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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 
  • Quiz from Doraemon: Nobita's Treasure Island, being a robotic parrot and The Gadfly, is chummy to his owner Flock, and The Gadfly to Doraemon and the gang, constantly repeating everything else they said in an attempt to annoy them.
  • 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!!?
  • In Episode 18 of Suite Pretty Cure ♪, when Hummy wakes up Hibiki early on the weekend and says "Good morning, nya!", Hibiki mockingly repeats that, while her face changes to look more like Hummy's.

    Comic Books 
  • In an Asterix book, Asterix and Son, one Roman says, "like" and "y'know" a lot, so when he asks what would happen if he declined Brutus's request, the latter says, "Then you'll, like, get to be dinner for the lions in the circus, Y'KNOW!"
  • De Cape et de Crocs: Armand has a tendency to overact when reciting poetry, and does not appreciate Don Lope imitating his movements for the amusement of Kader and Eusebe.
  • In the Muppet Classics miniseries Muppet Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham (portrayed by Sam the Eagle) gets annoyed by Friar Tuck (portrayed by Fozzie Bear) using a puppet to mimic him.
  • 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 expresses his frustration about Tintin's insistence by repeating Tintin's, "Chang is alive, Chang is alive".

    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 
  • Anger Management: Lana teases Lynn by saying, "I'm Lynn— I got beat up by my little brother and can't mud-wrestle my way out of a wet paper bag".
  • 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 Junior Officers, Humphrey repeats Deborah's words and condescends to her in a mocking tone when she introduces her boyfriend.
  • 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 
  • BoBoiBoy: The Movie: To demonstrate to BoBoiBoy how glum he's being, Papa Zola puts the boy's hat on his head and jokingly whines with exaggerated expressions, "Ooh, I have so many problems!" even sticking in his catchphrase of "Awesome!" with the accompanying thumbs-up.
  • 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, "Would somebody please 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 Happy Feet, the skuas have heard their leader complain about being captured by aliens (in reality, humans who put a tracking collar on his foot), they mime and lip sync his entire story.
  • Ice Age: Sid the sloth mocks Diego the sabre-toothed cat, putting sticks in his mouth to imitate Diego's long teeth.
  • 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 everyone on task, the others are starting to cotton to Garmadon and laugh when he imitates Lloyd's 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 Pooh's Heffalump Movie, as Rabbit outlines his plan for the heffalump "expotition," Tigger stands behind and to the left of him, copying his mannerisms note for note, then moves to making crazy faces and motions, until Rabbit realizes what he is doing and gives him a Death Glare.
  • In The Prince and the Pauper, when Horace Horsecollar lectures Donald about his goofing off while the Prince who is Mickey's lookalike is studying, as he's doing so the Prince mimics his every movement in a mocking manner.
  • In The Rescuers, Penny insults Madame Medusa behind her back by copying her mannerisms.
  • The Road to El Dorado: When Miguel attempts to convince a horse to help them break out of prison, Tulio expresses his disbelief by mocking him.
    Miguel: That's it, Altivo. Find the prybar!
    Tulio: "Yes, find the prybar!" He can't understand "prybar", he's a dumb horse!
  • Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase: Scooby takes Officer Wembley's hat and scowls to imitate him when he first meets the gang.
  • Shrek 2: Done twice.
    • While on the trip to Far Far Away, Shrek starts repeating everything Donkey says to annoy him into shutting up.
    • Later, the Fairy Godmother imitates Shrek desperately calling for Fiona while he's trapped and watching helplessly as Fiona is tricked into believing that Prince Charming is 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 Turning Red, Tyler mocks Mei by acting out the sentiment in Mei's drawings of Mei and Devon.
    Tyler: Devon, my precious manly man.
  • 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 
  • The 400 Blows: A particularly cruel and unusual example: a boy at the centre for juvenile delinquents tells of how when he cried, his father used to imitate him on his violin.
  • In Annie, Miss Hannigan often copies what the orphans say in a high voice to insult them.
  • Arthur is guided by a manservant to "walk this way, sir." The man adopts a proper British butler cadence, which Arthur tries to imitate. However, being deliciously pickled, Arthur ends up walking more like Bugs Bunny than a British butler.
  • Batman Forever: It starts with Nygma mockingly repeating "There's just too many questions" over and over while he illegally finishes his brain-drain prototype after hours. It progresses to him fashioning himself into a near-duplicate of Bruce Wayne, down to a facial mole.
  • In The Giant, three men harass Rikard at a bus stop at night. One of them mimics his jerky walk.
  • Grease: The song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" is entirely based on 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.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • 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.
    • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Rocket is crying over the body of his friend Lylla when the High Evolutionary, who just murdered her, gets irritated by the ongoing noise and obnoxiously mimics him.
      The High Evolutionary: Alright P13, you win the crying contest, now back in the cage!
  • Happy-Go-Lucky: One of Poppy's fellow teachers Tash imitates her own aunt, giving her the Spanish Inquisition.
    Tash: [in her aunt's voice] Tash, you got a boyfriend? Are you getting married soon? Why don't you give your mum another grandchild?
  • In the film version of Middle School the Worst Years of My Life, Leo impersonates Principal Dwight behind his back while meeting Rafe for the first time.
  • In Nanny McPhee, the kids insult Mrs. Quickly by putting on parts of her wig and repeating her lines.
  • Problem Child: Junior repeats what Mr. Peabody says and does during a conversation with the nuns.
  • Rosaline: Tybalt throws a peacemaking line back in Romeo's face.
    Romeo: We don't want any trouble, Tybalt.
  • In When the Bough Breaks, Jordan imitates Audrey's movements, using a crayon as her cigarette and mouthing along with everything she says, to her irritation.
  • 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.

