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Roman: And if I, like, say no, y'know?
Brutus: Then you'll, like, get to be dinner for the lions in the circus, Y'KNOW!

There are many ways to insult, but one of the most common ones is to simply copy them (to their face or no). In fact, the verb "mock" can mean both "to ridicule" and "to copy". Perhaps this is because they're pointing out what is most ridiculous about the person they're insulting.

They often try to make the person they're copying look especially stupid by putting on a dumb version of their voice, adding insults into their description of the person, (e.g. "Look, I'm Alice, I'm really uncoordinated and have two stupid kids!"), or acting deliberately clumsy while pretending to be the person.

Any parody that's not an Affectionate Parody (see Take That!) could be a variation on this trope. It's also the reason behind things like blackface (racists would insult black people by pretending to be black themselves) but plenty of children who use Copycat Mockery don't grow up to be bigots. If an adult uses Copycat Mockery, they're often childish or mouthy. On the internet, there's a trend of wRiTiNg LiKe ThIs when quoting something that the person writing it perceives as dumb.


Compare No, You and Stop Copying Me. Can be The Diss Track if in song. Contrast Pretender Diss and Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery. Compare and contrast with Hand Puppet Mockery. Sometimes follows a Your Mom joke (e.g. "Well, your mom...").


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In One Piece, Cipher Pol 7 agent Wanze was fond of doing this.
    Wanze: If you want to free the prisoners... you'll have to defeat my Ramen Kenpo first?
    Usopp: Ra... Ramen Kenpo!!?
    Wanze: [making the exact same face] Ra... Ramen Kenpo!!?

    Comic Books 
  • In an Asterix book, one Roman says, "like" and "y'know" a lot, so when he asks what would happen if he declined another Roman's request, the second Roman says, "Then you'll, like, get to be dinner for the lions in the circus Y'KNOW!".
  • In the Tintin book "Tintin in Tibet", Tintin is told that his friend Chang is dead but he insists that he's actually alive because he dreamt he was alive. Captain Haddock thinks this idea is ridiculous and express his frustration about Tintin's insistance by repeating Tintin's, "Chang is alive, Chang is alive".
  • The current page image comes from the third issue of the Muppet Classics miniseries Muppet Robin Hood, where the Sheriff of Nottingham (portrayed by Sam the Eagle) gets annoyed by Friar Tuck (portrayed by Fozzie Bear) using a puppet to mimic him.

    Comic Strips 
  • One Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin combing his hair and putting on glasses to imitate his dad: "Calvin! Go do something you hate! Being miserable builds character!" Calvin's mom literally falls off her chair laughing, and his dad, while annoyed, admits that "okay, the voice was a little funny".

    Fan Works 
  • In Eight Count, Harley Quinn mimics Kate Kane's look and mannerisms during her walkout for their championship fight, down to styling her hair the same way. Kate, unfazed, then mocks Harley's typical walkout style on her way to the ring.
  • In Peeking Through the Fourth Wall, a series of fanfiction about characters from The Loud House MSTing their own fanfiction:
    • Lincoln's sisters mock Lincoln for saying, "She Is Not My Girlfriend" about Ronnie Anne by copying him.
    • At another point, Lynn says that boys are taller than girls. Lincoln says, "What about Stella?" and Lynn repeats his line in a mocking voice.
  • In The Sponge House, a fanfic where characters from The Loud House act out episodes from Spongebob Squarepants, the chapter "Missing Boo Boo Bear", which parodies "Texas", has Lincoln and Clyde pretending to be Bobby to mock him. Incidentally, the Spongebob episode the story was based on has the characters mock a place instead, so it doesn't count in the episode proper.
  • This parody comic of Steven Universe has Blue attempting to make fun of Yellow by copying her mannerisms and fashion sense, but Yellow just finds it cute instead.

