They weren't my friends. They weren't even my comrades. They were a means to an end. I was in it to reap the rewards. When their big crusade put my life on the line, it wasn't a difficult choice. Heroes become martyrs. Professionals stay alive.
— Mimic, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4
Mimic is a character that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing. He is an anthropomorphic mimic octopus and a mercenary who carries the ability to shapeshift. He was formerly a member of the Diamond Cutters but later betrayed them to Dr. Eggman. He is now an enemy of Whisper the Wolf.
- 1 Concept and creation
- 2 Appearance
- 3 History
- 4 Personality
- 5 Powers and abilities
- 6 Relationships
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
Concept and creation
Mimic was originally planned to be used in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series published by Archie Comics. He was also originally a teenager, but Takashi Iizuka decided for him to be in his 30s due to how he looks much older in his design to him.
Mimic is a purple anthropomorphic mimic octopus. He has a large, sagging head with six small protrusions at the top and four long tentacles that extend from his head down to nearly his ankles. Suction cups can be seen on both his hands and feet. Mimic has white eyes with black sclera and possesses light gray muzzle with wrinkles at his beak and a black marking just above it, making his face look like a skull (this was done on purpose by using his shape-shifting abilities as an attempt to look scarier). He wears a small, tattered gray cloak with sleeves and tattered gray leg warmers of the same slim fabric, all of which are tattered.
As a member of the Diamond Cutters, Mimic's skin was white and lacked the markings on his muzzle. His attire matched that of his fellow teammates. He wore a dark gray long sleeved top underneath an undamaged cloak, dark gray gloves with light gray suction cups on the palms and fingers and gray military-style boots with dark gray toecaps. For missions, Mimic would wear a circular cream mask with a gray line on the left-hand side. A blue "eye" surrounded by a black marking also exists on the left-hand side, whilst the right has three holes in a triangular pattern.
Mimic used to be a member of the Diamond Cutters, an elite anti-Eggman mercenary team, as their infiltrator. According to him, he only joined the team to reap the rewards. His Wisp companion was a Blue Wisp. During one mission at an Eggman base, Smithy the Lion, Slinger the Ocelot and Claire Voyance, pretended to be captured by Mimic after he had shapeshifted into an Egg Pawn. After they managed to fool the guarding Egg Pawn there, Claire sensed a formation of Badniks on the far end of the base and two more on the inside that were recharging. After creating enough property damage, Mimic created an exit out of the facility with his Cube Wispon. Later, at the onset of the Eggman War, Mimic (feeling as though his life had been put on the line due to the team) secretly betrayed the Diamond Cutters and aligned himself with Dr. Eggman. He brought a plan before the Diamond Cutters to take down an Eggman base that caused a blackout among his forces along the coastline. Though he insisted that everyone was needed on the field for the mission, Whisper the Wolf still decided to hang back at Claire's urging.
At the Eggman base, the Diamond Cutters found no opposition; Claire could not sense anything with her powers, deducing that Eggman must have been emitting alpha waves somewhere to block her. Smithy sent Mimic to scout for an ambush while he, Slinger and Claire pressed onward; Mimic used the chance to meet Eggman elsewhere in the base. He watched as his teammates were killed by Shadow Androids in a locked room; following this, Eggman forgave Mimic for his "crimes" against him. Furious with what had happened, Mimic's Blue Wisp abandoned him. After Eggman discovered that Whisper was not killed, he sent Mimic to go finish the job. Mimic went outside in the form of an injured Slinger to try and lure Whisper out; however, there was no sign of his former teammate. Finding her discarded Wispon, Mimic decided to use it, as well as his own mask, as evidence that he had killed her.
Tangle & Whisper
After Dr. Eggman regained his memories and discovered that Whisper was still alive, he renewed his order for Mimic to finish what he had started. Fearing Eggman's wrath if he failed again, Mimic decided to try and lure Whisper out by wreaking havoc with his shapeshifting powers in the form of Sonic the Hedgehog. This included graffiti, stealing candy from babies and disturbing Chao.
