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25th Aug '16 11:46:41 AM Twentington
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* AbsenteeActor: A literal example in parodies from time to time, such as "Goofies" (''Film/TheGoonies'') which is notably missing Martha Plimpton's character Stef.

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* AbsenteeActor: AbsenteeActor:[[invoked]] A literal example in parodies from time to time, such as "Goofies" (''Film/TheGoonies'') which is notably missing Martha Plimpton's character Stef.
21st Aug '16 12:04:44 PM nombretomado
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For decades a key influence on [[TheParody parodists]] and satirists in all entertainment media, ''Mad'' began in 1952 as a full-color ComicBook, ''Tales Calculated to Drive You Mad'', published by ECComics. Harvey Kurtzman, the founding editor and writer, started it when he complained how other artists got more money with more page counts, especially when he was so meticulous with his war comics. His publisher, William Gaines, suggested that he do a humor book on top of his present work since that material came easily for him.

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For decades a key influence on [[TheParody parodists]] and satirists in all entertainment media, ''Mad'' began in 1952 as a full-color ComicBook, ''Tales Calculated to Drive You Mad'', published by ECComics.Creator/ECComics. Harvey Kurtzman, the founding editor and writer, started it when he complained how other artists got more money with more page counts, especially when he was so meticulous with his war comics. His publisher, William Gaines, suggested that he do a humor book on top of his present work since that material came easily for him.



* TwistEnding: Especially in the ECComics era. Most movie parodies end with an altered version of the film's ending, sometimes revealing something about the plot that had been concealed all along.

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* TwistEnding: Especially in the ECComics Creator/ECComics era. Most movie parodies end with an altered version of the film's ending, sometimes revealing something about the plot that had been concealed all along.
31st Jul '16 3:49:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* GetIntoJailFree: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] when they point out that Michael of PrisonBreak will have to serve his own sentence even if he clears his brother's name.

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* GetIntoJailFree: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] when they point out that Michael of PrisonBreak Series/PrisonBreak will have to serve his own sentence even if he clears his brother's name.
26th Jul '16 4:30:29 PM Valiona
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* CompressedAdaptation: To varying degrees in the film parodies. Most of the time, each of the major scenes gets one (or in some cases two) panels, but often, a fair amount of the film isn't even referenced, particularly toward the ending.



** In the parody of "Up the Academy", the main characters are set to the academy as punishment for various offenses (stealing, getting a girl pregnant, being a disgrace to the family).

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** In the parody of "Up the Academy", the main characters are set to the academy as punishment for various offenses (stealing, getting a girl pregnant, being a disgrace to the family).family), under the belief that it would ruin their careers. One mob boss's subordinate [[EvenEvilHasStandards pleads with him to reconsider, as it's too cruel of a thing to do to his son]].



* CreatorKiller: {{invoked}} MAD is relatively quick to label works as this.

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* CreatorKiller: {{invoked}} MAD is relatively quick to label works as this.having destroyed the careers of those involved.


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* DamnedByAFoolsPraise: This is sometimes used as a joke, albeit often with the twist that someone praising the things they do is the proof that they're a fool.


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* EvilVersusEvil: Winthorpe and Valentine's conflict with the Duke brothers in the parody of ''Film/TradingPlaces'' is considered this, with one person saying that the "two old sharks" [[ALighterShadeOfBlack were practically lovable compared to the protagonists]].


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* HandWave: This trope is frequently made fun of in parodies when MAD notices it, and they sometimes come up with their own when they notice a PlotHole.


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** In one article parodying advertisements for comic books, they say that the comic book about Superman's death will be a hit among readers who honestly believe that Warner Brothers would kill off "a character worth billions of dollars."


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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Often made fun of, particularly in [=HMOs=]' heyday, when characters who need lifesaving vital medical treatment will have to fill out extensive paperwork first.
17th Jul '16 12:15:11 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThatCritics: Not necessarily their critics, but in the 80s, Mad ran a piece in which film critics made several promises concerning their trade, such as dismissing all ChuckNorris films as mindless violence, and deriding them as boring if they even try to have a plot.

