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"An excellent place for final confrontations with heroes, the Hall Of Mirrors wins high marks for ease of use. All you have to do is lure your victim inside by dashing in yourself and then cackle with glee as they find you reflected back not once but a thousand times... When you have had your fun, seal the exits and fill the cramped space with some kind of liquid. Plain water works as well as anything, but why not add food dye for color. Or, for a touch of whimsy, use a sickeningly sweet fruit punch."
How to Be a Villain, Neil Zawacki

During The Chase, especially if at a carnival or Amusement Park, the quarry will duck into a funhouse. When the pursuer follows, he will be confronted with a hall of mirrors, dozens of panes of glass — every one of them reflecting an image of his quarry, taunting him. The pursuer has to figure out which is the real one before he escapes.

Though it often is so, the hall of mirrors need not be in an actual funhouse, or even in a carnival setting. It can also be used outside a chase scenario, perhaps in its natural setting or even for a generic kaleidoscope effect.

And now, Here Comes the Science:

Most of the trouble characters encounter in a hall of mirrors results from the mirrors not behaving the way real mirrors do. This is justifiable with mirrors that are magic, possessed, supernatural, or otherwise likely to behave oddly anyway, but it also happens with mirrors that are supposedly ordinary.

Frequently, a main character will collide with a mirror, having not realized they were looking at a reflection. In reality, as you approach a mirror, your reflection appears to approach from the other side, which really should be a tipoff. However, when a mirror is reflecting another mirror or two or three, it can create the illusion of there being a place to run to without the viewer's own reflection appearing to tip him or her off. In many real-life hall of mirror setups, however, the mirrored panels also have some clear glass (or clear plastic) panels mixed in just to make things even more confusing, and you can very easily walk into these as well since there is no reflection to warn you. Additionally, mirror halls will often position the mirrors such that a person is always facing them at a 45-degree angle as opposed to head-on, so it takes getting right up to the glass before the reflection becomes obvious. A character who "walks into a mirror" may just be a director misremembering exactly why he mashed his face in that midway ride when he was seven.

Occasionally, a character will often see multiple reflections of an object, all of them quite close to the mirror surface, but will not be able to find the object. In reality, if the reflection of the object appears one inch behind the mirror, then the farthest that the real object can possibly be from the surface of the mirror is one inch.

Similarly, often the character being chased will show up in every single mirror. Every instance is the exact same as if they were all cameras recording a single feed. Similar to the two previous points, the actual distance the character is away is irrelevant, and the pursuer's reflection never gets in the way.

It's also very common to depict a Droste Image, which is easily created with two mirrors reflecting each other (though this is hard to depict in live-action without the camera being in the way).

Often these are combined, in which case it starts to seem like the "mirror" is actually just a sheet of glass and the object actually is on the other side (which is almost never the intention — although in real life it may be exactly the case). See also House of Broken Mirrors.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In one episode of Betterman, Keita and Hinoki are lost in a hall of mirrors. The situation turns desperate when it becomes clear that they can't find a way out. When they find one another, they collapse into each other's arms, crying... when their schoolmates reveal it was an elaborate prank.
  • Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel: In one episode, the eponymous protagonist uses her Transformation Trinket in a mirror house. The reflections generate another Creamy Mami of the completely opposite personality.
  • Used in Flame of Recca during the second fight between Recca and Mikagami. Like Batman and Lee, Recca smashes the mirrors to find the real Mikagami.
  • Played with in an anime episode of Golgo 13. A paparazzi plans to take the ultimate photo of his career — the world's greatest assassin as he takes his shot. He works out where Duke Togo will be shooting from, and to avoid getting shot himself plans to photograph Togo's reflection mirrored in the window glass of the hotel. Togo however sees a glint of light from his camera lens and fires a bullet into the window to smash the reflection, then turns and kills his target.
  • One is found in the abandoned, ancient amusement park in the Monster Rancher episode "Amusement Park Ruins". Suezo and Mocchi play around in it first, then when fighting against the Evil Kuros, Suezo uses it to scare and confuse them.
  • Fuhrer Ugly from One-Punch Man abuses one of these in his fight against Amai Mask. He forces Mask, who prizes "beauty" above all else, to see distorted images of his ugliness everywhere, rendering him unable to fight back.
  • In the Sailor Moon Super S manga, a Rei/Mars who has had quite the identity crisis finds herself inside of one. She's then tempted by one of the Amazon Trio members, but she then rejects the offer of "a dream of love" and gets a power upgrade, becoming Super Sailor Mars.
  • Akira uses this as a strategy in Samurai Deeper Kyo.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Aki and Misty's final showdown takes place in one of these. Also, Misty has a field spell called Mirror Labyrinth, which apparently brings the monster's reflections to life.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Yuzu Hiragi duels Masumi Kotsu in a "Crystal Corridor". When Masumi makes her final attack, Yuzu tries to save herself by picking up an Action Card on the floor but runs into the card's reflection. Masumi mocks her and Yuzu realizes her Heroic BSoD caused her to not think and see clearly.

