make-up. She imagines she sees herself in her tribal dress with her hair loose rather than the ballgown and elaborate hair-do she really does have.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Meet WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', after the Jetsons are accidentally left behind in Bedrock while the Flintstones went to the future, George practices telling his family to make the most of their circumstances to his refection.
-->'''George:''' Well, that oughta do it, George ol' boy. I just wish I'd already done it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The latest ''{{Transformers}}'' movie with Sam.
* The much-parodied "[[YouTalkinToMe You talkin' to me?]]" scene from ''Film/TaxiDriver''.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/SlidingDoors'', after Gerry almost had his "secret romance" revealed to his live-in girlfriend:
-->'''Gerry''' [looking in the mirror]: You have two head problems. One, that was close, very close. Put in layman's terms, she nearly caught you. Two, and this is far more worrying than the first one, you're talking to yourself in the mirror again. Really bad sign.
** Later brought up again by his friend:
--->'''Russell''': You've been talking to yourself in the mirror again, haven't you?
* Willem Defoe did a ''really'' good one in the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie. He was [[TalkingToThemself talking to his Goblin side]].
* Ash Williams in ''Film/EvilDead2'' tries to use a mirror to reassure himself that everything's going to be fine. Since evil spirits are running loose, however, his mirror image immediately comes to life, mocks him and tries to strangle him. After a moment, he realizes that he's strangling himself, making it ambiguous as to whether the ghosts are messing with him or he's just going insane.
* The intro to Montgomery Brogan's rant in Creator/SpikeLee's ''Film/TwentyFifthHour''.
* The opening of ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' has one of these. It's a little more complicated than that, though. Since he's doing dialogue for two ''other'' characters watching from behind the mirror... Much of a later scene of him doing the same thing and drawing on the mirror was apparently improvised by Creator/JimCarrey.
* Tristan in ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', after he lost his job:
-->'''Tristan:''' (to mirror, rehearsing to tell his father, Dunstan) Father, I lost my job. Father, I...I lost my job, I'm sorry. Father...\\
'''Dunstan:''' ([[RightBehindMe behind him]]) You lost your job.
* In Disney's ''Film/MaryPoppins'' the title character sings with her own reflection.
* In Kenneth Branagh's version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', Hamlet does the "To be or not to be" speech into a mirror. However, the mirror was actually a one-way mirror, so Claudius and Polonius hear everything. Later, Hamlet realizes that he is being spied upon, and ends up delivering a rant/ultimatum to the hidden Claudius while still ostensibly in monologue mode.
* In ''Film/PulpFiction'', Vincent Vega gives himself a pep talk in order to avoid sleeping with Mia Wallace.
* In ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' a [[StartOfDarkness young rockstar's suicide attempt]] is interrupted by the devil speaking to him through his reflection in the bathroom mirror. A DealWithTheDevil follows, and [[spoiler: the villain Swan is created.]]
* Don Logan does the nutter variety of this in ''Film/SexyBeast'', eventually talking himself into attacking Gal in his bed.
* In ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', Mr. Orange's pep talk before going undercover for the first time, as well as [[ThePowerOfActing preparing his "criminal" anecdote]].
-->"They don't know. They don't know shit. You're not going to get hurt... They believe every word because you're '''super cool'''."
* ''Film/MichaelClayton'' cuts back and forth between Creator/TildaSwinton character laboriously practicing her comments as a mirror monologue and the "final version" she delivers. This shows that her air of self-confidence is an agonizingly crafted facade hiding stark terror just below the surface.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gollum/Smeagol's argument with his reflection in the water before he and the Hobbits get to Cirith Ungol.
* The Creator/LaurelAndHardy short ''Helpmates'' combines this with FourthWallPsych: The film opens with Ollie seemingly addressing the audience and scolding them for throwing a wild party the night before. Camera pulls back and we see that he's actually talking to himself in the mirror.
* Done straight in ''Film/JoeDirt'' to show how naive the title character is.
* Launcelot Gobbo in the 2004 movie of ''Film/TheMerchantOfVenice''. Interestingly, he gets an entire monologue in the original stage play, but the movie cut the monologue and left him with one (slightly altered) line from its opening to say into the mirror--"Certainly my conscience will ''not'' serve me to run from this Jew my master."
* Kevin in ''Film/HomeAlone'' does this while washing up in the bathroom.
* Comically used in the UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} movie ''Bollywood/AmarAkbarAnthony''. Anthony gets drunk and beat up. In the next scene, he berates himself in the mirror using the third person. Then he proceeds to apply first-aid to his mirror self, which results in a patch of band-aid sticking to the mirror.
* In ''Film/IMissYouIMissYou'', Tina frequently carries out conversations with her reflection, imagining that she's really talking to Cilla, her late twin sister.

