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24th Jun '16 11:23:46 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* Website/TheOnion and Website/{{Clickhole}} are run by the same creative teams, but their respective styles of humor are so fundamentally different that they may as well call Clickhole "The Anti-Onion". The Onion is a parody of traditional newspaper and television journalism that--like the best satires--uses self-aware humor to force its audience to think about the inherently absurd aspects of society; even at its goofiest, it's usually making some intellectual point about politics or modern culture. Clickhole, on the other hand, is a parody of new media in TheNewTens, and it discards satire in favor of absurdism and SurrealHumor; most of its humor comes from how it deliberately refuses to make a coherent point about anything. The Onion has its share of SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped moments related to hot-button social issues, while Clickhole is infamous for its occasional CrossesTheLineTwice moments that treat those same issues in as blasé a manner as possible. Case in point: [[http://www.theonion.com/video/judge-rules-white-girl-will-be-tried-as-black-adul-18896 The Onion]] attempting to discuss racism, vs. [[http://www.clickhole.com/video/if-you-dont-think-you-have-any-racial-prejudices-y-1026 Clickhole]] attempting to discuss it.
12th Jun '16 9:56:45 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' is known for its complex weapon system, giving the player the ability to use any combination of the three basic weapons for seven weapons total on top of a special LimitBreak attack, as well as a weapon level-up system that's tied to the player's score; ignoring the scoring system is a good way to end up underpowered in later stages. In contrast, ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' only gives the player one basic twin-blaster weapon to go alongside their special attack that never powers up, and can be reliably completed without learning how to score proficiently. Additionally, while ''Silvergun'' tells a bleak story of humans trying to escape the wrath of a misanthropic god-like entity, [[spoiler:failing terribly to put up a LastStand and all dying, and causing the cycle to repeat ''ad infinitum'']], ''Ikaruga'' ends with the protagonist(s) [[spoiler:taking on the same entity and committing HeroicSacrifice to put it down once and for all.]]



* ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' is known for its complex weapon system, giving the player the ability to use any combination of the three basic weapons for seven weapons total on top of a special LimitBreak attack, as well as a weapon level-up system that's tied to the player's score; ignoring the scoring system is a good way to end up underpowered in later stages. In contrast, ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' only gives the player one basic twin-blaster weapon to go alongside their special attack that never powers up, and can be reliably completed without learning how to score proficiently.
12th Jun '16 9:53:28 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' is known for its complex weapon system, giving the player the ability to use any combination of the three basic weapons for seven weapons total on top of a special LimitBreak attack, as well as a weapon level-up system that's tied to the player's score; ignoring the scoring system is a good way to end up underpowered in later stages. In contrast, ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' only gives the player one basic twin-blaster weapon to go alongside their special attack that never powers up, and can be reliably completed without learning how to score proficiently.
4th Jun '16 5:35:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** Another ongoing title by him is ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'', which is a very grim and violent deconstruction of comics which use [[StupidJetpackHitler the idea of World War II being fought with superheroes and mad science]] as an excuse for lighthearted RuleOfCool high-jinks.

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** Another ongoing title by him is ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'', which is a very grim and violent deconstruction of comics which use [[StupidJetpackHitler the idea of World War II being fought with superheroes and mad science]] as an excuse for lighthearted RuleOfCool high-jinks. What happens when you give superpowers to a [[ThoseWackyNazis gang of genocidal imperialists]]? Bloodshed and destruction escalating to almost pantomine levels is what.
19th May '16 7:59:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Film/StarshipTroopers The film adaptation]] of ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' is this to ''its own source material''. Paul Verhoeven was already working on a script that deconstructed the "WarIsGlorious" trope, and after he read Heinlein's novel he kicked everything into high gear. The resulting rewrite is one giant, deliberate TakeThat to and what Verhoeven saw as a militaristic, borderline-fascist message, turning the novel on its head into a satire of militarism and propaganda.

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* [[Film/StarshipTroopers The film adaptation]] of ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' is this to ''its own source material''. Paul Verhoeven was already working on a script that deconstructed the "WarIsGlorious" trope, and after he read Heinlein's novel he kicked everything into high gear. The resulting rewrite is one giant, deliberate TakeThat to the novel and what Verhoeven saw as a militaristic, borderline-fascist message, turning the novel on its head into a satire of militarism and propaganda.
19th May '16 7:59:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Verhoeven did this to himself once, too. One of the first films he directed back in the 70s was a Dutch Epic War Film called ''Soldaat van Oranje'' (by now ''the'' quintessential Dutch epic film). It involved the Dutch resistance bravely playing cat and mouse with the unscrupulous Nazi occupiers to achieve freedom. Then, after having spent decades in Hollywood, Verhoeven returned in 2006 to direct his last film - ''Film/{{Zwartboek}}''. The premise and plot are uncannily similar, except that the idealism levels are exactly ''nil''. [[UpToEleven The Nazis are even more brutal]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the Resistance are deeply corrupt and bigoted themselves]], everyone turns on each other, 'KillEmAll' is in full effect, and even the ''end of the war'' doesn't hamper the conflict. It's a very bitter foil to ''Soldaat's'' freedom-fighting heroism.

