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29th Jan '17 8:13:41 AM Gosicrystal
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: In the "Ecch-Men" parody, the Mutant Control Agency is not run by the government - it just gives them a building, funds them, and looks the other way when they attack mutants. Beast calls it "Federal-speak".



* NoExceptYes: In the "Ecch-Men" parody, the Mutant Control Agency is not run by the government- it just gives them a building, funds them, and looks the other way when they attack mutants. Beast calls it "Federal-speak."
27th Jan '17 4:41:45 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DrillSergeantNasty: In one article about comic strip characters turning nasty, BeetleBailey becomes one... [[SmallNameBigEgo after making Private First Class]].

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* DrillSergeantNasty: In one article about comic strip characters turning nasty, BeetleBailey ComicStrip/BeetleBailey becomes one... [[SmallNameBigEgo after making Private First Class]].
26th Jan '17 1:23:14 PM Twentington
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* FastTunneler: In one comic strip, a character known as Mole can evidently escape his cell by burrowing long distances in a short amount of time, under highly improbable circumstances.
19th Jan '17 7:39:51 PM Valiona
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* FamilyUnfriendyDeath: The parody of ''Film/TheGremlins'' often poked fun at the use of this trope, saying that the main antagonist's gruesome death is less likely to make you realize that good triumphs over evil than to "barf your guts out."


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* InTheNameOfTheMoon: The parody for ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' makes fun of this, noting that Team Rocket prefers this over a shorter CatchPhrase to provide {{padding}} for the episode.


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* TitleDrop: While most parody names are funny-sounding names that sound like the title of the original work, "[[Film/BackToTheFuture Bleak For The Future]]" references the title when Marty, having succeeded at getting his parents together and time-traveling back to the present, sees his future parents buying birth control, and [[OhCrap declares that things look "bleak for the future."]]
* TranslationYes: In the parody of E.T., the aliens often have two or three words to represent sentences that are several times longer.


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* VoodooDoll: Frequently used in gags, usually stuck with pins, and generally used as a sign of concealed hatred for the person represented by the doll.
19th Jan '17 9:16:26 AM Twentington
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** Dick [=DeBartolo=], whose other credits include question writing for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions, usually handled the GameShow parodies.
** Arnie Kogen usually writes parodies of sexual-themed works.

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** Dick [=DeBartolo=], whose other credits include question writing [=DeBartolo=] usually handles the GameShow parodies, most likely because he used to work for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions, usually handled the GameShow parodies.
** Arnie Kogen usually writes parodies of sexual-themed works.
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** Most of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies were drawn by Grey Blackwell because he was easily able to replicate the show's art style (although Viviano handled the two ''South Park''-themed covers for similar reasons).
** Al Jaffee used to love doing articles with creative technical takes on things (such as an article on planned obsolescence that showed cutaway views of products to indicate humorous ways in which they are designed to fail).

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** Most of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies were drawn by Grey Blackwell because he was easily able to replicate the show's art style (although Viviano handled the two ''South Park''-themed covers for similar reasons).
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** Al Jaffee used to love doing articles with creative technical takes on things (such as an article on planned obsolescence that showed cutaway views of products to indicate humorous ways in which they are designed to fail).(cutaways showing how things work or don't work, random inventions, Rube Goldberg devices, etc.).
19th Jan '17 9:11:46 AM Twentington
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* AlanSmithee: Many articles have had pseudonymous bylines for various reasons. Some of the more popular are J. Prete, Josh Gordon, and Jack Syracuse (the last of whom is obviously Sam Viviano). Occasionally, other articles get one-time aliases, such as Dick [=DeBartolo=] calling himself "Dick Bic" on the ''Series/FamilyFeud'' parody due to him also working for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions at the time; Mort Drucker signing his art "Bob Julian" on the ''Series/TwentyFour'' parody; or a couple random parodies that Arnie Kogen credited to "Debbee Ovitz".

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* AlanSmithee: Many articles have had pseudonymous bylines for various reasons. Some of the more popular are J. Prete, Josh Gordon, Gordon (believed to be a pen name for longtime parody writer Arnie Kogen), and Jack Syracuse (the last (a recurring alias of whom is obviously artist Sam Viviano). Occasionally, other articles get one-time aliases, such as Dick [=DeBartolo=] calling himself "Dick Bic" on the ''Series/FamilyFeud'' parody due to him also working for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions at the time; Mort Drucker signing his art "Bob Julian" on the ''Series/TwentyFour'' parody; or a couple random two parodies that Arnie Kogen credited attributed to "Debbee Ovitz".
9th Jan '17 10:47:59 PM Twentington
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** ''ComicBook/SpyVersusSpy'' was also started in 1961, and has [[OutlivedItsCreator survived Antonio Prohías's death]], appearing in every issue.

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** ''ComicBook/SpyVersusSpy'' ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' was also started in 1961, and has [[OutlivedItsCreator survived Antonio Prohías's death]], appearing in every issue.
6th Jan '17 12:45:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* DeusExMachina: Many parodies are like this, such as their ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' parody, which ended with [[spoiler:[[DoctorPhil Dr. Phil]] visiting the wives]].

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* DeusExMachina: Many parodies are like this, such as their ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' parody, which ended with [[spoiler:[[DoctorPhil [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorPhil Dr. Phil]] visiting the wives]].
5th Jan '17 3:09:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime: Despite many changes in format over the years, some jokes in this magazine ''never'' get old:
** Al Jaffee still does many of the concepts he started decades ago (like the Fold-Ins, the Mad Hate Book, and of course, "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions"
** Dave Berg started "The Lighter Side" in 1961, a mainstay of the magazine that was only retired due to him passing away in 2002.
** ''ComicBook/SpyVersusSpy'' was also started in 1961, and has [[OutlivedItsCreator survived Antonio Prohías's death]], appearing in every issue.
24th Dec '16 9:48:33 PM Valiona
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** In the parody of "The Shining," there's one such exchange.
-->'''Egbert Grisly''': They TOLD me that I would rot in Hell!
-->'''Wack Torrents''': Well, I'm glad you learned your less- Wait a minute!! You mean THIS place is HELL?!?


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* ForgottenFallenFriend: In the ''Film/TopGun'' parody, after "Goof" dies, Maniac is told that "When a buddy goes, you've just got to let him go!" He immediately responds, "Let who go?", causing the questioner to note that he learns quickly.


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* PyrrhicVictory: In the parody of ''WheelOfFortune'', one character wins a lot of useless prizes... and ends up having to pay over $1,000 in taxes.


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** The idea was mocked in the parody of ''ThirtySomething'', when one character tells another they are suffering because of the network's discovery that "there are millions of masochistic viewers who get off on misery!"


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* SeeYouInHell: Done a few times, such as in one parody of an AT&T commercial, when Gorbachev tells Reagan, "I'll see you in Hell, you Capitalist Swine!" before declaring thermonuclear war against the US after mishearing Reagan during a telephone conversation.
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