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21st May '17 11:38:24 AM rjd1922
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* A Facebook page impersonating Satoshi Tajiri posted the following: "You all think you have great ideas for Pokemon games, but if I actually listened to all of you and we combined all of your ideas into a game, it would be an unplayable monstrous game. You want a game with all the regions, but only the first generation Pokemons, yet all the legendary ones and such silly things. Whenever I receive one of these rants, I go to the development floor and read it out loud to all the Game Freak employees in a mocking voice, and we all laugh at you." [[FanDisillusionment Fans were shocked]] that the creator of something they loved so much was such a dick - those who didn't realize that even if Tajiri spoke English this well, he'd darn well know that "Pokemons" isn't a word, anyway.

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* A Facebook page impersonating Satoshi Tajiri posted the following: "You all think you have great ideas for Pokemon [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon]] games, but if I actually listened to all of you and we combined all of your ideas into a game, it would be an unplayable monstrous game. You want a game with all the regions, but only the first generation Pokemons, yet all the legendary ones and such silly things. Whenever I receive one of these rants, I go to the development floor and read it out loud to all the Game Freak Creator/GameFreak employees in a mocking voice, and we all laugh at you." [[FanDisillusionment Fans were shocked]] that the creator of something they loved so much was such a dick - those who didn't realize that even if Tajiri spoke English this well, he'd darn well know that "Pokemons" isn't a word, anyway.
20th May '17 12:49:54 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Report_from_Iron_Mountain The Report from Iron Mountain]]'' was a [[TheSixties Sixties]] counterculture book written by Leonard Lewin as a StealthParody of [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam-era]] military think tanks, and was convincing enough that, until it was revealed to be a hoax in 1972, even UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson thought it was an authentic document written by a secret government panel (he reportedly "hit the roof" when he read it). Given that it fooled the President, it stands to reason that there remain people who believe that it ''was'' authentic, and that it was [[SarcasticConfession only claimed to be satirical]] as [[ParodyRetcon a means of damage control]]. It basically stated that war was a necessary part of the economy and served to divert collective aggression, and that society would collapse without it. Therefore, in the event of peace, they recommended that new bodies be created to emulate the economic activities of war, including {{Blood Sport}}s, the creation of new enemies to scare the people (including [[AlienInvasion alien invaders]] and environmental destruction), and [[RefugeInAudacity the reinstatement of slavery]].
19th May '17 5:21:11 AM Josef5678
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** Similarly, ''Film/DrStrangelove'' is a comedic adaptation of ''Red Alert'' a book that played the same premise totally straight. Other than the ending and the inclusion of Dr. Strangelove himself, the story is almost slavishly accurate to the book. Notable because Peter George, the author of ''Red Alert'', actually helped write ''Dr. Strangelove'', making it seem like even he realized how easily his book could slide into {{Narm}} territory.

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** Similarly, * ''Film/DrStrangelove'' is a comedic adaptation of ''Red Alert'' a book that played the same premise totally straight. Other than the ending and the inclusion of Dr. Strangelove himself, the story is almost slavishly accurate to the book. Notable because Peter George, the author of ''Red Alert'', actually helped write ''Dr. Strangelove'', making it seem like even he realized how easily his book could slide into {{Narm}} territory.
17th May '17 9:14:56 PM chopshop
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** "'98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal": In 1998, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church Westborough Baptist Church]] leader Fred Phelps posted this article (which was, ironically, meant to mock organizations like his) on his website as apparent "proof" that homosexuals were indeed actively trying