  • In Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, when Abbot challenges Nº1 to attack him with a meat skewer, Nº1 mockingly imitates Abbot in his head, and Abbot mockingly imitates Nº1 out loud.
    "You go ahead, little bee, prick me with your sting."
    Prick me with your sting, warbled Nº1 in a highly insulting imitation of the pride leader. Of course he didn't warble this aloud. Nº1 was rarely confrontational outside his head.
    Aloud he said, "I'll do my best, Master Abbot."
    "I'll do my best, Master Abbot," warbled Abbot in a highly insulting imitation of imp Nº1, as loudly as he could.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • In Mr. Revere and I, a Boston colonist mimics the redcoat Sir Cedric's stutter.
  • Nighttime Is My Time:
    • In school, Laura mimicked the Owl's stuttering voice from when he messed up his lines in the second grade play, causing much laughter. The Owl didn't take it well. He later forces Laura to mimic him again and act out the girls laughing at him, over and over.
    • Robby Brent is talented at mimicry and regularly incorporates this into his comedy routines. He humiliates several people at the reunion by mimicking them, reducing one of his old teachers to tears.
  • Roys Bedoys: In “You’re Grounded, Roys Bedoys!”, Roys teases his brother Loys by repeating everything he says, then he mimics his mother, causing her to punish him by making him stand in the corner.
  • 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.
  • In Wish, T.J. walks after Howard, mimicking his limp. Howard sees him but doesn't react. Charlie is so angry that she shoves T.J. He shoves her back, and they're about to start fighting when a teacher breaks them up.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Better Call Saul: In the Flash Forward sequences, Jimmy/Saul/Gene was clearly traumatized by his experiences with Walter White and his way of coping with it was to imitate him, stealing mannerisms from important people in his life like he's always done. This leads him to adopt the new personality of "Viktor", a sociopathic jerkass and a mirror of Heisenberg who acts like Walt did on his worst days.
  • Yo-han in The Devil Judge playfully imitates his niece's response to Ga-on calling her to come to eat. This is one of the rare times we see him play around and have fun.
    Elijah: I'm coming.
    Yo-han: "I'm coming."
    Elijah: You must have a death wish! [chases after him in her wheelchair]
  • 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.
  • ER's Doug Ross commiserates with Susan Lewis over how annoying Kerry Weaver is and proceeds to start mimicking her style of talking. . . and her limp, before freezing as he realizes that Kerry has walked into the lounge and witnessed everything.
  • Fawlty Towers: The main characters imitate each other at various points:
    • In "The Wedding Party", Basil imitates Sybil's annoying laugh, which startles the old ladies, who think he's unwell, because he's getting taller.
    • In "The Kipper and the Corpse", just after Basil has loudly insulted Mr Leeman who is out of earshot, Basil imitates Sybil saying "Basil!" and slaps his own wrist.
    • Also in "The Kipper and the Corpse", Manuel imitates Basil's pose of deep thought, when Basil is asked where the dead man is.
    • In "Basil the Rat", Basil imitates Polly saying she'll take Manuel's rat to her friend, saying "Oh, I've got a friend who'll look after him, Mr Fawlty!" in a high voice.
  • General Hospital's Carly overhears Liz making a snide comment about her and walks up behind her, mocking her laughter.
  • Grange Hill:
    • Often employed by the Deadpan Snarker Mr Baxter, the sports teacher.
      Mr Baxter: Jenkins, do my senses deceive me, or are you up to no good?
      Jenkins: No sir.
      Mr Baxter: No sir. Now then, today I have a treat for you: today we're going to play rugby football.
      [cries of "oh no!" from the pupils]
      Mr Baxter: Oh yes. And we're going to enjoy it, aren't we, Jenkins?
      Jenkins: Yes sir.
      Mr Baxter: Yes sir.
    • In series 2, the leader of the anti-uniform group mimics the headmaster, out of his hearing, after he has said "One thing you have yet to learn about me, Jessica Samuels, is that I stick to my decisions."
  • 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.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): In "The Thing Lay Still", Claudia ridicules Lestat by imitating his wheezing as the arsenic-laudanum toxin that she tricked him to ingest takes effect.
  • Keeping Up Appearances:
    • Emmet sometimes imitates Hyacinth's voice.
      Hyacinth: [calling from afar] Shan't be long now! Pass it on.
      Emmet: [gleefully, in Hyacinth's voice] Shan't be long now!
      Elizabeth: Shhhhh! She'll hear you, she won't ask you again.
      Emmet: It would be a first, she never listens.
    • Elizabeth mouths a phrase she has heard from Hyacinth many times: "It's my sister, Violet! She's the one with the Mercedes, sauna, and room for a pony."
  • Little Britain: Marjory on the highly unhealthy food that people have brought for a party after the Fatfighters' diet class:
    Marjory: What the hell is this supposed to be?!
    Tanya: Oh I made it, it's banoffee pie.
    Marjory: [accurately imitating her] Oh I made it, it's banoffee pie. (As herself) You, Tanya, are playing Russian Roulade with these people's lives. Shame on you, Tanya. Boo hiss boo.
  • Mako Mermaids: An H₂O Adventure: A potion accident causes Ondina to mentally regress to childhood, with an extremely bratty personality to go with it. She insists on being referred to as "Princess Ondina of all the seas", which Sirena exaggeratedly mimics behind her as Mimmi is forced to say the full title.
  • Mimpi Metropolitan: When Bambang recklessly wants to leave the dorm in the middle of the night after Alan made him pay most of their rent, Prima tries to stop him, but Bambang insists that he "can't be treated like this." Prima mockingly responds by saying that he too "can't be treated like this" complete with Bambang's Javanese dialect.
  • The Muppets
    • In Jean Stapleton's episode of The Muppet Show, Beaker is particularly moody during the Muppet Labs segment, and he briefly mocks Bunsen in meeps.
    Bunsen: Isn't that right, Beaker?
    Beaker (mimicking his tone in a mocking way): Me-me-me me-me? Meep.
    • In one episode of The Muppets (2015), Kermit says "It's time to work", which the Swedish Chef mockingly repeats. Kermit demands to know who said that (even though he was looking right at Chef when he did it) as everyone laughs; Chef plays innocent and asks who did it.
  • Odd Squad:
    • In "Best Seats in the House", after Oren interrupts Olive to brag about him and Olaf solving the most cases that week, Otto takes out his journal book and says that he has all of his and Olive's solved cases written down in it. Oren throws his words right back at him in a mocking tone of voice, much to the confusion of Olive before he pulls out his own journal book and says, in a normal tone of voice, that he also has his and Olaf's solved cases written down.
    • This is actually a common odd illness known as "Copy-itis", which Olympia and Otis think a client is infected with in the Cold Open of "Flawed Squad". In reality, he's just a Jerkass who called Odd Squad because he wanted their help to be a nicer person. Olympia hits him with a gadget she dubs the "Nice-inator", which makes him do a complete 180 from being rude to being far more kind, and as the two agents walk away, Olympia tells Otis that the "Nice-inator" is really a flashlight and that the client had the power to be nice in him all along.
    • In "Mr. Unpredictable", Omar mockingly imitates Opal when the two receive another taunting from the eponymous villain via a black-and-white, 3D movie, since Omar wants to use a hundreds chart to find a pattern in how Mr. Unpredictable commits his crimes while Opal keeps mistakenly believing she's found the pattern without thinking things through. She ends up being completely oblivious to his mockery, much to his chagrin.
      Omar: Hundreds chart, or will you just say, "I don't need it, I've already solved the case!"
      Opal: The second one.
  • Our Miss Brooks: Miss Brooks has learned to expect Mr. Conklin's typical Delayed Reaction when he is surprised by anything angering or distasteful. A couple of times, she mimics his exclamation and expression when it finally comes along. A good example is in the episode "Cure That Habit". On radio episodes, being an audio medium, Miss Brooks sometimes just copies the inevitable shout.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In 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.
  • Abounds in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, especially aimed at Drew. The Gag Reel includes clips of Ryan mocking the director's gestures as he's giving Drew stage directions. One clip has the director catching Ryan and reversing the mockery only for Ryan to make a certain hand gesture which the director imitates before he catches what he's doing and immediately quits, much to everyone's amusement.

