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->'''Calvin:''' Hi Dad. I'm repeating everything anyone says.\\
'''Dad:''' Oh, you are, are you?\\
'''Calvin:''' Oh, you are, are you?\\
'''Dad:''' Knock it off, Calvin. That's very annoying.\\
'''Calvin:''' Knock it off, Calvin. That's very annoying.\\
'''Dad:''' I forfeit all my desserts for a week.\\
'''Calvin:''' Okay, give them to ''me''.
-->-- ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''

A common plot when a character (usually lacking in self-confidence) begins to imitate someone they look up to, down to what [[CostumeCopycat clothes they wear]] and what foods they eat. For the one being imitated, this usually gets old very, ''very'' fast after the novelty of having a lookalike wears off, and the rest of the episode is usually dedicated to getting the imitator to [[BeYourself stop and rely on himself or herself instead]]. However, sometimes this backfires, and rather than learn anything the imitator will just switch to a new target.

May overlap with HeroWorshipper and HeroicWannabe. Also a common cause (and effect) of PoserHating. If this continues for too long it can turn into IJustWantToBeYou, with the difference being that this trope is usually a temporary state of affairs and generally PlayedForLaughs. If a character's style becomes a widespread new fashion craze, that's YouAreTheNewTrend.

See also SincerestFormOfFlattery, which is a meta-trope about WordOfGod admitting to copying from an earlier influence on their work.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One character in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' used a variation by copying someone's deck and then acting like them while playing it. The same character later stole Yugi's deck when it was up on display. And started imitating Judai after the inevitable loss. Judai doesn't seem to have a problem with being imitated, but is annoyed at not being copied ''properly''.
* One episode of ''Anime/SailorMoon [=SuperS=]'' had a young girl named [[WoobieOfTheWeek Nanako]] who becomes [[OneeSama infatuated with Rei,]] and becomes a {{Miko}} like her and copies everything she does. At first Rei thinks it's funny, but then she gets really annoyed. It turns out Nanako is a severe FragileFlower and doesn't take Rei's disapproval well at all, making her a good target for the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* One episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has Ash and Max being asked to take care of some young starter Pokémon, so May and Brock leave behind their own starters with Ash's to take care of the younger charges. The Treecko, apparently female, instantly crushed on Ash's own Treecko, and started following the latter around, imitating him by carrying around a twig (with a flower) in her mouth.
* Princess Mimina of ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' is a RoyalBrat who wishes she could steal the titular heroine's MagicalGirlWarrior thunder. Mimina made her own costume and weapon, and can mimic Ririka's attacks, but this only gets her into sticky situations.
* Oluo from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' tries to copy his captain Levi's look and speaking style, much to Petra's annoyance. Levi himself never comments on this.
* The ''Manga/ZekkyouGakkyuu'' chapter "The Matching Classroom" features a NewTransferStudent who just wants to fit in. She soon tries to assert her own style to try to impress her crush, only for her friends to follow suit. It starts off as just [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/zekkyou_gakkyuu/v02/c008/16.html annoying]], but it quickly turns [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/zekkyou_gakkyuu/v02/c008/17.html weird]] and then heads into [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/zekkyou_gakkyuu/v02/c008/20.html just plain creepy]] just as quickly.
* In the Alabasta Arc of ''Main/OnePiece'' movie, the crew meets Mr. 2 Bon Kurei a Devil Fruit user who's power lets him assume the appearance of ''anyone'' - and he's a ''really'' LargeHam. After using this ability to imitate Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, and Chopper, (who don't like it at all) he imitates Nami, and [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn then]] ''[[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn disrobes]]''; Nami finally slugs him (''and'' Sanji, who was gawking).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': Once people decide that Brian is the messiah, he just cannot catch a break: "You're all individuals!" -- [[CompletelyMissingThePoint "Yes, Yes, We are all individuals!"]] -- "I'm not..."
* The second live-action ''Film/{{Scooby Doo|Monsters Unleashed}}'' film, ''Monsters Unleashed'', had Shaggy and Scooby dress up as Freddie and Velma, respectively, when it's pointed out to them that they never do anything. The others think this is stupid from the get-go.
* Made down right frightening in the movie ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale''.
* In the early part of the Film/{{Apocalypse}} film series movie ''Tribulation'', young Calvin Canboro imitates young Tom Canboro up until when Tom says that Calvin has to go to the bathroom, which gets Calvin to stop imitating when he finds himself repeating what Tom said.
* In ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', many women and ''girls'' start imitating Roxie Hart, the sweetest jazz killer in the city. Even Mama Morton dyes her bobbed hair blond to Velma's consternation. Roxie, [[AttentionWhore naturally]], enjoys the attention.

* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' Cosmo Lavish tries to usurp Vetinari by ''becoming'' Vetinari, to the point of stealing his hats, boots, ring, and swordstick (only the hats actually ''were'' Vetinari's; he doesn't even ''have'' a swordstick). He ends up in the hospital - it turns out there's a whole ward full of people who think they are Havelock Vetinari. What if Havelock Vetinari isn't the real Havelock Vetinari? What if he's just better at it than the guys on the ward? That would explain the rather horrific CharacterizationMarchesOn Vetinari suffered before Pratchett got his act together.
* Occurs in the ''[[BabySittersClub Baby-sitter's Little Sister]]'' novel ''Karen's Twin''. Karen's schoolmate eats her lunch in the same order and even gives Karen new clothes so they can wear the same thing more often.
* Played for laughs in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', when [[ChivalrousPervert Mat]] can't figure out who's teaching his kid to flirt.
* Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'':
** Isabella Thorpe is a reputed beauty and acknowledged as the most beautiful young woman in Bath in that season. Her younger and less attractive sisters Maria and Anne try to imitate Isabella's style and [[CoordinatedClothes they dress like her]]. According to the narrator, it kind of works and they are considered passable. Isabella doesn't seem to mind. She may be even glad that she is considered a star and a leader.
** Isabella once mentions in a letter to Catherine Morland that one girl wore a turban like her (Isabella) for one social occasion. But in her opinion, she couldn't quite pull it off. Apparently, turbans only match Isabella's beautiful face.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle: The One and Only'', a new girl named Jane (usually known as "Bubbles") comes to Opal's school and starts following her, copying everything she does and dressing like her. Toot and Puddle tell Opal that it's a compliment, but Opal doesn't like it. Then, she has to make a decision about whether or not to help the new girl.
* In the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' novel ''The Commodore'', Lieutenant Mound--captaining one of the squadron's bomb-ketches--adopts a laid-back, languid manner. After observing this for a little while, Hornblower is amused to realize that it's modeled on his ''own'' deliberate pose of nonchalance in tense situations.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has Sabrina accidentally turn Valerie into a copy of herself, complete with witch's powers.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Early on in season one, JD was emulating Dr. Cox to the point of missing a date to be in surgery with him, and when Cox realized this, he mentioned that he only barely likes himself. JD took this to heart, and in a later episode described himself as wanting to be "a more successful version of Cox". In a later episode he tried dressing like him, but Cox put an end to this one pretty quickly.
* It gets used in ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'', where one of the kids assigned as the librarian's assistant ends up gradually copying him until he learns a surprisingly quick [[AnAesop Aesop]] about being yourself. In a later season, someone copied Barney himself. As you might expect, HilarityEnsues.
* In one episode of ''Series/SesameStreet'', Telly and a group of children became the "Bobketeers", dressing like Bob, following him around and doing everything he did.
* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a child believes himself to be responsible for the deaths of all aboard his ship, and when rescued by Data, he starts imitating him. It turns out to be more of a coping method to deal with his guilt and depression, as androids don't have emotions and are never scared or sad.
* This trope was played as straight as the arrow in your head in ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''. Right down to the imitator switching to the AlphaBitch at the end of the episode.
* One episode of ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' starts with Jim dressing and acting exactly like Dwight; however, though in this case, it actually ''is'' explicitly meant to irritate him, and obviously succeeds. Dwight tries to return the favor at the end of the episode, but since Jim doesn't take himself nearly as seriously, that attempt utterly fails.
--> '''Dwight:''' (as Jim) Ah, Karen, my girlfriend. Do you want to have sex later?
--> '''Jim:''' (to Karen) DO you?
--> '''Karen:''' No thanks.
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': In the episode "Nikki Heat", the actress who is going to play Nikki Heat in the ''Heat Wave'' movie shadows Beckett, for "character research", and becomes more and more like her as the episode progresses, causing great annoyance to Beckett.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Early on Chandler and Joey tried to copy Monica's boyfriend Richard (Chandler grew a moustache like him and Joey started smoking his cigars). HilariousInHindsight when Chandler later dated Monica and naturally felt worried he could never live up to Richard.