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** "'98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal": In 1998, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church Westborough Baptist Church]] leader Fred Phelps posted this article (which was, ironically, meant to mock organizations like his) on his website as apparent "proof" that homosexuals were indeed actively tryingtrying to "recruit" others to be gay.
** Iran's FARS news agency fell for an Onion article that said more Americans would prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be president than Obama. This is somewhat understandable from a country that believes Hollywood is controlled by Washington.
** China's ''People's Daily Online'' reported as straight news the ''Onion'' story declaring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the "sexiest man alive for 2012."
** The British newspaper ''The Independent'' [[http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/content/indy-voices-falls-onions-fake-miley-cyrus-editorial printed]] a "CNN statement" on their saturation coverage of a "shocking" dance routine by Music/MileyCyrus that was actually a satirical ''Onion'' column speculating on their motivation.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/42-million-dead-in-bloodiest-black-friday-weekend,30517/ 42 Million Dead In Bloodiest Black Friday On Record]]. Given that such a massive death toll would easily dwarf not only 9/11 but all US wartime deaths combined, and would result in a significant change in our way of life, one would think that no one could believe such a ridiculous story. Cue readers e-mailing {{Website/Snopes}} and other sites, wondering if this story was true. It raises the question, which was an example of this trope, the original article, or the people wondering if it was true?
** When [[{{Scandalgate}} FIFAgate]] happened, one of the fourteen FIFA executives indicted tried to reject those charges and claimed they were part of a U.S. conspiracy against FIFA. How? By citing an ''Onion'' article headlined "[[http://www.theonion.com/article/fifa-frantically-announces-2015-summer-world-cup-u-50525 FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States]]".
* While ''The Onion'' is perhaps the most famous satire newspaper on this list, other satire newsletters and satire news sites like ''The Daily Currant'' and ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' can also fall victim to this. One famous example from the ''Daily Currant'' happened when marijuana was legalized in Colorado on January 1, 2014. They published a story titled "[[http://dailycurrant.com/2014/01/02/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-on-first-day-of-legalization/ Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization]]", which naturally got well circulated on social media and elsewhere. Apparently, it was so convincing that Annapolis, Maryland Police Chief Michael Pristoop [[http://reason.com/blog/2014/02/25/citing-joke-annapolis-police-chief-testi cited it]] [[http://rt.com/usa/marijuana-legal-maryland-satire-927/ when testifying in front of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee]] about the legalization, having overlooked the three clues that it was a satire:
** The article was published in 2014, but it cited ''The Rocky Mountain News'' as a source. ''The Rocky Mountain News'' went out of business in February 2009.
** The article also cites an interview with a Dr. Jack Shepard. That's the name of a character on ''Series/{{LOST}}''.
** One of the supposed 37 victims was a guy named Jesse Bruce Pinkman. Jesse Pinkman is the supporting lead on ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* Website/{{Snopes}} has numerous examples of rumors that were sparked by articles from these and more.
* [[http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport The Borowitz Report]] is a satirical news blog hosted on ''{{Magazine/The New Yorker}}'s'' web site, which frequently confuses people (especially their right-wing US satire).
* ''The Mirror'' released an article in 2011 listing [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/why-one-direction-are-better-than-the-beatles-156810 ten reasons why One Direction was better than the Beatles]]. Several months later the same writer wrote an article titled "[[http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/one-direction-better-than-the-beatles-column-846895 Hey dude, get a sense of humour:]] How I got death threats for joking that One Direction are better than The Beatles"
* Syndicated columnist Jack Kilpatrick once wrote a column purporting to be an interview with an ACLU leader named Eton "Si" Eritas. Eritas claimed he was determined to remove all traces of religion from America, going so far as to change the names of any cities with religious connotations, such as San Francisco and St. Paul. This column shocked many people and sparked countless columns and letters to the editor flaming the ACLU. The only problem? Eritas didn't exist. Eton "Si" Eritas, spelled backwards, is "Note: Is Satire."
* When ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' ran a mock-up ''Daily Telegraph'' cover, parodying the MP Expenses Scandal the paper broke by targeting its proprietors, the reclusive Barcley Brothers, they received a letter threatening them with libel action. Their response was that it was in the "joke" section of the magazine, it clearly wasn't a real news story, and they didn't think there was a case to answer.
** ''Private Eye'' gets this from many newcomers who don't know where the cut-off points between the 'investigative journalism' pages and the 'parody' pages are. There are a lot of otherwise intelligent people who think ''From the Message Boards'' (a parody of Internet arguments which [[InternetToughGuy contains]] [[{{Emoticon}} everything]] [[TheFundamentalist you'd]] [[PatrioticFervor encounter]] in a real Internet debate) is genuine.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]:
** The newspaper finally pokes fun at the long standing leftist idea that promoting humans rights in totalitarian hellholes is the modern definition of "imperialism". [[http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=1689 Doesn't it?]]
** They parodied social justice warriors in a column about how ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' is racist, sexist, and transphobic, [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/22/thomas-the-tank-engine-children-parents right?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wacfY-w0Vjc&feature=youtu.be Michael Savage debates a pro-amnesty liberal over the Arizona immigration laws]], and outright {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this.
-->--"Of course you're pulling my leg."
* Right-wing British paper "The Daily Mail" printed an article about a study which demonstrated that, on average, ''right-wing voters are less intelligent and more racist'' than left-wing voters. While many chose to believe that the article was satire ([[RefugeInAudacity as no paper would be stupid enough to flat out insult their readers]]), a number of upset readers were very upset by the article, which prompted Guardian writer Creator/CharlieBrooker to deconstruct it.
-->In what has to be a deliberate act of "{{troll}}ing", last Friday it carried a story headlined [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/05/daily-mail-calls-rightwingers-stupid "Rightwingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study"]]. In terms of enraging your core readership, this is the equivalent of Nuts magazine suddenly claiming only gay men masturbate to ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' babes.
::Many people mocked the intelligence of those who believed that the article was real, believing that they were [[TooCleverByHalf clever enough to see that it was satire]]. [[DoubleSubversion They were wrong]]. The study is real and [[http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html was reported on by other news sources]], and the result is not surprising to social scientists - a number of studies over the years have indicated the same thing. As was noted by the study, it is not that being conservative makes you stupid and racist, but that people who are stupid and racist are more likely to become conservative. This does ''not'' mean that those on the left are necessarily smart and unprejudiced, as the effect is relatively small and there are plenty of stupid people to go around. The authors of the study noted it may also be an artifact of ''extremist'' views appealing to the stupid, with extremist views being more often associated with the right than the left in the US and UK.
* In an Onion-like newspaper in Mexico named El Deforma, there was a note about Samsung [[PayingInCoins paying 1 billion dollars to Apple in coins of 5 cents]]. The note spread among [[http://www.noticierodigital.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=897185 other]] [[http://eldeforma.com/2012/08/27/samsung-paga-multa-de-1-billon-de-dolares-a-apple-en-monedas-de-5-centavos/ newspapers]], one of them, from Yahoo News (already deleted). There was another [[http://eldeforma.com/2012/08/28/el-deforma-gana-demanda-a-yahoo-por-plagiar-su-nota-de-samsung-y-las-monedas-de-5-centavos/ article]] making further fun about it.
* [[http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/satirical-serbs-go-global/ This story]] from Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''The World''. The Serbian satire website [[http://www.njuz.net/ NJUZ]] (pronounced "nyews", and self-admittedly ''The Onion'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN THE BALKANS!]]-]) ran a fake story about a Serbian man who got drunk and jumped in the ocean, and landed on a shark, killing it. Macedonia's official news agency got hold of it and ran it as a real story, and things went downhill from there.
* Iranian news saw an image by satire site The People's Cube showing Iran Hearts Jews, [[http://thepeoplescube.com/current-truth/the-people-s-cube-pwns-iranian-propaganda-t1657.html and took it for realz]]
* [[http://www.duffelblog.com/ The Duffel Blog]] is essentially a military version of ''Website/TheOnion'', and as like ''The Onion'' some of the satirical articles on the site have been mistaken for real news stories. One of the more notable examples, given the "victim", is [[http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/mcconnell-duffel-blog/ US Senator Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the Senate, took seriously an article about GI Bill benefits being given to prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay.]]
* Douglas G. [=McGrath=] had a regular humor column in ''The Nation'' which was supposed to be the fictionalized diary of a high-ranking bureaucrat in the UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush White House. In one column, he had then-Vice President UsefulNotes/DanQuayle giving a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he said, "The Civil War was the best war we ever had because when you're fighting with yourself you're always going to win." In Paul Slansky and Steve Radlauer's 1992 book ''Dan Quayle: Airhead Apparent,'' he claimed that the newsletter ''The Quayle Quarterly,'' dedicated to his mistakes, had contacted him because people had been contacting ''them'' to find out if the quote was real or not. [=McGrath=] said that if you were to put that fake quote on a page of real Quayle quotes, "you wouldn't even blink. It's the most interesting thing I know about Quayle: you can make up any quote, the more ridiculous the better, and it'll sound real." In fact, if you Website/{{Google}} the quote, you will find it [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer listed on pages of actual political quotes]].
* In July 2013, a Spanish website known as ''Ciencia Seminal'' (''Seminal Science'') claimed that Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto leaked during an interview about ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 3'' hints about [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]] being, instead of brothers, a gay couple (you can read it [[http://cienciaseminal.com/2013/07/19/super-mario-bros-es-un-juego-gay-revela-miyamoto/ here]]). The way the news was written was so realistic that a large number of Spanish-speaking sites and even radio programs had echoed it as something real. As it turns out, the offending website is satirical. [[http://kotaku.com/a-bunch-of-people-got-tricked-into-thinking-mario-lui-912857972 Kotaku has more info on here.]]
* A lurid story alleging that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had executed his uncle by having him eaten alive by dogs was printed as potentially true by many English-language news outlets but [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/06/story-kim-jong-un-uncle-fed-dogs-made-up turned out]] to derive from a Chinese-language comedy blog.
* A February 18, 2014 [[http://www.thecrimson.com/column/the-red-line/article/2014/2/18/academic-freedom-justice/?page=single# opinion piece]] in ''The Harvard Crimson'' called "The Doctrine of Academic Freedom Ė Letís Give Up On Academic Freedom in Favor of Justice" has the author argue that, instead of allowing academic freedom, universities should instead enact a policy of "academic justice" that actively bans and impedes any research that might be deemed offensive. "It is tempting to decry frustrating restrictions on academic research as violations of academic freedom. Yet I would encourage student and worker organizers to instead use a framework of justice. After all, if we give up our obsessive reliance on the doctrine of academic freedom, we can consider more thoughtfully what is just." The almost entirely negative responses in the comments include numerous accusations that the author is a {{troll}} or a satirist, with one guy saying "Was this cross-posted on ''The Onion?''" while another person says "There's something grimly admirable about an article that manages to be its own parody."
* Brazilian philosopher Luiz Felipe Pondé published [[http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/luizfelipeponde/2014/04/1443306-por-uma-direita-festiva.shtml an article]] in of the most known Brazilian newspaper claiming that the reason why the Brazilian Right isn't relevant is because it doesn't know how to seduce women. Naturally, lots of person misinterpreted the satire: on the Left, people thought it to be misogynistic and a misrepresentation of the Left, and on the Right, people thought it to be a ridiculous reason for their lack of relevance.
* The NationalReport is a political Onion-like satirical newspaper, whose articles sometimes have been picked by the American religious right as legit:
** Renew America's far-right pundit, Austin Miles, [[http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/miles/140709 reported in a column]] that Obama spent his 4th of July of 2014 at a Mosque and invited Muslims to be with him at the White House, as well as saying that Michelle Obama is a transsexual woman originally named "Michael [=LaVaughn=] Robinson", his sources turned out to be a satirical [[http://nationalreport.net/obama-visit-mosque-host-muslim-leaders-july-4th/ article]] of NationalReport and this [[http://www.knowthelies.com/node/8893 joke website]].
** An [[http://nationalreport.net/9-year-old-suspended-saying-merry-christmas-teacher/ article]] about a San Francisco school suspending a nine-year-old student for wishing a "Merry Christmas" to an atheist teacher caused a similar-named school to be [[http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-school-bears-brunt-of-merry-Christmas-hoax-5073194.php inundated by intimidating calls and violent threats]].
** [[http://nationalreport.net/colorado-pot-shop-accept-food-stamps-taxpayer-funded-marijuana/ This article]] about a Colorado pot shop accepting food stamps, was taken seriously by [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/potfoodstamps.asp many people]].
* A woman was arrested in 2015 for using a counterfeit $5 bill; she claimed she thought [[http://theskunk.org/2009/02/obama-wants-citizens-to-print-their-own-money/ this story]] from ''The Skunk'' was true. ([[http://www.wesh.com/national-news/police-woman-passes-fake-5-claims-obama-legalized-it/34218100 This story may be a warning for what occurs when Poe's Law is implied.)]]
* Since the end of 2013, there has been a lot of debate in the Netherlands regarding the jolly helpers of their depiction of Saint Nicholas, since these helpers [[http://www.vrijalmelo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/intocht_zwarte_pieten.jpg look like a toned down blackface]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Without further analysis in this example,]] let's go on to the actual example. In early September 2014, the manufacturers of Playmobil dropped the production of figures that depict this helper. In response to this, a newspaper columnist proceeded to write a faux news article claiming that some people managed to ban a chocolate spread from a Dutch supermarket chain because they found it to symbolize Apartheid [[InsaneTrollLogic by having brown and white spread divided in 6ths in one jar, rather than being one uniform blend.]] The article states that the fictitious protesters argued that the higher ups of the store chain "wouldn't argue that it was a harmless kids spread [[GodwinsLaw if Hitler would have]] [[HitlerAteSugar had it on his sandwiches]]" and were actually taken seriously. Many people have already taken this seriously, likely by taking the article's header and its presence in a newspaper at face value without noticing it was a column.
* Tends to happen often with Venezuela's NewsParody website ''[[Blog/ElChiguireBipolar El Chigüire Bipolar]]'', but one example that stands out is the article [[http://www.elchiguirebipolar.net/04-02-2011/%E2%80%9Cchavez-es-la-salvacion-de-venezuela%E2%80%9D-dice-oposicion-de-1992/ "Chávez is Venezuela's salvation" says 1992's opposition]], whose fake newspaper page was used in state television and even textbooks, as the updates show.
* [[https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/08/malia-obama-arrested-with-gang-thugs-chicago-fake-news-site-claims/22076204/ A story about Malia Obama]] being arrested along with a "gang of thugs" in Chicago was first posted by a satirical website called The Last Line of Defense. While the website has a disclaimer (in small print) saying "All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney", many of Obama's detractors cited it as legitimate news. (And this is not even the first time this has been the case with The Last Line of Defense.)
* Believe it or not, the Dominican newspaper [[http://rare.us/rare-humor/a-dominican-republic-newspaper-made-the-one-mistake-reporting-on-donald-trump-that-we-all-saw-coming/?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Partnership seen here]] mistook an Creator/AlecBaldwin skit for an actual statement by President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.
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* [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Kyra]] was able to convince many other wrestlers who didn't know just ''how'' outlandish her [[TheGimmick gimmick]] really was that she must have been supremely arrogant and merciless in real life. Even fans couldn't decide amongst themselves if Empire Wrestling and Ultimate Pro were presenting her as a parody of the ActionHero or a straight as an arrow example of one. Ditto for Melina's AlphaBitch role in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, though Wrestling/GailKim didn't like when Melina admitted they didn't really have a feud, how legit her spat with Wrestling/CandiceMichelle was remains a mystery.
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* [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] mentions [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_propaganda Black propaganda]] as propaganda that presents a deliberate negative exaggeration of opposing ideological viewpoints. In order to work people have to mistake the real ideology for the negative exaggeration.
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* The now defunct blog [=AntiSpore=] (a parody blog from supposedly a Christian Creationist taking issue with the themes ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' had on Evolution) fooled many gamers and even websites like [[http://kotaku.com/5047410/bizarre-anti+spore-website-takes-issue-with-stance-on-creationism Kotaku]] and [[http://www.joystiq.com/2008/09/10/we-hope-christian-anti-spore-website-is-a-joke/ Joystiq]], at least until some ''very'' obvious notes on the blog's "Real About Page" were added, like the following:
-->But the Bible teaches us that God was not done with man. For we were His creation and He then spoke to Noah in Genesis 8:21-27 after the flood.\\
"21. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And [[RickRoll never gonna give you up. 22. Never gonna let you down. 23. Never gonna run around and desert you. 24. Never gonna make you cry. 25. Never gonna say goodbye. 26. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.]] 27. Never truly believe anything you read on the Internet. There will always be cases of Poe's Law."
** Even after this, people kept up arguing against him for ''over a thousand comments''; there are over 2500 total, and the balance slowly shifts to people actually getting the joke, but toward the end there are ''still'' one or two condemning him as a bigot. Most of them apparently didn't even read the entry, and some of them who did read it, and pointed out he'd gotten the Bible verses wrong.
* When G4 held their 2011 [=VideoGame=] Deathmatch and pitted ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' against ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', the Zelda Universe fansite posted an [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/skyrim-needs-your-help/# article]] sarcastically imploring their readers to help ''Skyrim'', "our favorite game," help win the vote. So many people in the comments took it at face value that ZU had to post [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/on-skyrim-vs-skyward-sword/ another article]] explaining that it was meant to be a joke. Incidentally, the comments themselves exhibit this trope as well; site members who got the joke tried to partake of the sarcasm in their own comments and got said comments voted down to as low as ''-20''.
* The "Laughing scene" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', which was ''intentionally'' made to sound fake and over-the-top [[ItMakesSenseInContext in-context]], was mistaken as a legit attempt at acting and is frequently held up as an example of poor-English voice acting.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' is filled with in-universe propaganda posters. It's pretty clear these are all intended as satire. This didn't stop a [[http://kotaku.com/tea-party-facebook-group-posts-bioshock-image-satirizin-1483821325 Florida Tea Party group from posting one of the posters on their Facebook page.]]
* A Facebook page impersonating Satoshi Tajiri posted the following: "You all think you have great ideas for Pokemon games, but if I actually listened to all of you and we combined all of your ideas into a game, it would be an unplayable monstrous game. You want a game with all the regions, but only the first generation Pokemons, yet all the legendary ones and such silly things. Whenever I receive one of these rants, I go to the development floor and read it out loud to all the Game Freak employees in a mocking voice, and we all laugh at you." [[FanDisillusionment Fans were shocked]] that the creator of something they loved so much was such a dick - those who didn't realize that even if Tajiri spoke English this well, he'd darn well know that "Pokemons" isn't a word, anyway.
* ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies'' was released as a parody of the HauntedHouse trope. However, a lot of people criticized the game for taking tropes it ''parodied'' completely straight. IGN even listed it as one of the worst "SurvivalHorror" titles ever. Yes, they put a ''parody'' of many SurvivalHorror games as a straight example of a bad one. (Even if it ''is'' [[CaptainObvious IGN]].)
* In late-1998, an [=AOL=] message board called [[UsefulNotes/TheFifthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames N64 vs. Others]] had a "writer" from Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly under the name of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "[=EGM=] Editor"]] visit the board, claiming to be famed RealLife editor Dan Hsu. His first post was a poll asking what posters believed would be the top selling game of 1998, claiming that the results would be published in the next issue of [=EGM=]. It was believable enough that many were fooled into thinking it was the real "Shoe." A couple weeks (and a few more posts) later, he revealed himself to be a fake. Yet the joke succeeded enough that, a couple months later, the ''real'' Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly printed a letter from the imposter in their "Login" section and responded by commending him for the prank.
* Every year, the April issue of Magazine/GameInformer prints several pages of "Game Infarcer", with PARODY clearly stated at the bottom of these pages, that include ludicrous articles and reviews. Without exception, the next month's issue's letters columns is always full of letters from either people who didn't get the joke, or who did and are playing along. It's impossible to tell the difference between the two.
* When the ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' series got a spin-off game for the [=3DS=], a person decided to make a satirical [[https://www.change.org/p/all-pikmin-fans-around-the-globe-petition-for-nintendo-to-cancel-pikmin-3ds change.org]] petition about trying to get the game canceled, in response to legitimate petitions on the site over more hot topic games at the time. Despite the writer going out of his way to take potshots at how pathetic these kinds of petitions are and the people who make them, and while a major part of the fanbase instantly managed to peg it as a satire, ''unfortunately'', there were still a few out there who thought the petition was legitimate, either raging over how stupid it was or legitimately signing it.
* While it certainly has moments of sincerity, it is hard to count the amount of people that think ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is a dead serious OtomeGame and not an AffectionateParody of them. Bonus points if it's used to show "how [[WidgetSeries weird]] [[MisplacedNationalism Japan]] is".
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* Popehat closed their [[http://www.popehat.com/2009/07/22/north-korean-twitter-account-not-genuine/ fake Twitter account]] for North Korea's propaganda ministry after legitimate news agencies started picking up stories from it.
* When [[http://www.freeratio.org/index.php/ Internet Infidels Discussion Board]] decided to start a contest of making parodies of the creationist organization [[http://www.answersingenesis.org/ Answers in Genesis]] cartoons, they received a cease and desist letter from the latter claiming that the parodies "clearly (are) likely to cause confusion as to the affiliation between your client and my client..." Here's an example: [[http://web.archive.org/web/20021001201944/http://answersingenesis.org/CreationWise/Cartoons/July98CW2.gif]] and [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120220011128/http://www.animecritic.com/_temp/parody-July98CW2.gif parody]].
* A viral marketing ploy for the movie ''Hell's Half Acre'' created the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXG_XaORJbE WUCP]], an organization that represents the WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids mentality to the most logical extreme by acting shocked when they see the movie trailer and are appalled that this is being passed off as children entertainment and call for it to be banned. It's so over the top that no one would believe it was real, right? Well, as a look at the comments will point out, many people took it seriously. On a plus side, the movie producers did get quite a bit of free publicity.
* The Bonsai Kitten web site, which admittedly was a very sick joke, was a joke nevertheless (close inspection of several of the photographs revealed that they were obviously posed, such as a kitten supposedly "in" a bottle being actually behind it). Still, the site drew tons of protests, including several chain letters, from those who failed to grasp the parody.
** Even for those who accept it's parody, the argument goes that those who take it for real might try and do that to actual kittens.
* The [=ManBeef=] web site garnered similar reaction. The joke was the site claimed to sell human meat and provide recipes for cooking human meat. The site had nowhere to actually begin human meat transactions, just in case someone was crazy enough to try (and there were a few).
* Tech parody site [=BBspot=] ran an [[http://www.bbspot.com/news/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html article]] claiming that the MPAA was lobbying Congress to pass a law requiring anyone who owns a home theater setup to purchase a home theater license, and additionally, that they would require people to install surveillance devices to make sure there were no unauthorized home screenings. Even though the site only runs parodies and not actual news, they had to run a second article explaining this fact to all the people who read it and thought it was real.
* A group parodying the Tea Party released videos advocating a boycott of Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' on the grounds that it was Islamic propaganda. Many were confused as to whether the videos were serious or not, but in this case the fact that it was believable as a Tea Party position ''was'' part of the point of the parody.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcCvvJWyx4c&feature=player_embedded PolitiChicks]], a right-wing "answer" to The View, has led to endless discussion in the comment section (as well as on [[http://www.gay.net/politics/2011/11/16/antigay-talk-show-launched-victoria-jackson a]] [[http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2011/11/video-anti-islam-anti-gay-pro-watching-toonces-drive-a-car.html number]] of [[http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/11/teabagger-politichicks.html other]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/victoria-jackson-politichicks-web-show_n_1097796.html sites]]) about whether it's serious or a parody, with the fact that ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumna Victoria Jackson is involved causing the impression that it's all a skit. Of course The View has comedians as part of their panel too, and if Victoria Jackson's not genuinely the conservative tea-partier that every bit of public speaking she's done in the last four years indicates, then she's reached Andy Kauffman levels of StealthParody.
* The Radical Feminist blog "[[http://factcheckme.wordpress.com/ Femonade]]" is widely regarded as an inspired parody of {{straw feminist}}s due to its relentless use of feminist tropes ('all heterosexual sex is coerced', '[[TheInternetIsForPorn all of the internet is porn]]', 'all men are bad', 'all transsexuals are men subverting women') taken to an unsustainable extreme. Comments against the blog consist of trolls trying to outdo each other, although including the occasional poster who is not in on the joke and would seem to believe it to be real.
* Regretsy, a website that makes fun of ridiculous Etsy products (its tagline is "Where DIY Meets WTF") has a column called "Etsy or Regretsy?", where they intersperse actual bizarre Etsy listings with parodies created by the Regretsy staff, and have the readers guess which are real and which are fake.
* Yahoo! Answers has [[https://answers.yahoo.com/activity/questions?show=4LEJKQO5TGMDD23437DIB3R5EI&t=g Colonel Jack Fessender (Ret.)]], a longtime poe who has achieved some degree of infamy with way too many people thinking that [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100809080048AAcPSIu he]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120502083348AAadkOT is]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120320064538AAewgT5 for]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111029083608AADUcpd real]]. He is also [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111011053849AAEC9oE running for President]] so he can redesign the letter C so it doesn't so much like an Islamic crescent among other insane things. Another indication of his satirical nature is that he named himself after a hoax from a chain email, obviously as a TakeThat towards the group he's parodying.
* The "Amanda Bieber" Twitter account (more info [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/amanda-biebers-tweets here]]) is notorious for criticizing other musicians in praise of Music/JustinBieber. Her(?) comments are so full of ignorance (e.g. Music/KurtCobain is inferior to Bieber because he never got big on Twitter, France is an Islamic country) and hateful vitriol (nonwhite people need to leave America, gays shouldn't have rights) that she must be a {{Troll}}. Right?
* The [[http://ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com/the-twat-o-tron/ Twat-O-Tron]] was created as a parody of many semi-coherent and angry commenters in the BBC website's "Have Your Say" section. It produces randomly generated rants formed from careful analysis of the HYS comments, and the results are not unlike the "From the messages boards" section in Private Eye: often sadly indistinguishable from the real thing. The source database has sadly not been kept up to date.
* [[http://projectfreeamerica.com/ Project: Free America]] is a website that advocates for the legalization of homicide [[ImAHumanitarian and cannibalism]]. They do, however, {{think of the children}} by saying that those under the age of 18 would not be able to legally kill or be killed.
* Conservative state senator Steve Martin (not [[Creator/SteveMartin that one]]) made a Facebook post in which opposed abortion, calling it wrong even if "the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) wants to kill it". This caused outrage for apparently dehumanizing pregnant women as mere "hosts" rather than human beings in their own right. His actual intention was to sarcastically use the same language that a few pro-choicers have used, whereby an embryo/fetus should be considered a parasite and the mother the host. But this line of pro-choice argument is sufficiently obscure, and Martin's wording sufficiently awkward (the tone switches mid-sentence from "what I really believe" to "what the other side believes"), that it came across differently. (Plus, the word "host" can imply circumstances of hospitality rather than parasitism.)
* This regularly happens to [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]], particularly anything based around parody of a certain subculture. For instance, "le monkey face" was originally created as a parody of derivative and formulaic "rage comics," but it didn't take long for it to be unironically adopted. And then there's the phenomenon of MLG montages, which were designed to mock overproduced and obnoxious gameplay videos, but quickly developed a fanbase of people who viewed it as simply being the same as those videos, but with more of the stuff they liked (namely, lots of editing and effects combined with loud and unpleasant music).
* There's a Twitter account belonging to Steven Smith, Tea Party member and Representative of Georgia's 15th Congressional district, who's been known for making outlandish remarks such as calling UsefulNotes/BarackObama "UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush in blackface". He's also completely made up[[note]]as is Georgia's 15th district; the state only has 14[[/note]]. That hasn't stopped people up to and including Senator Claire [=McCaskill=] from believing that he's real and completely serious; when called on it, most people who fall for it claim some variant of this trope, saying it's impossible to tell facetious versions of conservatives from the real thing.
* [[http://jmantime-is-here.deviantart.com/ Jmantime]] (some images and language NSFW) is most certainly a parody of bad Deviantart "artists", what with the insane pairings of anime characters/Western characters/mascots and celebrities, the use of topical and/or controversial themes (including ISIS-chan and Hetalia {{O|riginalCharacter}}Cs), the poor spellings (including the forced catchphrase "Oh Fuck Muffin's") and the use of an edgy Sonic recolor as an avatar. On his Tumblr he states to be half-serious and half-parody, for what it's worth.
* After a French police dog was killed in a raid on a terrorist safehouse in Paris, believed to be linked to the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in the city, a Twitter user with the handle [=SupaSchweppes=] [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-34861540 created the hashtag #jesuischien]] ("#iamdog") as a parody of sentimental hashtag slacktivism in response to terrorism. It was then taken up by many Twitter users who thought that it was sincere.
* [[http://michaelkelly.artofeurope.com/karl.htm Ulli's Roy Orbison In Cling-film Website]] began as a deadpan parody of self-published online erotic fiction expressing very niche fetishes. There was confusion for years about whether it was real before the webmaster finally unmasked and admitted that it was a parody.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin'': Is there anyone who actually likes the comic, or is the strip and its fandom just a decades-long experiment in mob-mentality that has GoneHorriblyRight?
* ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'':
** The AltText of one comic [[http://xkcd.com/301/ suggests]] trying this on a noted pit of stupidity and prejudice:
-->"Fun game: try to post a Website/YouTube comment so stupid that people realize you must be joking. (Hint: [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption this is impossible.]])"
** The punch line for [[https://xkcd.com/451/ another]] is that it's impossible to tell if someone's an expert on literary criticism or mocking them with gibberish.
** This [[http://xkcd.com/97/ comic]] mocks Music/SimplePlan, by having the listening assume their lyrics are jokes.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with [[DesignatedHero the way its feminist characters are written]], it's hard to tell whether Tat supports radical feminism himself, is mocking it or is only pretending these are his views as a very elaborate troll.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Popehat's [[http://www.popehat.com/2014/12/20/the-curious-case-of-the-t-v-attorney-and-twitter/ North Korean Twitter news hoax]], mentioned above, was reactivated. Five years after the revelation it was a hoax, it could still take in American television talking heads. And Buzzfeed. And Newsweek. And the Washington Post.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' Host Pat Sajak tweeted "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends." after outrage Sajak claimed it was parodying climate change deniers and was hyperbole. The original tweet in question was so close to what some of the crazier climate change deniers are saying telling the difference between sincerity and parody is almost impossible.
* Endemic at Conservapedia, a site created by right wingers as the MoralSubstitute [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Examples_of_Bias_in_Wikipedia for Wikipedia]]. As soon as it was founded, people descended on it writing completely-over-the-top articles (to the point it's now considered a FlockOfWolves), which some people took seriously. Their ''serious'' projects include [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Bible_Retranslation_Project a translation of the Bible into Conservative language.]] For instance, the whole "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven" thing is apparently socialist, and "blessed are the meek" should really be "blessed are the God-fearing".
** [[http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/26/conservapedias-entry.html Here's]] a particularly funny example of (apparent) stealth-parody vandalism.
** Or read their page on UsefulNotes/BarackObama, or any Democratic president of the 20th century. But especially Obama.
-->- ''Religion: Claims to be Christian''
--->- As of May 25, 2012, says ''Religion: probably Muslim''
-->- ''On April 27, 2011 Obama officially released his long form birth certificate, which many experts have determined to be a fake and no legal body has determined its authenticity.''
** See also [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User%3ACs1987/Examples_of_Bias_in_Conservapedia the second iteration]].
** The Conservapedia article on UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush once said that he was "one of the greatest presidents in American history," that he was "successfully able to salvage the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort after it was sabotaged by a Democratic/Islamo-Fascist conspiracy", and that his unpopularity is entirely due to him being forced by the Democratic Congress to push through bank bailout packages.
** The root of the issue is that the site's proprietor, Andy Schlafly, keeps the site under tight control. The number of satirists has led him to become ever more paranoid and ban-happy... [[http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/images/5/56/Wigo1053_5.png the result being that only the parodists remain]], driving him ever-deeper into his mad spiral of paranoid banning.
** Wiki/RationalWiki speculates that this is the first living example of a "Poe Paradox" -- that in any given fundamentalist group, any new person/idea sufficiently fundamentalist to be accepted by the group will come off as being so ridiculous as to risk being called a parodist or a parody.
** This evolved into meta-humor once [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Poe%27s_law this entry]] made its way on there -- particularly with this laughable assertion:
-->"Clearly, the cause of the mistake is not that the genuine article is no better than a mockery; rather, the cause of the mistake is that some people lack the critical thinking skills and/or experience to differentiate the two."
** The caption below the picture of the Black Cat and number 13 on that page is even more hilarious. It quotes a ''Wall Street Journal'' article to claim that Christianity reduces belief in superstitions, yet the "unlucky 13" pictured is a superstition ''that has its origins in Christianity''.
* This is the basic premise of Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans where he travels around the US asking people about fake Canadian news stories. The show even got the better of some soon to be well known American politicians [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTZ_tgMUdo here]].
* Website/{{Cracked}}.com has two articles about "Satirists Attacked by People Who Totally Missed the Point," [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-satirists-attacked-by-people-who-totally-missed-point/ here]] and [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-more-satirists-attacked-by-people-who-missed-point/ here.]]
** Also, see [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19036_too-stupid-satire-how-media-branded-me-as-racist.html this article]] about how the blogger meant to come off as so ridiculous that nobody could take it seriously... ''and the media thought he was being literal.''
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/i-cant-tell-if-movies-are-being-serious-anymore This cracked article is about movie trailers of 2011 summer movies]] - a romcom, a comedy and an action movie - that can be interpreted as parodies of their respective genres. They aren't.
** It shouldn't take long to realize that [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15739_50-reasons-lord-rings-sucks.html this article about Lord of the Rings]] is a parody. But according to the comments, some people still didn't get it.
** Cracked.com has also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18812_5-reasons-red-dawn-secretly-subversive-anti-war-film.html argued]] that the Reaganite fantasy ''Film/RedDawn1984'' is actually a parody of resurgent UsefulNotes/ColdWar paranoia, claiming that the film actually used GettingCrapPastTheRadar to be highly critical of the United States.
** Yet another article from the site was about a woman who had created a fake online dating profile to see if the rumor that men on that site would overlook personality flaws and mismatched tastes if the woman in the picture was "hot." Even though the profile depicted someone who was very rude and immature, she got [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-i-learned-from-worst-online-dating-profile-ever/ a lot of replies]].
*** There was also a woman on Craigslist who pretended to be a cow to see how many men wanted to date her anyway. About 20 sent in serious responses without reading the ad. [[http://tgeller.livejournal.com/50714.html]]
* During Administrivia/TheSecondGoogleIncident, several works were cutlisted in protest to say "This zero-tolerance policy will likely cut this". While obvious ultrafamous works like ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[labelnote:*]]Which has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashcroft_v._Free_Speech_Coalition#Majority_opinion a history]] of being used this way[[/labelnote]] had little risk, ''Manga/BlackBird'' ended up being cut for real (it was restored afterwards).
* One recurring segment of ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' played subtitled clips from more extreme Middle-Eastern television shows which decried the west in the most ridiculous ways possible, including ''TomorrowsPioneers'', a Palestinian childrens' show ripping off Mickey Mouse but encouraging hatred of the west in children. Given what the ''War on Everything'' is normally like, one would expect the subtitling to be a GagSub, an exaggeration for comedic purposes. It turns out it's legit -- they had to put in disclaimers establishing that Creator/TheABC had independently confirmed the legitimacy and accuracy of the subtitles.
* Website/NotAlwaysRight and other such "true story of human idiocy" collections are ''just'' plausible enough that it's impossible to know for certain how many of their submissions are genuine, though [[http://notalwaysright.com/busted-pipes/2368 at least one]] is a known {{Urban Legend|s}}.
* The government of Malaysia took issue with [[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Malaysian_government_warns_citizens_about_Uncyclopedia Unclyclopedia's entry on the country]]. It's not certain if they were displeased with the site while thinking it's a for-real or a parody.
* There is a wide-spread rumor found around the web that says that TV Tropes features works pages for at least anime series that are completely fraudulent. The "series" in question contain so many of the stereotypical anime tropes and they are described in such a fanboyish way that its impossible to actually tell these pages from the ones featuring real anime series. Presumably, this is meant as tropers engaging in SelfDeprecation. Ironically, it's also possible that this rumor is another example of this trope. This may be based on ''JustForFun/IchibanNoTempura'', a fake anime mentioned in the "Just for Fun" section, which at one point was mistaken for real and a troper added it to the (now-defunct) Sliding Scale of Anime Obscurity page.[[note]]Or possibly the troper knew it wasn't real and just added it as a joke.[[/note]] Or possibly it could be inspired by ''JustForFun/TVTropesTheWebcomic'', a "webcomic" purportedly starring JustForFun/TropeTan and being highly {{Troperiffic}}, with all the references to its nonexistence being concealed in spoiler tags. Regardless, it means that this example actually [[AluminumChristmasTrees has some basis in fact]].
* The now-defunct website marryourdaughter.com was a website purporting to sell teenage girls (some as young as 13) to prospective husbands (provided they submitted a "suitable" proposal). It was presented as a way for parents to earn some money, get rid of {{Bratty Teenage Daughter}}s, and as a way for [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]] to [[ArrangedMarriage marry daughters off]] [[Literature/TheBible Biblically]]. The website was all [[http://snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/marryourdaughter.asp a hoax]], intended to point out inconsistencies in US marriage laws regarding age of consent and such.
* [[http://dailycurrant.com/2013/05/16/ann-coulter-walks-out-of-star-trek-claims-too-many-minorities/ This article]] from the satirical newspaper ''The Daily Currant'' claiming that Ann Coulter stormed out of a showing of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' yelling that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' had "too many minorities". At least half the comment section missed the joke, although a possible explanation is that after some of the stuff Coulter really ''has'' said, it's easy to believe.
* ''Website/SFDebris'' is fond of creating exaggerated parodies of ''Seires/StarTrek'' characters, particularly the captains. Two notable aspects are that Picard loathes children, and Janeway is an insane, capricious tyrant. Both of them managed to exceed his parody versions of them in the show; Picard when he praises Riker for letting a little girl die (rather than save her with his Q-granted powers), and Janeway when she [[{{Unperson}} wipes all records of a crewmember]] and bans the crew from ever speaking of her again (to resolve an issue with the Doctor's programming).
* After the public backlash against celebrities like the King of Spain and several other people who posted pictures of themselves posing with dead animals they killed on hunting trips, Jay Branscomb posted a picture of Creator/StevenSpielberg posing with the sick Triceratops model from his film ''Film/JurassicPark'', adding the caption: "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man". Despite the fact that dinosaurs have been extinct for over 65 million years, [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2688463/Steven-Spielberg-Im-disappointed-Online-uproar-photo-famous-movie-director-posing-triceratops-just-slaughtered.html many people took the post seriously]].
* The popular short fan film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power/Rangers Power/Rangers]]'' is a StealthParody mocking the idea of TrueArtIsAngsty by showing that applying DarkerAndEdgier to something doesn't automatically make it any less goofy or dumb (in this case applied to, obviously, ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; with the insane grittiness and ridiculously serious tone, all the stupid stuff just stands out even more). However due to the high quality of the film's presentation ([[VisualEffectsOfAwesome it looks like something you'd see on primetime TV]]), some people didn't catch onto the joke, thinking that the creators were actually serious about making a full-length movie like this. Even Saban themselves mistook it as being serious and tried to have the movie taken down for copyright infringement (thankfully it was put back up later). WordOfGod says that this was the intention of the project, and the irony was how people ''enjoyed'' the entire thing genuinely.
* There's a [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150326214220/http://fronda.megiteam.com.pl/blogi/fokus-xx-wieku/reksio-dzielem-szatana,41144.html satirical article by a Polish blogger]] which claims that the popular Polish cartoon for children ''Animation/{{Reksio}}'' is actually [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell a Satanic propaganda piece]]. Despite the fact that the article is clearly not serious (the claims are deliberately as over-the-top and absurd as possible) and meant as a parody, plenty of readers took it at face value and most comments around the Polish internet are along the lines of "man, the fundamentalist Christians who wrote this must be insane!"
* There is a loose group of German Web sites collectively known as "Die Redlichen" ("the upright ones"), who are MoralGuardians UpToEleven. Decrying ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' as satanic or relating how they caught their grandchild playing ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and gave them CorporalPunishment, they successfully provoke angry guestbook entries and irritated discussions on other forums over whether they're serious or not. They also tend to translate each and every foreign word by hook or by crook, such as "online" becoming the [[TranslationTrainWreck nonsensical]] word "anschnur"; this even extends to the titles of the works they are discussing (they may add the original untranslated term/title in parentheses to avoid confusion but will call it "unredlich" rather than "englisch"). Such habits, as well as egregious individual posts such as somebody ranting that [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe he didn't need to get dirty with his wife for them to have children]] make it rather obvious that these people are not being serious, but they will never admit it, so a few of them might just be actual kooks, and there is a rumor that a child protection group actually filed charges against one webmaster.
* In light of the controversy surrounding the ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' reboot, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ghostbusters/comments/4s829p/ok_so_obviously_the_reviews_arent_as_bad_as_we/ this Reddit post]] from r/ghostbusters, where one user asks how to best "filter out" positive reviews of the movie, caught a lot of attention from the media (including outlets such as BBC.) It was widely circulated as proof of how misogynistic haters are seeking to censor all positive reviews of the movie. However, it was a sarcastic troll post, and even the user who posted it [[https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/4sduxx/ethics_list_of_writers_and_publications_that_were/d58qwqf admitted as much]] (and mentioned he was dismayed by how many people took it seriously.)
* Part of [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] review of ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' featured him reacting with horror at a bizarrely out-of-place montage sequence that was accompanied by a terrible cover version of Music/{{Queen}}'s "Princes of the Universe," leading to him angrily accusing the film's producers of ruining not just ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', but Queen as well. In his commentary for the episode, Spoony revealed that his fellow Website/ChannelAwesome producers subsequently assumed that the actual scene used the Queen original and that Spoony had found some crappy cover version and dubbed it over to make the scene look even worse, forcing him to clarify that the scene ''did'' use the cover.
* In an episodes of the ''Podcast/CoxNCrendor'' podcast, Jesse Cox discusses an epiphany he had watching next episode trailers for ''Series/HellsKitchen''. He explains that he realized that they were so blatantly false compared to the episodes themselves that he's not entirely certain whether they're serious and lying or meant to spoof trailers of that nature.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': The show's 10th season has introduced yet ''[[CousinOliver another character]]'' named Chloe who was written to be a ParodySue as she's blatantly, unrealistically perfect in many ways from knowing 12 languages to having a Nobel Prize. Despite this, she was still given the rights to Timmy's fairies half the time. It was later revealed that she was [[DeconstructedTrope perfect to a fault]] as she often tried so hard to make everything great that she ended up overcompensating and ruining everything instead which led to people ostracizing her. Unfortunately, her sue qualities got played so straight that many people (even accomplished cartoon critics) mistook her for an outright CanonSue and decried her inclusion and how she able to get fairies despite being "perfect". Later episodes would downplay her sue qualities and show more of her flaws.
* This shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapped in the Closet" when an official narrates Xenu's origin story. The phrase, "[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer This is what Scientologists actually believe]]" was put in because it would've been indistinguishable from the show's weird humor to those who didn't already know the story. Even then, some people '''still''' didn't believe it, because even that sounds like something ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' would do.
* When ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' released [[https://derpibooru.org/591492 a teaser image]] for a then-upcoming episode ("Testing Testing 1, 2, 3") featuring Pinkie Pie as a rapper, more than a few people assumed that the show was charging headlong into TotallyRadical and WereStillRelevantDammit territory. Fortunately, when the episode actually aired, it quickly became clear that the rap was [[StylisticSuck intentionally ridiculous]], as it was a ''parody'' of TotallyRadical edutainment from the 90's. In particular, it's a rather direct spoof of the rap segment from the infamous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up863eQKGUI Don't Copy That Floppy]] PSA.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"]] satirized the trend of TV networks trying to make spinoffs and successor series that are frequently inferior to the original show (this episode predated ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and Creator/SethMacFarlane's animated shows), with all three segments deliberately badly scripted, bland and cheesy. However, some fans mistook the StylisticSuck for actual bad writing, even thinking the show was finally JumpingTheShark, something Creator/MattGroening was worried would happen.
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[[folder:YouTube]]
* A Website/YouTube user named Tamtampamela had a channel on which she posed as a satire of fundamentalist Christians, but when she put up a video thanking God for the Japanese earthquake, saying that he had caused it to punish Japan's atheist population, it immediately went viral and she started receiving death threats, causing her to eventually come clean that it was a parody.
** Even [=YouTube=] blogger, WebVideo/{{Thunderf00t}}, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcikNCsilHk referenced her in a video]] (which came out before she outed herself as a parody) in which he hopes that she's "a Poe". Note: Even admitting it was a parody [[DudeNotFunny did not reduce the hostility]] [[TooSoon she received much]].
* Just as Website/YouTube user potholer54 was about to nominate a creationist for his 2008 Golden Crocoduck Award (given to the creationists who knowingly and most effectively lied to support their arguments), the creationist outed himself as a satirist. Despite this, potholer explained that one of his arguments (the rings of Saturn prove a young solar system) is actually used by some creationists. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztejNZIZdsU Watch for yourself here.]]
* Matt Harding of WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt fame did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogcqFaNbah4 joke video]] claiming that his WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt videos were just an elaborate hoax, involving robot backup dancers and other such absurdities. Soon news articles around the Internet were lambasting Matt for this terrible deception, to the point where he had to make a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVAg6YTgTn4 public announcement that the hoax was a hoax]].
* Several videos, such as the famous "WebVideo/AngryGermanKid" video were originally made to ''satirize'' how German politicians saw gamers. Unfortunately, if you ask around today, most people won't actually know it's faked because of how easy it is to put on a show for the camera.
* Another famous video, the Greatest Freakout Ever: At least 3/5 of the comments were "Boy, this is what ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' does to people?!?", ignoring that you can replace "VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft" with "Xbox Live" or "VideoGame/EverQuest" and it'd ''still'' make sense... or that. The internet still seems to be divided between those who think it was fake and those who think it was real, without any conclusive proof one way or the other.
** Detractors often point to the over-the-top reactions of Steven (the freakout kid) as [[BeggingTheQuestion clearly]] being acted.
** Some cite the interview of Steven by Creator/DanielTosh on his tv show Series/{{Tosh0}} as definitive proof that the video was fake. The episode involves Tosh [[PerpSweating interrogating]] Steven, with the help of Creator/MichaelWinslow (You know, [[AdamWesting that guy who makes the funny noises]]), eventually using a [[LieDetector polygraph machine]], and finally resorting to a threat to [[LaserGuidedKarma shove a remote up his butt if he doesn't tell the truth]]. This is a [[RuleOfFunny comedy show]], and it's not known what occurred back stage.
* P.Z. Myers fell victim of this in [[http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/09/20/this-is-our-opposition/#comments this blog post]] where he rants about an anti-feminism Website/YouTube video while labeling it as "Our Opposition", it should be noted that some of the commentators of his blog [[GenreSavvy started invoking this law]] pointing out that it was so over-the-top it had to be a parody, only to be dismissed by the rest of the commentators and P.Z. himself. Then the original poster of the video made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3thZ135aPhE response video]] {{MST}}ing and mocking P.Z. and his commentators for taking it at face value.
* The maker of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF3jvD_hNFc this]] "Cinema Trailer Sins" video criticizing the teaser for ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' had to post a comment stating that his extreme nitpicking and InsaneTrollLogic were never meant to be taken seriously after Franchise/{{Godzilla}} fans lashed out at him and got the video downvoted really low. (It should also be noted, however, that this channel is also a parody of the (massively) more popular and (slightly) more professional WebVideo/CinemaSins channel, thus accounting for many of the downvotes.)
* ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'', a StylisticSuck parody of {{Caustic Critic}}s (''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'' in particular) is often mistaken for a legitimate, awful reviewer. His UsefulNotes/NintendoDS "review" begins with a disclaimer that says that the show is a parody, but if you read the comments to some of his other videos, you can still find people confusing him with an actual reviewer.
* A few days before the 2014 Isla Vista Massacre, the perpetrator, Elliot Rodger, posted a video espousing his beliefs and plans for "revenge." The video ended up being posted to reddit's r/cringe subreddit, where commenters had a hard time telling whether he genuinely wanted to kill people or was just a massive troll.
* [=YouTube=] user 1stkirbyever ran into this while simultaneously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLb25V5lqaE demonstrating a glitch]] in the ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' demo and parodying Sonic's infamously UnpleasableFanbase. After seeing that some people missed the joke, he add a disclaimer to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jGSrNbM2Wc the sequel]] stating, in large, bold letters, "I AM NOT SERIOUS." ''There were still people who missed the joke, even with the disclaimer.'' You can tell he's basically given up on the parody part with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ_QHoELNVU the third installment]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcpsqiqXBcw Islamic State of Donbass and Lugant]], a parody of jihad videos by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine, complete with ''nasheed'' (Islamic acapella chants) & their flag modified to include Islamist symbolism. Ukrainian & other commenters mistake them as an actual Islamist terrorists, while the Russians are joking about their [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodox]] [[ChurchMilitant "jihad"]].
** There are Muslim volunteers fighting in the pro-Russian side, but '''NONE''' of them are radical Islamists related with the jihadist movements.
* During the CausticCritic boom of 2007, when [[FollowTheLeader everyone with a camcorder was jumping on the]] ''WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd'' bandwagon, one particular user named {{Creator/Armake21}} chimed in. According to himself he was supposed to be riffing on reviewers who wanted to be the AVGN but had no idea how to write jokes beyond "swear at the TV". In terms of viewership, he was moderately successful. In terms of the parody... not so much: after a review of ''Shinobi'' for the NES he had to post a follow-up video demonstrating his previously-poor skill was actually StylisticSuck.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXodRLLkth4 video shown here]] was posted by a user who intended (he claimed) to make a political satire. The video consists of a real Arabic newscast with phony subtitles. President Obama's detractors quickly took the video as fact and posted it on several conservative blogs, until the poster, - who admits to being conservative but quotes the Trope Name directly (as shown) - cleared it up.
* WebVideo/McJuggerNuggets falls into this a lot - one of the major questions fans and haters have is "Is this real or not?". The depiction of a [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional family]], [[SanitySlippage an abuser losing people to dominate and becoming less rational as time goes on]], multiple abusive relationships, [[ApatheticCitizens nobody thinking to help]] (especially not the [[PoliceAreUseless police]]), as well as the fact that the main character Jesse regularly moves back to a house where he's clearly abused brings up a ''lot'' of people to suspect both.
* ''WebAnimation/DarkMatter2525'': Many comments on "If Hitler Never Existed" insisted that the world wouldn't be a {{utopia}} if Hitler never existed, to the point where Dark Matter made a comment pointing out that this video was a joke, and it was commenting on people in the present, not people in the past.
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* A passage in ''What Th--?'', Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s parody comic, has a hypothetical story in which the ComicBook/FantasticFour meet Franchise/{{Superman}}. The writer of the story comments in a footnote that it is impossible to write a parody of The Thing's dialogue that doesn't sound exactly like something he would really say.
* In one ''[[{{ComicBook/Viz}} Sid the Sexist]]'' strip, Sid managed to score a bird on Blind Date because she thought he was a comedian and only pretending to be a perverted Geordie stereotype.

