Internet Mimic

A variation of the Yes-Man, the Internet Mimic is someone whose adoration for an internet celebrity (sometimes a Small Name, Big Ego) results in them copying their speech patterns, writing style, slang, or general tone.

It's kind of like when your little brother or sister wanted to copy your hairstyle and listen to your music, except these people are probably 20 years old and ought to know better.


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     Comic Books  

  • The Engine, a now defunct forum run by Comic Book writer Warren Ellis, was full of these. They were the ones using nonsense compound words like "shiteyes" or "thoughtpeach", just like Ellis does in his wackier work. Also, they usually had a signature photo of themselves smoking a cigarette and trying to look moody or hard.
  • The Truth and Beauty Bombs message board (loosely centered around Dinosaur Comics, A Softer World, and The Perry Bible Fellowship) tends to imitate the grammar/punctuation eccentricities of Dinosaur Comics and its author, Ryan North. The imitation was more pronounced in the past, however.

     Web Comics  

  • Many users of the forums associated with The Order of the Stick use avatars in the creator's art style, you can even select one from a list at registration. This trope also extends to the plethora of Web Comics on the forums. Many are posted as "at last, a non-OotS comic"- and are stick figure, heroic fantasy comics with slightly different facial styles.
  • It is often easy to identify an Achewood reader by their usage of "hella" "rad" and "dogg," or typing entirely in lowercase in order to make a downbeat statement.
  • With a comic primarily based on text, many fans of the comic Homestuck will imitate a particular character's typing quirk (mostly the Trolls', which are more noticeable) to evoke that character's qualities, sometimes going so far as to use it to have impromptu role playing sessions.

     Web Original  

  • On some 4chan boards, such as /tg/, it has in past been something of a fad to WRITE WITH THE CAPS LOCK DOWN in imitation of the "tripfag" MR. RAGE. It got to the point where "MRS. RAGE" and "THE PROPHET OF FURY" turned up.
  • Some Zero Punctuation fans, especially on The Escapist forums, try to copy Yahtzee's Sophisticated as Hell style, often boiling down to them simply regurgitating whole phrases verbatim from his reviews. Yahtzee's thoughts on this? "What I do have a problem with is people (for this happens surprisingly often) who think the best way to impress me is to talk at me like we're at a fucking renaissance faire. What am I, a visitor from the magical kingdom of Faggotry?"
  • On GameFAQs's Current Events, the well-known troll Butters_1188 has his own mimic by the name of Dead Guy Hubbin. He absolutely adores Butters and makes multiple topics about his undying love for him. He also copies many of Butters' gimmicks, like doing a topic search for "Butters" and posting in every single topic that comes up in the results seven hours after the last post. He's even been seen copying and pasting many of Butters' topics from other boards. Plus he has the exact same posting style even when not talking about Butters. This causes many people to think he's Butters' alt.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series is covered with this, arguably the biggest reason why the fanbase is now withering down.
    • Not even this website is safe. If there's a Yu-Gi-Oh example somewhere, expect it to have a line directly under it quoting the Abridged Series, relevant or not.
  • Noted right-wing troll Gary Ruppert on liberal snark site Sadly, No! has inspired numerous imitators.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd is notorious for his fanbase which believes his Reviews Are the Gospel and constantly imitates his style in their reviews.
  • raocow fans. Check the forums. Expect to hear a lot of "like it was no thing," "Charlie," "Freakin' Horse", and really strange non sequiturs.
  • The Twitter examples under Real Life are parodied in Holy Musical B@man!, where Batman snagged the twitter names "Superman" and "Barack Obama" and uses them to imitate and mock said celebrities.