    Films — Animation 
  • Cars:
    • When Chick says, "First one to California gets Dinoco all to himself!", Lighting McQueen later repeats it to himself in a mocking voice.
    • When Doc says, "You drive like you fix the road", Lightning again repeats it to himself in a mocking voice.
  • Finding Nemo:
    • In the scene with the vegetarian sharks, one of them complains about how arrogant dolphins apparently are and says in a doofy voice, "Oh, look at me, I'm a flippin' little dolphin. Let me flip for you. Ain't I something?".
    • When Dory says that she "really, really" thinks they should swim through, not over, the trench, Marlin says, "Well, I'm really, really done talking about this."
    • When Marlin asks the school of fish who come together to form shapes for directions, they form his shape and say in a mocking voice, "What the hey-hey? Gimme directions!". Marlin frustratedly says, "I'm serious!" but they just stay in his form and say, "Blah Blah Blah, me-me, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, me-me-me!". He complains to Dory about their "silly little impressions" while in the background, you can see they're still in his shape teasing him.
  • In the The Lego Ninjago Movie, the ninjas have to make their way through a forest with Garmadon, who's trapped in a cage, to reach a temple. Both sides get to talking and, while Lloyd tries to keep the everyone on task, the others are starting to cotton to Garmadon and laugh when he imitates Lloyd lines not a few moments before in a mocking tone to Lloyd's annoyance.
  • In Monsters, Inc., Randall asks Mike if he hears the 'Winds of Change' (in reference to wanting to be the top scarer instead of Sulley). Mike later repeats the line in a mocking voice.
  • Peter Pan: This occurs twice:
    • Near the beginning, as Mr. Darling starts to rant about not being respected while his wife attempts to calm him down.
      Mrs. Darling: Now, George.
      Mr. Darling: "Now, George! Now, George!" Well, now, George will have his say!
    • Later, Captain Hook threatens the children with being walked on the plank unless they join his crew, but Wendy tells them not to worry because "Peter Pan will save us". This makes Hook and Smee break into laughter and mock her, as they had laid an explosive trap for him.
  • In The Rescuers, Penny insults Madame Medusa behind her back by copying her mannerisms.
  • In Shrek 2, Shrek starts repeating everything Donkey says to annoy him.
  • In Tarzan II, Terk makes impressions of Kerchak and Kala to mock the arguments they usually have about Tarzan. She even shapes her hair in the form of Kerchak's tall crest when imitating him and flattens it down when imitating Kala.
    Terk: (imitating Kerchak) He'll never be one of us! Now I'm gonna grunt impressively.
  • Toy Story: After Buzz Lightyear starts replacing the cowboy doll Woody in Andy's affections and the song "Strange Things" plays, Woody finds himself in the toy box looking for his cowboy hat. The shark toy appears, wearing the hat, and says "Look, I'm Woody. Howdy, howdy, howdy." Woody gets annoyed by this mockery and says, "Give me that!" while grabbing the hat off the shark's head.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, Taffyta and the other Sugar Rush racers are shown to bully Venelope; their first on-screen display of harassment begins when they discover she'd made her own cart, and Taffyta pretends to be glitching out just like Venelope does, destroying the cart in the process. The others join in and also pretend that they're glitching.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Annie, Miss Hannigan often copies what the orphans say in a high voice to insult them.
  • Avengers: Endgame: In the year 2012, Loki shapeshifts into Steve Rogers and repeats his "On my way down to coordinate search and rescue", mocking him.
  • Grease: The song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" is entirely based in Rizzo pretending to be and mocking the innocent, good-girl Sandy, while she is out of the room. When she comes back in, she immediately realizes Rizzo and her friends were making fun of her.
  • In Nanny McPhee, the kids insult Mrs. Quickly by putting on parts of her wig and repeating her lines.
  • In The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West mockingly parrots Dorothy's tearful plea for Aunt Em to come back in one of her worst Kick the Dog moments.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In the first book, Greg tries to cheer an injured Rowley up by saying, "Look, I'm your dad. Durr, durr, durr."
  • Harry Potter's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Malfoy does a "cruel but accurate" impression of Hero-Worshipper Colin Creevey, a Gryffindor first-year who won't stop taking pictures of Harry and doesn't realize how annoying he is.
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin mocks the doors of the Heart of Gold that have Genuine People Personalities by mockingly quoting the sales pitch:
    "Look at this door," he said, stepping through it. The irony circuits cut into his voice modulator as he mimicked the style of the sales brochure. "All the doors in this spaceship have a cheerful and sunny disposition. It is their pleasure to open for you, and their satisfaction to close again with the knowledge of a job well done."
  • Little Critter: One book has the line "One of them even made fun of Zack" and it shows a boy wearing rabbit ears and a turtle shell like Zack, suggesting he's making fun of Zack for being mixed-species.
  • Warrior Cats: In both Sunset and Mothwing's Secret, Hawkfrost chastises his sister Mothwing for being uncertain while lying on his behalf; he viciously mimics what she'd said at the Gathering, making his voice squeaky and high-pitched as if Mothwing were a kit.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Drake & Josh: In "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh", Mary Alice's foster brother Trey gets annoyed when she starts talking about snow, and mimics her rambling about it. The other children are disgusted at him for making fun of her.
  • House of Anubis:
    • Played With in season 1, when Fabian has to play Victor in the school play. He delighted in getting to act like Victor, which the rest of the crowd found amusing, and Victor himself found very insulting.
    • When the students catch Victor practically grovelling at Gustav's feet in an effort to appease him, they begin to mock him behind his back, each of them putting on a fake Victor voice and making fun of common habits of his.
    • A minor moment comes in Season 2, when Alfie is struck with the de-aging curse and starts sucking his thumb. Joy and Patricia respond to this by mimicking him, but he doesn't notice.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the episode "Brothers", has Data tell himself that he is not less perfect than his evil "brother" Lore, only for Lore to repeat mockingly, "I am not less perfect than Lore!", leading to their creator, Dr. Soong, telling them both to be quiet.
  • In Supernatural, Dean sarcastically imitates a crying baby he's holding.
    Baby: [crying]
    Dean: [imitates crying sarcastically]
  • Victorious: Jade will often mock Tori by imitating her, always giving her a stereotypical Southern Belle accent. Tori will typically respond by insisting she doesn't sound like that. Tori does eventually do this back to her, though Jade is out of earshot when this happens.