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* Leo and Max's 'SpringtimeForHitler' gambit in ''Film/TheProducers''; they aimed to produce the biggest flop ever so they could make off with the investment money, so they took in a story glorifying [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]] and made it as offensive as they could. Unfortunately, the actor playing Hitler himself was [[SoBadItsGood so terrible]] that the audience assumed that it was a parody, and the show sold out. The director deciding to throw in some catchy musical segments didn't help.
** In the musical version the former Nazi Franz who will be playing the part of Hitler breaks his leg just prior to curtain, and is replaced by the [[CampGay director]] -- who turns flamboyant up to eleven. The original version had him played by a beatnik.
** Roger Ebert noted that this is what actually torpedoed Leo and Max's scam. If they had gone all out (i.e., featured the Holocaust or Operation Barbarossa in their pro-Nazi musical), then their plan would actually have worked, as nobody would want to see satire that distasteful.

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* Exploited and combined with RefugeInAudacity in the Literature/HonorHarrington book ''On Basilisk Station'' through the "big lie" theory. After the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Republic of Haven]] gets their hand caught in the cookie jar regarding their schemes with Basilisk, Honor hopes that Havenite civilians will see through their government's [[BlatantLies outrageously false]] PropagandaMachine, which paints ''themselves'' as the real victims of the debacle, just as easily as the Manticorans have. Unfortunately, as gets explained to her by experts on such matters, the fact that said propaganda is so outrageously false is also what leads the Havenites to accept it at face value; they would never believe that their governing authorities would deliberately lie to them in such an audacious manner, so they end up believing them even when they ''are'' lying.
* Darrel Bristow-Bovey's self-help satire ''Literature/IMovedYourCheese'' complains about how hard it is to write a self-help satire:
-->When it comes to the self-help genre, the line between satire and the real thing is drawn in water with a blunt pencil.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's short piece "How Kid Brady Broke Training", Kid Brady, after reading a magazine, goes off meat and starts an all-fruit diet under the belief that it will make him a better fighter. He later meets the article's author, who tells him that it was meant as satire, "[b]ut so subtle and delicate is my humor that apparently the thing is misleading".
* In ''Erasure'' by Literature/PercivalEverett, an intellectual black author, sick and tired of his philosophical books being passed over for publication because they're not suitably "Black," writes a way, ''way'' over the top parody of thuggish ghetto-chic blaxploitation called ''My Paffology'' and has his agent send it out as a protest. Random House accepts the book at face value as a fierce portrayal of the Black experience and pays six hundred grand for it. The book, now renamed ''Fuck'', goes on to win the National Book Award.
* This is what got the Bill of Life, which allows parents to have their children's body parts be divided and used as transplants once they reach age thirteen, passed in ''Literature/{{Unwind}}''; it was proposed in order to make both sides in the Heartland War realize how ridiculous they were being. What wasn't expected was both pro-choice and pro-life people to embrace it as the only way to compromise.

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* An episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'' had Murphy passing off a painting her infant Avery had created, with the fake name of "A. Very". One critic thought it was brilliant. The other thought it was child scribblings. An art buyer bought it for an obscene amount because the two critics were arguing over it.

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* Taken to something of a logical extreme in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', where ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'', Dave's StylisticSuck webcomic, is [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002226 described as]] "a webcomic ironically maintained through a satirical cipher" with "legions of devoted fans, most of whom are totally convinced" of his sockpuppet persona's sincerity. A bit of meta irony kicks in when you consider that in real life, ''Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff'' actually ''is'' much better known than ''Homestuck'' and ''MSPA'', and genuinely ''does'' have legions of devoted fans (though most of them are well aware of its ironic StylisticSuck value).
** Part of the reason is that ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' originated before Homestuck and was posted on the [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/85435/higher-technology/p2 Penny Arcade forums]] by Andrew Hussie.
* In a ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'' arc, the titular character creates a children's show centered entirely around promoting himself and his merchandise. Said MerchandiseDriven nature is so transparent that the show becomes a hit amongst teenagers and young adults who mistake it for biting satire (the fact that Chex could only afford for the show to be run on a 4AM timeslot didn't help).
%%* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' parodies this [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1656#comic here]].
* [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/27/its-over-its-now-impossible-to-satirise-tony-abbott?CMP=soc_567 This comic]] from the Australian version of ''The Guardian'' claims that it is no longer possible to satirise Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
** In their review of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', [[spoiler:his younger self]] defends the movie by claiming that it's making fun of the show's pointless celebrity cameos. The Critic responds that no, the movie just ''has'' pointless celebrity cameos.
** Sometimes the Critic's opinions are mistaken for those of Creator/DougWalker's, one such misunderstanding led to a short feud between the character of the critic and Creator/MaraWilson, when Wilson had mistaken the Critic's [[AccentuateTheNegative vitriol]] for Doug Walker's honest opinion.
* A common problem on blogs like "[[http://whitewhine.com/ White Whine]]" and other collections of FirstWorldProblems -- for every entry that is a genuine example of someone engaging in over-the-top and unnecessary complaining about a trivial issue, there is another which is clearly either a parody of that type of person or someone who is perfectly aware that their current issues are trivial but are simply exaggerating for humourous effect or to vent.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20203_the-5-most-epic-backfires-in-history-bad-jokes.html The 5 Most Epic Backfires in the History of Bad Jokes]]. From the lead: "The problem with sarcasm is that you can do it so well (or so poorly) that people don't realize you're joking."
* Discussed on ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''. More than once (such as in his review of ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'') Yahtzee states that video game violence is already so extreme and ridiculous that its nearly impossible to parody.
* Invoked in a [[http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2011/oct/21/lord-monckton-sacha-baron-cohen devastating satire]] by Australian comedian Craig Reucassel, in which he said that the controversial climate-change skeptic Lord Monckton [[note]]infamous for comparing environmentalists to [[GodwinsLaw Hitler Youth]], among other claims[[/note]] was a satirical character played by Creator/SachaBaronCohen-- and proceeded to interview an unsuspecting Monckton himself about it, asking such questions as "Will we ever see Ali G or Borat come back?" Monckton was bewildered, to say the least.
* [[http://flavorwire.com/457300/daniel-kibblesmith-the-man-behind-the-hilarious-gopteens-on-trolling-republicans-and-dming-rand-paul As its owner has pointed out]], the [[https://twitter.com/GOPTeens GOP Teens]] Twitter account is often mistaken for serious at first glance. Actual GOP Senator Rand Paul is apparently a fan, although it's not known whether it's because he finds it funny or because of this trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** The episode "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" has this happen: Upon finding out that ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is overhyped, the kids write an offensive story about nothing in particular, solely to be more offensive than ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' was claimed to be. The adults find it, and believe that it's a great literary work, even after the kids explicitly tell them that it is nothing more than a string of gross-out attempts on paper, and that there is no actual story in it.
** The 16th season episode "Sarcastaball" revolves around a game which Randy invents as parody, but which everyone else takes seriously.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' episode "[=Buttniks=]," they wander into a coffee shop and witness a poetry slam. Butt-Head goes on stage and deliberately stinks up the joint to the annoyance of the crowd. Beavis drinks lots of cappuccino (or, as he called it, "Crappuccino") and turns into the Great Cornholio and goes off on an insane incoherent rant. The audience loves it and call it "ground-breaking stuff," instead of recognizing it as the babblings of an overcaffeinated psycho.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': One episode has Marge finding a copy of ''The Onion'' on her neighbor's coffee table. Upon reading it, Marge is surprised at the headlines only to be informed that it's satire. Next, Marge opens the paper and upon reading the movie reviews, laughs at what the critics say about the movies only to find out the movie reviews are real.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Writes a Bestseller", Brian manages to pull this off with a hastily-written self-help book called "Wish It, Want It, Do It", which he wrote as a statement on self-help books in general. However, it winds up becoming a bestseller, and he ultimately buys into his own hype. It ultimately takes [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] to get Brian to admit the truth and be shooed off the set.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Secret of Success", Doofenshmirtz holds a telethon to fund his evil schemes. Lawrence, watching from a dentist's office, believes it's "a brilliant work of satire" and declares it his new favorite show.
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* ''{{Film/Airplane!}}'' was actually an adaptation of a serious airplane disaster movie called ''[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Hour!_(1957_film) Zero Hour!]]''. While obviously a lot of jokes were added, most of the script - Ted and Elaine's {{Glurge}} filled romance, the goofy premise, the fish poisoning, the sick little kid - is lifted straight from ''Zero Hour!'', where it was all played [[ClicheStorm completely unironically]]. It's actually kind of fun to watch the two back to back and see how little was changed.

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* ''{{Film/Airplane!}}'' ''{{Film/Airplane}}'' was actually an adaptation of a serious airplane disaster movie called ''[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Hour!_(1957_film) Zero Hour!]]''. While obviously a lot of jokes were added, most of the script - Ted and Elaine's {{Glurge}} filled romance, the goofy premise, the fish poisoning, the sick little kid - is lifted straight from ''Zero Hour!'', where it was all played [[ClicheStorm completely unironically]]. It's actually kind of fun to watch the two back to back and see how little was changed.



