Created By: SilaceJune 16, 2010 Last Edited By: SilaceJune 16, 2010
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Satire And Switch

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'I will probably launch this in a few days, any new examples/input/other opinions to the trope appreciated

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A parody/satire and switch is where there is a shift in the story from being a parody/satire, to becoming a straight form of the subject of the parody/satire. The work may have begun humorously subverting tropes before playing them straight later on. This could have been intended from the beginning (which would make it a bait and switch) or it may have developed as the story continued.

This could be a result of the story being an Indecisive Parody, where the line between parody and notparody was not very clear from the start.

This can also naturally result in a misaimed fandom as well as a Broken Base, due to fans having differing opinions on whether the shift was for the better. If the parody/satire initially served the purpose of making and intellectual point via critiquing and criticizing the subject of its parody/satire, the parody/satire shift can also result in a broken aesop

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Examples:

  • Discworld began as a parody of the Fantasy Kitchen Sink and fantasy in general, and then evolved into a whole universe with it's own mythology. For example, in The Color Of Magic Rincewind meets some Cthulhu-look-alike as a passing joke. Two books later, the tentacled creatures of the dungeon dimensions are treated as a serious threat.
  • Enchanted
  • Hot Fuzz is a great example. Although it remains funny throughout
  • Cerebus began as a parody/pastiche of Conan The Barbarian
  • No Need For Bushido began as a spoof of action-adventure comics, but quickly morphed into a generally straight but very tongue-in-cheek example. This was for the better.

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • May 8, 2010
    TheBigSock
    The entire Discworld universe is an example, although it kept subverting, lampshading and downright mocking tropes all along the way.
  • May 8, 2010
    TheChainMan
    Isn't that how Cerebus' Cerebus Syndrome started? (Or So I Heard on this wiki)
  • May 9, 2010
    Silace
    So would that mean that Discworld became a straightforward heroic fantasy despite subverting some tropes? If so, then it would be an example

    It can be related to Cerebus Syndrome if there is also a change in the comedic tone, and it is a similar concept. However, comedy and parody/satire are not always related, since serious works can also have a satirical aspect to them.
  • May 9, 2010
    TheBigSock
    No, Discworld began as a parody of the Fantasy Kitchen Sink and fantasy in general, and then evolved into a whole universe with it's own mythology. For example, in The Color Of Magic Rincewind meets some Cthulhu-look-alike as a passing joke. Two books later, the tentacled creatures of the dungeon dimensions are treated as a serious threat.
  • May 9, 2010
    Solle
    Enchanted. So, so much.
  • May 11, 2010
    Unknown%20Troper
    Hot Fuzz is a great example. Although it remains funny throughout.
  • June 6, 2010
    TJ
    Silace, I think Chain Man meant that the series called 'Cerebus' is an example of this trope.
  • June 6, 2010
    VampireBuddha
    No Need For Bushido began as a spoof of action-adventure comics, but quickly morphed into a generally straight but very tongue-in-cheek example. This was for the better.
  • June 6, 2010
    shimaspawn
    Discworld is still a parody of the Fantasy Kitchen Sink and everything else that it touches.
  • June 7, 2010
    Silace
    Ah.. I will add Cerebus as an example, then
  • June 15, 2010
    Diamondeye
    You need a proper name (with proper versals/capitalization)...

    Satire And Switch could work, so could Progressed Parody.

    I agree with shimaspawn that Discworld is still parodic, though. Perhaps that's a bad example...
  • June 15, 2010
    arromdee
  • June 16, 2010
    Silace
    Hmm.. Satire And Switch sounds good, I'll change it to that unless there is a large objection. I'm not too familiar with Discworld, so I"ll see if there are more people who feel that it is still a parody

    @arromdee.. The main difference between this and an indecisive parody is that the latter can remain indecisive and ambiguous until the story finishes, in the former there is a distinct switch by the time the story ends

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