    Comic Books 
  • A variation occurs to Doctor Doom in one issue of Fantastic Four, in a mirrored chamber for his latest scheme to destroy Reed Richards. He's forced to remove his mask and is confronted by multiple reflections of his ruined face which break his mind (of course, he recovers months later).
  • Wonder Woman (1942): As Di is fighting Tezcatlipoca whose main weapon is an obsidian mirror the cover of #315 depicts her crouched in a ring of funhouse mirrors all showing distorted reflections of her as Wonder Woman with no visible route in or out.
  • An issue of X-Men features Cyclops and Colossus chasing Mystique into a hall of mirrors; by getting Cyclops to fire his Eye Beams at her reflection, Mystique tricks him into shooting through an energy amplification device which blasts Colossus, which in turn allows her to get the drop on Cyclops.

    Comic Strips 
  • One The Far Side has a hunter in one, being taunted by his foe: "Ah, yes, Mr. Frischberg, I'd thought you'd come... but which of us is the real duck, Mr. Frischberg, and not just an illusion?"

    Fan Fiction 
  • In Various Vytal Ventures, at one point Weiss is trapped in a nightmare where she's in a hall of mirrors. Her reflections come to life and say she's nothing but a failure, and the mirrors repair themselves when smashed. Ruby saves her.
  • In Between My Brother and Me: Mors Omnibus, Yvonne and Yusho fight in a tag-team Action Duel against Yuya and Zarc at the Carnival of Souls Action Field. One of the attractions is a Hall of Mirrors in which Yuya and Yvonne briefly spar at — while riding their respective dragons — before Yuya obliterates it with an Action Card.