  • Eminem's gift for imitating voices and ear for imitating genres means this is one of the signature skills in his toolbox.
    • Eminem frequently copies the flow and voice of other rappers, both for Affectionate Parody and for The Diss Track. While a trick he uses throughout his career (particularly when ribbing his frequent rival Canibus, whose highly technical wordy style and high-pitched gravelly voice is easy for him to make fun of), this reached its high point with "Kamikaze", a whole album full of him mocking Trap Music flows with Word Salad Lyrics, tortured voices and incoherent adlibs.
      • This even extends outside of hip-hop genres. In "I Remember (Dedication to Whitey Ford)", a diss track aimed at Everlast, Eminem spends most of the song singing in a droning, slightly off-key style over a grunge rock production to make fun of Everlast abandoning Rap Rock for straight rock. The result is that it's the closest thing to a pure rock song in the entire Eminem discography.
        I can sing better than you and I don't fuckin' sing!
      • In "Killshot", he briefly imitates the sneering delivery of Machine Gun Kelly, as well as his vocal adlibs.
    • Eminem constantly jumps into the voices of other characters in his songs, usually to represent Moral Guardians complaining about his music.
      • In "The Real Slim Shady", he raps in an effeminate voice as a couple of feminists complaining about Slim Shady's coarseness, but agreeing he's 'so cute, though'.
      • In "Rap God" he mocks rival rappers in a stereotypical dumb-guy voice - "I don't know how to make songs like that! I don't know what words to use!" - and whiny genre purists - "It's not hip-hop, it's pop!".
      • "Chloraseptic (Remix)" involves him voicing his critics who blast his Horrorcore-influenced Vulgar Humor style for being outdated — "Rap mature! Why can't you be like Macklemore? Why you always gotta smack a whore?" — while also yelling at him for changing his style to fit the times — "What's with all the conscious rap?".
  • Henry Rollins' hatred of techno music has been fodder for EDM producers. One example includes "Rave Review" by SKisM, which uses his imitation of techno as an actual synth.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • One episode of The Muppet Show featuring Zero Mostel has Sam the Eagle, an In-Universe Moral Guardian, going to Zero's dressing room to decry the production as "distastefully lacking in culture." Zero pretends to agree with Sam, but when the eagle turns away, he mocks his uptight words and behavior with exaggerated facial expressions and gestures, only to stop whenever Sam looks back at him.

