Mimic (ものまね, Monomane?), also known as Mime and Copycat, is a command ability in several Final Fantasy games. It is the signature ability of the Mime class, allowing a character to copy a previous command, whether it be from themselves or an ally's, 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 depends on the Mime's stats, not the character they're miming.
Gogo's special ability is Mimic that lets Gogo mime the last action used. When mimicking spell use, Gogo uses no MP, and when mimicking item use or throw, no items are expended from the inventory. However, mimicking Gil Toss still uses up gil. If Mimic is used directly after Interceptor counterattacks for Shadow, Gogo will call Interceptor for the same attack. Gogo cannot mimic Desperation Attacks. If nobody has taken any action yet, and Gogo uses Mimic, Attack will be used.
Equipping the Command Materia Mime or Master Command gives access to Mimic command that copies the last action taken in battle. The user can 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. Mime mimicks the results of Tifa's and Cait Sith's Limits, so the player won't need to spin the slots reels again. Mime works on spells that fail due to lack of MP.
Copycat is a Special ability that 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. Characters cannot mimic each others' Overdrives or Yuna/Gameplay's summoning.
Copycat takes MP to use, but can be made useful for mimicking actions that would otherwise take more MP to perform, such as Doublecasting Ultima or Death for getting rid of weaker enemies faster. 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 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.
Mimic is a Miscellany ability learned by Freelancers at job level 14. It allows the character to perform the same action as the previous one, whether it was the Mimic user's or another ally's. No HP, MP, BP, pg, or items will be consumed.
Mimic is the level 10 command ability for the Freelancer. It allows the user to perform the same action as the previous one, whether it was the users' or an ally's. No HP, MP, BP, pg, or items will be consumed.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)Edit
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.
Mimic appears as an ability effect, limited to Soul Breaks and Burst Soul Break commands. Only abilities, the Attack command, and the Defend command can be mimicked. Other Soul Breaks, Roaming Warriors, abilities that cause the user to jump into the air, and Burst Soul Break commands cannot be mimicked, and are not counted as the last action performed. If no actions that can be mimicked have been performed in the battle, the user will instead perform a physical attack that is 50% more powerful than a standard attack.
Silence still prevents the afflicted from using magic, even if used through Mimic. Mimicked actions cannot be dualcast, and are not affected by charge time reduction factors that only affect specific schools of abilities. They also gain Soul Break points as normal; for example, using Lifesiphon through Mimic will still grant 150 Soul Break points.
The following abilities have the Mimic effect:
- Gogo (V)'s Default Soul Break, Art of Mimicry, has a 50% chance of mimicking the last used ability. If this fails, he performs a physical attack that deals 50% more damage than a standard attack, similar to if no commands that can be mimicked were used. Gogo (VI) has a similar Default Soul Break, Mime.
- Deep Aqua Breath's first Burst Soul Break Command, Way of the Mimic; the cast time for this ability shortens by 0.15 seconds each time it's used, becoming instant-cast after eleven uses.
- Punishing Meteor's first Burst Soul Break Command, Quick Mimic; this ability has a cast time of 0.83 seconds, though it cannot be shortened.
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 cards allow him to Mimic the abilities of other cards in different ways. 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. A card featuring an alternate Amano art allows Gogo to use the Action Ability of any other card of the player's that has used its Action Ability the same turn, for the cost of Dulling Gogo and paying one Water CP.