|Mimi's appearance in Chapter 1 of Super Paper Mario|
Mimi (Japanese: マネーラ Manēra) is a villainous minion of Count Bleck who first appeared in Super Paper Mario. She has a violent and cruel temper and uses her appearance as a cute and innocent girl to lure travellers into becoming slaves. She possesses the ability to shape-shift, often taking the disguises of Merlee and other characters. Her true form is that of an evil robotic spider, seen during most of the battles against her.
Little about Mimi's identity is actually unknown. While she does reveal some of her likes to Mario on The InterNed's "That's My Merlee!" Show, she was disguised as Merlee and thus it can not be verified whether or not these are true. Carson, the owner of The Overthere coffee bar in Flopside, reveals that there are two theories regarding Mimi's origins: that she is a failed Pixl created by the Ancients, or that she was created through a witch's experiments in shape-shifting (with her creation being, as Carson describes, likely unintentional). When in 3D however, the player can see gears inside of the head of Mimi's true form, thus making it possible that she may be of robotic origin.
Powers and Abilities
Mimi has a large number of powers. The most notable are Mimi's shape shifting ability and the invincibility that Count Bleck gave her. She has numerous powers that involve her beloved Rubees and can also transform into a spider-like form.
When in her spider form, she can shoot Rubees at the heroes; she can spin around the room with Rubees surrounding her, in a very similar manner to a gear or a saw. When in her girl form, she can form a barrier of four Rubees around her. In both forms she can cause a wave of Rubees to come out of the ground, dealing damage to anything it touches. Like Mario and Dimentio, Mimi is gifted with the ability to flip from the 2D plane to the 3D plane and back. Mimi can also float in the air, fly, and warp to different locations.
Mimi also appears to be invulnerable to some extent, or at least capable of regenerating herself. This is due to the fact that, after her defeat at the end of Chapter 2-3, she explodes and pieces of her spider body are shown to blast apart, yet she makes several appearances in both her humanoid and true form again later on in Super Paper Mario.
Mimi would eventually get her own game in the Paper Mimi artillery game franchise.
Mimi appears in the anime Super Mario Revival in Episode 9: Paper Revival. She is one of the many villains revived by King Polarite in his attempt to find the Shining Treasure. Mimi is sent by Vayal to kill Mario and his friends. After a battle with Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, and Rosalina, Mimi is defeated and is turned good again.
Quartza, another character in the series, is very similar to Mimi. Personality-wise, they are both spoiled and bratty. Quartza's crystal powers are similar to Mimi's Rubee attacks. Appearance-wise, Quartza has small black eyes like Mimi's and the crystals on Quartza's head are similar to Mimi's pigtail hairstyle. Additionally in episode 9, when Vayal summons Mimi, he remarks how similar she is to Quartza and insults the latter by saying "Gee, this girl is a lot similar to Quartza, except she is cuter and a lot more useful."
Mimi appears as a starting racer in Mario Kart: V² Circuit. She is a lightweight with a small size. She has an good speed, poor acceleration, slightly above good handling and slightly above average traction.
- Mimi's English name is derived from the word "mimic", while her Japanese word is based on the word for "copy", 真似 (mane). Both of these allude to her ability to shapeshift.
- The French translation of Super Paper Mario literally names her "Mimic".
- Mimi's Korean name, Meoni, comes from the English word of "money" and refers to her love of Rubees. The spelling of her name is also similar to the Korean word for "spider", 거미 (geomi). This is the only translation where Mimi's name does not reference her ability to transform into other characters.
- Mimi is a reference to the main antagonist of the 1982 film The Thing. The titular creature is one of extraterrestrial origin that has the ability to shapeshift, which, barring the extraterrestrial origin, is also the case with Mimi. One of The Thing's most prominent transformations in the film is that of an upside-down human face on spider-like legs, which Mimi's true form heavily resembles.