    Films — Animated 
  • Another variation in Titan A.E., where Captain Korso follows Cale into an ice field, where his ship's image is being reflected everywhere. Preed thinks he's found the ship several times, only for the reflection to come to an uneven part of the ice, causing it to bend. Like many things in the movie, a rare case of something actually happening correctly.
  • The Man Called Flintstone (The Film of the Series of The Flintstones). While fleeing the Green Goose in an abandoned amusement park, Fred flees into one of these.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Az én XX. századom features a Dénouement in a funhouse hall of mirrors, involving twins.
  • Birds of Prey (2020): The final fight between the Birds of Prey and Black Mask's mooks starts in one of Harley's old safehouses, which is a funhouse in an amusement park. This includes a hall of mirrors, and Montoya winds up shooting a mirror instead of the thug she thought she was aiming at.
  • The climax of Bloody Parrot takes place in one such location, a cavern filled with a maze of mirrors, with the hero and villain dueling each other. And in-between all that, there are also shots of the hero's naked, abducted girlfriend reflected on the mirrors, intercut between all the action.
  • The Circus, twenty years before The Lady from Shanghai, is probably the Trope Maker.
  • Conan the Destroyer faced a hall of magic mirrors which produced a monster that could not be harmed by direct physical blows. However, Conan realized that he could smash the mirrors instead and the monster was wounded with each smash until it fell.
  • A variation in Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze. A sniper takes a pot-shot at Doc Savage through his office window, but the window glass is designed to refract the image so that he appears to be standing in a different place.
  • A flashback in Dracula 2000 shows Van Helsing capturing Dracula via mirrors set up in an alley. As vampires don't appear in mirrors but humans do, Dracula fails to realise Van Helsing is actually behind him until it's too late.
  • Enter the Dragon uses this in the final showdown between Bruce Lee and Mr. Han. Bruce defeats Han by smashing the mirrors.
  • In the film F/X: Murder by Illusion, Rory uses a sheet of reflective material to rig a decoy reflection of himself and lure a gun-toting thug in the wrong direction.
  • Used with an extra symbolic twist in Face/Off: as the two main characters find themselves on opposite sides of a double-sided mirror, they point their guns squarely at their own reflections, which (due to the face swap) results in each man seeing the real face of their enemy. Also foreshadowed in an earlier scene, their first meeting after the swap: "it's like looking in a mirror, but... not."
  • The Guest: The school has created a haunted house for Halloween, including a mirrored corridor. Major Carver ends up confronting David Collins there.
  • It: Chapter Two has a sequence where Bill is desperately searching for a small boy he believes to be in danger, chasing him into a funhouse with a Mirror Maze with added clear panels to create a harder path through. He eventually catches up to the child being separated by a single pane, just in time to see the titular It also reach the child.
  • James Bond:
    • The Man with the Golden Gun uses this in the final confrontation between Bond and Scaramanga, and in The Teaser as well. Scaramanga ends up falling for the mirror thing in the finale.
    • Die Another Day referenced this by having Bond walk past a slew of mirrors while searching a clinic for one of the film's bad guys. They bear no significance to the plot, it's just one of the numerous references to past Bond films.
    • Skyfall. The "Bond opening sequence" briefly shows Bond in one, shooting at his own reflections. This foreshadows another character using a mirror to fool a mook so he can be shot.
  • John Wick: Chapter 2: John Wick gets in a shoot-out with Santino's bodyguards in an art installation with moving mirror panels.
  • A variation in Jurassic Park (1993): a Velociraptor runs into a polished metal door whose angle reflected Lex, trying to hide in a different place.
  • The Lady from Shanghai has a climactic shootout in one of these. The surreal shoot out is probably the Trope Codifier.
  • The climax of Manhattan Murder Mystery is a very nice homage to the shootout in The Lady from Shanghai.
  • In The Man with the Iron Fists, Zhen Yi chases Silver Lion into a booby-trapped hall of mirrors. The mirrors could rotate, allowing Silver Lion to dart in and out. After smashing several mirrors, Zhen Yi confronts and defeats Silver Lion outside the hall.
  • Mask (1985) has a rare non-action scene that's also Played for Drama - when Rocky (a teen with CPD - a cranial condition that makes his face deformed) and his mother Rusty go to an amusement park, they go by a funhouse mirror, and the two get to see what Rocky might look like if he looked like a normal kid.
  • In My Name Is Nobody, Nobody lures a pair of mooks in such a hall to better beat and troll them.
  • The Magic Mansion, from Now You See It..., has a room of twisted mirrors and creepy laughter, and Danny manages to escape from Allison by wandering through it and confusing her.
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004) includes a hall of mirrors in which the Phantom traps Raoul. The hall of mirrors is only mentioned in the musical, but in the original novel, Raoul and the Persian fall into a maze of mirrors that the Phantom uses to convince them they are trapped in a desert.
  • Yet another variation takes place in The Shadow when Shiwan Khan has escaped into a storage area full of mirrors. Ultimately, the Shadow uses his powers to shatter the mirrors (rather than his guns). The original plan was to have a more prolonged chase through the hall of mirrors, including flashbacks and banter. However, an earthquake struck before the scene could be filmed, shattering many of the mirrors. Since it would be too expensive to simply replace them, the directors went with a simpler version.
  • Skyscraper features a high-tech version of the Hall using virtual reality technology.
  • Tango and Cash: At the end, the Big Bad Yves Perret holds Katherine hostage with a gun to her head while standing in a hall of mirrors. Tango and Cash notice Perret is wearing a ring on his fight hand, which is reversed in the reflections, allowing them to identify the real one and shoot him.
  • The opening events of Us see a young girl drawn to a hall of mirrors. Presumably, the attraction shuts down as the lights go out and she is unable to find the way out, traumatizing her as a child. The girl is actually replaced with her identical clone, switching lives being forced to live underground in a twisted pantomime of their doppelganger's life above ground.
  • A variation occurs in X-Men: First Class. During the climax, Shaw uses a specially designed room that blocks him from Charles' telepathy. It just so happens to be a room of mirrors, implying the telepathic version of this trope. When Erik enters the room to confront him, he has no trouble spotting Shaw, nor does Shaw try to use the reflections to hide. Interestingly enough, once the room gets damaged, Charles is able to use his telepathy and help Erik defeat him.
  • Zed battles against The Vortex in a mirror maze in Zardoz.