** "'98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal": In 1998, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church Westborough Baptist Church]] leader Fred Phelps posted this article (which was, ironically, meant to mock organizations like his) on his website as apparent "proof" that homosexuals were indeed actively trying to "recruit" others to be gay.
** Iran's FARS news agency fell for an Onion article that said more Americans would prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be president than Obama. This is somewhat understandable from a country that believes Hollywood is controlled by Washington.
** China's ''People's Daily Online'' reported as straight news the ''Onion'' story declaring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the "sexiest man alive for 2012."
** The British newspaper ''The Independent'' [[http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/content/indy-voices-falls-onions-fake-miley-cyrus-editorial printed]] a "CNN statement" on their saturation coverage of a "shocking" dance routine by Music/MileyCyrus that was actually a satirical ''Onion'' column speculating on their motivation.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/42-million-dead-in-bloodiest-black-friday-weekend,30517/ 42 Million Dead In Bloodiest Black Friday On Record]]. Given that such a massive death toll would easily dwarf not only 9/11 but all US wartime deaths combined, and would result in a significant change in our way of life, one would think that no one could believe such a ridiculous story. Cue readers e-mailing {{Website/Snopes}} and other sites, wondering if this story was true. It raises the question, which was an example of this trope, the original article, or the people wondering if it was true?
** When [[{{Scandalgate}} FIFAgate]] happened, one of the fourteen FIFA executives indicted tried to reject those charges and claimed they were part of a U.S. conspiracy against FIFA. How? By citing an ''Onion'' article headlined "[[http://www.theonion.com/article/fifa-frantically-announces-2015-summer-world-cup-u-50525 FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States]]".
* While ''The Onion'' is perhaps the most famous satire newspaper on this list, other satire newsletters and satire news sites like ''The Daily Currant'' and ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' can also fall victim to this. One famous example from the ''Daily Currant'' happened when marijuana was legalized in Colorado on January 1, 2014. They published a story titled "[[http://dailycurrant.com/2014/01/02/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-on-first-day-of-legalization/ Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization]]", which naturally got well circulated on social media and elsewhere. Apparently, it was so convincing that Annapolis, Maryland Police Chief Michael Pristoop [[http://reason.com/blog/2014/02/25/citing-joke-annapolis-police-chief-testi cited it]] [[http://rt.com/usa/marijuana-legal-maryland-satire-927/ when testifying in front of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee]] about the legalization, having overlooked the three clues that it was a satire:
** The article was published in 2014, but it cited ''The Rocky Mountain News'' as a source. ''The Rocky Mountain News'' went out of business in February 2009.
** The article also cites an interview with a Dr. Jack Shepard. That's the name of a character on ''Series/{{LOST}}''.
** One of the supposed 37 victims was a guy named Jesse Bruce Pinkman. Jesse Pinkman is the supporting lead on ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* Website/{{Snopes}} has numerous examples of rumors that were sparked by articles from these and more.
* [[http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport The Borowitz Report]] is a satirical news blog hosted on ''{{Magazine/The New Yorker}}'s'' web site, which frequently confuses people (especially their right-wing US satire).
* ''The Mirror'' released an article in 2011 listing [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/why-one-direction-are-better-than-the-beatles-156810 ten reasons why One Direction was better than the Beatles]]. Several months later the same writer wrote an article titled "[[http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/one-direction-better-than-the-beatles-column-846895 Hey dude, get a sense of humour:]] How I got death threats for joking that One Direction are better than The Beatles"
* Syndicated columnist Jack Kilpatrick once wrote a column purporting to be an interview with an ACLU leader named Eton "Si" Eritas. Eritas claimed he was determined to remove all traces of religion from America, going so far as to change the names of any cities with religious connotations, such as San Francisco and St. Paul. This column shocked many people and sparked countless columns and letters to the editor flaming the ACLU. The only problem? Eritas didn't exist. Eton "Si" Eritas, spelled backwards, is "Note: Is Satire."
* When ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' ran a mock-up ''Daily Telegraph'' cover, parodying the MP Expenses Scandal the paper broke by targeting its proprietors, the reclusive Barcley Brothers, they received a letter threatening them with libel action. Their response was that it was in the "joke" section of the magazine, it clearly wasn't a real news story, and they didn't think there was a case to answer.
** ''Private Eye'' gets this from many newcomers who don't know where the cut-off points between the 'investigative journalism' pages and the 'parody' pages are. There are a lot of otherwise intelligent people who think ''From the Message Boards'' (a parody of Internet arguments which [[InternetToughGuy contains]] [[{{Emoticon}} everything]] [[TheFundamentalist you'd]] [[PatrioticFervor encounter]] in a real Internet debate) is genuine.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]:
** The newspaper finally pokes fun at the long standing leftist idea that promoting humans rights in totalitarian hellholes is the modern definition of "imperialism". [[http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=1689 Doesn't it?]]
** They parodied social justice warriors in a column about how ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' is racist, sexist, and transphobic, [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/22/thomas-the-tank-engine-children-parents right?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wacfY-w0Vjc&feature=youtu.be Michael Savage debates a pro-amnesty liberal over the Arizona immigration laws]], and outright {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this.
-->--"Of course you're pulling my leg."
* Right-wing British paper "The Daily Mail" printed an article about a study which demonstrated that, on average, ''right-wing voters are less intelligent and more racist'' than left-wing voters. While many chose to believe that the article was satire ([[RefugeInAudacity as no paper would be stupid enough to flat out insult their readers]]), a number of upset readers were very upset by the article, which prompted Guardian writer Creator/CharlieBrooker to deconstruct it.
-->In what has to be a deliberate act of "{{troll}}ing", last Friday it carried a story headlined [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/05/daily-mail-calls-rightwingers-stupid "Rightwingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study"]]. In terms of enraging your core readership, this is the equivalent of Nuts magazine suddenly claiming only gay men masturbate to ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' babes.
::Many people mocked the intelligence of those who believed that the article was real, believing that they were [[TooCleverByHalf clever enough to see that it was satire]]. [[DoubleSubversion They were wrong]]. The study is real and [[http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html was reported on by other news sources]], and the result is not surprising to social scientists - a number of studies over the years have indicated the same thing. As was noted by the study, it is not that being conservative makes you stupid and racist, but that people who are stupid and racist are more likely to become conservative. This does ''not'' mean that those on the left are necessarily smart and unprejudiced, as the effect is relatively small and there are plenty of stupid people to go around. The authors of the study noted it may also be an artifact of ''extremist'' views appealing to the stupid, with extremist views being more often associated with the right than the left in the US and UK.
* In an Onion-like newspaper in Mexico named El Deforma, there was a note about Samsung [[PayingInCoins paying 1 billion dollars to Apple in coins of 5 cents]]. The note spread among [[http://www.noticierodigital.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=897185 other]] [[http://eldeforma.com/2012/08/27/samsung-paga-multa-de-1-billon-de-dolares-a-apple-en-monedas-de-5-centavos/ newspapers]], one of them, from Yahoo News (already deleted). There was another [[http://eldeforma.com/2012/08/28/el-deforma-gana-demanda-a-yahoo-por-plagiar-su-nota-de-samsung-y-las-monedas-de-5-centavos/ article]] making further fun about it.
* [[http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/satirical-serbs-go-global/ This story]] from Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''The World''. The Serbian satire website [[http://www.njuz.net/ NJUZ]] (pronounced "nyews", and self-admittedly ''The Onion'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN THE BALKANS!]]-]) ran a fake story about a Serbian man who got drunk and jumped in the ocean, and landed on a shark, killing it. Macedonia's official news agency got hold of it and ran it as a real story, and things went downhill from there.
* Iranian news saw an image by satire site The People's Cube showing Iran Hearts Jews, [[http://thepeoplescube.com/current-truth/the-people-s-cube-pwns-iranian-propaganda-t1657.html and took it for realz]]
* [[http://www.duffelblog.com/ The Duffel Blog]] is essentially a military version of ''Website/TheOnion'', and as like ''The Onion'' some of the satirical articles on the site have been mistaken for real news stories. One of the more notable examples, given the "victim", is [[http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/mcconnell-duffel-blog/ US Senator Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the Senate, took seriously an article about GI Bill benefits being given to prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay.]]
* Douglas G. [=McGrath=] had a regular humor column in ''The Nation'' which was supposed to be the fictionalized diary of a high-ranking bureaucrat in the UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush White House. In one column, he had then-Vice President UsefulNotes/DanQuayle giving a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he said, "The Civil War was the best war we ever had because when you're fighting with yourself you're always going to win." In Paul Slansky and Steve Radlauer's 1992 book ''Dan Quayle: Airhead Apparent,'' he claimed that the newsletter ''The Quayle Quarterly,'' dedicated to his mistakes, had contacted him because people had been contacting ''them'' to find out if the quote was real or not. [=McGrath=] said that if you were to put that fake quote on a page of real Quayle quotes, "you wouldn't even blink. It's the most interesting thing I know about Quayle: you can make up any quote, the more ridiculous the better, and it'll sound real." In fact, if you Website/{{Google}} the quote, you will find it [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer listed on pages of actual political quotes]].
* In July 2013, a Spanish website known as ''Ciencia Seminal'' (''Seminal Science'') claimed that Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto leaked during an interview about ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 3'' hints about [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]] being, instead of brothers, a gay couple (you can read it [[http://cienciaseminal.com/2013/07/19/super-mario-bros-es-un-juego-gay-revela-miyamoto/ here]]). The way the news was written was so realistic that a large number of Spanish-speaking sites and even radio programs had echoed it as something real. As it turns out, the offending website is satirical. [[http://kotaku.com/a-bunch-of-people-got-tricked-into-thinking-mario-lui-912857972 Kotaku has more info on here.]]
* A lurid story alleging that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had executed his uncle by having him eaten alive by dogs was printed as potentially true by many English-language news outlets but [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/06/story-kim-jong-un-uncle-fed-dogs-made-up turned out]] to derive from a Chinese-language comedy blog.
* A February 18, 2014 [[http://www.thecrimson.com/column/the-red-line/article/2014/2/18/academic-freedom-justice/?page=single# opinion piece]] in ''The Harvard Crimson'' called "The Doctrine of Academic Freedom Ė Letís Give Up On Academic Freedom in Favor of Justice" has the author argue that, instead of allowing academic freedom, universities should instead enact a policy of "academic justice" that actively bans and impedes any research that might be deemed offensive. "It is tempting to decry frustrating restrictions on academic research as violations of academic freedom. Yet I would encourage student and worker organizers to instead use a framework of justice. After all, if we give up our obsessive reliance on the doctrine of academic freedom, we can consider more thoughtfully what is just." The almost entirely negative responses in the comments include numerous accusations that the author is a {{troll}} or a satirist, with one guy saying "Was this cross-posted on ''The Onion?''" while another person says "There's something grimly admirable about an article that manages to be its own parody."
* Brazilian philosopher Luiz Felipe Pondé published [[http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/luizfelipeponde/2014/04/1443306-por-uma-direita-festiva.shtml an article]] in of the most known Brazilian newspaper claiming that the reason why the Brazilian Right isn't relevant is because it doesn't know how to seduce women. Naturally, lots of person misinterpreted the satire: on the Left, people thought it to be misogynistic and a misrepresentation of the Left, and on the Right, people thought it to be a ridiculous reason for their lack of relevance.
* The NationalReport is a political Onion-like satirical newspaper, whose articles sometimes have been picked by the American religious right as legit:
** Renew America's far-right pundit, Austin Miles, [[http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/miles/140709 reported in a column]] that Obama spent his 4th of July of 2014 at a Mosque and invited Muslims to be with him at the White House, as well as saying that Michelle Obama is a transsexual woman originally named "Michael [=LaVaughn=] Robinson", his sources turned out to be a satirical [[http://nationalreport.net/obama-visit-mosque-host-muslim-leaders-july-4th/ article]] of NationalReport and this [[http://www.knowthelies.com/node/8893 joke website]].
** An [[http://nationalreport.net/9-year-old-suspended-saying-merry-christmas-teacher/ article]] about a San Francisco school suspending a nine-year-old student for wishing a "Merry Christmas" to an atheist teacher caused a similar-named school to be [[http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-school-bears-brunt-of-merry-Christmas-hoax-5073194.php inundated by intimidating calls and violent threats]].
** [[http://nationalreport.net/colorado-pot-shop-accept-food-stamps-taxpayer-funded-marijuana/ This article]] about a Colorado pot shop accepting food stamps, was taken seriously by [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/potfoodstamps.asp many people]].
* A woman was arrested in 2015 for using a counterfeit $5 bill; she claimed she thought [[http://theskunk.org/2009/02/obama-wants-citizens-to-print-their-own-money/ this story]] from ''The Skunk'' was true. ([[http://www.wesh.com/national-news/police-woman-passes-fake-5-claims-obama-legalized-it/34218100 This story may be a warning for what occurs when Poe's Law is implied.)]]
* Since the end of 2013, there has been a lot of debate in the Netherlands regarding the jolly helpers of their depiction of Saint Nicholas, since these helpers [[http://www.vrijalmelo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/intocht_zwarte_pieten.jpg look like a toned down blackface]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Without further analysis in this example,]] let's go on to the actual example. In early September 2014, the manufacturers of Playmobil dropped the production of figures that depict this helper. In response to this, a newspaper columnist proceeded to write a faux news article claiming that some people managed to ban a chocolate spread from a Dutch supermarket chain because they found it to symbolize Apartheid [[InsaneTrollLogic by having brown and white spread divided in 6ths in one jar, rather than being one uniform blend.]] The article states that the fictitious protesters argued that the higher ups of the store chain "wouldn't argue that it was a harmless kids spread [[GodwinsLaw if Hitler would have]] [[HitlerAteSugar had it on his sandwiches]]" and were actually taken seriously. Many people have already taken this seriously, likely by taking the article's header and its presence in a newspaper at face value without noticing it was a column.
* Tends to happen often with Venezuela's NewsParody website ''[[Blog/ElChiguireBipolar El Chigüire Bipolar]]'', but one example that stands out is the article [[http://www.elchiguirebipolar.net/04-02-2011/%E2%80%9Cchavez-es-la-salvacion-de-venezuela%E2%80%9D-dice-oposicion-de-1992/ "Chávez is Venezuela's salvation" says 1992's opposition]], whose fake newspaper page was used in state television and even textbooks, as the updates show.
* [[https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/08/malia-obama-arrested-with-gang-thugs-chicago-fake-news-site-claims/22076204/ A story about Malia Obama]] being arrested along with a "gang of thugs" in Chicago was first posted by a satirical website called The Last Line of Defense. While the website has a disclaimer (in small print) saying "All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney", many of Obama's detractors cited it as legitimate news. (And this is not even the first time this has been the case with The Last Line of Defense.)
* Believe it or not, the Dominican newspaper [[http://rare.us/rare-humor/a-dominican-republic-newspaper-made-the-one-mistake-reporting-on-donald-trump-that-we-all-saw-coming/?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Partnership seen here]] mistook an Creator/AlecBaldwin skit for an actual statement by President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.
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* [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Kyra]] was able to convince many other wrestlers who didn't know just ''how'' outlandish her [[TheGimmick gimmick]] really was that she must have been supremely arrogant and merciless in real life. Even fans couldn't decide amongst themselves if Empire Wrestling and Ultimate Pro were presenting her as a parody of the ActionHero or a straight as an arrow example of one. Ditto for Melina's AlphaBitch role in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, though Wrestling/GailKim didn't like when Melina admitted they didn't really have a feud, how legit her spat with Wrestling/CandiceMichelle was remains a mystery.
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* [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] mentions [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_propaganda Black propaganda]] as propaganda that presents a deliberate negative exaggeration of opposing ideological viewpoints. In order to work people have to mistake the real ideology for the negative exaggeration.
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* The now defunct blog [=AntiSpore=] (a parody blog from supposedly a Christian Creationist taking issue with the themes ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' had on Evolution) fooled many gamers and even websites like [[http://kotaku.com/5047410/bizarre-anti+spore-website-takes-issue-with-stance-on-creationism Kotaku]] and [[http://www.joystiq.com/2008/09/10/we-hope-christian-anti-spore-website-is-a-joke/ Joystiq]], at least until some ''very'' obvious notes on the blog's "Real About Page" were added, like the following:
-->But the Bible teaches us that God was not done with man. For we were His creation and He then spoke to Noah in Genesis 8:21-27 after the flood.\\
"21. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And [[RickRoll never gonna give you up. 22. Never gonna let you down. 23. Never gonna run around and desert you. 24. Never gonna make you cry. 25. Never gonna say goodbye. 26. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.]] 27. Never truly believe anything you read on the Internet. There will always be cases of Poe's Law."
** Even after this, people kept up arguing against him for ''over a thousand comments''; there are over 2500 total, and the balance slowly shifts to people actually getting the joke, but toward the end there are ''still'' one or two condemning him as a bigot. Most of them apparently didn't even read the entry, and some of them who did read it, and pointed out he'd gotten the Bible verses wrong.
* When G4 held their 2011 [=VideoGame=] Deathmatch and pitted ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' against ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', the Zelda Universe fansite posted an [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/skyrim-needs-your-help/# article]] sarcastically imploring their readers to help ''Skyrim'', "our favorite game," help win the vote. So many people in the comments took it at face value that ZU had to post [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/on-skyrim-vs-skyward-sword/ another article]] explaining that it was meant to be a joke. Incidentally, the comments themselves exhibit this trope as well; site members who got the joke tried to partake of the sarcasm in their own comments and got said comments voted down to as low as ''-20''.
* The "Laughing scene" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', which was ''intentionally'' made to sound fake and over-the-top [[ItMakesSenseInContext in-context]], was mistaken as a legit attempt at acting and is frequently held up as an example of poor-English voice acting.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' is filled with in-universe propaganda posters. It's pretty clear these are all intended as satire. This didn't stop a [[http://kotaku.com/tea-party-facebook-group-posts-bioshock-image-satirizin-1483821325 Florida Tea Party group from posting one of the posters on their Facebook page.]]
* A Facebook page impersonating Satoshi Tajiri posted the following: "You all think you have great ideas for Pokemon games, but if I actually listened to all of you and we combined all of your ideas into a game, it would be an unplayable monstrous game. You want a game with all the regions, but only the first generation Pokemons, yet all the legendary ones and such silly things. Whenever I receive one of these rants, I go to the development floor and read it out loud to all the Game Freak employees in a mocking voice, and we all laugh at you." [[FanDisillusionment Fans were shocked]] that the creator of something they loved so much was such a dick - those who didn't realize that even if Tajiri spoke English this well, he'd darn well know that "Pokemons" isn't a word, anyway.
* ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies'' was released as a parody of the HauntedHouse trope. However, a lot of people criticized the game for taking tropes it ''parodied'' completely straight. IGN even listed it as one of the worst "SurvivalHorror" titles ever. Yes, they put a ''parody'' of many SurvivalHorror games as a straight example of a bad one. (Even if it ''is'' [[CaptainObvious IGN]].)
* In late-1998, an [=AOL=] message board called [[UsefulNotes/TheFifthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames N64 vs. Others]] had a "writer" from Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly under the name of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "[=EGM=] Editor"]] visit the board, claiming to be famed RealLife editor Dan Hsu. His first post was a poll asking what posters believed would be the top selling game of 1998, claiming that the results would be published in the next issue of [=EGM=]. It was believable enough that many were fooled into thinking it was the real "Shoe." A couple weeks (and a few more posts) later, he revealed himself to be a fake. Yet the joke succeeded enough that, a couple months later, the ''real'' Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly printed a letter from the imposter in their "Login" section and responded by commending him for the prank.
* Every year, the April issue of Magazine/GameInformer prints several pages of "Game Infarcer", with PARODY clearly stated at the bottom of these pages, that include ludicrous articles and reviews. Without exception, the next month's issue's letters columns is always full of letters from either people who didn't get the joke, or who did and are playing along. It's impossible to tell the difference between the two.
* When the ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' series got a spin-off game for the [=3DS=], a person decided to make a satirical [[https://www.change.org/p/all-pikmin-fans-around-the-globe-petition-for-nintendo-to-cancel-pikmin-3ds change.org]] petition about trying to get the game canceled, in response to legitimate petitions on the site over more hot topic games at the time. Despite the writer going out of his way to take potshots at how pathetic these kinds of petitions are and the people who make them, and while a major part of the fanbase instantly managed to peg it as a satire, ''unfortunately'', there were still a few out there who thought the petition was legitimate, either raging over how stupid it was or legitimately signing it.
* While it certainly has moments of sincerity, it is hard to count the amount of people that think ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is a dead serious OtomeGame and not an AffectionateParody of them. Bonus points if it's used to show "how [[WidgetSeries weird]] [[MisplacedNationalism Japan]] is".
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* Popehat closed their [[http://www.popehat.com/2009/07/22/north-korean-twitter-account-not-genuine/ fake Twitter account]] for North Korea's propaganda ministry after legitimate news agencies started picking up stories from it.
* When [[http://www.freeratio.org/index.php/ Internet Infidels Discussion Board]] decided to start a contest of making parodies of the creationist organization [[http://www.answersingenesis.org/ Answers in Genesis]] cartoons, they received a cease and desist letter from the latter claiming that the parodies "clearly (are) likely to cause confusion as to the affiliation between your client and my client..." Here's an example: [[http://web.archive.org/web/20021001201944/http://answersingenesis.org/CreationWise/Cartoons/July98CW2.gif]] and [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120220011128/http://www.animecritic.com/_temp/parody-July98CW2.gif parody]].
* A viral marketing ploy for the movie ''Hell's Half Acre'' created the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXG_XaORJbE WUCP]], an organization that represents the WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids mentality to the most logical extreme by acting shocked when they see the movie trailer and are appalled that this is being passed off as children entertainment and call for it to be banned. It's so over the top that no one would believe it was real, right? Well, as a look at the comments will point out, many people took it seriously. On a plus side, the movie producers did get quite a bit of free publicity.
* The Bonsai Kitten web site, which admittedly was a very sick joke, was a joke nevertheless (close inspection of several of the photographs revealed that they were obviously posed, such as a kitten supposedly "in" a bottle being actually behind it). Still, the site drew tons of protests, including several chain letters, from those who failed to grasp the parody.
** Even for those who accept it's parody, the argument goes that those who take it for real might try and do that to actual kittens.
* The [=ManBeef=] web site garnered similar reaction. The joke was the site claimed to sell human meat and provide recipes for cooking human meat. The site had nowhere to actually begin human meat transactions, just in case someone was crazy enough to try (and there were a few).
* Tech parody site [=BBspot=] ran an [[http://www.bbspot.com/news/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html article]] claiming that the MPAA was lobbying Congress to pass a law requiring anyone who owns a home theater setup to purchase a home theater license, and additionally, that they would require people to install surveillance devices to make sure there were no unauthorized home screenings. Even though the site only runs parodies and not actual news, they had to run a second article explaining this fact to all the people who read it and thought it was real.
* A group parodying the Tea Party released videos advocating a boycott of Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' on the grounds that it was Islamic propaganda. Many were confused as to whether the videos were serious or not, but in this case the fact that it was believable as a Tea Party position ''was'' part of the point of the parody.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcCvvJWyx4c&feature=player_embedded PolitiChicks]], a right-wing "answer" to The View, has led to endless discussion in the comment section (as well as on [[http://www.gay.net/politics/2011/11/16/antigay-talk-show-launched-victoria-jackson a]] [[http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2011/11/video-anti-islam-anti-gay-pro-watching-toonces-drive-a-car.html number]] of [[http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/11/teabagger-politichicks.html other]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/victoria-jackson-politichicks-web-show_n_1097796.html sites]]) about whether it's serious or a parody, with the fact that ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumna Victoria Jackson is involved causing the impression that it's all a skit. Of course The View has comedians as part of their panel too, and if Victoria Jackson's not genuinely the conservative tea-partier that every bit of public speaking she's done in the last four years indicates, then she's reached Andy Kauffman levels of StealthParody.
* The Radical Feminist blog "[[http://factcheckme.wordpress.com/ Femonade]]" is widely regarded as an inspired parody of {{straw feminist}}s due to its relentless use of feminist tropes ('all heterosexual sex is coerced', '[[TheInternetIsForPorn all of the internet is porn]]', 'all men are bad', 'all transsexuals are men subverting women') taken to an unsustainable extreme. Comments against the blog consist of trolls trying to outdo each other, although including the occasional poster who is not in on the joke and would seem to believe it to be real.
* Regretsy, a website that makes fun of ridiculous Etsy products (its tagline is "Where DIY Meets WTF") has a column called "Etsy or Regretsy?", where they intersperse actual bizarre Etsy listings with parodies created by the Regretsy staff, and have the readers guess which are real and which are fake.
* Yahoo! Answers has [[https://answers.yahoo.com/activity/questions?show=4LEJKQO5TGMDD23437DIB3R5EI&t=g Colonel Jack Fessender (Ret.)]], a longtime poe who has achieved some degree of infamy with way too many people thinking that [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100809080048AAcPSIu he]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120502083348AAadkOT is]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120320064538AAewgT5 for]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111029083608AADUcpd real]]. He is also [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111011053849AAEC9oE running for President]] so he can redesign the letter C so it doesn't so much like an Islamic crescent among other insane things. Another indication of his satirical nature is that he named himself after a hoax from a chain email, obviously as a TakeThat towards the group he's parodying.
* The "Amanda Bieber" Twitter account (more info [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/amanda-biebers-tweets here]]) is notorious for criticizing other musicians in praise of Music/JustinBieber. Her(?) comments are so full of ignorance (e.g. Music/KurtCobain is inferior to Bieber because he never got big on Twitter, France is an Islamic country) and hateful vitriol (nonwhite people need to leave America, gays shouldn't have rights) that she must be a {{Troll}}. Right?
* The [[http://ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com/the-twat-o-tron/ Twat-O-Tron]] was created as a parody of many semi-coherent and angry commenters in the BBC website's "Have Your Say" section. It produces randomly generated rants formed from careful analysis of the HYS comments, and the results are not unlike the "From the messages boards" section in Private Eye: often sadly indistinguishable from the real thing. The source database has sadly not been kept up to date.
* [[http://projectfreeamerica.com/ Project: Free America]] is a website that advocates for the legalization of homicide [[ImAHumanitarian and cannibalism]]. They do, however, {{think of the children}} by saying that those under the age of 18 would not be able to legally kill or be killed.
* Conservative state senator Steve Martin (not [[Creator/SteveMartin that one]]) made a Facebook post in which opposed abortion, calling it wrong even if "the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) wants to kill it". This caused outrage for apparently dehumanizing pregnant women as mere "hosts" rather than human beings in their own right. His actual intention was to sarcastically use the same language that a few pro-choicers have used, whereby an embryo/fetus should be considered a parasite and the mother the host. But this line of pro-choice argument is sufficiently obscure, and Martin's wording sufficiently awkward (the tone switches mid-sentence from "what I really believe" to "what the other side believes"), that it came across differently. (Plus, the word "host" can imply circumstances of hospitality rather than parasitism.)
* This regularly happens to [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]], particularly anything based around parody of a certain subculture. For instance, "le monkey face" was originally created as a parody of derivative and formulaic "rage comics," but it didn't take long for it to be unironically adopted. And then there's the phenomenon of MLG montages, which were designed to mock overproduced and obnoxious gameplay videos, but quickly developed a fanbase of people who viewed it as simply being the same as those videos, but with more of the stuff they liked (namely, lots of editing and e

