Mimic (ものまね, Monomane?), also known as Mime and Copycat, is a command ability that appears in several Final Fantasy games. It allows a character to copy an ally's previous command and typically does so without expending MP or, in case of using items, without actually expending the item from the inventory.
Mimic is the Mime's main command ability, learned for 999 ABP.
Mimic allows the Mime to repeat the previous action, with no MP consumption; however:
- Mimicking an item use causes another of that item to be used up.
- Mimicking Animals, Dance and Terrain will still result in a random action.
- Mimicking Odin will still choose randomly between Gungnir and Zantetsuken.
- Mimicking Zeninage still uses up money.
- The character will mimic commands such as Defend.
- The mimed action is dependent on the Mime's stats, not the character they're miming.
Gogo's special ability is Mimic and he/she is the only one to use it. Mimic lets Gogo mime the last action used. When mimicking spell use, Gogo uses no MP, and when mimicking item use, no items are actually expended from the inventory, however, if Gogo mimics Gil Toss, it still uses up gil. Gogo can't mimic others' Desperation Attacks. If nobody as taken any action yet in battle, and he/she uses Mimic, Gogo will use Attack.
Equipping the Command Materias Mime or Master Command gives a character the ability to mimic the last action taken in battle. Final Fantasy VII is unique in that it allows the character to mimic his or her own Limit Breaks and the Materia can be linked with Support Materia for interesting results, such as linking it with multiple Command Counters to counterattack an attack with multiple Limit Breaks.
Copycat mimics an ally's previous command for the MP cost of 28. It is located near the end of Rikku's section of the basic Sphere Grid and the start of Lulu's section, but a Lv. 4 Key Sphere is needed to access it from Lulu's side, making it more readily available to access via Rikku's natural growth. Characters cannot mimic each others' Overdrive attacks or Yuna's summoning.
Unlike in other games with the ability, Copycat takes MP to use, but it can be made useful for mimicking actions that would otherwise take more MP to perform, such as Doublecasting Ultima. Copied attacks are subject to Copycat user's weapon abilities, such as Magic Booster and Magic Plus % factors. Copycat is thus not identical to the copied move, but is its own command; e.g. if a character copies Quick Hit or Quick Pockets, they will merely use a regular physical attack or an item, without actually getting their next turn faster, because the Copycat command doesn't have this "bonus".
Colibri may cast any spell cast upon them within the last 30 seconds. They will cast the spell either onto the character who cast upon them or onto the member of the group with the greatest enmity. Abilities cannot be copied, only magic (including songs, ninjutsu and Blue Magic).
The Mime cannot actually use the mime ability, since it will copy a unit's actions the second it sees them.
Bartz Klauser's battle style is based on mimicking and combining two of his comrades' abilities, while his HP attacks are integral imitations of some of his allies'.
Mimicry returns as Bartz Klauser's battle style in the prequel to Dissidia, which has suffered heavy changes since the original game, as many of his combos were replaced or changed to include abilities from new characters to Dissidia.
Mimic is a special ability learned by Bartz at Level 75, Vaan at Level 55, and Cosmos at Level 5. Costing 8 CP to equip, Mimic activates when the player gets Good or better on 125 Triggers, and copies the effects of the last abilities activated.
Two Mime cards have effects based on Mimic. A card depicting the Tactics female Mime allows the player to choose a Forward in their party after they have attacked, and for the rest of the turn the Mime has the same Power as that Forward. Another card showing the male Tactics Mime has a similar effect, granting it the same Power as the opponent's weakest Forward until the end of the turn, for a cost of one Water CP.
Two of Bartz's reference his Mime job and ability to Mimic. His Amano art card grants Bartz the element and jobs of all other Forwards the player controls, while his Dissidia EX Mode card allows Bartz to use the abilities of all other Forwards the player controls.
Gogo's two cards allow him to Mimic other cards. His Amano art card grants him Haste and Preemptive Attack if a Forward with either of those abilities is in the player's Break Zone, and when the player uses a Forward's special ability, Gogo gains that same ability for the rest of the turn. His SD art card allows the player to pay one Water CP, and Gogo's Power is equal to the Power of a Forward of the player's choice for the rest of the turn.