When the two came face-to-face, Whisper discovered that not only was Mimic targeting her but he was potentially targeting Tangle the Lemur as well. After Whisper overpowered him, she gave chase to Mimic in Spiral Hill Village while he still continued his Sonic facade. While Mimic ran away, Whisper attempted to shoot Mimic from the rooftops but Mimic took advantage of his Sonic form to talk to a star-struck villager so she would stand in the way of Whisper's shot. Mimic soon tried to creep off but was suddenly greeted by Tangle, who wanted to know why Whisper was shooting at him. Seeing an opportunity, Mimic told Tangle that Eggman had placed a mind control chip inside Whisper's mask scope, forcing her on a rampage, and he could not bring himself to hurt her. Tangle thus took it upon herself to stop Whisper, leaving Mimic pleased. Whisper soon took aim at Mimic again, only for him to shoot her a sinister grin. As Tangle tackled Whisper, Mimic left the scene. After the commotion between the two, Tangle and Whisper headed to the Mineral Museum and Mimic watched them leave in the form of the villager he talked to earlier. Mimic soon after went to the Mineral Museum and watched Whisper talk about him to Tangle and Jewel the Beetle. He then left a note for Whisper on the door to the museum that told her to meet him so that they could end things once and for all.
Later, at an Eggman Empire bunker, Mimic set bombs all around the facility and watched as Tangle and Whisper approached the facility. Mimic wanted to face Whisper alone but decided to have the duo handicap themselves and thus shapeshifted into Jewel. He soon called out for help in Jewel's voice and then shapeshifted into Whisper. Tangle met up with him, thinking he was Whisper and wondered how Jewel was in the facility if she was left back in Spiral Hill. Mimic suggested that Jewel was kidnapped after "they" left the museum. Mimic led Tangle to a safe where he claimed that Jewel was being used as bait. Once Tangle faced the safe, Mimic kicked her into it and locked it. He then shapeshifted into Tangle and went off to meet Whisper. He pretended to be intimidated by Whisper's Variable Wispon and was asked by her to prove that he was the true Tangle. "Tangle" showed Whisper a cut on his shirt, claiming that Mimic had lured the lemur by shapeshifting into Jewel and he tried to attack her afterwards. After Whisper seemingly accepted this story, "Tangle" led her to where Mimic had supposedly run off to. Mimic instead activated an Egg Hammer that wielded a wrecking ball and used it to attack Whisper. Whisper managed to defend herself and managed to destroy the Egg Hammer with her Variable Wispon's Rocket Mode. As the Super Badnik went down, Mimic jumped off and threw a bomb Whisper's way. The wolf managed to dodge this which prompted Mimic to use his laser gun to shoot at her. Whisper instead sniped the gun out of his hand and stood over him while he complimented her shooting style. When Whisper demanded to know where Tangle was, Mimic instead taunted Whisper by shifting into the other members of the Diamond Cutters and told her that she was not there to protect them. Whisper initially hesitated but persisted and hit Mimic, reminding him that he was the one who sold them out. Mimic thus revealed that Tangle was being held in a safe but he had also set some bombs in the bunker. Knowing she could not leave her friend behind, Whisper ran to get Tangle while Mimic exited the bunker. He locked its entrance, returned to his original form, said his goodbye to Whisper and walked away.
Later, Mimic returned to the site of the explosion on his Omnipotence to provide concrete evidence to Eggman that Tangle and Whisper were killed. After finding an empty safe, Mimic followed a trail of fresh footprints to a small ditch that had the words "WE END THIS WHERE WE STARTED" engraved into it. Realizing what this meant, Mimic asked Eggman for backup, being provided with a horde of Badniks as he tracked the girls to the Diamond Cutters' former base in the Clove Sea. While Whisper dealt with the Badniks, Mimic slipped into the base and disguised himself as Sonic once again, intending to ambush his enemies under pretense of helping them fight his impersonator.
However, Tangle and Whisper had anticipated Mimic's scheme and set a trap of their own. Pretending to fall for the disguise, Tangle offered to show "Sonic" the trap they had set for Mimic, leading him to the rec room with the deceased Diamond Cutters' masks hanging on the wall. Mimic's confusion about the "trap" prompted Tangle to activate the masks, playing back footage of Smithy, Slinger, Claire, and even Whisper praising their comrade for his past work. When she asked him if betraying them was worthwhile, Mimic realized that Tangle was onto him.
