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 and was formerly a member of the Diamond Cutters but later aligned himself with Dr. Eggman. He is now an enemy of Whisper the Wolf.
Mimic is a purple anthropomorphic mimic octopus. He has six tufts of hair at the top of his head 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 skin with wrinkles at his beak-like mouth and a black marking just above it, making his face look like a skull. He wears a small gray cloak with sleeves and 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 and his attire matched that of his fellow teammates. He wore a dark gray long sleeved top underneath an unweathered cloak, dark gray gloves with light gray suction cups on the palms and fingers and gray miltitary-style boots with dark gray toecaps. For missions, Mimic would wear and circular cream mask with a gray line on the left-hand side. A blue "eye" surrounded by black marking also exists on the left-hand side, whilst the right has three holes in a triangular pattern.
Mimic is known to be a person who has always sought prestige and riches. He was once part of the Diamond Cutters as a spy and an infiltrator to strike against the Eggman Empire. After things seemed to look dire for the team, Mimic later became a mercenary and helped Dr. Eggman destroy them. He managed to kill every single one of the Diamond Cutters except for Whisper the Wolf.
Tangle & Whisper
Mimic resurfaced once more to wreak havoc with his shapeshifting powers in the form of Sonic the Hedgehog. This included graffiti, stealing candy from babies and disturbing Chao. During this time, Mimic was also looking for Whisper, as he had discovered that she had survived his attack.
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. Whisper 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.
To match his shapeshifting abilities, Mimic is an untruthful person. He does not like causing much of a scene, relying on tactics to undermine and trick others into doing what he wishes. He is quite sinister, ominous and unapologetically violent in nature. He is also very manipulative. One such instance of this was shown when he shapeshifted into Whisper to make Tangle enter a safe so that he could lock her in it.
Powers and abilities
Mimic has the ability to shapeshift into whoever he pleases, allowing him to impersonate others. 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.
Weapons and equipment
- 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 is named after the species he is based on, the mimic octopus, who are well known for changing their skin color and texture to blend in with their environment.
- Mimic's species of an octopus and his ability to shapeshift brings about similarities with Decoy Octopus from the Metal Gear series.