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** "'98 Homosexual-Recruitment Drive Nearing Goal": In 1998, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church Westborough Baptist Church]] leader Fred Phelps posted this article (which was, ironically, meant to mock organizations like his) on his website as apparent "proof" that homosexuals were indeed actively trying to "recruit" others to be gay.
** Iran's FARS news agency fell for an Onion article that said more Americans would prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be president than Obama. This is somewhat understandable from a country that believes Hollywood is controlled by Washington.
** China's ''People's Daily Online'' reported as straight news the ''Onion'' story declaring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the "sexiest man alive for 2012."
** The British newspaper ''The Independent'' [[http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/content/indy-voices-falls-onions-fake-miley-cyrus-editorial printed]] a "CNN statement" on their saturation coverage of a "shocking" dance routine by Music/MileyCyrus that was actually a satirical ''Onion'' column speculating on their motivation.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/42-million-dead-in-bloodiest-black-friday-weekend,30517/ 42 Million Dead In Bloodiest Black Friday On Record]]. Given that such a massive death toll would easily dwarf not only 9/11 but all US wartime deaths combined, and would result in a significant change in our way of life, one would think that no one could believe such a ridiculous story. Cue readers e-mailing {{Website/Snopes}} and other sites, wondering if this story was true. It raises the question, which was an example of this trope, the original article, or the people wondering if it was true?
** When [[{{Scandalgate}} FIFAgate]] happened, one of the fourteen FIFA executives indicted tried to reject those charges and claimed they were part of a U.S. conspiracy against FIFA. How? By citing an ''Onion'' article headlined "[[http://www.theonion.com/article/fifa-frantically-announces-2015-summer-world-cup-u-50525 FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States]]".
* While ''The Onion'' is perhaps the most famous satire newspaper on this list, other satire newsletters and satire news sites like ''The Daily Currant'' and ''Magazine/WeeklyWorldNews'' can also fall victim to this. One famous example from the ''Daily Currant'' happened when marijuana was legalized in Colorado on January 1, 2014. They published a story titled "[[http://dailycurrant.com/2014/01/02/marijuana-overdoses-kill-37-in-colorado-on-first-day-of-legalization/ Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization]]", which naturally got well circulated on social media and elsewhere. Apparently, it was so convincing that Annapolis, Maryland Police Chief Michael Pristoop [[http://reason.com/blog/2014/02/25/citing-joke-annapolis-police-chief-testi cited it]] [[http://rt.com/usa/marijuana-legal-maryland-satire-927/ when testifying in front of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee]] about the legalization, having overlooked the three clues that it was a satire:
** The article was published in 2014, but it cited ''The Rocky Mountain News'' as a source. ''The Rocky Mountain News'' went out of business in February 2009.
** The article also cites an interview with a Dr. Jack Shepard. That's the name of a character on ''Series/{{LOST}}''.
** One of the supposed 37 victims was a guy named Jesse Bruce Pinkman. Jesse Pinkman is the supporting lead on ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* Website/{{Snopes}} has numerous examples of rumors that were sparked by articles from these and more.
* [[http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport The Borowitz Report]] is a satirical news blog hosted on ''{{Magazine/The New Yorker}}'s'' web site, which frequently confuses people (especially their right-wing US satire).
* ''The Mirror'' released an article in 2011 listing [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/why-one-direction-are-better-than-the-beatles-156810 ten reasons why One Direction was better than the Beatles]]. Several months later the same writer wrote an article titled "[[http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/one-direction-better-than-the-beatles-column-846895 Hey dude, get a sense of humour:]] How I got death threats for joking that One Direction are better than The Beatles"
* Syndicated columnist Jack Kilpatrick once wrote a column purporting to be an interview with an ACLU leader named Eton "Si" Eritas. Eritas claimed he was determined to remove all traces of religion from America, going so far as to change the names of any cities with religious connotations, such as San Francisco and St. Paul. This column shocked many people and sparked countless columns and letters to the editor flaming the ACLU. The only problem? Eritas didn't exist. Eton "Si" Eritas, spelled backwards, is "Note: Is Satire."
* When ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' ran a mock-up ''Daily Telegraph'' cover, parodying the MP Expenses Scandal the paper broke by targeting its proprietors, the reclusive Barcley Brothers, they received a letter threatening them with libel action. Their response was that it was in the "joke" section of the magazine, it clearly wasn't a real news story, and they didn't think there was a case to answer.
** ''Private Eye'' gets this from many newcomers who don't know where the cut-off points between the 'investigative journalism' pages and the 'parody' pages are. There are a lot of otherwise intelligent people who think ''From the Message Boards'' (a parody of Internet arguments which [[InternetToughGuy contains]] [[{{Emoticon}} everything]] [[TheFundamentalist you'd]] [[PatrioticFervor encounter]] in a real Internet debate) is genuine.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Guardian]]:
** The newspaper finally pokes fun at the long standing leftist idea that promoting humans rights in totalitarian hellholes is the modern definition of "imperialism". [[http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=1689 Doesn't it?]]
** They parodied social justice warriors in a column about how ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' is racist, sexist, and transphobic, [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/22/thomas-the-tank-engine-children-parents right?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wacfY-w0Vjc&feature=youtu.be Michael Savage debates a pro-amnesty liberal over the Arizona immigration laws]], and outright {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this.
-->--"Of course you're pulling my leg."
* Right-wing British paper "The Daily Mail" printed an article about a study which demonstrated that, on average, ''right-wing voters are less intelligent and more racist'' than left-wing voters. While many chose to believe that the article was satire ([[RefugeInAudacity as no paper would be stupid enough to flat out insult their readers]]), a number of upset readers were very upset by the article, which prompted Guardian writer Creator/CharlieBrooker to deconstruct it.
-->In what has to be a deliberate act of "{{troll}}ing", last Friday it carried a story headlined [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/05/daily-mail-calls-rightwingers-stupid "Rightwingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study"]]. In terms of enraging your core readership, this is the equivalent of Nuts magazine suddenly claiming only gay men masturbate to ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' babes.
::Many people mocked the intelligence of those who believed that the article was real, believing that they were [[TooCleverByHalf clever enough to see that it was satire]]. [[DoubleSubversion They were wrong]]. The study is real and [[http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html was reported on by other news sources]], and the result is not surprising to social scientists - a number of studies over the years have indicated the same thing. As was noted by the study, it is not that being conservative makes you stupid and racist, but that people who are stupid and racist are more likely to become conservative. This does ''not'' mean that those on the left are necessarily smart and unprejudiced, as the effect is relatively small and there are plenty of stupid people to go around. The authors of the study noted it may also be an artifact of ''extremist'' views appealing to the stupid, with extremist views being more often associated with the right than the left in the US and UK.
* In an Onion-like newspaper in Mexico named El Deforma, there was a note about Samsung [[PayingInCoins paying 1 billion dollars to Apple in coins of 5 cents]]. The note spread among [[http://www.noticierodigital.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=897185 other]] [[http://eldeforma.com/2012/08/27/samsung-paga-multa-de-1-billon-de-dolares-a-apple-en-monedas-de-5-centavos/ newspapers]], one of them, from Yahoo News (already deleted). There was another [[http://eldeforma.com/2012/08/28/el-deforma-gana-demanda-a-yahoo-por-plagiar-su-nota-de-samsung-y-las-monedas-de-5-centavos/ article]] making further fun about it.
* [[http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/satirical-serbs-go-global/ This story]] from Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''The World''. The Serbian satire website [[http://www.njuz.net/ NJUZ]] (pronounced "nyews", and self-admittedly ''The Onion'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN THE BALKANS!]]-]) ran a fake story about a Serbian man who got drunk and jumped in the ocean, and landed on a shark, killing it. Macedonia's official news agency got hold of it and ran it as a real story, and things went downhill from there.
* Iranian news saw an image by satire site The People's Cube showing Iran Hearts Jews, [[http://thepeoplescube.com/current-truth/the-people-s-cube-pwns-iranian-propaganda-t1657.html and took it for realz]]
* [[http://www.duffelblog.com/ The Duffel Blog]] is essentially a military version of ''Website/TheOnion'', and as like ''The Onion'' some of the satirical articles on the site have been mistaken for real news stories. One of the more notable examples, given the "victim", is [[http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/mcconnell-duffel-blog/ US Senator Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the Senate, took seriously an article about GI Bill benefits being given to prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay.]]
* Douglas G. [=McGrath=] had a regular humor column in ''The Nation'' which was supposed to be the fictionalized diary of a high-ranking bureaucrat in the UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush White House. In one column, he had then-Vice President UsefulNotes/DanQuayle giving a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars where he said, "The Civil War was the best war we ever had because when you're fighting with yourself you're always going to win." In Paul Slansky and Steve Radlauer's 1992 book ''Dan Quayle: Airhead Apparent,'' he claimed that the newsletter ''The Quayle Quarterly,'' dedicated to his mistakes, had contacted him because people had been contacting ''them'' to find out if the quote was real or not. [=McGrath=] said that if you were to put that fake quote on a page of real Quayle quotes, "you wouldn't even blink. It's the most interesting thing I know about Quayle: you can make up any quote, the more ridiculous the better, and it'll sound real." In fact, if you Website/{{Google}} the quote, you will find it [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer listed on pages of actual political quotes]].
* In July 2013, a Spanish website known as ''Ciencia Seminal'' (''Seminal Science'') claimed that Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto leaked during an interview about ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 3'' hints about [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]] being, instead of brothers, a gay couple (you can read it [[http://cienciaseminal.com/2013/07/19/super-mario-bros-es-un-juego-gay-revela-miyamoto/ here]]). The way the news was written was so realistic that a large number of Spanish-speaking sites and even radio programs had echoed it as something real. As it turns out, the offending website is satirical. [[http://kotaku.com/a-bunch-of-people-got-tricked-into-thinking-mario-lui-912857972 Kotaku has more info on here.]]
* A lurid story alleging that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had executed his uncle by having him eaten alive by dogs was printed as potentially true by many English-language news outlets but [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/06/story-kim-jong-un-uncle-fed-dogs-made-up turned out]] to derive from a Chinese-language comedy blog.
* A February 18, 2014 [[http://www.thecrimson.com/column/the-red-line/article/2014/2/18/academic-freedom-justice/?page=single# opinion piece]] in ''The Harvard Crimson'' called "The Doctrine of Academic Freedom Ė Letís Give Up On Academic Freedom in Favor of Justice" has the author argue that, instead of allowing academic freedom, universities should instead enact a policy of "academic justice" that actively bans and impedes any research that might be deemed offensive. "It is tempting to decry frustrating restrictions on academic research as violations of academic freedom. Yet I would encourage student and worker organizers to instead use a framework of justice. After all, if we give up our obsessive reliance on the doctrine of academic freedom, we can consider more thoughtfully what is just." The almost entirely negative responses in the comments include numerous accusations that the author is a {{troll}} or a satirist, with one guy saying "Was this cross-posted on ''The Onion?''" while another person says "There's something grimly admirable about an article that manages to be its own parody."
* Brazilian philosopher Luiz Felipe Pondé published [[http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/colunas/luizfelipeponde/2014/04/1443306-por-uma-direita-festiva.shtml an article]] in of the most known Brazilian newspaper claiming that the reason why the Brazilian Right isn't relevant is because it doesn't know how to seduce women. Naturally, lots of person misinterpreted the satire: on the Left, people thought it to be misogynistic and a misrepresentation of the Left, and on the Right, people thought it to be a ridiculous reason for their lack of relevance.
* The NationalReport is a political Onion-like satirical newspaper, whose articles sometimes have been picked by the American religious right as legit:
** Renew America's far-right pundit, Austin Miles, [[http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/miles/140709 reported in a column]] that Obama spent his 4th of July of 2014 at a Mosque and invited Muslims to be with him at the White House, as well as saying that Michelle Obama is a transsexual woman originally named "Michael [=LaVaughn=] Robinson", his sources turned out to be a satirical [[http://nationalreport.net/obama-visit-mosque-host-muslim-leaders-july-4th/ article]] of NationalReport and this [[http://www.knowthelies.com/node/8893 joke website]].
** An [[http://nationalreport.net/9-year-old-suspended-saying-merry-christmas-teacher/ article]] about a San Francisco school suspending a nine-year-old student for wishing a "Merry Christmas" to an atheist teacher caused a similar-named school to be [[http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-school-bears-brunt-of-merry-Christmas-hoax-5073194.php inundated by intimidating calls and violent threats]].
** [[http://nationalreport.net/colorado-pot-shop-accept-food-stamps-taxpayer-funded-marijuana/ This article]] about a Colorado pot shop accepting food stamps, was taken seriously by [[http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/potfoodstamps.asp many people]].
* A woman was arrested in 2015 for using a counterfeit $5 bill; she claimed she thought [[http://theskunk.org/2009/02/obama-wants-citizens-to-print-their-own-money/ this story]] from ''The Skunk'' was true. ([[http://www.wesh.com/national-news/police-woman-passes-fake-5-claims-obama-legalized-it/34218100 This story may be a warning for what occurs when Poe's Law is implied.)]]
* Since the end of 2013, there has been a lot of debate in the Netherlands regarding the jolly helpers of their depiction of Saint Nicholas, since these helpers [[http://www.vrijalmelo.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/intocht_zwarte_pieten.jpg look like a toned down blackface]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Without further analysis in this example,]] let's go on to the actual example. In early September 2014, the manufacturers of Playmobil dropped the production of figures that depict this helper. In response to this, a newspaper columnist proceeded to write a faux news article claiming that some people managed to ban a chocolate spread from a Dutch supermarket chain because they found it to symbolize Apartheid [[InsaneTrollLogic by having brown and white spread divided in 6ths in one jar, rather than being one uniform blend.]] The article states that the fictitious protesters argued that the higher ups of the store chain "wouldn't argue that it was a harmless kids spread [[GodwinsLaw if Hitler would have]] [[HitlerAteSugar had it on his sandwiches]]" and were actually taken seriously. Many people have already taken this seriously, likely by taking the article's header and its presence in a newspaper at face value without noticing it was a column.
* Tends to happen often with Venezuela's NewsParody website ''[[Blog/ElChiguireBipolar El Chigüire Bipolar]]'', but one example that stands out is the article [[http://www.elchiguirebipolar.net/04-02-2011/%E2%80%9Cchavez-es-la-salvacion-de-venezuela%E2%80%9D-dice-oposicion-de-1992/ "Chávez is Venezuela's salvation" says 1992's opposition]], whose fake newspaper page was used in state television and even textbooks, as the updates show.
* [[https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/08/malia-obama-arrested-with-gang-thugs-chicago-fake-news-site-claims/22076204/ A story about Malia Obama]] being arrested along with a "gang of thugs" in Chicago was first posted by a satirical website called The Last Line of Defense. While the website has a disclaimer (in small print) saying "All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney", many of Obama's detractors cited it as legitimate news. (And this is not even the first time this has been the case with The Last Line of Defense.)
* Believe it or not, the Dominican newspaper [[http://rare.us/rare-humor/a-dominican-republic-newspaper-made-the-one-mistake-reporting-on-donald-trump-that-we-all-saw-coming/?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Partnership seen here]] mistook an Creator/AlecBaldwin skit for an actual statement by President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Kyra]] was able to convince many other wrestlers who didn't know just ''how'' outlandish her [[TheGimmick gimmick]] really was that she must have been supremely arrogant and merciless in real life. Even fans couldn't decide amongst themselves if Empire Wrestling and Ultimate Pro were presenting her as a parody of the ActionHero or a straight as an arrow example of one. Ditto for Melina's AlphaBitch role in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, though Wrestling/GailKim didn't like when Melina admitted they didn't really have a feud, how legit her spat with Wrestling/CandiceMichelle was remains a mystery.
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[[folder: Radio]]
* [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] mentions [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_propaganda Black propaganda]] as propaganda that presents a deliberate negative exaggeration of opposing ideological viewpoints. In order to work people have to mistake the real ideology for the negative exaggeration.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The now defunct blog [=AntiSpore=] (a parody blog from supposedly a Christian Creationist taking issue with the themes ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' had on Evolution) fooled many gamers and even websites like [[http://kotaku.com/5047410/bizarre-anti+spore-website-takes-issue-with-stance-on-creationism Kotaku]] and [[http://www.joystiq.com/2008/09/10/we-hope-christian-anti-spore-website-is-a-joke/ Joystiq]], at least until some ''very'' obvious notes on the blog's "Real About Page" were added, like the following:
-->But the Bible teaches us that God was not done with man. For we were His creation and He then spoke to Noah in Genesis 8:21-27 after the flood.\\
"21. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And [[RickRoll never gonna give you up. 22. Never gonna let you down. 23. Never gonna run around and desert you. 24. Never gonna make you cry. 25. Never gonna say goodbye. 26. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.]] 27. Never truly believe anything you read on the Internet. There will always be cases of Poe's Law."
** Even after this, people kept up arguing against him for ''over a thousand comments''; there are over 2500 total, and the balance slowly shifts to people actually getting the joke, but toward the end there are ''still'' one or two condemning him as a bigot. Most of them apparently didn't even read the entry, and some of them who did read it, and pointed out he'd gotten the Bible verses wrong.
* When G4 held their 2011 [=VideoGame=] Deathmatch and pitted ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' against ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', the Zelda Universe fansite posted an [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/skyrim-needs-your-help/# article]] sarcastically imploring their readers to help ''Skyrim'', "our favorite game," help win the vote. So many people in the comments took it at face value that ZU had to post [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/on-skyrim-vs-skyward-sword/ another article]] explaining that it was meant to be a joke. Incidentally, the comments themselves exhibit this trope as well; site members who got the joke tried to partake of the sarcasm in their own comments and got said comments voted down to as low as ''-20''.
* The "Laughing scene" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', which was ''intentionally'' made to sound fake and over-the-top [[ItMakesSenseInContext in-context]], was mistaken as a legit attempt at acting and is frequently held up as an example of poor-English voice acting.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' is filled with in-universe propaganda posters. It's pretty clear these are all intended as satire. This didn't stop a [[http://kotaku.com/tea-party-facebook-group-posts-bioshock-image-satirizin-1483821325 Florida Tea Party group from posting one of the posters on their Facebook page.]]
* A Facebook page impersonating Satoshi Tajiri posted the following: "You all think you have great ideas for Pokemon games, but if I actually listened to all of you and we combined all of your ideas into a game, it would be an unplayable monstrous game. You want a game with all the regions, but only the first generation Pokemons, yet all the legendary ones and such silly things. Whenever I receive one of these rants, I go to the development floor and read it out loud to all the Game Freak employees in a mocking voice, and we all laugh at you." [[FanDisillusionment Fans were shocked]] that the creator of something they loved so much was such a dick - those who didn't realize that even if Tajiri spoke English this well, he'd darn well know that "Pokemons" isn't a word, anyway.
* ''VideoGame/GrabbedByTheGhoulies'' was released as a parody of the HauntedHouse trope. However, a lot of people criticized the game for taking tropes it ''parodied'' completely straight. IGN even listed it as one of the worst "SurvivalHorror" titles ever. Yes, they put a ''parody'' of many SurvivalHorror games as a straight example of a bad one. (Even if it ''is'' [[CaptainObvious IGN]].)
* In late-1998, an [=AOL=] message board called [[UsefulNotes/TheFifthGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames N64 vs. Others]] had a "writer" from Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly under the name of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "[=EGM=] Editor"]] visit the board, claiming to be famed RealLife editor Dan Hsu. His first post was a poll asking what posters believed would be the top selling game of 1998, claiming that the results would be published in the next issue of [=EGM=]. It was believable enough that many were fooled into thinking it was the real "Shoe." A couple weeks (and a few more posts) later, he revealed himself to be a fake. Yet the joke succeeded enough that, a couple months later, the ''real'' Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly printed a letter from the imposter in their "Login" section and responded by commending him for the prank.
* Every year, the April issue of Magazine/GameInformer prints several pages of "Game Infarcer", with PARODY clearly stated at the bottom of these pages, that include ludicrous articles and reviews. Without exception, the next month's issue's letters columns is always full of letters from either people who didn't get the joke, or who did and are playing along. It's impossible to tell the difference between the two.
* When the ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' series got a spin-off game for the [=3DS=], a person decided to make a satirical [[https://www.change.org/p/all-pikmin-fans-around-the-globe-petition-for-nintendo-to-cancel-pikmin-3ds change.org]] petition about trying to get the game canceled, in response to legitimate petitions on the site over more hot topic games at the time. Despite the writer going out of his way to take potshots at how pathetic these kinds of petitions are and the people who make them, and while a major part of the fanbase instantly managed to peg it as a satire, ''unfortunately'', there were still a few out there who thought the petition was legitimate, either raging over how stupid it was or legitimately signing it.
* While it certainly has moments of sincerity, it is hard to count the amount of people that think ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is a dead serious OtomeGame and not an AffectionateParody of them. Bonus points if it's used to show "how [[WidgetSeries weird]] [[MisplacedNationalism Japan]] is".
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* Popehat closed their [[http://www.popehat.com/2009/07/22/north-korean-twitter-account-not-genuine/ fake Twitter account]] for North Korea's propaganda ministry after legitimate news agencies started picking up stories from it.
* When [[http://www.freeratio.org/index.php/ Internet Infidels Discussion Board]] decided to start a contest of making parodies of the creationist organization [[http://www.answersingenesis.org/ Answers in Genesis]] cartoons, they received a cease and desist letter from the latter claiming that the parodies "clearly (are) likely to cause confusion as to the affiliation between your client and my client..." Here's an example: [[http://web.archive.org/web/20021001201944/http://answersingenesis.org/CreationWise/Cartoons/July98CW2.gif]] and [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120220011128/http://www.animecritic.com/_temp/parody-July98CW2.gif parody]].
* A viral marketing ploy for the movie ''Hell's Half Acre'' created the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXG_XaORJbE WUCP]], an organization that represents the WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids mentality to the most logical extreme by acting shocked when they see the movie trailer and are appalled that this is being passed off as children entertainment and call for it to be banned. It's so over the top that no one would believe it was real, right? Well, as a look at the comments will point out, many people took it seriously. On a plus side, the movie producers did get quite a bit of free publicity.
* The Bonsai Kitten web site, which admittedly was a very sick joke, was a joke nevertheless (close inspection of several of the photographs revealed that they were obviously posed, such as a kitten supposedly "in" a bottle being actually behind it). Still, the site drew tons of protests, including several chain letters, from those who failed to grasp the parody.
** Even for those who accept it's parody, the argument goes that those who take it for real might try and do that to actual kittens.
* The [=ManBeef=] web site garnered similar reaction. The joke was the site claimed to sell human meat and provide recipes for cooking human meat. The site had nowhere to actually begin human meat transactions, just in case someone was crazy enough to try (and there were a few).
* Tech parody site [=BBspot=] ran an [[http://www.bbspot.com/news/2006/11/home-theater-regulations.html article]] claiming that the MPAA was lobbying Congress to pass a law requiring anyone who owns a home theater setup to purchase a home theater license, and additionally, that they would require people to install surveillance devices to make sure there were no unauthorized home screenings. Even though the site only runs parodies and not actual news, they had to run a second article explaining this fact to all the people who read it and thought it was real.
* A group parodying the Tea Party released videos advocating a boycott of Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' on the grounds that it was Islamic propaganda. Many were confused as to whether the videos were serious or not, but in this case the fact that it was believable as a Tea Party position ''was'' part of the point of the parody.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcCvvJWyx4c&feature=player_embedded PolitiChicks]], a right-wing "answer" to The View, has led to endless discussion in the comment section (as well as on [[http://www.gay.net/politics/2011/11/16/antigay-talk-show-launched-victoria-jackson a]] [[http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2011/11/video-anti-islam-anti-gay-pro-watching-toonces-drive-a-car.html number]] of [[http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/11/teabagger-politichicks.html other]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/victoria-jackson-politichicks-web-show_n_1097796.html sites]]) about whether it's serious or a parody, with the fact that ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumna Victoria Jackson is involved causing the impression that it's all a skit. Of course The View has comedians as part of their panel too, and if Victoria Jackson's not genuinely the conservative tea-partier that every bit of public speaking she's done in the last four years indicates, then she's reached Andy Kauffman levels of StealthParody.
* The Radical Feminist blog "[[http://factcheckme.wordpress.com/ Femonade]]" is widely regarded as an inspired parody of {{straw feminist}}s due to its relentless use of feminist tropes ('all heterosexual sex is coerced', '[[TheInternetIsForPorn all of the internet is porn]]', 'all men are bad', 'all transsexuals are men subverting women') taken to an unsustainable extreme. Comments against the blog consist of trolls trying to outdo each other, although including the occasional poster who is not in on the joke and would seem to believe it to be real.
* Regretsy, a website that makes fun of ridiculous Etsy products (its tagline is "Where DIY Meets WTF") has a column called "Etsy or Regretsy?", where they intersperse actual bizarre Etsy listings with parodies created by the Regretsy staff, and have the readers guess which are real and which are fake.
* Yahoo! Answers has [[https://answers.yahoo.com/activity/questions?show=4LEJKQO5TGMDD23437DIB3R5EI&t=g Colonel Jack Fessender (Ret.)]], a longtime poe who has achieved some degree of infamy with way too many people thinking that [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100809080048AAcPSIu he]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120502083348AAadkOT is]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120320064538AAewgT5 for]] [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111029083608AADUcpd real]]. He is also [[http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111011053849AAEC9oE running for President]] so he can redesign the letter C so it doesn't so much like an Islamic crescent among other insane things. Another indication of his satirical nature is that he named himself after a hoax from a chain email, obviously as a TakeThat towards the group he's parodying.
* The "Amanda Bieber" Twitter account (more info [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/amanda-biebers-tweets here]]) is notorious for criticizing other musicians in praise of Music/JustinBieber. Her(?) comments are so full of ignorance (e.g. Music/KurtCobain is inferior to Bieber because he never got big on Twitter, France is an Islamic country) and hateful vitriol (nonwhite people need to leave America, gays shouldn't have rights) that she must be a {{Troll}}. Right?
* The [[http://ifyoulikeitsomuchwhydontyougolivethere.com/the-twat-o-tron/ Twat-O-Tron]] was created as a parody of many semi-coherent and angry commenters in the BBC website's "Have Your Say" section. It produces randomly generated rants formed from careful analysis of the HYS comments, and the results are not unlike the "From the messages boards" section in Private Eye: often sadly indistinguishable from the real thing. The source database has sadly not been kept up to date.
* [[http://projectfreeamerica.com/ Project: Free America]] is a website that advocates for the legalization of homicide [[ImAHumanitarian and cannibalism]]. They do, however, {{think of the children}} by saying that those under the age of 18 would not be able to legally kill or be killed.
* Conservative state senator Steve Martin (not [[Creator/SteveMartin that one]]) made a Facebook post in which opposed abortion, calling it wrong even if "the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) wants to kill it". This caused outrage for apparently dehumanizing pregnant women as mere "hosts" rather than human beings in their own right. His actual intention was to sarcastically use the same language that a few pro-choicers have used, whereby an embryo/fetus should be considered a parasite and the mother the host. But this line of pro-choice argument is sufficiently obscure, and Martin's wording sufficiently awkward (the tone switches mid-sentence from "what I really believe" to "what the other side believes"), that it came across differently. (Plus, the word "host" can imply circumstances of hospitality rather than parasitism.)
* This regularly happens to [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]], particularly anything based around parody of a certain subculture. For instance, "le monkey face" was originally created as a parody of derivative and formulaic "rage comics," but it didn't take long for it to be unironically adopted. And then there's the phenomenon of MLG montages, which were designed to mock overproduced and obnoxious gameplay videos, but quickly developed a fanbase of people who viewed it as simply being the same as those videos, but with more of the stuff they liked (namely, lots of editing and e
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* ''{{Film/Airplane!}}'' was actually an adaptation of a serious airplane disaster movie called ''[[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Hour!_(1957_film) Zero Hour!]]''. While obviously a lot of jokes were added, most of the script - Ted and Elaine's {{Glurge}} filled romance, the goofy premise, the fish poisoning, the sick little kid - is lifted straight from ''Zero Hour!'', where it was all played [[ClicheStorm completely unironically]]. It's actually kind of fun to watch the two back to back and see how little was changed.
** Similarly, ''Film/DrStrangelove'' is a comedic adaptation of ''Red Alert'' a book that played the same premise totally straight. Other than the ending and the inclusion of Dr. Strangelove himself, the story is almost slavishly accurate to the book. Notable because Peter George, the author of ''Red Alert'', actually helped write ''Dr. Strangelove'', making it seem like even he realized how easily his book could slide into {{Narm}} territory.



