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Mirrors are traditionally seen as symbols of [[SevenDeadlySins Vanity]], since the beautiful and narcissistic (or just [[MilesGloriosus plain]] {{narcissist}}ic) constantly stare at their reflection and adjust their hair, clothes and makeup. A broken mirror isn't a simple [[{{Antonyms}} reversal]] however, a symbol of ugliness and [[GoodSamaritan selflessness]]... but of ugliness and '''''insanity'''''. The mirror casts a jumbled and distorted reflection, with missing pieces and dozens of small, fractured copies (and probably a little blood on it) and is oddly ''silenced''. It can't reflect back a true image, and anyone normal looking at their reflection will feel a little diminished doing so.

So what does it say about a "person" when all the mirrors in their home are broken, and all the pictures have his or her face clawed or blacked or cut out? Quite simply, that they are not well.

Generally, whoever goes to the trouble of [[RageAgainstTheReflection smashing all the mirrors in their home]] and removing or defacing all their likenesses has had some [[MirrorReveal disfiguring accident]] or [[TomatoInTheMirror ego destroying]] revelation. The destruction is a kind of "defense" against being reminded how "ugly" they've become, or how far they've fallen. Typical examples include: BeautyToBeast, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] [[GlamourFailure without reflections]], and victims of a BalefulPolymorph. Where this can be especially terrifying is if the resident is normal, or even ''beautiful'' save for one ''[[MinorInjuryOverreaction tiny]]'' scar or flaw, and just think they're ugly due to decades of emotional abuse.

Friends or loved ones may have to use {{Cool Down Hug}}s, and other methods to get the resident to accept IAmWhatIAm and move on, though that's no guarantee.

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Mirrors are traditionally seen as symbols of [[SevenDeadlySins Vanity]], since the beautiful and narcissistic (or just [[MilesGloriosus plain]] {{narcissist}}ic) constantly stare at their reflection and adjust their hair, clothes and makeup. A broken mirror isn't a simple [[{{Antonyms}} reversal]] however, a symbol of ugliness and [[GoodSamaritan selflessness]]... but of ugliness and '''''insanity'''''. The mirror casts a jumbled and distorted reflection, with missing pieces and dozens of small, fractured copies (and probably a little blood on it) and is oddly ''silenced''. It can't reflect back a true image, and anyone normal looking at their reflection will feel a little diminished doing so.

So what does it say about a "person" person when all the mirrors in their home are broken, and all the pictures have his or her their face clawed or blacked or cut out? Quite simply, that they are not well.

Generally, whoever goes to the trouble of [[RageAgainstTheReflection smashing all the mirrors in their home]] and removing or defacing all their likenesses has had some [[MirrorReveal disfiguring accident]] or [[TomatoInTheMirror ego destroying]] ego-destroying]] revelation. The destruction is a kind of "defense" against being reminded how "ugly" they've become, or how far they've fallen. Typical examples include: BeautyToBeast, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] [[GlamourFailure without reflections]], reflections,]] and victims of a BalefulPolymorph. Where this can be especially terrifying is if the resident is normal, or even ''beautiful'' save for one ''[[MinorInjuryOverreaction tiny]]'' scar or flaw, and just think thinks they're ugly due to decades of emotional abuse.

Friends or loved ones may have to use {{Cool Down {{Cooldown Hug}}s, and other methods to get the resident to accept IAmWhatIAm and move on, though that's no guarantee.


[[caption-width-right:350:Who would smash a mirror like this? [[RageAgainstTheReflection Only a Prince-turned-Beast would.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Who would smash [[caption-width-right:350:Turns out, getting turned into a mirror like this? [[RageAgainstTheReflection Only a Prince-turned-Beast would.]]]]
monster causes many RageAgainstTheReflection moments.]]


Generally, whoever goes to the trouble of [[RageAgainstTheReflection smashing all the mirrors in their home]] and removing or defacing all their likenesses has had some disfiguring accident or [[TomatoInTheMirror ego destroying]] revelation. The destruction is a kind of "defense" against being reminded how "ugly" they've become, or how far they've fallen. Typical examples include: BeautyToBeast, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] [[GlamourFailure without reflections]], and victims of a BalefulPolymorph. Where this can be especially terrifying is if the resident is normal, or even ''beautiful'' save for one ''[[MinorInjuryOverreaction tiny]]'' scar or flaw, and just think they're ugly due to decades of emotional abuse.

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Generally, whoever goes to the trouble of [[RageAgainstTheReflection smashing all the mirrors in their home]] and removing or defacing all their likenesses has had some [[MirrorReveal disfiguring accident accident]] or [[TomatoInTheMirror ego destroying]] revelation. The destruction is a kind of "defense" against being reminded how "ugly" they've become, or how far they've fallen. Typical examples include: BeautyToBeast, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] [[GlamourFailure without reflections]], and victims of a BalefulPolymorph. Where this can be especially terrifying is if the resident is normal, or even ''beautiful'' save for one ''[[MinorInjuryOverreaction tiny]]'' scar or flaw, and just think they're ugly due to decades of emotional abuse.

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* The later Discworld book ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'' compares [[PsychopathicManchild Mr. Teatime]]'s mind to a fractured mirror- "all marvelous facets and rainbows, but, ultimately, also something that was [[TheSociopath broken]]."


* In ''VideoGame/LittleNightmares'', all the mirrors in the Lady's Quarters are broken. [[spoiler: It's a hint that you need to use the one unbroken mirror, hidden away in a boarded-up room, to defeat her by shining light at her.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Azula's descent into madness starts with her primping herself in her vanity mirror.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Azula's descent into madness starts with her primping herself in her vanity mirror.mirror, which she breaks after a hallucination of her mother Ursa appears in it.