Reverting to his normal form, Mimic showed no remorse for his misdeeds, dismissing the Diamond Cutters as means to an end; his "loyalty" to them only lasted as long as the profit exceeded the risk to his life. After he declared friendship to be a show of weakness, he assumed Jewel's form and dared Tangle to attack. After some initial hesitation, she did so, but Mimic overpowered her, intending to use her form to get closer to Whisper. As he was about to kill Tangle with his dagger, Whisper arrived and disarmed him with the Variable Wispon's Cube Mode. Mimic reminded his former Blue Wisp partner of its kind's hatred of violence, causing it to exit the Variable Wispon in shame. However, Whisper persisted, engaging Mimic in a short but fierce battle. The octopus briefly gained the upper hand and turned Whisper's own Wispon on her, but this gave Tangle the opening she needed to wrap him up with her tail and smash him into a table. Mimic tried to break free by shapeshifting into Smithy, Eggman, and even Vector the Crocodile, but Tangle's coils were too strong, leaving his Blue Wisp watching in disappointment as Whisper held him at Wispon-point.
Before the wolf could execute her treacherous former comrade, Tangle convinced her to let Mimic live, asking her not to bring herself down to his level and pointing out that letting him live imprisoned would be a far less merciful fate. To that end, Tangle and Whisper brought Mimic to Tails, who sealed him in a Test Chamber able to simulate various conditions so he could not escape. While Mimic expressed his displeasure with his fate, admitting that "I'd rather [Whisper] had pulled the trigger," he declared that he was no stranger to being imprisoned. When Whisper threatened to "bury [him] deeper" each time he tried to escape, Mimic taunted his onetime comrade, wondering what Smithy, Slinger, and Claire would have thought of her now. However, his mockery was deflated when Tangle interjected to remind him that Eggman would likely punish him for yet another failure if he found the mercenary roaming free. Unable to deny the lemur's logic, Mimic grimly expressed his immense dislike of Tangle, another insult she turned back at him. Tails intended to send the Test Chamber to the nearest prison as soon as he could, with Whisper and Tangle reminding him not to open it, "no matter who was inside."
Confined to the Test Chamber, Mimic was eventually imprisoned in Everhold Prison's maximum security wing, with Rough, Tumble and Zavok joining him soon after. When Dr. Starline arrived in the prison, Mimic was impersonating the warden, asking for his release. However, the real warden (who was under the hypnotic influence of Starline's) explained that it was only a trick, which irritated Mimic. When he put the warden to sleep however, Dr. Starline offered the villains in the security wing to join him. Mimic declined, stating that he was no longer interested in working with a team. However, he was persuaded when Starline promised him that he would delete him from Eggnet's database so that Dr. Eggman would not be a problem for him anymore. As all four villains were convinced to join forces with Starline, Mimic was freed from the Test Chamber by Zavok, who used his electromagnetic abilities. He then changed into the warden to open the exit door with his voice. However, guards surrounded them as they left, and Mimic did not have time to take on the warden's form again to deceive the guards. Instead, he asked Zavok to use his abilities to sabotage the Hover Wispons used by the guards. However, Rough and Tumble quickly beat the guards themselves. Mimic soon after incapacitated a guard guarding the entrance to the security center by impersonating the warden and taking his Hover Wispon from him. After the entire prison was thrown into chaos, Mimic and his new crew departed for their target.
After Mimic and his new team were brought to Dr. Starline's Repository, Starline told the villains that they would have to acquire Power Cores, special energy spheres used by various machines in the Eggman Empire. With them, they could increase their powers using special adapters for the next part of their plan, which was infiltrating an Eggnet hub. Mimic, however, was suspicious and asked questions about how this would help him disappear from Eggman's radar. Starline, however, got irritated by his attitude, expecting that he would not have to explain everything to him like he would tell it to Rough and Tumble. The villains later attacked the Eggman base containing the Power Cores. Mimic and Rough in particular were thrown into the base by Tumble. There, Rough created a smokescreen, which Mimic used to run in between the Egg Pawns unnoticed. He then impersonated one of them and destroyed two of them. After getting inside the base, Starline ordered Mimic to turn into Sonic and pose in front of the closest security camera. Mimic initially questioned the order, forcing Starline to explain that they had to make it seem like Sonic attacked the base in order to throw Eggman off their trail. Understanding the plan, Mimic did as ordered, thereby opening a warehouse where a mechanical tyrannosaurus rex appeared. However, Rough and Tumble managed to destroy it, leaving Mimic regretfully amazed by the skunk brothers. Starline then told the others to load crates with Power Cores into his truck, while he delete the pieces of video recordings in the base's database featuring them and leave only the part where Mimic was pretending to be Sonic. However, Mimic was initially suspicious of Starline's actions. After loading the cores, the villains left the base.