  • The first Give Yourself Goosebumps Special Edition, Into the Jaws of Doom, has a difficult Maze of Mirrors on the third floor which the player must navigate in order to obtain an item essential to escape said floor. It is possible to get lost forever in said maze and in one of the bad endings, the player can encounter a whole troop of boy scouts who spent years trying to escape, to no avail.

  • In Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes about a hellish carnival, a school teacher gets lost in a hall of mirrors while chasing a girl who looks like her at a young age.
    • Bradbury's short story "The Dwarf" also features one of these.
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Witches Abroad has a variation, wherein Granny Weatherwax and her sister Lily each face their own reflections in a hall of mirrors and are challenged by Death to find the one that's real. Lily searches endlessly through the mirrors, while Granny Weatherwax, after asking a couple of questions, looks down at herself and says "This one."
  • Garry Kilworth's Welkin Weasels: Heastward Ho!: Maudlin ends up as bait to trap a wolverine ghost and has to wait inside a mirrored labyrinth-box owned by the conjuror/ghosthunter. The conjuror claims the box, when closed, is of infinite internal dimensions and the only way to get out is to open the lid from the inside.
  • In Slayground by Richard Stark, Parker, cornered by rival criminals in a closed up amusement park, takes a precaution to assure that he will not end up confused by the Hall of Mirrors. He spraypaints a white line across the mirrors in the Hall of Mirrors. That way, when he does not see the white line, he knows he has the actual person in his sights.
  • The mirrors in Full Tilt are arranged in a maze, the challenge being to find the other side. This being the dark-magical sort of amusement park, it's possible to walk through the mirrors, but doing so will distort you to match the twisted reflection therein. There's no exit, but the mirrors cancel each other out if you walk through enough of them.
  • In the Goosebumps book "One Day At Horrorland", there is Hall of Mirrors with the slogan "Reflect Before You Enter. No-one May Ever See You Again". The Hall of Mirrors traps the three kids in separate rooms and the walls move in to crush them. At the last second, the floor opens and the kids slide out safely. Oddly enough, mirrors are banned at Horrorland in the spin-off series because they are portals to Panic Park.
  • In the Alan Dean Foster Humanx Commonwealth story "Mid-Death", some mercenaries venture into the extreme Death World environment of the Midworld mega-rainforest. One of them gets separated in the midst of a cluster of giant flowers, which turn from translucent to mirror-surfaced once she's been isolated; lost in their midst, she actually thinks of them as a hall of mirrors.
  • One of the short stories in Sirens and other Daemon Lovers takes place in a boudoir covered in mirrors which is also an Eldritch Location as the mirrors show events that are about to happen on the bed. This is great for sex until the protagonist witnesses his mirror image having his throat slashed open by his lover...
  • In the Star Trek novel I, Q, Picard, Data, and Q get caught in one. Data can't resist counting how many there are (at android speed) and Q can't resist asking how many, getting an answer that's somewhere in the trillions.
  • One of the Dirty Harry novels, Duel for Cannons, opens with a shoot-out between a police officer and a Professional Killer in a carnival house-of-mirrors.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Avengers (1960s) - "Too Many Christmas Trees" finishes up in a gallery of distorting funhouse mirrors where a killer Father Christmas meets up with Steed and Peel - naturally, he shoots a reflection.
  • Dark Oracle: In the Season 1 finale, Blaze and Violet chase Omen down one, ultimately trapping him in a final hidden mirror at the end of the hall.
  • Doctor Who:
    • There's an unexplained hall of mirrors during a chase scene on a moonbase, in episode 3 of the Second Doctor serial "The Seeds of Death" with an Ice Warrior lumbering after our hero. It's reminiscent of an old silent movie, and very tense despite the Warrior's slowness.