* This regularly happens to [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]], particularly anything based around parody of a certain subculture. For instance, "le monkey face" was originally created as a parody of derivative and formulaic "rage comics," but it didn't take long for it to be unironically adopted. And then there's the phenomenon of MLG montages, which were designed to mock overproduced and obnoxious gameplay videos, but quickly developed a fanbase of people who viewed it as simply being the same as those videos, but with more of the stuff they liked (namely, lots of editing and effects combined with loud and unpleasant music).
* There's a Twitter account belonging to Steven Smith, Tea Party member and Representative of Georgia's 15th Congressional district, who's been known for making outlandish remarks such as calling UsefulNotes/BarackObama "UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush in blackface". He's also completely made up[[note]]as is Georgia's 15th district; the state only has 14[[/note]]. That hasn't stopped people up to and including Senator Claire [=McCaskill=] from believing that he's real and completely serious; when called on it, most people who fall for it claim some variant of this trope, saying it's impossible to tell facetious versions of conservatives from the real thing.
* [[http://jmantime-is-here.deviantart.com/ Jmantime]] (some images and language NSFW) is most certainly a parody of bad Deviantart "artists", what with the insane pairings of anime characters/Western characters/mascots and celebrities, the use of topical and/or controversial themes (including ISIS-chan and Hetalia {{O|riginalCharacter}}Cs), the poor spellings (including the forced catchphrase "Oh Fuck Muffin's") and the use of an edgy Sonic recolor as an avatar. On his Tumblr he states to be half-serious and half-parody, for what it's worth.
* After a French police dog was killed in a raid on a terrorist safehouse in Paris, believed to be linked to the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in the city, a Twitter user with the handle [=SupaSchweppes=] [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-34861540 created the hashtag #jesuischien]] ("#iamdog") as a parody of sentimental hashtag slacktivism in response to terrorism. It was then taken up by many Twitter users who thought that it was sincere.
* [[http://michaelkelly.artofeurope.com/karl.htm Ulli's Roy Orbison In Cling-film Website]] began as a deadpan parody of self-published online erotic fiction expressing very niche fetishes. There was confusion for years about whether it was real before the webmaster finally unmasked and admitted that it was a parody.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin'': Is there anyone who actually likes the comic, or is the strip and its fandom just a decades-long experiment in mob-mentality that has GoneHorriblyRight?
* ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'':
** The AltText of one comic [[http://xkcd.com/301/ suggests]] trying this on a noted pit of stupidity and prejudice:
-->"Fun game: try to post a Website/YouTube comment so stupid that people realize you must be joking. (Hint: [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption this is impossible.]])"
** The punch line for [[https://xkcd.com/451/ another]] is that it's impossible to tell if someone's an expert on literary criticism or mocking them with gibberish.
** This [[http://xkcd.com/97/ comic]] mocks Music/SimplePlan, by having the listening assume their lyrics are jokes.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with [[DesignatedHero the way its feminist characters are written]], it's hard to tell whether Tat supports radical feminism himself, is mocking it or is only pretending these are his views as a very elaborate troll.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Popehat's [[http://www.popehat.com/2014/12/20/the-curious-case-of-the-t-v-attorney-and-twitter/ North Korean Twitter news hoax]], mentioned above, was reactivated. Five years after the revelation it was a hoax, it could still take in American television talking heads. And Buzzfeed. And Newsweek. And the Washington Post.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' Host Pat Sajak tweeted "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends." after outrage Sajak claimed it was parodying climate change deniers and was hyperbole. The original tweet in question was so close to what some of the crazier climate change deniers are saying telling the difference between sincerity and parody is almost impossible.
* Endemic at Conservapedia, a site created by right wingers as the MoralSubstitute [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Examples_of_Bias_in_Wikipedia for Wikipedia]]. As soon as it was founded, people descended on it writing completely-over-the-top articles (to the point it's now considered a FlockOfWolves), which some people took seriously. Their ''serious'' projects include [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Bible_Retranslation_Project a translation of the Bible into Conservative language.]] For instance, the whole "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven" thing is apparently socialist, and "blessed are the meek" should really be "blessed are the God-fearing".
** [[http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/26/conservapedias-entry.html Here's]] a particularly funny example of (apparent) stealth-parody vandalism.
** Or read their page on UsefulNotes/BarackObama, or any Democratic president of the 20th century. But especially Obama.
-->- ''Religion: Claims to be Christian''
--->- As of May 25, 2012, says ''Religion: probably Muslim''
-->- ''On April 27, 2011 Obama officially released his long form birth certificate, which many experts have determined to be a fake and no legal body has determined its authenticity.''
** See also [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User%3ACs1987/Examples_of_Bias_in_Conservapedia the second iteration]].
** The Conservapedia article on UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush once said that he was "one of the greatest presidents in American history," that he was "successfully able to salvage the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort after it was sabotaged by a Democratic/Islamo-Fascist conspiracy", and that his unpopularity is entirely due to him being forced by the Democratic Congress to push through bank bailout packages.
** The root of the issue is that the site's proprietor, Andy Schlafly, keeps the site under tight control. The number of satirists has led him to become ever more paranoid and ban-happy... [[http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/images/5/56/Wigo1053_5.png the result being that only the parodists remain]], driving him ever-deeper into his mad spiral of paranoid banning.
** Wiki/RationalWiki speculates that this is the first living example of a "Poe Paradox" -- that in any given fundamentalist group, any new person/idea sufficiently fundamentalist to be accepted by the group will come off as being so ridiculous as to risk being called a parodist or a parody.
** This evolved into meta-humor once [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Poe%27s_law this entry]] made its way on there -- particularly with this laughable assertion:
-->"Clearly, the cause of the mistake is not that the genuine article is no better than a mockery; rather, the cause of the mistake is that some people lack the critical thinking skills and/or experience to differentiate the two."
** The caption below the picture of the Black Cat and number 13 on that page is even more hilarious. It quotes a ''Wall Street Journal'' article to claim that Christianity reduces belief in superstitions, yet the "unlucky 13" pictured is a superstition ''that has its origins in Christianity''.
* This is the basic premise of Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans where he travels around the US asking people about fake Canadian news stories. The show even got the better of some soon to be well known American politicians [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTZ_tgMUdo here]].
* Website/{{Cracked}}.com has two articles about "Satirists Attacked by People Who Totally Missed the Point," [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-satirists-attacked-by-people-who-totally-missed-point/ here]] and [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-more-satirists-attacked-by-people-who-missed-point/ here.]]
** Also, see [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19036_too-stupid-satire-how-media-branded-me-as-racist.html this article]] about how the blogger meant to come off as so ridiculous that nobody could take it seriously... ''and the media thought he was being literal.''
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/i-cant-tell-if-movies-are-being-serious-anymore This cracked article is about movie trailers of 2011 summer movies]] - a romcom, a comedy and an action movie - that can be interpreted as parodies of their respective genres. They aren't.
** It shouldn't take long to realize that [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15739_50-reasons-lord-rings-sucks.html this article about Lord of the Rings]] is a parody. But according to the comments, some people still didn't get it.
** Cracked.com has also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18812_5-reasons-red-dawn-secretly-subversive-anti-war-film.html argued]] that the Reaganite fantasy ''Film/RedDawn1984'' is actually a parody of resurgent UsefulNotes/ColdWar paranoia, claiming that the film actually used GettingCrapPastTheRadar to be highly critical of the United States.
** Yet another article from the site was about a woman who had created a fake online dating profile to see if the rumor that men on that site would overlook personality flaws and mismatched tastes if the woman in the picture was "hot." Even though the profile depicted someone who was very rude and immature, she got [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-i-learned-from-worst-online-dating-profile-ever/ a lot of replies]].
*** There was also a woman on Craigslist who pretended to be a cow to see how many men wanted to date her anyway. About 20 sent in serious responses without reading the ad. [[http://tgeller.livejournal.com/50714.html]]
* During Administrivia/TheSecondGoogleIncident, several works were cutlisted in protest to say "This zero-tolerance policy will likely cut this". While obvious ultrafamous works like ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[labelnote:*]]Which has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashcroft_v._Free_Speech_Coalition#Majority_opinion a history]] of being used this way[[/labelnote]] had little risk, ''Manga/BlackBird'' ended up being cut for real (it was restored afterwards).
* One recurring segment of ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' played subtitled clips from more extreme Middle-Eastern television shows which decried the west in the most ridiculous ways possible, including ''TomorrowsPioneers'', a Palestinian childrens' show ripping off Mickey Mouse but encouraging hatred of the west in children. Given what the ''War on Everything'' is normally like, one would expect the subtitling to be a GagSub, an exaggeration for comedic purposes. It turns out it's legit -- they had to put in disclaimers establishing that Creator/TheABC had independently confirmed the legitimacy and accuracy of the subtitles.
* Website/NotAlwaysRight and other such "true story of human idiocy" collections are ''just'' plausible enough that it's impossible to know for certain how many of their submissions are genuine, though [[http://notalwaysright.com/busted-pipes/2368 at least one]] is a known {{Urban Legend|s}}.
* The government of Malaysia took issue with [[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Malaysian_government_warns_citizens_about_Uncyclopedia Unclyclopedia's entry on the country]]. It's not certain if they were displeased with the site while thinking it's a for-real or a parody.
* There is a wide-spread rumor found around the web that says that TV Tropes features works pages for at least anime series that are completely fraudulent. The "series" in question contain so many of the stereotypical anime tropes and they are described in such a fanboyish way that its impossible to actually tell these pages from the ones featuring real anime series. Presumably, this is meant as tropers engaging in SelfDeprecation. Ironically, it's also possible that this rumor is another example of this trope. This may be based on ''JustForFun/IchibanNoTempura'', a fake anime mentioned in the "Just for Fun" section, which at one point was mistaken for real and a troper added it to the (now-defunct) Sliding Scale of Anime Obscurity page.[[note]]Or possibly the troper knew it wasn't real and just added it as a joke.[[/note]] Or possibly it could be inspired by ''JustForFun/TVTropesTheWebcomic'', a "webcomic" purportedly starring JustForFun/TropeTan and being highly {{Troperiffic}}, with all the references to its nonexistence being concealed in spoiler tags. Regardless, it means that this example actually [[AluminumChristmasTrees has some basis in fact]].
* The now-defunct website marryourdaughter.com was a website purporting to sell teenage girls (some as young as 13) to prospective husbands (provided they submitted a "suitable" proposal). It was presented as a way for parents to earn some money, get rid of {{Bratty Teenage Daughter}}s, and as a way for [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]] to [[ArrangedMarriage marry daughters off]] [[Literature/TheBible Biblically]]. The website was all [[http://snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/marryourdaughter.asp a hoax]], intended to point out inconsistencies in US marriage laws regarding age of consent and such.
* [[http://dailycurrant.com/2013/05/16/ann-coulter-walks-out-of-star-trek-claims-too-many-minorities/ This article]] from the satirical newspaper ''The Daily Currant'' claiming that Ann Coulter stormed out of a showing of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' yelling that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' had "too many minorities". At least half the comment section missed the joke, although a possible explanation is that after some of the stuff Coulter really ''has'' said, it's easy to believe.
* ''Website/SFDebris'' is fond of creating exaggerated parodies of ''Seires/StarTrek'' characters, particularly the captains. Two notable aspects are that Picard loathes children, and Janeway is an insane, capricious tyrant. Both of them managed to exceed his parody versions of them in the show; Picard when he praises Riker for letting a little girl die (rather than save her with his Q-granted powers), and Janeway when she [[{{Unperson}} wipes all records of a crewmember]] and bans the crew from ever speaking of her again (to resolve an issue with the Doctor's programming).
* After the public backlash against celebrities like the King of Spain and several other people who posted pictures of themselves posing with dead animals they killed on hunting trips, Jay Branscomb posted a picture of Creator/StevenSpielberg posing with the sick Triceratops model from his film ''Film/JurassicPark'', adding the caption: "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man". Despite the fact that dinosaurs have been extinct for over 65 million years, [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2688463/Steven-Spielberg-Im-disappointed-Online-uproar-photo-famous-movie-director-posing-triceratops-just-slaughtered.html many people took the post seriously]].
* The popular short fan film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power/Rangers Power/Rangers]]'' is a StealthParody mocking the idea of TrueArtIsAngsty by showing that applying DarkerAndEdgier to something doesn't automatically make it any less goofy or dumb (in this case applied to, obviously, ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; with the insane grittiness and ridiculously serious tone, all the stupid stuff just stands out even more). However due to the high quality of the film's presentation ([[VisualEffectsOfAwesome it looks like something you'd see on primetime TV]]), some people didn't catch onto the joke, thinking that the creators were actually serious about making a full-length movie like this. Even Saban themselves mistook it as being serious and tried to have the movie taken down for copyright infringement (thankfully it was put back up later). WordOfGod says that this was the intention of the project, and the irony was how people ''enjoyed'' the entire thing genuinely.
* There's a [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150326214220/http://fronda.megiteam.com.pl/blogi/fokus-xx-wieku/reksio-dzielem-szatana,41144.html satirical article by a Polish blogger]] which claims that the popular Polish cartoon for children ''Animation/{{Reksio}}'' is actually [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell a Satanic propaganda piece]]. Despite the fact that the article is clearly not serious (the claims are deliberately as over-the-top and absurd as possible) and meant as a parody, plenty of readers took it at face value and most comments around the Polish internet are along the lines of "man, the fundamentalist Christians who wrote this must be insane!"
* There is a loose group of German Web sites collectively known as "Die Redlichen" ("the upright ones"), who are MoralGuardians UpToEleven. Decrying ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' as satanic or relating how they caught their grandchild playing ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and gave them CorporalPunishment, they successfully provoke angry guestbook entries and irritated discussions on other forums over whether they're serious or not. They also tend to translate each and every foreign word by hook or by crook, such as "online" becoming the [[TranslationTrainWreck nonsensical]] word "anschnur"; this even extends to the titles of the works they are discussing (they may add the original untranslated term/title in parentheses to avoid confusion but will call it "unredlich" rather than "englisch"). Such habits, as well as egregious individual posts such as somebody ranting that [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe he didn't need to get dirty with his wife for them to have children]] make it rather obvious that these people are not being serious, but they will never admit it, so a few of them might just be actual kooks, and there is a rumor that a child protection group actually filed charges against one webmaster.
* In light of the controversy surrounding the ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' reboot, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ghostbusters/comments/4s829p/ok_so_obviously_the_reviews_arent_as_bad_as_we/ this Reddit post]] from r/ghostbusters, where one user asks how to best "filter out" positive reviews of the movie, caught a lot of attention from the media (including outlets such as BBC.) It was widely circulated as proof of how misogynistic haters are seeking to censor all positive reviews of the movie. However, it was a sarcastic troll post, and even the user who posted it [[https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/4sduxx/ethics_list_of_writers_and_publications_that_were/d58qwqf admitted as much]] (and mentioned he was dismayed by how many people took it seriously.)
* Part of [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] review of ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' featured him reacting with horror at a bizarrely out-of-place montage sequence that was accompanied by a terrible cover version of Music/{{Queen}}'s "Princes of the Universe," leading to him angrily accusing the film's producers of ruining not just ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', but Queen as well. In his commentary for the episode, Spoony revealed that his fellow Website/ChannelAwesome producers subsequently assumed that the actual scene used the Queen original and that Spoony had found some crappy cover version and dubbed it over to make the scene look even worse, forcing him to clarify that the scene ''did'' use the cover.
* In an episodes of the ''Podcast/CoxNCrendor'' podcast, Jesse Cox discusses an epiphany he had watching next episode trailers for ''Series/HellsKitchen''. He explains that he realized that they were so blatantly false compared to the episodes themselves that he's not entirely certain whether they're serious and lying or meant to spoof trailers of that nature.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': The show's 10th season has introduced yet ''[[CousinOliver another character]]'' named Chloe who was written to be a ParodySue as she's blatantly, unrealistically perfect in many ways from knowing 12 languages to having a Nobel Prize. Despite this, she was still given the rights to Timmy's fairies half the time. It was later revealed that she was [[DeconstructedTrope perfect to a fault]] as she often tried so hard to make everything great that she ended up overcompensating and ruining everything instead which led to people ostracizing her. Unfortunately, her sue qualities got played so straight that many people (even accomplished cartoon critics) mistook her for an outright CanonSue and decried her inclusion and how she able to get fairies despite being "perfect". Later episodes would downplay her sue qualities and show more of her flaws.
* This shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapped in the Closet" when an official narrates Xenu's origin story. The phrase, "[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer This is what Scientologists actually believe]]" was put in because it would've been indistinguishable from the show's weird humor to those who didn't already know the story. Even then, some people '''still''' didn't believe it, because even that sounds like something ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' would do.
* When ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' released [[https://derpibooru.org/591492 a teaser image]] for a then-upcoming episode ("Testing Testing 1, 2, 3") featuring Pinkie Pie as a rapper, more than a few people assumed that the show was charging headlong into TotallyRadical and WereStillRelevantDammit territory. Fortunately, when the episode actually aired, it quickly became clear that the rap was [[StylisticSuck intentionally ridiculous]], as it was a ''parody'' of TotallyRadical edutainment from the 90's. In particular, it's a rather direct spoof of the rap segment from the infamous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up863eQKGUI Don't Copy That Floppy]] PSA.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"]] satirized the trend of TV networks trying to make spinoffs and successor series that are frequently inferior to the original show (this episode predated ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and Creator/SethMacFarlane's animated shows), with all three segments deliberately badly scripted, bland and cheesy. However, some fans mistook the StylisticSuck for actual bad writing, even thinking the show was finally JumpingTheShark, something Creator/MattGroening was worried would happen.
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[[folder:YouTube]]
* A Website/YouTube user named Tamtampamela had a channel on which she posed as a satire of fundamentalist Christians, but when she put up a video thanking God for the Japanese earthquake, saying that he had caused it to punish Japan's atheist population, it immediately went viral and she started receiving death threats, causing her to eventually come clean that it was a parody.
** Even [=YouTube=] blogger, WebVideo/{{Thunderf00t}}, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcikNCsilHk referenced her in a video]] (which came out before she outed herself as a parody) in which he hopes that she's "a Poe". Note: Even admitting it was a parody [[DudeNotFunny did not reduce the hostility]] [[TooSoon she received much]].
* Just as Website/YouTube user potholer54 was about to nominate a creationist for his 2008 Golden Crocoduck Award (given to the creationists who knowingly and most effectively lied to support their arguments), the creationist outed himself as a satirist. Despite this, potholer explained that one of his arguments (the rings of Saturn prove a young solar system) is actually used by some creationists. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztejNZIZdsU Watch for yourself here.]]
* Matt Harding of WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt fame did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogcqFaNbah4 joke video]] claiming that his WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt videos were just an elaborate hoax, involving robot backup dancers and other such absurdities. Soon news articles around the Internet were lambasting Matt for this terrible deception, to the point where he had to make a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVAg6YTgTn4 public announcement that the hoax was a hoax]].
* Several videos, such as the famous "WebVideo/AngryGermanKid" video were originally made to ''satirize'' how German politicians saw gamers. Unfortunately, if you ask around today, most people won't actually know it's faked because of how easy it is to put on a show for the camera.
* Another famous video, the Greatest Freakout Ever: At least 3/5 of the comments were "Boy, this is what ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' does to people?!?", ignoring that you can replace "VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft" with "Xbox Live" or "VideoGame/EverQuest" and it'd ''still'' make sense... or that. The internet still seems to be divided between those who think it was fake and those who think it was real, without any conclusive proof one way or the other.
** Detractors often point to the over-the-top reactions of Steven (the freakout kid) as [[BeggingTheQuestion clearly]] being acted.
** Some cite the interview of Steven by Creator/DanielTosh on his tv show Series/{{Tosh0}} as definitive proof that the video was fake. The episode involves Tosh [[PerpSweating interrogating]] Steven, with the help of Creator/MichaelWinslow (You know, [[AdamWesting that guy who makes the funny noises]]), eventually using a [[LieDetector polygraph machine]], and finally resorting to a threat to [[LaserGuidedKarma shove a remote up his butt if he doesn't tell the truth]]. This is a [[RuleOfFunny comedy show]], and it's not known what occurred back stage.
* P.Z. Myers fell victim of this in [[http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/09/20/this-is-our-opposition/#comments this blog post]] where he rants about an anti-feminism Website/YouTube video while labeling it as "Our Opposition", it should be noted that some of the commentators of his blog [[GenreSavvy started invoking this law]] pointing out that it was so over-the-top it had to be a parody, only to be dismissed by the rest of the commentators and P.Z. himself. Then the original poster of the video made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3thZ135aPhE response video]] {{MST}}ing and mocking P.Z. and his commentators for taking it at face value.
* The maker of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF3jvD_hNFc this]] "Cinema Trailer Sins" video criticizing the teaser for ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' had to post a comment stating that his extreme nitpicking and InsaneTrollLogic were never meant to be taken seriously after Franchise/{{Godzilla}} fans lashed out at him and got the video downvoted really low. (It should also be noted, however, that this channel is also a parody of the (massively) more popular and (slightly) more professional WebVideo/CinemaSins channel, thus accounting for many of the downvotes.)
* ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'', a StylisticSuck parody of {{Caustic Critic}}s (''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'' in particular) is often mistaken for a legitimate, awful reviewer. His UsefulNotes/NintendoDS "review" begins with a disclaimer that says that the show is a parody, but if you read the comments to some of his other videos, you can still find people confusing him with an actual reviewer.
* A few days before the 2014 Isla Vista Massacre, the perpetrator, Elliot Rodger, posted a video espousing his beliefs and plans for "revenge." The video ended up being posted to reddit's r/cringe subreddit, where commenters had a hard time telling whether he genuinely wanted to kill people or was just a massive troll.
* [=YouTube=] user 1stkirbyever ran into this while simultaneously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLb25V5lqaE demonstrating a glitch]] in the ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' demo and parodying Sonic's infamously UnpleasableFanbase. After seeing that some people missed the joke, he add a disclaimer to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jGSrNbM2Wc the sequel]] stating, in large, bold letters, "I AM NOT SERIOUS." ''There were still people who missed the joke, even with the disclaimer.'' You can tell he's basically given up on the parody part with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ_QHoELNVU the third installment]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcpsqiqXBcw Islamic State of Donbass and Lugant]], a parody of jihad videos by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine, complete with ''nasheed'' (Islamic acapella chants) & their flag modified to include Islamist symbolism. Ukrainian & other commenters mistake them as an actual Islamist terrorists, while the Russians are joking about their [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodox]] [[ChurchMilitant "jihad"]].
** There are Muslim volunteers fighting in the pro-Russian side, but '''NONE''' of them are radical Islamists related with the jihadist movements.
* During the CausticCritic boom of 2007, when [[FollowTheLeader everyone with a camcorder was jumping on the]] ''WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd'' bandwagon, one particular user named {{Creator/Armake21}} chimed in. According to himself he was supposed to be riffing on reviewers who wanted to be the AVGN but had no idea how to write jokes beyond "swear at the TV". In terms of viewership, he was moderately successful. In terms of the parody... not so much: after a review of ''Shinobi'' for the NES he had to post a follow-up video demonstrating his previously-poor skill was actually StylisticSuck.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXodRLLkth4 video shown here]] was posted by a user who intended (he claimed) to make a political satire. The video consists of a real Arabic newscast with phony subtitles. President Obama's detractors quickly took the video as fact and posted it on several conservative blogs, until the poster, - who admits to being conservative but quotes the Trope Name directly (as shown) - cleared it up.
* WebVideo/McJuggerNuggets falls into this a lot - one of the major questions fans and haters have is "Is this real or not?". The depiction of a [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional family]], [[SanitySlippage an abuser losing people to dominate and becoming less rational as time goes on]], multiple abusive relationships, [[ApatheticCitizens nobody thinking to help]] (especially not the [[PoliceAreUseless police]]), as well as the fact that the main character Jesse regularly moves back to a house where he's clearly abused brings up a ''lot'' of people to suspect both.
* ''WebAnimation/DarkMatter2525'': Many comments on "If Hitler Never Existed" insisted that the world wouldn't be a {{utopia}} if Hitler never existed, to the point where Dark Matter made a comment pointing out that this video was a joke, and it was commenting on people in the present, not people in the past.
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[[folder:In-Universe Examples]]