Later on, at night, Mimic impersonated Starline and hacked into his computer. Upon playing one of Starline's recordings, he learned that Starline had created a new Power Core called the Tricore for himself and planned to get rid of his accomplices once he had achieved his goal at the Eggnet hub. However, Zavok caught Mimic in the act, scaring him. Assuming his normal form, Mimic told him to be quiet, as he did not want to wake up Starline. Being aware of Starline's deceit, Zavok admitted that he just wanted to make sure Starline's Core Gear devices were not traps. Mimic checked it for him and confirmed that they were harmless. Furious, Mimic decided to deal with Starline by killing him. However Zavok stopped him and had them go outside. There, he reminded Mimic that they still needed Starline in order to gain access to the Eggnet. Once they had that, the would force Starline to comply to their demands, and then eliminate him. The next day, the villains were on their way to the Eggnet hub. Along they way, Mimic reluctantly listened to Rough and Tumble's rhymes, but smiled wickedly when he saw that Zavok had managed to lure Starline into a false sense of security. Upon reaching their destination, Mimic received his yellow Core Gear and went with Zavok to take care of the local Badnik guards. He also used his tentacles to open the entrance to the central computer. There, he told Starline to hurry up because he was afraid Eggman would show up soon. Starline told him, however, that Eggman already knew about their attack, but that he would remedy that by giving him false coordinates for the whereabouts. Regardless, Mimic stayed impatient as Starline kept delaying his promise to delete him from the database. Finally, he put his knife to Starline's throat and forced him to obey. Zavok then revealed to Rough and Tumble that Starline had been trying to cheat them the whole time. Eventually, Mimic was wiped out from Eggman's database. He also praised Zavok after he made Starline hand over a chuck of the Eggman Empire to him. The villains then finally decided that they no longer needed Starline.
Just as Mimic and the others had Starline cornered, the doctor used the power of his Tricore to evade them. As Starline then escaped, Mimic was left to guard the main computer by Zavok. As Zavok went in pursuit of Starline, along with Rough and Tumble, Mimic began to consider that he might be able to get Starline with a surprise attack from above. However, he then remembered that Starline was right about Zavok, Rough, and Tumble being dangerous on their own. He also realized that even if he had been removed from the Eggnet's database, it would not solve his problem if one of his former allies told Eggman everything. As such, Mimic decided to update the Eggnet's report and call in Eggman to have him carpet-bomb the area and the others along with it. He then left the hub, intending to pay Whisper a visit. Shortly thereafter, Mimic stole Starline's truck and drove away as he saw Eggman and Zavok engage each other from a distance.
Mimic is known to be a person who has always sought prestige and riches. To match his shapeshifting abilities, Mimic is untruthful and very manipulative. He is quite sinister, ominous and unapologetically violent in nature, showing no remorse for his actions and delighting in deceiving others. However, he also has a cowardly streak: he does not like causing much of a scene, relying on tactics to undermine and trick others into doing what he wishes, and fears those who are stronger than him, such as Metal Sonic.
Although he was once part of a team, Mimic has a distaste for working with one, dismissing the Diamond Cutters as merely "a means to an end" and only joining Dr. Starline's group when offered a chance to get Eggman off his back.
Powers and abilities
Mimic has the ability to shapeshift into whoever he pleases, allowing him to impersonate others, be they either organics or robots. Though he is able to look nearly identical to the person he shapeshifts into, notable differences include brown eye colors and darker shades of fur, skin and clothing (for robots, he just turns a darker shade of their normal color scheme). The suction cups on his hands and feet are also still visible when he shapeshifts, even if he gives himself the appearance of gloves and shoes. He is also able to combine his true appearance with the shapes he takes.