    • In "The Five Doctors" the First Doctor tricks a Dalek into firing at his reflection in the mirrored wall of a small room, causing the blast to ricochet around the room and kill the Dalek.
  • Funky Squad: In "The Carnival is Over", the "Here I Am" message in Cassie’s flat was written on the mirror, which leads the squaddies to a suitable season finale in the Hall of Mirrors in the Amusement Park of Doom.
  • Parodied in Garth Marenghis Darkplace which doesn't have the budget for a hall of mirrors, so has a shoot-out in the "mirror storage room". Well hospitals have to keep their mirrors somewhere, right?
  • In grand Batman tradition, Gotham has a hall-of-mirrors scene in "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies". Specifically, it's between Bruce and Jerome, in a reference to The Killing Joke.
  • Claire in Heroes uses the Hall Of Mirrors at Samuel's carnival to turn the tables on a Self-Duplication villain.
  • Parodied in this Key & Peele sketch, which starts out completely straight (complete with the detective smacking into multiple mirrors), then the detective finds the real killer midway through his taunting. The killer still tries to keep the game going by insisting he's just one of the reflections, but the detective isn't having any of it.
  • Leverage: In "The Carnival Job" Roper confronts a concussed Eliot in a hall of mirrors, seriously screwing with the already disoriented man. The fact that Eliot and Roper look somewhat alike adds to the confusing effect.
  • Appears at the climax of the Lois & Clark episode "Illusions of Grandeur".
  • When MacGyver (1985) is chased by a brainwashed friend, he uses this to trick the friend into running out of ammo so he can approach and subdue him.
  • In Penny Dreadful, Dorian Gray has one leading up to the hidden chamber where he keeps his portrait and Vanessa goes here on a date that ends badly.
  • From Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, Mouse is in one at the carnival with Ash when A appears, with Mouse trying to get out of there to escape A and eventually leaving through an emergency exit.
  • A scientific example of infinite reflections occurred in Watch Mr. Wizard where he had a child step into a small enclosure created by three mirrors and closed up the top with another mirror. Then, the camera zoomed out, suggesting that the kid was trapped there forever surrounded by himself...
  • Odd Bob the Clown does this in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode Day of the Clown in order to freak Sarah Jane out even more than she already is. It doesn't work. She uses her sonic lipstick to destroy one of the mirrors, revealing the way out of the hall.
  • Star Trek: Voyager had an episode where the ship was in a reflective cave with a hostile vessel. Their solution was to fire a lower-powered phaser which bounced around until it hit the non-reflective enemy ship.
  • The Time Trax episode "Almost Human" has Captain Lambert battling his clone in a mirror house.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In "In Praise of Pip", Max Phillips follows the 10-year-old version of his son Pip into the amusement park's hall of mirrors after he runs away. Pip then explains that he is dying and disappears.
  • The X-Files: In "Humbug", Scully chases Leonard in the hall of mirrors at the funhouse. She fires at him but ends up breaking the mirror that reflected him. She walks down a hallway and bumps into a mirror. And then into Mulder, so they decide to catch the thing outside.

  • "Spiegelsaal"/"Hall of Mirrors" by Kraftwerk.
  • Horslips also did a song about being trapped in the multiple reflections of a Hall of Mirrors.
  • Astronomy, by Blue Öyster Cult, refers to multiple mirrors set up to obscure the true entrance to the Four Winds Bar. A later song (and album) called simply Mirrors also alludes to this confusing effect.
  • Hall of Mirrors by progressive death metal band Acid Death.

    Music Video 
  • The video for A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran" is set in one, with the band members being pursued by two women.