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* TakeThatCritics: Not necessarily their critics, but in the 80s, Mad ran a piece in which film critics made several promises concerning their trade, such as dismissing all ChuckNorris Creator/ChuckNorris films as mindless violence, and deriding them as boring if they even try to have a plot.
3rd Jul '16 3:48:33 PM Valiona
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* BadNewsInAGoodWay: A series of notes do this for one person. For example, a kid cheerfully talks about the "camping trip" in the desert he's having before mentioning that unless his parents pay the ransom, the kidnappers will leave him to starve.



** In the parody of "Up the Academy", the main characters are set to the academy as punishment for various offenses (stealing, getting a girl pregnant, being a disgrace to the family

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** In the parody of "Up the Academy", the main characters are set to the academy as punishment for various offenses (stealing, getting a girl pregnant, being a disgrace to the familyfamily).


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* GenreBlindness: Characters who exhibit this behavior in parodies are routinely mocked for it. In the parody for ''Film/UnderSiege'', the female lead tells Steven Seagal's character that he would have been able to foresee the cliche of her abandoning her pacifism and killing someone with a gun to save his life if he'd watched more movies.


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** In the parody of Under Siege, the military says that the bad news is that a nuclear missile will hit Hawaii, but the good news is that vacations there will become much cheaper.
3rd Jul '16 8:13:12 AM Valiona
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* DearJohnLetter: One article had a "Mad Libs" for this.


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* ADegreeInUseless: One article says that anyone who can get a four-year degree in Ancient Babylonian Astrology in two years is a genius, but anyone who expects to get a good job with that degree is an idiot.


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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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* ExactWords: Done quite often and in various contexts. For example, one condemned prisoner is [[FalseReassurance promised that he won't be given the electric chair]], but instead is microwaved to death.


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* FairCop: Averted in one article of things you don't see on TV, in which two male cops refuse to have their unattractive female partner serve as a decoy because no one would attack her.
2nd Jul '16 5:54:11 AM gewunomox
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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: At the end of the ''American Graffiti'' parody, Squirt seemingly recognizes the "chick in the white T-Bird," only to find out that it's RingoStarr from TheBeatles.

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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: At the end of the ''American Graffiti'' parody, Squirt seemingly recognizes the "chick in the white T-Bird," only to find out that it's RingoStarr from TheBeatles.Music/TheBeatles.
29th Jun '16 6:29:23 AM Valiona
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* DurableDeathtrap: Parodied in "[[Film/TheGoonies The Goofies]]", when the kids note that the amazing part about the traps is "that everything still works after being in a damp cave for centuries." [[JustifiedTrope It turns out, though,]] that they broke into Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride.


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** In the ''Casablanca'' parody, as Rick says that he won't stick his neck out for anybody, some onlookers note that he once helped an old lady across the street... ''into'' traffic.


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** In the parody of "Under Siege," the main character proudly states that by entering the kill codes and exploding the missiles off the coast of Honolulu, he'll be "a real hero." When the female lead tells him that the fallout will kill most of Hawaii, he admits "I never thought of that! But then, neither did our scriptwriter!"
16th Jun '16 1:55:55 PM LadyJaneGrey
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** In one Sergio Aragones section, a masher hits on two women, only to get a black eye from each; then he finds out ''both'' are Pro Wrestling divas.



* OncePerEpisode: Nearly every issue since the 1960s has featured a Mad Fold-In and ''A Mad Look At...'', with several other recurring features coming and going over time. Also, Alfred has appeared on almost every cover.

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Nearly every issue since the 1960s has featured a Mad Fold-In and ''A Mad Look At...'', with several other recurring features coming and going over time. Also, Alfred has appeared on almost every cover.
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