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Mocking a work by quoting it exactly
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(permanent link) added: 2012-03-03 07:37:07 sponsor: Routerie edited by: SeptimusHeap (last reply: 2012-12-18 13:59:25)

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We're splitting this off from Parody Failure and Narrow Parody, which are confusing pages that we partially overlap but alsoinclude several unrelated things - this, ParodyShoutOut, SpoofedTheIronicFilmSeriously, RedundantParody and SpoofingSpoofiness.


Parodies normally exaggerate source material. Occasionally they don't - they repeat the original's exact words to show just how absurd they really sound. The quote, inserted in a parody context, often sounds as ridiculous or funny as the surrounding parody dialog.

See also "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer, for when the work explicitly states that it's not exaggerating the original. If the work mistakenly quotes the original, it's Redundant Parody.


  • One of the earlier episodes of Dragon Ball Z has Raditz tearing off Piccolo's arm, followed by the mocking line "Has anyone seen my arm? You can't miss it, it's green!" This line is present verbatim in pretty much every parody, rewrite, or Abridged Series of DBZ.

  • Airplane! is largely word-for-word quoted directly from the film Zero Hour, but with the serious deadpan delivery taking place in absurd surroundings.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 does this a few times.
    • For "Pod People", two of the host segments consist of re-enacting some of the film's most bizarre scenes almost verbatim.
    • For The Phantom Planet, they poke fun at Ray Makonnen's out-of-nowhere Contemplate Our Navels monologue ("You know, Captain, every year of my life, I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful... if you just take the time to look at it.") by reciting the entire thing later, multiple times.
  • Saturday Night Live had a famous skit about Sarah Palin during the 2008 U.S. presidential race. The skit very intentionally consisted almost entirely of actual Palin lines from her interview with Katie Couric. A couple of judicious additions and Tina Fey's delivery were all it took.
  • The Daily Show does this all the time. Interviewing John Stewart, Rachel Maddow even claimed to see little difference between his method of parodying events and her own of humorously reporting on them.

  • Weird Al usually thinks up silly imagery to put into his song parodies, but in "Perform this Way," most of the lyrics mention things Lady Gaga has actually done, like being born out of an egg on stage.
  • The rant at the beginning of The Doors song "The Soft Parade" has Morrison speaking thusly:
    When I was back there in seminary school
    There was a person there
    Who put forth the proposition
    That you can petition the Lord with prayer
    Petition the Lord with prayer
    Petition the Lord with prayer
    You cannot petition the Lord with prayer!
The line "petition the Lord with prayer" sounded like a mockery of that proposition, the way it was said. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
  • In I Wanna Be the Guy, you eventually fight Dracula from the Castle Vania series. The bombastic dialogue between him and The Kid is taken directly from one of the Castlevania games, albeit spoken in a squeaky voice.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
  • Jesus and Mo will often quote something recently said by a real life religious apologist, putting their words into the mouths of the title characters. The orginal article is generally linked to in the commentary, with the writer listed as "guest scriptwriter".

[[folder:Web Original]]
  • LittleKuriboh made a video (youtube link) parodying the abridger "Chicken Wings" and his abridged Dragon Ball Z episode. It's almost an an exact copy of the original video, just with the voice slightly exaggerated.
  • The Editing Room will sometimes include actual lines of dialogue or describe a scene that actually happened in the movie, usually including (actual line of dialogue) or THIS HAPPENS.
  • Zero Punctuation's review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter opens with Yahtzee stating that normally, he makes fun of a game by increasingly altering the title through the review until it gradually becomes ridiculous. In this case, he says that he can't do that, because there's nothing more silly than simply using its actual name.

[[folder: Real Life]]
  • Without (ahem) getting into specific examples, politicians on the campaign trail will often repeat a soundbite or quote, often out-of-context, that was recently uttered by their opponent in the campaign. Due to there not being context, the attacking politician will often distort the meaning of the quote or the intentions of its speaker.
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