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Basic Trope: A monster, usually a vampire or The Soulless, doesn't have a reflection.

  • Straight: Vorlak the Vampire doesn't have a reflection.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Someone paints Vorlak the Vampire's portrait and it vanishes as soon as they are finished with it.
    • Someone finishes carving a bust of Vorlak the Vampire and when they turn around it is suddenly an untouched, featureless block of marble.
  • Downplayed:
    • Vorlak's reflection is see-through or a faint outline.
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    • Vorlak's face or eyes are missing or blurred in his reflection, but not the rest.
  • Justified:
    • Vorlak doesn't show up on a thermal imaging camera because his body temperature matches the surrounding air.
    • Wilma the Witch cast a non-reflection spell on Vorlak to punish him for his excessive time checking himself on the mirror.
    • Vorlak is a hologram/illusion, and making shadows is too advanced.
  • Inverted: Vorlak turns invisible but mirrors still show his reflection.
  • Subverted:
    • Vorlak fakes having no reflection as part of a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax, having a mirror in his room that is actually a window to an identical room.
    • Vorlak doesn't appear in mirrors and photography film containing silver, but he can be recorded in digital.
  • Double Subverted: a blur.
  • Parodied:
    • Vorlak checks himself on the mirror every morning, despite being invisible.
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    • Vorlak's house is full of portraits of him and his family. They show nothing but increasingly bizarre floating clothes and items.
    • Vorlak sends nudes to Alice. The photos show nothing.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • Alice wonders out loud how Vorlak can use a toothbrush to get the bloodstains off his fangs without the aid of mirrors to see if he missed a spot.
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    • Alice asks Vorlak why he even owns a mirror if he cannot use one.
    • Alice wonders why Vorlak's clothes don't reflect.
  • Invoked: Bob suggests using a mirror for an Impostor Exposing Test.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob fetches a mirror and uses it for an Impostor Exposing Test.
    • During a Chase Scene through a Hall of Mirrors that reveal everyone's position to everyone else, Vorlak has the advantage of stealth.
    • Vorlak is an avid shoplifter, confident that the CCTV won't record him.
  • Defied: Bob makes his lifelong goal to design and manufacture a mirror that can reflect Vorlak's image.
  • Discussed: Alice and Bob are trying to determine if Vorlak is a vampire, and Alice suggests confronting him with a mirror and seeing if he has a reflection.
  • Conversed: Alice and Bob are watching a movie, and Bob asks why Vorlak would fill his castle with mirrors if he has no reflection.
  • Implied:
    • Vorlak's house is suspiciously devoid of mirrors and other reflective surfaces.note 
    • After a heist, police releases wanted posters of every other member of the gang based on security footage, but not Vorlak.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Vorlak is a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire about to undergo an Impostor Exposing Test in a room full of humans ready to commit Van Helsing Hate Crimes.

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