* In an early episode of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', Liberty imitated J.T. for a class project about one's hero. Though it was meant as flattery and playfulness, J.T. is embarrassed and later confronts her about it in front of her friends. Liberty pulls this Trope as a card, and J.T. angrily replays by mocking her with something along the lines of. [[CrossesTheLineTwice I'm Liberty Van Zandt. You take that back, I do to have friends! Millions of imaginary friends and stuffed animals. Oh, and sometimes, even my parents like me!]] Liberty is deeply hurt by this and J.T. is labeled a 'creep' by her enraged friends.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' introduces Tina Greer, a shape-shifter who thinks Lana Lang has the perfect life, dressing up in clothes just like Lana's. Tina is so convinced that Lana has the perfect life that she eventually tries to kill the real Lana so she can take her place.
* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'':
** A little person who works at Winfrid-Lauder looks up to Mimi and starts dressing like her to be a "Mini Mimi".
** A man starts taking after Drew, down to dressing like him and decorating his house to look exactly like Drew's. It creeps Drew and his friends out.
* Happens in ''FlightOfTheConchords'', when Bret is kicked out of the band and forms "The Original Flight of the Conchords" with Demitri, who tries to copy Bret's look, moves, and even repeats everything Bret says on the microphone.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''[='s=] Hyper Battle DVD sees [[TheLancer Kagami]] attempting to imitate [[TheAce Tendou]], but failing miserably in all regards -- including cooking, being a big brother, and fighting. When Kagami gets his butt kicked in battle, Tendou steps in and tells him "[[CatchPhrase Grandmother said this:]] There's nothing wrong with pretending to be someone else as long as it helps you find [[BeYourself the real you]]." This revelation gives Kagami his own SuperMode (which only appears in this one DVD "episode").

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs started using an Implant DDT which was the finishing move of the target of his affection, the Lovely Lacey. She was unimpressed.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In every edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' except the 4th, there have been [[HornyDevils temptress devils of Hell]] called erinyes, the Lawful counterparts of the demonic succubus. "Erinyes" happens to be another name for [[Myth/GreekMythology the Furies]], which in this reality are divine punishers of godlike power. At least one source say that the devils copied the name out of admiration for the Furies and how much they were feared, although it's probable that the Furies couldn't care less. (In the 4th edition, where demons are no longer tempters, the Lawful version was renamed "succubus".)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A RunningGag in the ''KatamariDamacy'' series is that several of the more oddly-shaped cousins wear the exact same colors as the Prince. Each new installment of the series usually adds at least one new lookalike cousin: there was Johnson in the original, Slip, Can-Can and Odeon in ''We ♥ Katamari'', Kenta in ''Me & My Katamari'', Pu in ''Beautiful Katamari'', and most recently Dangle in ''Katamari Forever''.
* Conrad Verner of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' takes to dressing like Shepard in [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the sequel]], much to Shepard's annoyance. The Renegade option lets you shoot him in the foot, while the neutral option lets you [[GroinAttack knee him in the crotch]]. By [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]], depending on your actions he may be supporting Cerberus -- a terrorist organization -- just because Shepard did in the second game, unaware that Shepard left between games (and depending on the player's actions, possibly with a massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the boss in the process). Shepard [[FacePalm responds]] [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe appropriately]]. This all receives a brilliant CallBack in the ''Citadel'' DLC when [[spoiler:Shepard's clone]] claims to be better than the real thing.
-->'''Shepard:''' Are you kidding me?! ''Conrad Verner'' is [[PretenderDiss better at being me than]] ''you'' are!
* The Masked Koopas in the ''VideoGame/{{Something}}'' series. They dress up like Mario in Something and dress like Yoshi in Something Else.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A case that is a little different from normal played seriously and not found in a children's story or show: After completing the first DungeonCrawl in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan abruptly decided that he wanted to be a wizard, in large part because of his respect for V. V is not pleased by Elan dressing like a stereotypical mage and clowning around because he takes that as Elan insulting wizards and the effort V puts into magic, and promptly blows up at Elan. The two then have to have a heart to heart in order to reconcile.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Omega Zell from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' is somewhere between a long-term version of this and a milder form of IJustWantToBeYou. He dreams of becoming the number one player of the game and greatly admires Fantöm, the current number one. Some of the imitation includes having the same standard character class Fantöm had before unlocking the in-universe equivalent to a PrestigeClass and having the same drinks as him in taverns. While the situation is long-standing, Omega Zell's imitation remains relatively innocent as he's still enough of his own person to have a personality quite different from Fantöm's.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
** In one episode Mikey begins imitating Vince, the jock, due to seeing Vince as a "cool kid", but eventually admits that the persona doesn't fit him and goes back.
** One kid gets a crush on Gretchen and says this word for word at one point.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'':
** D.W. once imitated Arthur down to his clothes and use of his old glasses frames, but she too was eventually talked out of it. In this case, it was an InvokedTrope: D.W. was getting back at Arthur for a scuffle over who had dibs on the TV (his [[BlandNameProduct not-Superman]] show was on the same time as a show targeted at preschoolers, and he said everything she liked was boring).