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* Verhoeven Creator/PaulVerhoeven did this to himself once, too. One of the first films he directed back in the 70s was a Dutch Epic War Film called ''Soldaat van Oranje'' ''Film/SoldaatVanOranje'' (by now ''the'' quintessential Dutch epic film). It involved the Dutch resistance bravely playing cat and mouse with the unscrupulous Nazi occupiers to achieve freedom. Then, after having spent decades in Hollywood, Verhoeven returned in 2006 to direct his last film - ''Film/{{Zwartboek}}''. The premise and plot are uncannily similar, except that the idealism levels are exactly ''nil''. [[UpToEleven The Nazis are even more brutal]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the Resistance are deeply corrupt and bigoted themselves]], everyone turns on each other, 'KillEmAll' is in full effect, and even the ''end of the war'' doesn't hamper the conflict. It's a very bitter foil to ''Soldaat's'' freedom-fighting heroism.
19th May '16 7:58:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' can be considered one to ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. Both feature the VillainProtagonist dressing up as Santa Claus before realizing how wrong their actions were. But whereas the Grinch dressed up as Santa in order to steal gifts from the Whos, Jack did it because he wanted to spice up his life and add a new spin to the holiday. The Grinch's malevolent intentions end up not really harming anyone, while Jack's benevolent intentions end up causing mass mayhem.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' can be considered one to ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. Both feature the VillainProtagonist dressing up as Santa Claus before realizing how wrong their actions were. But whereas the Grinch dressed up as Santa in order to steal gifts from the Whos, Jack did it because he wanted to spice up his life and add a new spin to the holiday. The Grinch's malevolent intentions end up not really harming anyone, while Jack's benevolent intentions end up causing mass mayhem.
19th May '16 7:57:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'' can also come across as the antithesis to ''E.T''. Both films came out around the same time, but deal with first contact with aliens in ''very'' different ways: E.T. lands in the American heartland and befriends the protagonist, with the main goal being to help him return home, while the Thing turns up in the Antartic wastes, destroys everything it encounters, and must be kept from escaping at all costs.
* ''Film/TheThirdMan'' for ''{{Casablanca}}''. Seriously, watch them back to back. It's amazing. And depressing.
* The 2005 documentary ''WithoutMyDaughter'' was a direct answer to the notorious 1991 drama ''Film/NotWithoutMyDaughter''. In the documentary, Dr. Mahmoody argues that his ex-wife exploited anti-Iranian sentiment to make money and screw him out of custody of their daughter.

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* ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'' ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}'' can also come across as the antithesis to ''E.T''.''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial''. Both films came out around the same time, but deal with first contact with aliens in ''very'' different ways: E.T. lands in the American heartland and befriends the protagonist, with the main goal being to help him return home, while the Thing turns up in the Antartic wastes, destroys everything it encounters, and must be kept from escaping at all costs.
* ''Film/TheThirdMan'' for ''{{Casablanca}}''.''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. Seriously, watch them back to back. It's amazing. And depressing.
* The 2005 documentary ''WithoutMyDaughter'' ''Film/WithoutMyDaughter'' was a direct answer to the notorious 1991 drama ''Film/NotWithoutMyDaughter''. In the documentary, Dr. Mahmoody argues that his ex-wife exploited anti-Iranian sentiment to make money and screw him out of custody of their daughter.
5th May '16 2:38:25 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' can easily be seen as this towards ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. While both series share similar themes and structure (Psychological horror mystery with a GroundhogDayLoop function) Umineko is much more cynical and deconstructs several of the tropes in Higurashi.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' can easily be seen as this towards ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. While both series share similar themes and structure (Psychological horror mystery with a GroundhogDayLoop function) Umineko is much more cynical and deconstructs several of the tropes in Higurashi.
4th May '16 7:55:59 PM burstkiller
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* Wrestling/{{ECW}} was this to Wrestling/{{WCW}} to the point of bitter rivalry. Though both were offshoots of the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], World Championship Wrestling had the support of a major media company and their tradition established as NWA member to determine their direction of their production (at least until Hogan came). Extreme Championship Wrestling had a far more contentious break with NWA, had a roster full of castoffs, a small budget and a do-it-yourself attitude forsook the traditions of pro wrestling to present something far more darker. Most notably, both were the antithesis of the then-cartoony [[Wrestling/WWE World Wrestling Federation]] who had to be the antithesis its past self to compete with WCW and the nWo.

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* Wrestling/{{ECW}} was this to Wrestling/{{WCW}} to the point of bitter rivalry. Though both were offshoots of the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], World Championship Wrestling had the support of a major media company and their tradition established as NWA member to determine their direction of their production (at least until Hogan came). Extreme Championship Wrestling had a far more contentious break with NWA, had a roster full of castoffs, a small budget and a do-it-yourself attitude forsook the traditions of pro wrestling to present something far more darker. Most notably, both were the antithesis of the then-cartoony [[Wrestling/WWE [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] who had to be the antithesis its past self to compete with WCW and the nWo.
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