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* A passage in ''What Th--?'', Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s parody comic, has a hypothetical story in which the ComicBook/FantasticFour meet Franchise/{{Superman}}. The writer of the story comments in a footnote that it is impossible to write a parody of The Thing's dialogue that doesn't sound exactly like something he would really say.
* In one ''[[{{ComicBook/Viz}} Sid the Sexist]]'' strip, Sid managed to score a bird on Blind Date because she thought he was a comedian and only pretending to be a perverted Geordie stereotype.

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* Leo and Max's 'SpringtimeForHitler' gambit in ''Film/TheProducers''; they aimed to produce the biggest flop ever so they could make off with the investment money, so they took in a story glorifying [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]] and made it as offensive as they could. Unfortunately, the actor playing Hitler himself was [[SoBadItsGood so terrible]] that the audience assumed that it was a parody, and the show sold out. The director deciding to throw in some catchy musical segments didn't help.
** In the musical version the former Nazi Franz who will be playing the part of Hitler breaks his leg just prior to curtain, and is replaced by the [[CampGay director]] -- who turns flamboyant up to eleven. The original version had him played by a beatnik.
** Roger Ebert noted that this is what actually torpedoed Leo and Max's scam. If they had gone all out (i.e., featured the Holocaust or Operation Barbarossa in their pro-Nazi musical), then their plan would actually have worked, as nobody would want to see satire that distasteful.

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* Exploited and combined with RefugeInAudacity in the Literature/HonorHarrington book ''On Basilisk Station'' through the "big lie" theory. After the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Republic of Haven]] gets their hand caught in the cookie jar regarding their schemes with Basilisk, Honor hopes that Havenite civilians will see through their government's [[BlatantLies outrageously false]] PropagandaMachine, which paints ''themselves'' as the real victims of the debacle, just as easily as the Manticorans have. Unfortunately, as gets explained to her by experts on such matters, the fact that said propaganda is so outrageously false is also what leads the Havenites to accept it at face value; they would never believe that their governing authorities would deliberately lie to them in such an audacious manner, so they end up believing them even when they ''are'' lying.
* Darrel Bristow-Bovey's self-help satire ''Literature/IMovedYourCheese'' complains about how hard it is to write a self-help satire:
-->When it comes to the self-help genre, the line between satire and the real thing is drawn in water with a blunt pencil.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's short piece "How Kid Brady Broke Training", Kid Brady, after reading a magazine, goes off meat and starts an all-fruit diet under the belief that it will make him a better fighter. He later meets the article's author, who tells him that it was meant as satire, "[b]ut so subtle and delicate is my humor that apparently the thing is misleading".
* In ''Erasure'' by Literature/PercivalEverett, an intellectual black author, sick and tired of his philosophical books being passed over for publication because they're not suitably "Black," writes a way, ''way'' over the top parody of thuggish ghetto-chic blaxploitation called ''My Paffology'' and has his agent send it out as a protest. Random House accepts the book at face value as a fierce portrayal of the Black experience and pays six hundred grand for it. The book, now renamed ''Fuck'', goes on to win the National Book Award.
* This is what got the Bill of Life, which allows parents to have their children's body parts be divided and used as transplants once they reach age thirteen, passed in ''Literature/{{Unwind}}''; it was proposed in order to make both sides in the Heartland War realize how ridiculous they were being. What wasn't expected was both pro-choice and pro-life people to embrace it as the only way to compromise.

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* An episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'' had Murphy passing off a painting her infant Avery had created, with the fake name of "A. Very". One critic thought it was brilliant. The other thought it was child scribblings. An art buyer bought it for an obscene amount because the two critics were arguing over it.

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* Taken to something of a logical extreme in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', where ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'', Dave's StylisticSuck webcomic, is [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002226 described as]] "a webcomic ironically maintained through a satirical cipher" with "legions of devoted fans, most of whom are totally convinced" of his sockpuppet persona's sincerity. A bit of meta irony kicks in when you consider that in real life, ''Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff'' actually ''is'' much better known than ''Homestuck'' and ''MSPA'', and genuinely ''does'' have legions of devoted fans (though most of them are well aware of its ironic StylisticSuck value).
** Part of the reason is that ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' originated before Homestuck and was posted on the [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/85435/higher-technology/p2 Penny Arcade forums]] by Andrew Hussie.
* In a ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'' arc, the titular character creates a children's show centered entirely around promoting himself and his merchandise. Said MerchandiseDriven nature is so transparent that the show becomes a hit amongst teenagers and young adults who mistake it for biting satire (the fact that Chex could only afford for the show to be run on a 4AM timeslot didn't help).
%%* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' parodies this [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1656#comic here]].
* [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/27/its-over-its-now-impossible-to-satirise-tony-abbott?CMP=soc_567 This comic]] from the Australian version of ''The Guardian'' claims that it is no longer possible to satirise Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
** In their review of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', [[spoiler:his younger self]] defends the movie by claiming that it's making fun of the show's pointless celebrity cameos. The Critic responds that no, the movie just ''has'' pointless celebrity cameos.
** Sometimes the Critic's opinions are mistaken for those of Creator/DougWalker's, one such misunderstanding led to a short feud between the character of the critic and Creator/MaraWilson, when Wilson had mistaken the Critic's [[AccentuateTheNegative vitriol]] for Doug Walker's honest opinion.
* A common problem on blogs like "[[http://whitewhine.com/ White Whine]]" and other collections of FirstWorldProblems -- for every entry that is a genuine example of someone engaging in over-the-top and unnecessary complaining about a trivial issue, there is another which is clearly either a parody of that type of person or someone who is perfectly aware that their current issues are trivial but are simply exaggerating for humourous effect or to vent.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20203_the-5-most-epic-backfires-in-history-bad-jokes.html The 5 Most Epic Backfires in the History of Bad Jokes]]. From the lead: "The problem with sarcasm is that you can do it so well (or so poorly) that people don't realize you're joking."
* Discussed on ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''. More than once (such as in his review of ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'') Yahtzee states that video game violence is already so extreme and ridiculous that its nearly impossible to parody.
* Invoked in a [[http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2011/oct/21/lord-monckton-sacha-baron-cohen devastating satire]] by Australian comedian Craig Reucassel, in which he said that the controversial climate-change skeptic Lord Monckton [[note]]infamous for comparing environmentalists to [[GodwinsLaw Hitler Youth]], among other claims[[/note]] was a satirical character played by Creator/SachaBaronCohen-- and proceeded to interview an unsuspecting Monckton himself about it, asking such questions as "Will we ever see Ali G or Borat come back?" Monckton was bewildered, to say the least.
* [[http://flavorwire.com/457300/daniel-kibblesmith-the-man-behind-the-hilarious-gopteens-on-trolling-republicans-and-dming-rand-paul As its owner has pointed out]], the [[https://twitter.com/GOPTeens GOP Teens]] Twitter account is often mistaken for serious at first glance. Actual GOP Senator Rand Paul is apparently a fan, although it's not known whether it's because he finds it funny or because of this trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** The episode "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" has this happen: Upon finding out that ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is overhyped, the kids write an offensive story about nothing in particular, solely to be more offensive than ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' was claimed to be. The adults find it, and believe that it's a great literary work, even after the kids explicitly tell them that it is nothing more than a string of gross-out attempts on paper, and that there is no actual story in it.
** The 16th season episode "Sarcastaball" revolves around a game which Randy invents as parody, but which everyone else takes seriously.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' episode "[=Buttniks=]," they wander into a coffee shop and witness a poetry slam. Butt-Head goes on stage and deliberately stinks up the joint to the annoyance of the crowd. Beavis drinks lots of cappuccino (or, as he called it, "Crappuccino") and turns into the Great Cornholio and goes off on an insane incoherent rant. The audience loves it and call it "ground-breaking stuff," instead of recognizing it as the babblings of an overcaffeinated psycho.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': One episode has Marge finding a copy of ''The Onion'' on her neighbor's coffee table. Upon reading it, Marge is surprised at the headlines only to be informed that it's satire. Next, Marge opens the paper and upon reading the movie reviews, laughs at what the critics say about the movies only to find out the movie reviews are real.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Writes a Bestseller", Brian manages to pull this off with a hastily-written self-help book called "Wish It, Want It, Do It", which he wrote as a statement on self-help books in general. However, it winds up becoming a bestseller, and he ultimately buys into his own hype. It ultimately takes [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] to get Brian to admit the truth and be shooed off the set.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Secret of Success", Doofenshmirtz holds a telethon to fund his evil schemes. Lawrence, watching from a dentist's office, believes it's "a brilliant work of satire" and declares it his new favorite show.
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* This regularly happens to [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]], particularly anything based around parody of a certain subculture. For instance, "le monkey face" was originally created as a parody of derivative and formulaic "rage comics," but it didn't take long for it to be unironically adopted. And then there's the phenomenon of MLG montages, which were designed to mock overproduced and obnoxious gameplay videos, but quickly developed a fanbase of people who viewed it as simply being the same as those videos, but with more of the stuff they liked (namely, lots of editing and effects combined with loud and unpleasant music).
* There's a Twitter account belonging to Steven Smith, Tea Party member and Representative of Georgia's 15th Congressional district, who's been known for making outlandish remarks such as calling UsefulNotes/BarackObama "UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush in blackface". He's also completely made up[[note]]as is Georgia's 15th district; the state only has 14[[/note]]. That hasn't stopped people up to and including Senator Claire [=McCaskill=] from believing that he's real and completely serious; when called on it, most people who fall for it claim some variant of this trope, saying it's impossible to tell facetious versions of conservatives from the real thing.
* [[http://jmantime-is-here.deviantart.com/ Jmantime]] (some images and language NSFW) is most certainly a parody of bad Deviantart "artists", what with the insane pairings of anime characters/Western characters/mascots and celebrities, the use of topical and/or controversial themes (including ISIS-chan and Hetalia {{O|riginalCharacter}}Cs), the poor spellings (including the forced catchphrase "Oh Fuck Muffin's") and the use of an edgy Sonic recolor as an avatar. On his Tumblr he states to be half-serious and half-parody, for what it's worth.
* After a French police dog was killed in a raid on a terrorist safehouse in Paris, believed to be linked to the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in the city, a Twitter user with the handle [=SupaSchweppes=] [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-34861540 created the hashtag #jesuischien]] ("#iamdog") as a parody of sentimental hashtag slacktivism in response to terrorism. It was then taken up by many Twitter users who thought that it was sincere.
* [[http://michaelkelly.artofeurope.com/karl.htm Ulli's Roy Orbison In Cling-film Website]] began as a deadpan parody of self-published online erotic fiction expressing very niche fetishes. There was confusion for years about whether it was real before the webmaster finally unmasked and admitted that it was a parody.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin'': Is there anyone who actually likes the comic, or is the strip and its fandom just a decades-long experiment in mob-mentality that has GoneHorriblyRight?
* ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'':
** The AltText of one comic [[http://xkcd.com/301/ suggests]] trying this on a noted pit of stupidity and prejudice:
-->"Fun game: try to post a Website/YouTube comment so stupid that people realize you must be joking. (Hint: [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption this is impossible.]])"
** The punch line for [[https://xkcd.com/451/ another]] is that it's impossible to tell if someone's an expert on literary criticism or mocking them with gibberish.
** This [[http://xkcd.com/97/ comic]] mocks Music/SimplePlan, by having the listening assume their lyrics are jokes.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', with [[DesignatedHero the way its feminist characters are written]], it's hard to tell whether Tat supports radical feminism himself, is mocking it or is only pretending these are his views as a very elaborate troll.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Popehat's [[http://www.popehat.com/2014/12/20/the-curious-case-of-the-t-v-attorney-and-twitter/ North Korean Twitter news hoax]], mentioned above, was reactivated. Five years after the revelation it was a hoax, it could still take in American television talking heads. And Buzzfeed. And Newsweek. And the Washington Post.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' Host Pat Sajak tweeted "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends." after outrage Sajak claimed it was parodying climate change deniers and was hyperbole. The original tweet in question was so close to what some of the crazier climate change deniers are saying telling the difference between sincerity and parody is almost impossible.
* Endemic at Conservapedia, a site created by right wingers as the MoralSubstitute [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Examples_of_Bias_in_Wikipedia for Wikipedia]]. As soon as it was founded, people descended on it writing completely-over-the-top articles (to the point it's now considered a FlockOfWolves), which some people took seriously. Their ''serious'' projects include [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Bible_Retranslation_Project a translation of the Bible into Conservative language.]] For instance, the whole "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven" thing is apparently socialist, and "blessed are the meek" should really be "blessed are the God-fearing".
** [[http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/26/conservapedias-entry.html Here's]] a particularly funny example of (apparent) stealth-parody vandalism.
** Or read their page on UsefulNotes/BarackObama, or any Democratic president of the 20th century. But especially Obama.
-->- ''Religion: Claims to be Christian''
--->- As of May 25, 2012, says ''Religion: probably Muslim''
-->- ''On April 27, 2011 Obama officially released his long form birth certificate, which many experts have determined to be a fake and no legal body has determined its authenticity.''
** See also [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User%3ACs1987/Examples_of_Bias_in_Conservapedia the second iteration]].
** The Conservapedia article on UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush once said that he was "one of the greatest presidents in American history," that he was "successfully able to salvage the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort after it was sabotaged by a Democratic/Islamo-Fascist conspiracy", and that his unpopularity is entirely due to him being forced by the Democratic Congress to push through bank bailout packages.
** The root of the issue is that the site's proprietor, Andy Schlafly, keeps the site under tight control. The number of satirists has led him to become ever more paranoid and ban-happy... [[http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/images/5/56/Wigo1053_5.png the result being that only the parodists remain]], driving him ever-deeper into his mad spiral of paranoid banning.
** Wiki/RationalWiki speculates that this is the first living example of a "Poe Paradox" -- that in any given fundamentalist group, any new person/idea sufficiently fundamentalist to be accepted by the group will come off as being so ridiculous as to risk being called a parodist or a parody.
** This evolved into meta-humor once [[http://www.conservapedia.com/Poe%27s_law this entry]] made its way on there -- particularly with this laughable assertion:
-->"Clearly, the cause of the mistake is not that the genuine article is no better than a mockery; rather, the cause of the mistake is that some people lack the critical thinking skills and/or experience to differentiate the two."
** The caption below the picture of the Black Cat and number 13 on that page is even more hilarious. It quotes a ''Wall Street Journal'' article to claim that Christianity reduces belief in superstitions, yet the "unlucky 13" pictured is a superstition ''that has its origins in Christianity''.
* This is the basic premise of Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans where he travels around the US asking people about fake Canadian news stories. The show even got the better of some soon to be well known American politicians [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTZ_tgMUdo here]].
* Website/{{Cracked}}.com has two articles about "Satirists Attacked by People Who Totally Missed the Point," [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-satirists-attacked-by-people-who-totally-missed-point/ here]] and [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-more-satirists-attacked-by-people-who-missed-point/ here.]]
** Also, see [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19036_too-stupid-satire-how-media-branded-me-as-racist.html this article]] about how the blogger meant to come off as so ridiculous that nobody could take it seriously... ''and the media thought he was being literal.''
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/i-cant-tell-if-movies-are-being-serious-anymore This cracked article is about movie trailers of 2011 summer movies]] - a romcom, a comedy and an action movie - that can be interpreted as parodies of their respective genres. They aren't.
** It shouldn't take long to realize that [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15739_50-reasons-lord-rings-sucks.html this article about Lord of the Rings]] is a parody. But according to the comments, some people still didn't get it.
** Cracked.com has also [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18812_5-reasons-red-dawn-secretly-subversive-anti-war-film.html argued]] that the Reaganite fantasy ''Film/RedDawn1984'' is actually a parody of resurgent UsefulNotes/ColdWar paranoia, claiming that the film actually used GettingCrapPastTheRadar to be highly critical of the United States.
** Yet another article from the site was about a woman who had created a fake online dating profile to see if the rumor that men on that site would overlook personality flaws and mismatched tastes if the woman in the picture was "hot." Even though the profile depicted someone who was very rude and immature, she got [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-i-learned-from-worst-online-dating-profile-ever/ a lot of replies]].
*** There was also a woman on Craigslist who pretended to be a cow to see how many men wanted to date her anyway. About 20 sent in serious responses without reading the ad. [[http://tgeller.livejournal.com/50714.html]]
* During Administrivia/TheSecondGoogleIncident, several works were cutlisted in protest to say "This zero-tolerance policy will likely cut this". While obvious ultrafamous works like ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''[[labelnote:*]]Which has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashcroft_v._Free_Speech_Coalition#Majority_opinion a history]] of being used this way[[/labelnote]] had little risk, ''Manga/BlackBird'' ended up being cut for real (it was restored afterwards).
* One recurring segment of ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' played subtitled clips from more extreme Middle-Eastern television shows which decried the west in the most ridiculous ways possible, including ''TomorrowsPioneers'', a Palestinian childrens' show ripping off Mickey Mouse but encouraging hatred of the west in children. Given what the ''War on Everything'' is normally like, one would expect the subtitling to be a GagSub, an exaggeration for comedic purposes. It turns out it's legit -- they had to put in disclaimers establishing that Creator/TheABC had independently confirmed the legitimacy and accuracy of the subtitles.
* Website/NotAlwaysRight and other such "true story of human idiocy" collections are ''just'' plausible enough that it's impossible to know for certain how many of their submissions are genuine, though [[http://notalwaysright.com/busted-pipes/2368 at least one]] is a known {{Urban Legend|s}}.
* The government of Malaysia took issue with [[http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Malaysian_government_warns_citizens_about_Uncyclopedia Unclyclopedia's entry on the country]]. It's not certain if they were displeased with the site while thinking it's a for-real or a parody.
* There is a wide-spread rumor found around the web that says that TV Tropes features works pages for at least anime series that are completely fraudulent. The "series" in question contain so many of the stereotypical anime tropes and they are described in such a fanboyish way that its impossible to actually tell these pages from the ones featuring real anime series. Presumably, this is meant as tropers engaging in SelfDeprecation. Ironically, it's also possible that this rumor is another example of this trope. This may be based on ''JustForFun/IchibanNoTempura'', a fake anime mentioned in the "Just for Fun" section, which at one point was mistaken for real and a troper added it to the (now-defunct) Sliding Scale of Anime Obscurity page.[[note]]Or possibly the troper knew it wasn't real and just added it as a joke.[[/note]] Or possibly it could be inspired by ''JustForFun/TVTropesTheWebcomic'', a "webcomic" purportedly starring JustForFun/TropeTan and being highly {{Troperiffic}}, with all the references to its nonexistence being concealed in spoiler tags. Regardless, it means that this example actually [[AluminumChristmasTrees has some basis in fact]].
* The now-defunct website marryourdaughter.com was a website purporting to sell teenage girls (some as young as 13) to prospective husbands (provided they submitted a "suitable" proposal). It was presented as a way for parents to earn some money, get rid of {{Bratty Teenage Daughter}}s, and as a way for [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalists]] to [[ArrangedMarriage marry daughters off]] [[Literature/TheBible Biblically]]. The website was all [[http://snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/marryourdaughter.asp a hoax]], intended to point out inconsistencies in US marriage laws regarding age of consent and such.
* [[http://dailycurrant.com/2013/05/16/ann-coulter-walks-out-of-star-trek-claims-too-many-minorities/ This article]] from the satirical newspaper ''The Daily Currant'' claiming that Ann Coulter stormed out of a showing of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' yelling that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' had "too many minorities". At least half the comment section missed the joke, although a possible explanation is that after some of the stuff Coulter really ''has'' said, it's easy to believe.
* ''Website/SFDebris'' is fond of creating exaggerated parodies of ''Seires/StarTrek'' characters, particularly the captains. Two notable aspects are that Picard loathes children, and Janeway is an insane, capricious tyrant. Both of them managed to exceed his parody versions of them in the show; Picard when he praises Riker for letting a little girl die (rather than save her with his Q-granted powers), and Janeway when she [[{{Unperson}} wipes all records of a crewmember]] and bans the crew from ever speaking of her again (to resolve an issue with the Doctor's programming).
* After the public backlash against celebrities like the King of Spain and several other people who posted pictures of themselves posing with dead animals they killed on hunting trips, Jay Branscomb posted a picture of Creator/StevenSpielberg posing with the sick Triceratops model from his film ''Film/JurassicPark'', adding the caption: "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man". Despite the fact that dinosaurs have been extinct for over 65 million years, [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2688463/Steven-Spielberg-Im-disappointed-Online-uproar-photo-famous-movie-director-posing-triceratops-just-slaughtered.html many people took the post seriously]].
* The popular short fan film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power/Rangers Power/Rangers]]'' is a StealthParody mocking the idea of TrueArtIsAngsty by showing that applying DarkerAndEdgier to something doesn't automatically make it any less goofy or dumb (in this case applied to, obviously, ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; with the insane grittiness and ridiculously serious tone, all the stupid stuff just stands out even more). However due to the high quality of the film's presentation ([[VisualEffectsOfAwesome it looks like something you'd see on primetime TV]]), some people didn't catch onto the joke, thinking that the creators were actually serious about making a full-length movie like this. Even Saban themselves mistook it as being serious and tried to have the movie taken down for copyright infringement (thankfully it was put back up later). WordOfGod says that this was the intention of the project, and the irony was how people ''enjoyed'' the entire thing genuinely.
* There's a [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150326214220/http://fronda.megiteam.com.pl/blogi/fokus-xx-wieku/reksio-dzielem-szatana,41144.html satirical article by a Polish blogger]] which claims that the popular Polish cartoon for children ''Animation/{{Reksio}}'' is actually [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell a Satanic propaganda piece]]. Despite the fact that the article is clearly not serious (the claims are deliberately as over-the-top and absurd as possible) and meant as a parody, plenty of readers took it at face value and most comments around the Polish internet are along the lines of "man, the fundamentalist Christians who wrote this must be insane!"
* There is a loose group of German Web sites collectively known as "Die Redlichen" ("the upright ones"), who are MoralGuardians UpToEleven. Decrying ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' as satanic or relating how they caught their grandchild playing ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and gave them CorporalPunishment, they successfully provoke angry guestbook entries and irritated discussions on other forums over whether they're serious or not. They also tend to translate each and every foreign word by hook or by crook, such as "online" becoming the [[TranslationTrainWreck nonsensical]] word "anschnur"; this even extends to the titles of the works they are discussing (they may add the original untranslated term/title in parentheses to avoid confusion but will call it "unredlich" rather than "englisch"). Such habits, as well as egregious individual posts such as somebody ranting that [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe he didn't need to get dirty with his wife for them to have children]] make it rather obvious that these people are not being serious, but they will never admit it, so a few of them might just be actual kooks, and there is a rumor that a child protection group actually filed charges against one webmaster.
* In light of the controversy surrounding the ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' reboot, [[https://www.reddit.com/r/ghostbusters/comments/4s829p/ok_so_obviously_the_reviews_arent_as_bad_as_we/ this Reddit post]] from r/ghostbusters, where one user asks how to best "filter out" positive reviews of the movie, caught a lot of attention from the media (including outlets such as BBC.) It was widely circulated as proof of how misogynistic haters are seeking to censor all positive reviews of the movie. However, it was a sarcastic troll post, and even the user who posted it [[https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/4sduxx/ethics_list_of_writers_and_publications_that_were/d58qwqf admitted as much]] (and mentioned he was dismayed by how many people took it seriously.)
* Part of [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] review of ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' featured him reacting with horror at a bizarrely out-of-place montage sequence that was accompanied by a terrible cover version of Music/{{Queen}}'s "Princes of the Universe," leading to him angrily accusing the film's producers of ruining not just ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', but Queen as well. In his commentary for the episode, Spoony revealed that his fellow Website/ChannelAwesome producers subsequently assumed that the actual scene used the Queen original and that Spoony had found some crappy cover version and dubbed it over to make the scene look even worse, forcing him to clarify that the scene ''did'' use the cover.
* In an episodes of the ''Podcast/CoxNCrendor'' podcast, Jesse Cox discusses an epiphany he had watching next episode trailers for ''Series/HellsKitchen''. He explains that he realized that they were so blatantly false compared to the episodes themselves that he's not entirely certain whether they're serious and lying or meant to spoof trailers of that nature.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': The show's 10th season has introduced yet ''[[CousinOliver another character]]'' named Chloe who was written to be a ParodySue as she's blatantly, unrealistically perfect in many ways from knowing 12 languages to having a Nobel Prize. Despite this, she was still given the rights to Timmy's fairies half the time. It was later revealed that she was [[DeconstructedTrope perfect to a fault]] as she often tried so hard to make everything great that she ended up overcompensating and ruining everything instead which led to people ostracizing her. Unfortunately, her sue qualities got played so straight that many people (even accomplished cartoon critics) mistook her for an outright CanonSue and decried her inclusion and how she able to get fairies despite being "perfect". Later episodes would downplay her sue qualities and show more of her flaws.
* This shows up in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Trapped in the Closet" when an official narrates Xenu's origin story. The phrase, "[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer This is what Scientologists actually believe]]" was put in because it would've been indistinguishable from the show's weird humor to those who didn't already know the story. Even then, some people '''still''' didn't believe it, because even that sounds like something ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' would do.
* When ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' released [[https://derpibooru.org/591492 a teaser image]] for a then-upcoming episode ("Testing Testing 1, 2, 3") featuring Pinkie Pie as a rapper, more than a few people assumed that the show was charging headlong into TotallyRadical and WereStillRelevantDammit territory. Fortunately, when the episode actually aired, it quickly became clear that the rap was [[StylisticSuck intentionally ridiculous]], as it was a ''parody'' of TotallyRadical edutainment from the 90's. In particular, it's a rather direct spoof of the rap segment from the infamous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up863eQKGUI Don't Copy That Floppy]] PSA.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E24TheSimpsonsSpinOffShowcase "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase"]] satirized the trend of TV networks trying to make spinoffs and successor series that are frequently inferior to the original show (this episode predated ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' and Creator/SethMacFarlane's animated shows), with all three segments deliberately badly scripted, bland and cheesy. However, some fans mistook the StylisticSuck for actual bad writing, even thinking the show was finally JumpingTheShark, something Creator/MattGroening was worried would happen.
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* A Website/YouTube user named Tamtampamela had a channel on which she posed as a satire of fundamentalist Christians, but when she put up a video thanking God for the Japanese earthquake, saying that he had caused it to punish Japan's atheist population, it immediately went viral and she started receiving death threats, causing her to eventually come clean that it was a parody.
** Even [=YouTube=] blogger, WebVideo/{{Thunderf00t}}, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcikNCsilHk referenced her in a video]] (which came out before she outed herself as a parody) in which he hopes that she's "a Poe". Note: Even admitting it was a parody [[DudeNotFunny did not reduce the hostility]] [[TooSoon she received much]].
* Just as Website/YouTube user potholer54 was about to nominate a creationist for his 2008 Golden Crocoduck Award (given to the creationists who knowingly and most effectively lied to support their arguments), the creationist outed himself as a satirist. Despite this, potholer explained that one of his arguments (the rings of Saturn prove a young solar system) is actually used by some creationists. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztejNZIZdsU Watch for yourself here.]]
* Matt Harding of WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt fame did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogcqFaNbah4 joke video]] claiming that his WebVideo/WhereTheHellIsMatt videos were just an elaborate hoax, involving robot backup dancers and other such absurdities. Soon news articles around the Internet were lambasting Matt for this terrible deception, to the point where he had to make a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVAg6YTgTn4 public announcement that the hoax was a hoax]].
* Several videos, such as the famous "WebVideo/AngryGermanKid" video were originally made to ''satirize'' how German politicians saw gamers. Unfortunately, if you ask around today, most people won't actually know it's faked because of how easy it is to put on a show for the camera.
* Another famous video, the Greatest Freakout Ever: At least 3/5 of the comments were "Boy, this is what ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' does to people?!?", ignoring that you can replace "VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft" with "Xbox Live" or "VideoGame/EverQuest" and it'd ''still'' make sense... or that. The internet still seems to be divided between those who think it was fake and those who think it was real, without any conclusive proof one way or the other.
** Detractors often point to the over-the-top reactions of Steven (the freakout kid) as [[BeggingTheQuestion clearly]] being acted.
** Some cite the interview of Steven by Creator/DanielTosh on his tv show Series/{{Tosh0}} as definitive proof that the video was fake. The episode involves Tosh [[PerpSweating interrogating]] Steven, with the help of Creator/MichaelWinslow (You know, [[AdamWesting that guy who makes the funny noises]]), eventually using a [[LieDetector polygraph machine]], and finally resorting to a threat to [[LaserGuidedKarma shove a remote up his butt if he doesn't tell the truth]]. This is a [[RuleOfFunny comedy show]], and it's not known what occurred back stage.
* P.Z. Myers fell victim of this in [[http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/09/20/this-is-our-opposition/#comments this blog post]] where he rants about an anti-feminism Website/YouTube video while labeling it as "Our Opposition", it should be noted that some of the commentators of his blog [[GenreSavvy started invoking this law]] pointing out that it was so over-the-top it had to be a parody, only to be dismissed by the rest of the commentators and P.Z. himself. Then the original poster of the video made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3thZ135aPhE response video]] {{MST}}ing and mocking P.Z. and his commentators for taking it at face value.
* The maker of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF3jvD_hNFc this]] "Cinema Trailer Sins" video criticizing the teaser for ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' had to post a comment stating that his extreme nitpicking and InsaneTrollLogic were never meant to be taken seriously after Franchise/{{Godzilla}} fans lashed out at him and got the video downvoted really low. (It should also be noted, however, that this channel is also a parody of the (massively) more popular and (slightly) more professional WebVideo/CinemaSins channel, thus accounting for many of the downvotes.)
* ''WebVideo/ThirdRateGamer'', a StylisticSuck parody of {{Caustic Critic}}s (''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'' in particular) is often mistaken for a legitimate, awful reviewer. His UsefulNotes/NintendoDS "review" begins with a disclaimer that says that the show is a parody, but if you read the comments to some of his other videos, you can still find people confusing him with an actual reviewer.
* A few days before the 2014 Isla Vista Massacre, the perpetrator, Elliot Rodger, posted a video espousing his beliefs and plans for "revenge." The video ended up being posted to reddit's r/cringe subreddit, where commenters had a hard time telling whether he genuinely wanted to kill people or was just a massive troll.
* [=YouTube=] user 1stkirbyever ran into this while simultaneously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLb25V5lqaE demonstrating a glitch]] in the ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' demo and parodying Sonic's infamously UnpleasableFanbase. After seeing that some people missed the joke, he add a disclaimer to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jGSrNbM2Wc the sequel]] stating, in large, bold letters, "I AM NOT SERIOUS." ''There were still people who missed the joke, even with the disclaimer.'' You can tell he's basically given up on the parody part with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ_QHoELNVU the third installment]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcpsqiqXBcw Islamic State of Donbass and Lugant]], a parody of jihad videos by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine, complete with ''nasheed'' (Islamic acapella chants) & their flag modified to include Islamist symbolism. Ukrainian & other commenters mistake them as an actual Islamist terrorists, while the Russians are joking about their [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodox]] [[ChurchMilitant "jihad"]].
** There are Muslim volunteers fighting in the pro-Russian side, but '''NONE''' of them are radical Islamists related with the jihadist movements.
* During the CausticCritic boom of 2007, when [[FollowTheLeader everyone with a camcorder was jumping on the]] ''WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd'' bandwagon, one particular user named {{Creator/Armake21}} chimed in. According to himself he was supposed to be riffing on reviewers who wanted to be the AVGN but had no idea how to write jokes beyond "swear at the TV". In terms of viewership, he was moderately successful. In terms of the parody... not so much: after a review of ''Shinobi'' for the NES he had to post a follow-up video demonstrating his previously-poor skill was actually StylisticSuck.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXodRLLkth4 video shown here]] was posted by a user who intended (he claimed) to make a political satire. The video consists of a real Arabic newscast with phony subtitles. President Obama's detractors quickly took the video as fact and posted it on several conservative blogs, until the poster, - who admits to being conservative but quotes the Trope Name directly (as shown) - cleared it up.
* WebVideo/McJuggerNuggets falls into this a lot - one of the major questions fans and haters have is "Is this real or not?". The depiction of a [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional family]], [[SanitySlippage an abuser losing people to dominate and becoming less rational as time goes on]], multiple abusive relationships, [[ApatheticCitizens nobody thinking to help]] (especially not the [[PoliceAreUseless police]]), as well as the fact that the main character Jesse regularly moves back to a house where he's clearly abused brings up a ''lot'' of people to suspect both.
* ''WebAnimation/DarkMatter2525'': Many comments on "If Hitler Never Existed" insisted that the world wouldn't be a {{utopia}} if Hitler never existed, to the point where Dark Matter made a comment pointing out that this video was a joke, and it was commenting on people in the present, not people in the past.
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* A passage in ''What Th--?'', Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s parody comic, has a hypothetical story in which the ComicBook/FantasticFour meet Franchise/{{Superman}}. The writer of the story comments in a footnote that it is impossible to write a parody of The Thing's dialogue that doesn't sound exactly like something he would really say.
* In one ''[[{{ComicBook/Viz}} Sid the Sexist]]'' strip, Sid managed to score a bird on Blind Date because she thought he was a comedian and only pretending to be a perverted Geordie stereotype.