** An episode had Muffy writing the school's advice section but being upstaged by Molly (one of Binky's friends) as the latter was better at giving advice. In an attempt to rectify this, Muffy dresses like Molly and tries to do the things Molly normally does (skateboard, listen to rock music etc). Say the least it didn't last.
** One episode has Arthur & Muffy teaming up on a school project, and he starts picking up her mannerisms. Lampshaded by the other characters to Arthur, who didn't see it.
** [[HandWave For some reason]], Buster & Arthur decided the other had the better life and started imitating him - Arthur reading joke books and Buster complaining about D.W. all the time.
* The [[WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries animated version of Sabrina]] has the title character cast a spell to help out a nerdy classmate named Norma become more well liked. It backfires however when the town soon start to dress like her... They considered Norma to not "be Norma enough" and tie her and Sabrina up before Sabrina manages to break the spell.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Robin leaves for a bit to go train with "The True Master", and the rest of the team takes to dressing up as him. By the end of the episode, the entire team and Silkie, Starfire's pet mutant moth larva, are sitting around in Robin costumes, eating pizza and calling each other Robin. Even Raven's wearing Robin's clothes; she says, "The mask makes me feel... cool." And Robin walks in just then, and everyone expects their normally high-strung leader to be annoyed at them... but he just takes a slice of pizza and says: "You know, Robins, the mask makes me feel cool too." It helps that part of the lesson was "don't take yourself so damn seriously".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' also used this. The imitator, instead of learning her lesson after the episode, moved on to idolizing her sidekick, Ron.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** Dil started imitating Angelica, much to her annoyance.
** Phil and Lil imitated Chuckie and Angelica respectively because their parents couldn't tell them apart.
* Stacy once did this to Quinn on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' while the latter was staying at the former's house while the rest of her family was out of town. This weirds out Quinn, who opts to make a break for it soon after and ends up staying with ''Jane,'' of all people.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Patrick once tried being just like [=SpongeBob=] after deciding he was a failure since he never got an award and wanted to be a winner like [=SpongeBob=]. He actually became moderately successful by doing it, and really ''was'' a failure whose only award was for doing nothing (though that was good enough for him to stop, all he really wanted was to win a single award). [=SpongeBob=] finds it a little creepy, but flattering, at first but soon grows more and more irritated culminating with ''Patrick copying his own thoughts''.
-->'''Spongebob''':(thinking) "At least I'm safe inside my mind."
-->'''Patrick''':(thinking) "At least I'm safe inside my mind."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCrampTwins'' the ''entire school'' started imitating Wayne when a famous photographer praised his style. Wayne originally liked it because he could mock Lucien with it, but became gradually more annoyed until it turned out that the combined number of everyone imitating him completely cleared out the junk yard he frequents. Wayne fixed it by dressing up as a girl.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' had an episode where Riley is sick of every girl in town copying the latest big fashion model, so she replaces said model with herself, thinking that nobody would want to copy someone as average as her. Of course, everybody does, and at the end of the episode, Riley's "BeYourself" speech backfires on her when someone points out that it's their choice ''as'' an individual if they want to follow the trends or not.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': In "There's A Penfold In My Suit," Penfold is putting on one of DM's jumpsuits, thinking if he does he'll be just as brave and heroic. Colonel K comes on the videophone and thinks he's seeing two [=DMs=].
* And episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' had Tommy befriending a new kid at school, soon the kid starts hanging around Tommy's friends and family, dressing like him, picking up his hobbies and interests, and even [[MythologyGag carrying a screwdriver in his pocket.]] After Tommy confronts him on the matter, he admits that he was worried about not making friends and thought it would be easier if he acted like someone who was already good at making friends.
* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. A bear starts imitating Finn. Finn doesn't have a problem with it until he believes the bear is trying to outright impersonate him. After hurting the bear's feelings, Finn apologizes and gives him the Enchiridion so he can be a hero all of his own. [[spoiler: Turns out this was all a ploy so The Lich can get his hands on the Enchiridion, knowing very well that Finn couldn't ignore his selfless nature.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', a motivational speaker encourages everyone in Springfield to act like Bart. At first, he revels in it, but is quickly annoyed by everyone imitating his "do-what-you-feel" attitude.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Robin has to deal with the Mirror Master clone of himself repeating everything he says. He tries to get his clone to slip up by saying, "I like to smell my feet", but the clone responds, "You like to smell your feet?"