* Literature/{{Redwall}}'s narcissistic Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes does one of these near the end of ''Pearls of Lutra''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross is hiding under the bed when his girlfriend's father (Creator/BruceWillis) gives himself a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1aZ2E8sdKA pep talk]] in front of a mirror.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' featured an eerie inversion of this trope as an episode [[TheTeaser teaser]]. Lorne, due to [[spoiler: having his need for sleep allegedly removed, and then staying awake for several weeks on end]], is slowly losing his mind, and his control over his powers. After he retreats to a dressing room to take a breather, his reflection starts giving him the cheerful pep talk he's too exhausted to give himself. The real Lorne suddenly flies into a rage and tells himself to shut up, [[RageAgainstTheReflection shattering the mirror]] and snapping himself back to reality.
* In the ''Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'' episode "If The Shoe Fits...", Aphrodite's reflection convinces Aphrodite to get the little girl back as her apprentice/whatever.
* Liz Lemon did this in ''Series/ThirtyRock''.
* Variation in "Swan Song," ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'s'' Season 5 finale: Sam talks to himself in a mirror; however, [[spoiler: Lucifer is in Sam's body, while Sam is communicating through the reflection]].
* This variation was used for a similar purpose in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Coyote Piper."
* And in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' with Niki and Jessica.
* An episode of ''TheTwilightZone'' had a cowardly criminal talking to a more confident version of himself in the mirror. By the end of the episode, they had switched places.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', during the MusicalEpisode, Dawn looks at herself in a mirror and starts to sing a sad song... only to be interrupted and kidnapped after singing the first line.
* In the final season of ''Series/HannahMontana'', Miley is confronted by her own guilty conscience, represented by herself as Hannah in the mirror. After years of [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Miley]] [[LittleMissSnarker being generally obnoxious to other people]], it's incredibly amusing to watch her try to out-sass herself.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': Carrie thinks her boyfriend is about to propose to her in a restaurant; panicked, she excuses herself to use the bathroom. Cut to her, staring at herself in the mirror, and she asks herself aloud "What are you doing?", to which a woman using one of the stalls responds "Are you talking to me?"
* "Fall of Night", the ''Series/BabylonFive'' season 2 finale, had Sheridan practicing his official apology for destroying a Centauri battlecruiser after it had opened fire on the station.[[note]]Which it had done in response to the station providing safe harbor for one of the last remaining Narn starcruisers, the Narn having recently been defeated by the Centauri in a war.[[/note]] As it happens, his practiced [[BackhandedApology "apology"]] was a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, aimed at the Centauri and Human officials who were insisting that he apologize for acting in the station's defense.
* In ''Series/NewGirl'', Schmidt apparently does this so often that his roommates no longer think it's weird to walk in on it.
* Simon does this in ''[[Series/GrandmasHouse Grandma's House]]'' before talking to his crush.
-->'''Simon:''' Okay. You can do this. You're a person who can exist in real life. [''acting cool and restrained''] 'Hey. How are you? How funny to see you here. You okay? Hi.'[[note]]The greeting he ends up using is the considerably less smooth 'BEN THEODORE?!'[[/note]]

* Lu Xiao from ''Manhua/InfinityGame'' did this in a flashback in hopes she'd gain enough courage to talk to Long Wei.

* "Mirror, Mirror" by the CountryMusic band Diamond Rio:
-->Mirror, mirror, on my wall\\
Tell me, who is the loneliest fool of all?\\
Oh, wait a minute, I believe I see\\
The answer staring back at me

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Showed up in cartoon strip ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', with the mirror talking back.
** The same gag was subconsciously stolen by Berkeley Breathed for ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' (Milo talking to the mirror).

* The song "I Believe In You" is sung twice in ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'': once by Rosemary to Finch, and once by Finch to his reflection in the executive washroom mirror.
* In the show ''A Lie of the Mind'', Jake talks to himself in the mirror.
* In ''The Ladies of the Corridor'' by Creator/DorothyParker and Arnaud d'Usseau, Mildred Tynan spends the better part of one second-act scene in her room commiserating drunkenly with her own reflection. Here's an excerpt from near the beginning:
-->"I wish we looked prettier, but we don't. All right, we were pretty once. What does it matter? It matters a lot, I guess. It matters you get old. I didn't mean to get old this way. I never had to look at you except to be told how pretty I was. And now here I am. I'm a mess, mess, mess, mess, mess, mess. Ya-ah! All right, so we don't look so good, but we're better off than we were when I'd look at you and see his face over my shoulder."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Franchise/TheSims'' games, your characters can work on building charisma by talking to themselves in the mirror.
* ''VideoGame/Prey2006'' starts with the player character disparaging himself for being unable to confess his love to the LoveInterest. [[spoiler:[[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove He finally does it after he is forced to kill her.]]]]

* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-11-12 Fuschia stands before a mirror practicing things she can say to Crimney]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2006-04-26 Percy, similarly, for things to say to Sophia.]]

* Bloo, from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', has a conversation with his reflection while he is sick and delusional. It quickly grows as surreal as you'd expect from a fevered hallucination, culminating in his reflection sprouting a trumpet from his face and playing a jazz tune before Bloo suddenly snaps back into lucidity and finds himself standing alone in front of an ordinary mirror again.
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'' gives us one without words. When fighting with his best friend, Kick briefly looks down into a puddle to see his reflection nudge him into an apology and make up.
* In the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'', [[JerkJock JFK's]] reflection ends up daring him to give Gandhi an UnnecessaryMakeover.
* Willie Wombat gives himself one when he is psyching himself up to go in the boss's office and request his own series in the ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' episode "Willie Wombat's Last Stand".
* Used quite a bit in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''; Bugs in "Members Only" and "Double Date", Porky in "Beauty School" (pretending to have a conversation with himself), and Daffy in "To Bowl or Not to Bowl" (in a dark window instead of a mirror).
* BMO from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is seen pretending to hold conversations with his reflection in both "Five Short Graybles" and "Another Five Short Graybles", pretending to be a real boy while his reflection is another robot named Football.