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Silent but deadly.

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.



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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Emilka Sza (Emily Hush), a Polish character created by Maciej Kur and Magdalena "Meago" Kania, embodies this trope. Emilka is a "born mime" which means she has pale white skin, can't produce sounds and was "born in a hospital only she was able to see". Not only does Emilka use pantomime objects like normal ones all the time (however it's ambiguous whether she creates objects at will or they were always there) but her entire house is pantomime.
  • One Deadpool short has him fighting a bunch of mimes in full mime costume who have just stolen a device that allows their mimed weapons to actually work.
  • The Mime from Mister Blank was a street performer who developed powers styled after her mime persona. These include the creation of invisible fields or "boxes", and the creation of powerful winds.

    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • The main character of Silencio has telekinetic powers that only manifest via miming. He/She takes on the code-name Marceau after the famous French mime artist.

    Films — Animation 
  • 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.

    Films — 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. Chev "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.
  • Subverted again in The Losers. Jensen claims to be able to do this thanks to a secret government experiment. When the bad guys try to call his bluff, he mimes firing his Finger Gun at them and they start going down. Of course, it's his buddy Cougar doing the shooting from his vantage point outside the building.
  • In Way Out West, Stan Laurel has the ability to flick his thumb like a lighter and produce a flame, much to the consternation of Oliver Hardy.
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu:
    • Pikachu decides to get physical with a Mr. Mime suspect. But as stated above in the Anime folder, Mr. Mime can create invisible walls via miming, so when Pikachu leaps... cue the Glass Smack and Slide.
    • Tim plays his trick right back at him by using a "secret door" he imagined to get into Mr. Mime's invisible room and douses him in imaginary gasoline. After Mr. Mime's following attempts at extinguishing the imaginary matches he lit, he exits and threatens to light him up from the outside, causing Mr. Mime to finally relent and spill the beans. The lit match is then accidentally dropped onto the gasoline, and we do not get to see what happens right after their Oh, Crap! moment.

  • 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.
  • In Swellhead, Stacy whimsically pretends to shoot at a ghost with a Finger Gun, and it reacts as if had actually been shot.

    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 hands, 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.
  • Played with in 3rd Rock from the Sun when an Evil Twin mimes a box around Dick Solomon, when he's actually activating an invisible forcefield. Just to lampshade the trope, Dick reacts with horror when he realises his efforts to subsequently escape look like a mime-impersonation.

  • In "Weird Al" Yankovic's "My Own Eyes", one of the many things the singer wishes he could unsee is a mime being hacked to death with an imaginary cleaver.
  • In the music video for Ariel Pink's "Only In My Dreams", while sitting in the park with one of the several women he's wooed, he's approached by a woman in the full archetypical mime costume, who mimics taking a photo of the pair, and after a Fade to White she's holding a polaroid, which she hands them.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Champions: An illustration in the UNTIL Superpowers Database sourcebook shows a supervillain with a mime motif doing the "glass box" bit to set up a force wall between himself and two superheroes.
  • Spheres of Power has the Skilled Casting drawback, has you use a Perform, Profession, or Craft check to use your magic, so you can use Perform: Acting to literally mime an invisible wall into being.
  • The Mutants & Masterminds 3rd party supplement "Escape from Alcatraz" has The Mysterious Mime, a marooned alien who was adopted by a circus troupe and channels its telekinesis through miming.

    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 is him miming a Finger Gun... and actually killing an enemy with it.
  • 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.
  • Mimes in Guild of Dungeoneering cast magic by pretending to perform an action, at the cost of being The Silent Bob.
  • Pokémon has Mr. Mime. Previously a full Psychic-type, this Pyschic/Fairy-type Pokemon uses the pink pads on it's finger tips to harden the air in front of it and create barriers. Their habit of mimicry confuses foes and people and gives them an advantage.

    Web Animation 
  • Mime from Happy Tree Friends seems to be able to do this in some episodes. In the episodes "Easy for You to Sleigh'' and "Mime to Five", his house doesn't even have any visible furniture; it's all mimed.

    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".
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "The Laughing" Dee Dee stops Dexter, who has turned into a "were-clown", by taking mime classes and using what she learned to "trap" Clown Dexter in an invisible box.
  • Le Mime from Xiaolin Showdown and Xiaolin Chronicles is capable of making invisible objects by simply miming them into existence. In Xiaolin 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 (and, later, when Omi mimes an unlocked door).
  • 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.
  • ¡Mucha 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' handler, Jerry, shows up in Jazz Hands's hideout and finally manages to untie the rope... by pretending to untie the rope. ("What better way to untie a mime rope than with mime?")
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, the villain known as "The Mime" is able to conjure up virtually anything simply by miming it, from a simple sword to a working car. The drawback is he can only mime one thing at a time, causing any previous things he created to stop existing.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: In the season two premiere, Enid has taken up mime, but she insists it's a new ninja art she learned over the summer. She's able to do things like pour her teacher an invisible cup of coffee (and accidentally spill real coffee on his crotch) and drive an invisible car. Unfortunately, Enid's new powers prove to not be very effective in a fight with Big Bull Demon.
  • Subverted in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Picture This". When all the mimes (and a robot-posing street performer) in Danville Park are trapped in invisible boxes, it wasn't because their mime illusion is made real, it was because Dr. Doofenshmirtz made a device to trap the mimes in invisible boxes as revenge for when a mime mocked him.


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