While he can imitate appearances, Mimic cannot replicate abilities (such as Sonic's speed) or weapons (such as Whisper's Variable Wispon) with his shapeshifting.
Mimic has displayed some degree of tracking skills, as he was able to determine that Tangle and Whisper's tracks were deliberately leading him somewhere. Mimic is also a trained soldier and thus, has experience fighting in war-like situations.
Weapons and equipment
During his time as a Diamond Cutter, Mimic would wear a mask that would serve as a long-distance communication device as well as granting him the ability to understand the Wisp language. The mask also had a built-in camera which was connected to a network, granting his teammates the ability to later watch and review missions from his perspective. He also used a Cube Wispon, which was powered by his Blue Wisp companion. Mimic would use both its offensive and utility functions during missions.
Mimic is known to wield combat knives with serrated backs; his proficiency with them is unknown. He also wields a laser gun. Also, while allied with Starline, Mimic received a Core Gear that allows him to harness Power Cores' energy automatically.
According to Mimic, the Diamond Cutters were simply a means to an end to him. He never considered them his friends or even his allies. Even though he helped them in various missions, he only ever looked out for himself. When he finally believed that being on the team had was putting his life on the line, Mimic had no qualms in betraying his teammates to save himself from Eggman. As Whisper was the only one spared, he indirectly made an enemy out of her. Whisper had trusted Mimic as much as the others but this betrayal caused her enough trauma to force her to start working on her own and begin hating him. Whisper did not forgive Mimic for his actions and the latter did not show any remorse for what he had done. Due to this, the former teammates have become sworn enemies.
Mimic's Blue Wisp
Mimic's partner in combat used to be a Blue Wisp. As they fought together for a long time, Mimic treated the Blue Wisp with a great amount of respect. The two were practically inseparable, to the point where the Blue Wisp found true friendship in him. However, when the Blue Wisp realized that Mimic had betrayed his own teammates to Eggman, the very person who had tried to enslave its planet, it abandoned Mimic. Though the Blue Wisp now accompanies Whisper on her missions, it still feels a degree of amicability towards Mimic, to the point where it once could not bring itself to hurt him when the octopus reached out to it.
- Diamond Cutters
- Dr. Starline
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Tangle the Lemur
- Mimic is named after the species he is based on, the mimic octopus, who are well known impersonating many marine animals, and changing their skin color and texture to blend in with their environment.
- Though Mimic's first published appearance was in Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #0, his first chronological appearance is listed as being from Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1 (due to issue 0 being a preview issue).
- Mimic's species of an octopus and his ability to shapeshift gives him similarities with Decoy Octopus from the Metal Gear series.
- Mimic was the Diamond Cutters' eldest member prior to their disbandment.
- Mimic's trading card uses an edited version of the panel from Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #2, which removes the glow of his transformation.
- Mimic's Trading Card.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #1, "Imposter"
- BumbleKast Q&A for September 7th, 2020. YouTube. BumbleKing Videos (7 September 2020). Retrieved on 28 September 2020.
- BumbleKast Q&A for November 30th, 2020. YouTube. BumbleKing Videos (30 November 2020). Retrieved on 31 December 2020.
- Comment on EvanStanley's post. Tumblr (26 October 2019). Retrieved on 29 October 2019. “team-phantom: If its ok for me to ask,on mimics design does he have a beak like mouth or am I just seeing things? / Evan Stanley: Totally OK to ask! Yes he has a beak, and the construction is more-or-less the same as how you’d handle a bird character like Jet. That’s because in real life, octopuses (and all the other cephalopods) actually do have beak-like structures for their mouths.
On the topic of Mimic’s face, the skull-like markings on his face in the present day are him intentionally using his color-shifting abilities to try and look scarier. Because what’s the point of being a shape-shifter if you can’t do your makeup at will?
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #2, "Ambush"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #3, "Betrayal"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle & Whisper #4, "Showdown"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #1, "A Few Bad Men"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #2, "Smash & Grab"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #3, "Trust Issues"
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Bad Guys #4, "No Honor Among Thieves"