    Pro Wrestling 

  • In West Side Story, a comedic song half way through the play involves the Jets taking it in turns to mock the resident Dirty Cop by mimicking him.

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    Web Animation 
  • Minilife TV: In the episode "Spirit in the Sky", after the program coordinator, Wilkins, nags Chris and Ian to sign Vince and Zach's contract, Ian does a mocking impression of him.

    Web Videos 
  • The Call of Warr: During a night of drinking together, Prince and Glintz-Terry start imitating their fellow soldiers; it's all fun and games until Prince mocks Glintz-Terry and manages to offend him by claiming he's afraid of trees.
  • Done once by Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, mimicking his brother despite his brother not even being there.
    Kaiba: Kaibaland? Impossible! It hasn't even been built yet! *mocking Mokuba voice* "But big brother, we already saw Kaibaland back in Season 1!" SHUT UP MOKUBA! *beat* Huh. It's just not the same when he isn't here.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • It's done thrice in Episode 60 Part 1.
      • Once by Vegeta, mocking Krillin after Krillin states some fairly obvious advice.
      Vegeta: "Then you should really watch out for that!" That's you.
      • Then Piccolo does it to Goku after Goku realizes he done fucked up.
      Piccolo: "Oh, I've made a terrible mistake!" That's you.
      • And then Krillin, moments later, when Goku is asking to fix said mistake.
      Krillin: "Krillin, I'm serious! I'm gonna use it on me this time!" That's you.
    • In an earlier episode, Cell copies Trunks' new transformation to show that it's not as impressive as Trunks thinks it is, leading to this exchange.
    Cell: Look at me. I'm Trunks. Please love me, Daaaaad. [ends imitating] See? Anyone can do it.
    Trunks: That's a terrible impression.
    Android 16: But not inaccurate!
  • Night Mind: In the "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" analysis, Nick is being tormented by an annoying microphone puppet, who at one point dons a crudely-made Nick Nocturne hand-puppet and imitates him, in an attempt to bully him into submission.
  • The Ryan George video Captain Mockery is the worst Avenger is about a superhero called Captain Mockery who mocks a civilian in danger instead of doing anything to help, starting by mimicking what he just said.
  • Web Video/Smosh: In a scene of “HOW TO DUMP YOUR GIRLFRIEND,” Anthony copies everything his girlfriend says. She eventually jumps out the window.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • In "The Sidekick", Gumball explains to Darwin why the others consider him just a sidekick by mimicking him. Darwin then starts mimicking Gumball in response.
      Gumball: [in a high-pitched voice and with a cutesy expression on his face] Hey, I'm Darwin! Oh, your shoes are dirty! Looks like you could do with a door-mat! Hello Gumball! Do you mind holding my hand for my entire life?! What are we gonna do? Where are we gonna go? What are we gonna have for lunch today? Because I find even the simplest decisions baffling!
      Darwin: Huh, well, at least I'm not like this! [With a deep voice and acting in a goofy manner] Duh! Hey, I'm Gumball! Duh! I'm too busy to look where I'm going, 'cause I'm in love with Penny or something!
    • In "The Hero", when Gumball and Darwin wait for Anais to come out of the shower, she tells them to go shower somewhere else since their mother pays the water bill, and they are forbidden to shower there until they apologize to their father for insulting him. In response, Gumball starts annoying Anais by repeating everything she says, until she throws a soap bar at him, which hits him in the nose. Anais then repeats Gumball's "Ow, my nose!".