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* Leo and Max's 'SpringtimeForHitler' gambit in ''Film/TheProducers''; they aimed to produce the biggest flop ever so they could make off with the investment money, so they took in a story glorifying [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]] and made it as offensive as they could. Unfortunately, the actor playing Hitler himself was [[SoBadItsGood so terrible]] that the audience assumed that it was a parody, and the show sold out. The director deciding to throw in some catchy musical segments didn't help.
** In the musical version the former Nazi Franz who will be playing the part of Hitler breaks his leg just prior to curtain, and is replaced by the [[CampGay director]] -- who turns flamboyant up to eleven. The original version had him played by a beatnik.
** Roger Ebert noted that this is what actually torpedoed Leo and Max's scam. If they had gone all out (i.e., featured the Holocaust or Operation Barbarossa in their pro-Nazi musical), then their plan would actually have worked, as nobody would want to see satire that distasteful.

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* Exploited and combined with RefugeInAudacity in the Literature/HonorHarrington book ''On Basilisk Station'' through the "big lie" theory. After the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Republic of Haven]] gets their hand caught in the cookie jar regarding their schemes with Basilisk, Honor hopes that Havenite civilians will see through their government's [[BlatantLies outrageously false]] PropagandaMachine, which paints ''themselves'' as the real victims of the debacle, just as easily as the Manticorans have. Unfortunately, as gets explained to her by experts on such matters, the fact that said propaganda is so outrageously false is also what leads the Havenites to accept it at face value; they would never believe that their governing authorities would deliberately lie to them in such an audacious manner, so they end up believing them even when they ''are'' lying.
* Darrel Bristow-Bovey's self-help satire ''Literature/IMovedYourCheese'' complains about how hard it is to write a self-help satire:
-->When it comes to the self-help genre, the line between satire and the real thing is drawn in water with a blunt pencil.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's short piece "How Kid Brady Broke Training", Kid Brady, after reading a magazine, goes off meat and starts an all-fruit diet under the belief that it will make him a better fighter. He later meets the article's author, who tells him that it was meant as satire, "[b]ut so subtle and delicate is my humor that apparently the thing is misleading".
* In ''Erasure'' by Literature/PercivalEverett, an intellectual black author, sick and tired of his philosophical books being passed over for publication because they're not suitably "Black," writes a way, ''way'' over the top parody of thuggish ghetto-chic blaxploitation called ''My Paffology'' and has his agent send it out as a protest. Random House accepts the book at face value as a fierce portrayal of the Black experience and pays six hundred grand for it. The book, now renamed ''Fuck'', goes on to win the National Book Award.
* This is what got the Bill of Life, which allows parents to have their children's body parts be divided and used as transplants once they reach age thirteen, passed in ''Literature/{{Unwind}}''; it was proposed in order to make both sides in the Heartland War realize how ridiculous they were being. What wasn't expected was both pro-choice and pro-life people to embrace it as the only way to compromise.

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* An episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'' had Murphy passing off a painting her infant Avery had created, with the fake name of "A. Very". One critic thought it was brilliant. The other thought it was child scribblings. An art buyer bought it for an obscene amount because the two critics were arguing over it.

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* Taken to something of a logical extreme in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', where ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'', Dave's StylisticSuck webcomic, is [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002226 described as]] "a webcomic ironically maintained through a satirical cipher" with "legions of devoted fans, most of whom are totally convinced" of his sockpuppet persona's sincerity. A bit of meta irony kicks in when you consider that in real life, ''Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff'' actually ''is'' much better known than ''Homestuck'' and ''MSPA'', and genuinely ''does'' have legions of devoted fans (though most of them are well aware of its ironic StylisticSuck value).
** Part of the reason is that ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' originated before Homestuck and was posted on the [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/85435/higher-technology/p2 Penny Arcade forums]] by Andrew Hussie.
* In a ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'' arc, the titular character creates a children's show centered entirely around promoting himself and his merchandise. Said MerchandiseDriven nature is so transparent that the show becomes a hit amongst teenagers and young adults who mistake it for biting satire (the fact that Chex could only afford for the show to be run on a 4AM timeslot didn't help).
%%* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' parodies this [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?db=comics&id=1656#comic here]].
* [[http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/27/its-over-its-now-impossible-to-satirise-tony-abbott?CMP=soc_567 This comic]] from the Australian version of ''The Guardian'' claims that it is no longer possible to satirise Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
** In their review of ''Film/ScoobyDoo'', [[spoiler:his younger self]] defends the movie by claiming that it's making fun of the show's pointless celebrity cameos. The Critic responds that no, the movie just ''has'' pointless celebrity cameos.
** Sometimes the Critic's opinions are mistaken for those of Creator/DougWalker's, one such misunderstanding led to a short feud between the character of the critic and Creator/MaraWilson, when Wilson had mistaken the Critic's [[AccentuateTheNegative vitriol]] for Doug Walker's honest opinion.
* A common problem on blogs like "[[http://whitewhine.com/ White Whine]]" and other collections of FirstWorldProblems -- for every entry that is a genuine example of someone engaging in over-the-top and unnecessary complaining about a trivial issue, there is another which is clearly either a parody of that type of person or someone who is perfectly aware that their current issues are trivial but are simply exaggerating for humourous effect or to vent.
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20203_the-5-most-epic-backfires-in-history-bad-jokes.html The 5 Most Epic Backfires in the History of Bad Jokes]]. From the lead: "The problem with sarcasm is that you can do it so well (or so poorly) that people don't realize you're joking."
* Discussed on ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''. More than once (such as in his review of ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'') Yahtzee states that video game violence is already so extreme and ridiculous that its nearly impossible to parody.
* Invoked in a [[http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2011/oct/21/lord-monckton-sacha-baron-cohen devastating satire]] by Australian comedian Craig Reucassel, in which he said that the controversial climate-change skeptic Lord Monckton [[note]]infamous for comparing environmentalists to [[GodwinsLaw Hitler Youth]], among other claims[[/note]] was a satirical character played by Creator/SachaBaronCohen-- and proceeded to interview an unsuspecting Monckton himself about it, asking such questions as "Will we ever see Ali G or Borat come back?" Monckton was bewildered, to say the least.
* [[http://flavorwire.com/457300/daniel-kibblesmith-the-man-behind-the-hilarious-gopteens-on-trolling-republicans-and-dming-rand-paul As its owner has pointed out]], the [[https://twitter.com/GOPTeens GOP Teens]] Twitter account is often mistaken for serious at first glance. Actual GOP Senator Rand Paul is apparently a fan, although it's not known whether it's because he finds it funny or because of this trope.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** The episode "The Tale of Scrotie [=McBoogerballs=]" has this happen: Upon finding out that ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' is overhyped, the kids write an offensive story about nothing in particular, solely to be more offensive than ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' was claimed to be. The adults find it, and believe that it's a great literary work, even after the kids explicitly tell them that it is nothing more than a string of gross-out attempts on paper, and that there is no actual story in it.
** The 16th season episode "Sarcastaball" revolves around a game which Randy invents as parody, but which everyone else takes seriously.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' episode "[=Buttniks=]," they wander into a coffee shop and witness a poetry slam. Butt-Head goes on stage and deliberately stinks up the joint to the annoyance of the crowd. Beavis drinks lots of cappuccino (or, as he called it, "Crappuccino") and turns into the Great Cornholio and goes off on an insane incoherent rant. The audience loves it and call it "ground-breaking stuff," instead of recognizing it as the babblings of an overcaffeinated psycho.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': One episode has Marge finding a copy of ''The Onion'' on her neighbor's coffee table. Upon reading it, Marge is surprised at the headlines only to be informed that it's satire. Next, Marge opens the paper and upon reading the movie reviews, laughs at what the critics say about the movies only to find out the movie reviews are real.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian Writes a Bestseller", Brian manages to pull this off with a hastily-written self-help book called "Wish It, Want It, Do It", which he wrote as a statement on self-help books in general. However, it winds up becoming a bestseller, and he ultimately buys into his own hype. It ultimately takes [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] to get Brian to admit the truth and be shooed off the set.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Secret of Success", Doofenshmirtz holds a telethon to fund his evil schemes. Lawrence, watching from a dentist's office, believes it's "a brilliant work of satire" and declares it his new favorite show.
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* [[https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/08/malia-obama-arrested-with-gang-thugs-chicago-fake-news-site-claims/22076204/ A story about Malia Obama]] being arrested along with a "gang of thugs" in Chicago was first posted by a satirical website called The Last Line of Defense. while the website has a disclaimer (in small print) saying "All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney", many of Obama's detractors cited it as legitimate news. (And this is not even the first time this has been the case with The Last Line of Defense.)

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* [[https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/08/malia-obama-arrested-with-gang-thugs-chicago-fake-news-site-claims/22076204/ A story about Malia Obama]] being arrested along with a "gang of thugs" in Chicago was first posted by a satirical website called The Last Line of Defense. while While the website has a disclaimer (in small print) saying "All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney", many of Obama's detractors cited it as legitimate news. (And this is not even the first time this has been the case with The Last Line of Defense.)
8th May '17 5:19:58 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* [[https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/08/malia-obama-arrested-with-gang-thugs-chicago-fake-news-site-claims/22076204/ A story about Malia Obama]] being arrested along with a "gang of thugs" in Chicago was first posted by a satirical website called The Last Line of Defense. while the website has a disclaimer (in small print) saying "All articles should be considered satirical and any and all quotes attributed to actual people complete and total baloney", many of Obama's detractors cited it as legitimate news. (And this is not even the first time this has been the case with The Last Line of Defense.)
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* Believe it or not, the Dominican newspaper [[http://rare.us/rare-humor/a-dominican-republic-newspaper-made-the-one-mistake-reporting-on-donald-trump-that-we-all-saw-coming/?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Partnership seen here]] mistook an Creator/AlexBaldwin skit for an actual statement by President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.

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* Believe it or not, the Dominican newspaper [[http://rare.us/rare-humor/a-dominican-republic-newspaper-made-the-one-mistake-reporting-on-donald-trump-that-we-all-saw-coming/?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=Partnership seen here]] mistook an Creator/AlexBaldwin Creator/AlecBaldwin skit for an actual statement by President UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump.
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