  • In The Barber of Seville, Bartolo catches Figaro doing this to him when he comes to Bartolo's house to shave him; Figaro tries to pass it off as "son debolezze" ("a moment of weakness"). Fortunately for Figaro, Bartolo has other things on his mind at that moment.
  • In West Side Story, a comedic song halfway through the play involves the Jets taking turns to mock the resident Dirty Cop by mimicking him.

    Video Games 
  • Control: A rather deadpan example happens in the game's Foundation DLC, where Jesse gets into an argument with the Board — a vaguely benevolent but ominous cosmic entity that speaks in hard-to-parse multiple-choice lines — over the Board declining access to a new paranatural ability that she needs.
    Jesse: I don't like you deciding what I can slash can't have.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, recurring companion and Killer Robot, HK-47, admits upfront that he holds a rather dim view of the other companions from the first game, calling them a "a collection of tortured individuals that seemed unable to confront their basic personality conflicts." For good measure, he then does less-than-flattering impersonations of both Carth and Bastila:
    HK-47: Mockery: "Oh, Master, I do not trust you! I cannot trust you, or anyone else ever again!" Mockery: "Oh, Master, I love you but I hate everything you stand for, but I think we should go press our slimy, mucus-covered lips together in the cargo hold!"
  • In the first Time Crisis, once you confront Wild Dog, he mockingly imitates what Rachel would probably say — while he's holding a gun to her head.
    Wild Dog: Oh, you're finally here to save me!