    Video Games 
  • In Sonic Adventure, Amy is being chased by a robot, and she has to go through one of these in Twinkle Park. As it features such things as booby-trapped sections of floor, it's not exactly easy, which is odd as Twinkle Park is her first stage.
  • In Spider-Man 2 for the PS2 one of the rooms of Mysterio's funhouse is a hall of mirrors which create deformed clones of Spider-Man that attack him. The mirrors must be destroyed in order to progress.
  • Fallen London has the Hall of Mirrors at Mrs. Plenty's Carnival. It includes mirrors that can kill you or drive you insane.
  • Doom has what is called the "Hall of Mirrors effect" which happens when someone uses the noclip cheat code to walk into the walls of a level. It can also happen when a texture for a wall or object is not properly referenced. It looks like part of the screen is shimmering, and everything is leaving behind a trace because the screen buffer is not being cleaned between frames. The Unreal engine also has this effect when the player somehow sees what's outside the level, either by noclipping outside or looking at a piece of surface in the level geometry that has no texture. It can also happen if more than three warpzones are placed in a way that the player can see through all of them at once, like a Matrix-style endlessly looping tunnel: the first three zone portal surfaces properly stay invisible but the fourth and subsequent ones become visible and cause this effect, with mappers having to use fog to hide it. It greatly reduces rendering speed and can even cause the game to crash.
  • One of the mazes scattered within the chaotic jumble of time zones in The Labyrinth of Time is appropriately titled "The Mirror Maze". It even has a giant clown head as the entrance, and a sign says, "enter at your own risk".
  • Twisted Wonderland: NRC has a literal Hall of Mirrors housing Magic Mirror portals between the main campus and the dorms.

  • This episode of Zap!
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Dr. McNinja encounters one of these on Dracula's moonbase. This is a problem because vampires "don't show up in mirrors, you see." (Dracula is hiding on the ceiling, and the doctor cannot notice him there in a mirror.) Doc, being the badass he is, manages to turn it around on him, though.

