Your Mime Makes It Real

Primarily a Comedy Trope, Your Mime Makes It Real is when a character mimes an action and this mime causes a real world effect to occur. For example, miming aiming a gun at someone and pulling the trigger causes an object to go flying out of their hands. Or miming peeling a banana and dropping the Banana Peel on the ground will cause someone to slip over.

A standard method for dealing with this is to mime a situation the attacking mime must deal with, such as miming locking a door or sealing them in a glass box.

A standard tactic of the Enemy Mime. And a variant on (as well as a terrible pun on) Your Mind Makes It Real.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • One Deadpool short had him fighting a bunch of mimes in full mime costume who had just stolen a device that allowed their mimed weapons to actually work.
  • The Mime from Mister Blank was a street performer who developed powers styled after her mime persona. These included the creation of invisible fields or "boxes", and the creation of powerful winds.

  • The Elements Of Friendship: When Twilight approaches, Pinkamena mimes being trapped in a box. No matter how she tries, Twilight can't push past the invisible box.

Film - Animated
  • In A Goofy Movie, Max and Goofy see a mime pretending to pull something up. Goofy plays along and mimes cutting the rope, which causes a real piano to crush the mime.

Film - Live Action
  • In Bruce Almighty, Bruce mimes throwing a lasso at the moon and then pulling it, and the moon does come closer, before he mimes tying the rope onto his balcony. He also blows gently, causing a gust of wind to lift a girl's skirt up, and he mouths gibberish, forcing Evan to say it. Justified, he's almighty.
  • Subverted In Crank, during the final confrontation. Chevy "fires" a Finger Gun to one of his enemies lackeys, only for the guy to get a Boom, Headshot. Turns out The Cavalry has arrived (one of them shot the guy) and are helping him because of an Enemy Mine situation.

  • Felicia Sorceress of Katara':. In The Cult of the Rubber Nose'', Felicia runs into a group of mime assassins who not only use invisible walls to try and stop escapes, but mime things like invisible bows and arrows. She captures one by turning his powers on him and miming a small box around him, then gets him to talk with sodium pentathol.
  • The Meaning of Liff defines "Scosthrop" as the act of miming using a pair of scissors while searching for them, in the hope that it will favourably influence your chance of actually finding them.

Live-Action TV
  • The Goodies: This is the primary weapon of the mimes in "Daylight Robbery on the Orient Express". Mimed guns allow them to shoot musical instruments out of the Goodies hand, miming carrying a sheet of glass across a road causes nasty accident, a mimed tack on the road causes a blow-out on a wheelchair, etc.
  • The Slammer: In one episode, an escaped mime uses this to wreak havoc in the prison.
  • In Scrubs, JD tries to get rid of Todd by doing the old "invisible tennis ball throw" that anyone with a dog will be familiar with. Todd falls for it, but somehow returns with a real tennis ball.
  • Wayne and Shuster have this for their "Comedy Olympics" special. The case in point is the gold medalist for pantomime. Here, we see a Marcel Marceau type mime doing his "Walking on Stairs" act and physically ascends about 10 feet off the stage without any physical steps in place.

Tabletop Games
  • Champions: An illustration in the UNTIL Superpowers Database sourcebook showed a supervillain with a mime motif doing the 'glass box' bit to set up a force wall between himself and two superheroes.

Video Games
  • In Space Station 13, a mime player can do the invisible wall routine to create an actual invisible wall that blocks other characters. And then the mime is torn apart by security players.
  • The Mime class in Final Fantasy has this as its power. Apparently, they mime any action last performed by an ally or enemy, and it becomes a real repeating of this action.
  • Team Fortress 2: Heavy's taunt for his fists has him miming a Finger Gun that, if an enemy is in the finger's line, he'll die instantly.
  • In the beginning of the third Legend Of Kyrandia game, you can encounter a mime. Being the jerk that you are, you have an option to mock him. If you overdo it, he mimes shooting you with a bow... and you die.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • SCP Foundation: The humorous article SCP-5040-J about two mime gangs who fight each other with their telekinetic abilities (though sometimes they end up trapping themselves in invisible boxes.)
  • Whateley Universe: Marcel, Robur's right-hand man is an Enemy Mime who kidnaps Envy and Daphne. He silences Envy to prevent her from using magic, and traps Daphne with an invisible box.

Western Animation
  • Grojband: Used by the mimes Grojband get in a fight with in "Myme Disease".
  • On Dexter's Laboratory, Dee Dee stops Dexter, who has turned into a clown, by taking mime classes and using what she learned to "trap" Clown Dexter in an invisible box.
  • Le Mime from Xiaolin Showdown and Chronicles is capable of making invisible objects by simply miming them into existence. In Showdown, it's shown though that these objects can actually be changed ever so slightly by others if they mime new characteristics on said objects. Such a case happened when Raimundo mimed that the perfectly solid box he and his fellow monks were in had bars.
  • In the Animaniacs recurring segment "Mime Time" a mime mimes something which then comes true. For example he'll mime pulling a rope and it turns out he's pulling a tiger towards him.
  • ˇMucha Lucha! has a minor character named French Twist who is a wrestler who happens to be a mime, and has the power to turn the imaginary objects he acts out into real invisible objects.
  • The Family Guy episode "Foreign Affairs" uses this in a gag regarding "mime on mime" violence in Paris; One mime holds up another, his finger pointing like a gun. After taking his victim's wallet, he "shoots", causing a wound to appear in his chest. After the victim drops, the crooked mime "shoots" him in the head twice, blowing it to bits.
  • Came up on an episode of Totally Spies! that featured Jazz Hands, a mime who turned evil after people mocked him for being a bad accordion player. He's fond of mime-themed Death Traps, like the time he tied up Clover and Alex in an "invisible mime rope" and started to slowly lower them into a vat of flesh-eating mime makeup. Alex tries cutting the invisible rope with a miniature buzz saw, but the saw gets deflected and ends up shearing off some of Alex's hair instead. Just when everything seems hopeless, the girls' assistant, Jerry, shows up in Jazz Hands's hideout and finally manages to untie the pretending to untie the rope. ("What better way to untie a mime rope than with mime?")
  • From Miraculous Ladybug, there is the mime villain who is capable of a number of tricks via miming. The shadows he casts show the objects he is supposedly holding and their very real effects.