[[quoteright:350:[[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/batb_mirror_resized_2481.jpg]]]]

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* In the opening montage of Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' the Beast shreds a portrait of his former prince self with his claws. Broken mirrors abound inside the castle, especially in the west wing.

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* In the opening montage of Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'' the Beast shreds a portrait of his former prince self with his claws. Broken mirrors abound inside the castle, especially in the west wing.



* From a short in the French animation anthology ''Fears Of The Dark'', there's a house where all the photos from more recent years have their heads cut out. But there is a mirror.
* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': The vampire in the film habitually smashes every mirror he comes near.
* Erik, at the end of ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', smashes all the mirrors in his lair. Overlaps with ExitVillainStageLeft.



* Erik, at the end of ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004'', smashes all the mirrors in his lair. Overlaps with ExitVillainStageLeft.
* From a short in the French animation anthology ''Fears Of The Dark'', there's a house where all the photos from more recent years have their heads cut out. But there is a mirror.
* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': The vampire in the film habitually smashes every mirror he comes near.





* Granny Weatherwax in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' has a sort-of subversion of this- she goes around destroying or hiding every mirror she comes across, however, this is because [[spoiler:her sister is watching them through the mirrors.]]

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* Granny Weatherwax in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' ''Literature/WitchesAbroad'' has a sort-of subversion of this- she goes around destroying or hiding every mirror she comes across, however, this is because [[spoiler:her sister is watching them through the mirrors.]]


* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrathCaineron''. James thinks that [[RoyalBrat Lady Kallystine]] is TantrumThrowing when she hears her smashing all her mirrors, but it later turns out she's the victim of a MagicalMisfire (plus she's also throwing a tantrum).

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* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrathCaineron''. ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath''. James thinks that [[RoyalBrat Lady Kallystine]] is TantrumThrowing when she hears her smashing all her mirrors, but it later turns out she's the victim of a MagicalMisfire MagicMisfire (plus she's also throwing a tantrum).

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* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrathCaineron''. James thinks that [[RoyalBrat Lady Kallystine]] is TantrumThrowing when she hears her smashing all her mirrors, but it later turns out she's the victim of a MagicalMisfire (plus she's also throwing a tantrum).


[[caption-width-right:350:Who would smash a mirror like this? Only a Prince-turned-Beast would.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Who would smash a mirror like this? [[RageAgainstTheReflection Only a Prince-turned-Beast would.]]
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* In the InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/{{Bronze}}'', a retelling of ''Beauty and the Beast'', the heroine has moved all the mirrors in the Beast's castle into her room, at first to keep the beast away, and then, later, when she comes to know him, says that she'll keep them there because she knows the beast doesn't like seeing them around the castle.

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* In the InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/{{Bronze}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Bronze}}'' by Emily Short, a retelling of ''Beauty and the The Beast'', the heroine has moved all the mirrors in the Beast's castle into her room, at first to keep the beast away, and then, later, when she comes to know him, says that she'll keep them there because she knows the beast doesn't like seeing them around the castle.



* Granny Weatherwax in [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Witches Abroad]] has a sort-of subversion of this- she goes around destroying or hiding every mirror she comes across, however, this is because [[spoiler:her sister is watching them through the mirrors.]]

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* Granny Weatherwax in [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Witches Abroad]] ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' has a sort-of subversion of this- she goes around destroying or hiding every mirror she comes across, however, this is because [[spoiler:her sister is watching them through the mirrors.]]


* In the InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/{{Bronze}}'' by Emily Short, a retelling of ''Beauty and The Beast'', the heroine has moved all the mirrors in the Beast's castle into her room, at first to keep the beast away, and then, later, when she comes to know him, says that she'll keep them there because she knows the beast doesn't like seeing them around the castle.

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* In the InteractiveFiction game ''VideoGame/{{Bronze}}'' by Emily Short, ''VideoGame/{{Bronze}}'', a retelling of ''Beauty and The the Beast'', the heroine has moved all the mirrors in the Beast's castle into her room, at first to keep the beast away, and then, later, when she comes to know him, says that she'll keep them there because she knows the beast doesn't like seeing them around the castle.


* In the InteractiveFiction game ''Bronze'' by Emily Short, a retelling of ''Beauty and The Beast'', the heroine has moved all the mirrors in the Beast's castle into her room, at first to keep the beast away, and then, later, when she comes to know him, says that she'll keep them there because she knows the beast doesn't like seeing them around the castle.

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* In the InteractiveFiction game ''Bronze'' ''VideoGame/{{Bronze}}'' by Emily Short, a retelling of ''Beauty and The Beast'', the heroine has moved all the mirrors in the Beast's castle into her room, at first to keep the beast away, and then, later, when she comes to know him, says that she'll keep them there because she knows the beast doesn't like seeing them around the castle.


* A slight variant shows up in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', where Shalash, one of the Ten Heralds (humans revered somewhere between saints and gods by the Vorin church and believed to have AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence millennia ago, but actually still around incognito) goes around destroying every representation of herself that she can find. Statues, paintings, murals... it's started to make the other Heralds ''very'' worried.

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* A slight variant shows up in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', where Shalash, one of the Ten Heralds (humans revered somewhere between saints and gods by the Vorin church and believed to have AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence millennia ago, but actually still around incognito) goes around destroying every representation of herself that she can find. Statues, paintings, murals... it's started to make the other Heralds ''very'' worried. in ''Oathbringer'' we have a scene from her point of view that indicates she does this because [[StopWorshippingMe she doesn't want people to worship her as a divine being.]]

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