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    Western Animation 
  • An episode of The Simpsons had a corrupt detective being taunted by Homer in a hall of mirrors. In a subversion, the detective manages to shoot the real Homer on the first attempt.
    Homer: Heh heh heh, whaddaya gonna do now? Ya can't shoot all of us. [BANG] Dammit!
    • Lisa then promptly pulls out a laser pointer and aims it at the nearest reflection, blinding the detective several bounces later.
  • Teen Titans (2003): In "Betrayal", Slade chases Beast Boy and Terra through a causality-defying hall of mirrors. It leads to a memorable scene of Terra's Thousand-Yard Stare reflected by a half-dozen mirrors at once.
  • Kim Possible runs into these while chasing Adrena Lynn through an amusement park.
  • One episode of Aladdin: The Series had the heroes try to find a certain magic mirror to ward off an obelisk whose shadow destroyed whatever it fell on; they would know it because it reflected one's true self. Aladdin found it when, although he was dressed in his royal garb, it reflected him as a "street rat".
  • Batman pursues Baby Dahl into a hall of mirrors at the end of the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Baby-Doll". She breaks down and surrenders after seeing herself reflected in one mirror the way she should look (as an adult, instead of the looks-about-6 body she actually has) and ends up emptying her gun into the reflection while crying.
  • This happens to Batman a lot, really: he chases the Joker into one during the first season finale of The Batman.
    "You think this is confusing? Try living inside my head!"
  • In the Disney cartoon Bone Trouble, Pluto ducks into a hall of mirrors to escape an angry bulldog, and amuses himself by playing with the reflections. When the bulldog appears, Pluto scares him off with multiple reflections of himself.
  • One episode of Static Shock ends with a villain running from Static into a hall of mirrors. Static then immediately finds him by using what must be the most obvious trick that nobody ever uses: He looks at the floor.
  • In the Pac-Man episode "Nighty Nightmares", Pinky's dream is that Pac-Man has followed him into a hall of mirrors.
  • Superfriends:
    • One episode has Wonder Woman in a hall of mirrors. The reflections said to her, "You can't run away from yourself!"
    • In "Reflections in Crime", Mirror Master is ironically cornered in one when his equipment is destroyed.
    • In "Bizarro World", Bizarro traps Black Vulcan in one. He smashes every mirror in his path, but it takes him until the end of the episode, when Superman has already defeated Bizarro, to escape.
    • In the very first The All-New Super Friends Hour story, Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman corner a villain in an Amusement Park's hall of mirrors and he gloats that they will never find him amid the reflections. Wonder Woman, who had brought the villain's changing ray machine, begs to differ and shoots it at the mirrors, causing the rays to ricochet throughout the hall and changing him back.
  • In the Family Guy Poltergeist parody episode, Carrot Top leads Peter into one of these, and the latter is too busy watching the reflections to notice a trapdoor which he walks into. This being Family Guy, he escapes via the use of a see-saw.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Little Dipper", Stan sets up a decidedly low-budget one as an attraction at the Mystery Shack. Lil' Gideon, out to shrink Stan with a magic crystal, gets around the usual problem by breaking every mirror he finds.
  • Vanity Smurf goes into a house of mirrors in an episode of The Smurfs (1981) and comes out with a bunch of copies of himself coming out of the mirrors.
  • In a Cheese Festival episode of Hey Arnold! Arnold tries to pursue his love-interest into the Hall of Mirrors, but he is unable to properly confront her since he is unable to find the real one among the reflections. Helga follows Arnold into the same attraction but is soon surrounded by dozens of Brainys appearing in all the mirrors. However, she easily knocks out the real Brainy who is standing right behind her like he usually is.
  • A Pepé Le Pew cartoon in the Alps has him chasing the girl cat into an ice cave - she stops in alarm as she sees hundreds of mirror reflections of herself - as does Pepe, who rhapsodizes "Acres and acres of girls - and all mine!"
  • Dungeons & Dragons (1983): In "Quest of the Skeleton Warrior" (Episode 9), Diana and Bobby get lost in a labyrinth of mirrors. At some point their reflections start to morph – Diana becomes an old woman and Bobby an infant – and then their ages change in reality too.
  • DC Super Hero Girls: After Casey Krinsky swaps bodies with Zee, thereby gaining her powers, Zee hides in a house of mirrors. Not only is Casey unable to find the real Zee, she's forced to face her own reflection which, thanks to her crippling self-loathing, is the last thing she wants to do.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: In "Project A For Astral", Jackie chases the Shendu-possessed Jade into a hall of mirrors at Marlon World.
  • Shaolin Wuzang: In "Deep Within the Mirror", Tang and Cheng fight Black Foxes in a room of mirrors. Tang's reflection appears in many mirrors around the Black Foxes, confusing them.
  • In the Mighty Mouse short "Beauty on the Beach", Mighty Mouse chases Oil Can Harry into a hall of mirrors, and Oil Can Harry is able to use the mirrors to confuse Mighty Mouse about where he really is, which also allows him to capture Mighty Mouse.

    Real Life 
  • When Mafia hitman Albert Anastasia got whacked in a barbershop, his assailants timed their attack well, entering when he had a hot towel over his face. Hearing their sudden arrival, Anastasia pulled the towel off, spotted their reflections in a full-length shop mirror, and instinctively lunged toward their images, having mistaken them for the actual threat. As this placed his back to the killers, he was shot from behind so fast he may never have realized he'd fallen prey to a Real Life variant of this trope.
  • The Phantom of the Opera's mirrored torture chamber has basis in real life. It's more properly known as a catoptric cistula and was mostly used for optical illusions such as making a few model trees look like a real forest.
  • The Gurnee Mills shopping mall in Gurnee, IL has a truly awe-inspiring hall of mirrors in its main entrance. It's quite a long hallway, too — one can't help but see oneself reflected into infinity.
  • Certain mathematical models for the Universe, in which it has a finite size, are able to create this effect, as light emitted from a given galaxy is able to go full circle (or more) around the Universe, making ghost images of it that look like different galaxies because of its evolution during the ages.


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The X-Files S02 E20

While pursuing a detached, conjoined twin, Scully gets many good looks at herself in a special room.

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