    Visual Novels 

    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 Original 
  • Lenny and the Jolly Roger Telephone Company are chat-bot programs designed to waste the time of telemarketers and other unwanted callers by using recordings that activate when silence is detected to trick the into thinking they're talking with a real response. Sometimes if the callers get annoyed enough they'll descend into this to try to upset the bots into hanging up, but, of course, they're bots and can't be upset.
  • The "Mocking Spongebob" meme takes this form, using a still from "Little Yellow Book" where Spongebob acts like a chicken, accompanied by repeating someone else's statement in alternating case as a visual text approximation of a Simpleton Voice.note 

    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.
  • David Near: Jason the Toymaker mimics his victim's crying to mock them. He repeats their (supposed) former sentiments in a childlike tone only to yell "LIAR!" Later, he suddenly breaks into a bawl that's louder than that of the child's sobbing to shut them up.
    Jason: "Oh Daddy, I want a toy, I want a little teddy bear!" (fake crying) LIAR!!!
  • 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!
  • Epic Rap Battles of History: Towards the end of the Philosophers episode, when the Western philosophers start bickering with each other instead of their Eastern counterparts, Friedrich Nietzsche can be seen making exaggerated imitations of Socrates and Voltaire.
  • Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Abridged: Gilgamesh mocks Shinji this way when Shinji begs him to save him. He even imitates his voice and then mocks how screechy it is.
  • 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.
  • Smosh: In a scene of "HOW TO DUMP YOUR GIRLFRIEND", Anthony copies everything his girlfriend says. She eventually jumps out the window.
  • 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.

    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 the Animaniacs episode "Karaoke Dokie" when Willie Slackmer is lecturing Dot about how it’s his turn to sing, Yakko gets behind him and mimics his every movement and facial expression, he looks back a few times and Yakko does something else, the last time he catches him and tells him to stop which they interpret as their turn.
  • In the Central Park episode "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, telling her that's what she sounds like.
  • During A Charlie Brown Christmas, when the kids are trying to practice for a play, Snoopy starts imitating director Lucy as she's giving orders to the cast. When she notices, she threatens to slug him; he licks her face; she starts ranting about "dog germs" and runs off.
  • Classic Disney Shorts, "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!
  • Kaeloo: Whenever Kaeloo says something that Mr. Cat finds too preachy and annoying, he'll repeat it back to her with a silly high-pitched voice and a lisp that matches hers.
  • 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.
  • Making Fiends: In "Super Evil", Vendetta tries to look something "evil" about Charlotte when she finds out that Charlotte got a higher score than her in an Evil Magazine quiz. In one of the various antics she does to do so, Vendetta enters Charlotte's house from her bedroom, wears one of her hairbows, and imitates her usual attitude in a mocking way. Charlotte shows up immediately afterwards, having heard what Vendetta said.
    Vendetta: Where does she keep her evil? Is it in this? [puts on Charlotte's bow] Teehee! I would like a stupid puppy!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic:
  • PAW Patrol: The aptly-named villain Copycat has a habit of mockingly repeating the words of those who annoy him.
  • In Quick Draw McGraw, there are occasions where Quick Draw will mimick Baba Looey's Mexican accent.
    Baba Looey: I thin maybe we go back to herding sheeps. Don't you thin so Queek Straw?
    Quick Draw: No I don't thinnn so Queek Straw!
  • 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 its 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."
  • 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 absolutely snaps and unleashes years of repressed rage at everyone for doing a shoddy job of rebuilding his house and generally being awful people. During his rant, he mockingly calls Bart "dude" and "not to have a cow, man" in response to him standing up for Marge.
      Bart: Hey, back off, man!
      Ned: [sarcastically] Oh okay, duuuuuuude. I wouldn't want you to have a cow, maaaaaaan! Here's a catchphrase you'd better learn for your adult years! "Hey buddy, GOT A QUARTER?!". [storms off as everyone else gasps]
      Bart: ...I am shocked and appalled.
    • 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 the episode where it's revealed Krusty is estranged from his Rabbi father, a Flashback shows Krusty while in class at his religious school, imitating his father's serious demeanor and making the other kids laugh. When he takes a bow, the other kids gasp when they see Rabbi Krustofsky behind him, and who then strangles his son much like Homer does to Bart.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "Clams", Mr. Krabs has just lost his millionth dollar, and is desperate to get it back. Squidward 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 "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" when SpongeBob rudley refuses to take an order from Plankton, the latter tells the former "Don't you backsass me!" SpongeBob then makes a mocking hand gesture like a mouth talking while going "blah blah blah blah blah" in the same cadence as Plankton's last order.
  • 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.


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