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "Rival Busker", when Paige tries to get into the secret ballroom at Bitsy's hotel and the Russian guards won't let her through, Paige groans in frustration and one of the guards imitates her groan and tells her that's what she sounds like.
  • "Clock Cleaners": Mixed with Enmity with an Object, between Donald and a spring:
    Donald: What's the big idea?!
    Spring: [imitating Donald] What's the big idea?
    Donald: Aw, shut up!
    Spring: You shut up!
    Donald: Oh, yeah?
    Spring: Oh, yeah!
    Donald: Says you!
    Spring: Says I!
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In The Henpecked Duck, Daffy does it to himself when he repeatedly answers his shrewish wife's demands with a meek "Yes, 'm'love". Once she leaves the house, he begins throwing a fit while screaming "YES, M'LOVE! YES, M'LOVE!", but unfortunately...
      Mrs. Daffy: (bursts in) WHAT'S THAT?!
      Daffy: (gulp) ...Yes, m'love.
    • In Wabbit Twouble, Elmer blocks the entrance to Bugs' rabbit hole and remarks "That'll hold him, alwight! Hehehehe". This fails, as Bugs comes out of his hole with ease and proceeds to mock Elmer, complete with Narrative Shapeshifting into Big Chungus.
  • PAW Patrol: The aptly-named villain Copycat has a habit of mockingly repeating the words of those who annoy him.
  • Rugrats:
    • In "The Slumber Party", Angelica teases Tommy by miming sucking on his bottle.
    • In "The Odd Couple", Tommy mentions the words 'my house' and Chuckie says, "My house, my house" before going on to say, "This isn't your house, it's my house!".
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Homer's Enemy", Frank grows outraged at how Homer is so lucky despite being so stupid, and starts to do mockingly dangerous things while pretending he's Homer in an attempt to mimic him. He then grabs a high voltage cable without power gloves...
    • In "Hurricane Neddy", Ned is mad at everyone for failing to rebuild his house and he tells Bart "not to have a cow", mocking his catchphrase.
    • In one episode, Ned Flanders tries to gamble and says, "One betting disk, please". Homer thinks this isn't how you should gamble and repeats the line in a mocking voice.
  • In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, Mr. Krabs has a million dollars, but Spongebob thinks it's only one dollar and says, "It's just a dumb old dollar!". Mr. Krabs copies him in a singsong voice to tease him.
  • In some early episodes of Steven Universe, Amethyst had the habit of shapeshifting into other people (like Pearl or Steven) to mockingly imitate them.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: In "The Emperor Scorpion Strikes Back" and "The New Order", Jack Spicer responds to Omi's regular Pre Ass Kicking One Liner by repeating said line in a high-pitched voice, complete with his head becoming big and round (and in the former case, yellow) like that of Omi.
  • In Rick and Morty Summer is left behind in Rick's spaceship with the AI set to "keep [her] safe", a task it carries out without restraint, drawing the attention of the military. After Summer orders it to take non-lethal, non-maiming, non-psychologically traumatizing options, it expresses annoyance at having to determine a course of action that meets all that criteria when it has more than enough firepower to fend them off. When Summer tells it that it's being a dick it responds that it's job is to keep her safe not, "like totally chill with the vibe" in a mocking valley girl tone, finishing with "That's you. That's what you sound like."


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That's What You Sound Like

When Paige tries to get into the secret ballroom and the Russian guards won't let her through, Paige groans in frustration and one of the guards imitates her groan and tells her that's what she sounds like.

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