A parody/satire and switch describes 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 IndecisiveParody, where the line between parody and straight example was not very clear from the start.

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

Compare CerebusSyndrome, DeconReconSwitch.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* At first, ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' was a strictly humourous series that parodied (among other things) various tropes of superhero comics. Later on, it began to add serious elements to the story, becoming more like a straight superhero comic (with added humour) than a parody.
* The original ''ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' went from being a parody of Ninja mania to being a straight ScienceFiction example of it.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' is this applied to Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' is a great example, although it remains funny throughout.
* The film version of ''Film/KickAss'' is arguably this.
* ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon''


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' began as a parody of the Fantasy Kitchen Sink and fantasy in general, and then evolved into a whole universe with its own mythology. For example, in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', Rincewind meets a surprisingly-puny EldritchAbomination as part of a passing joke. One book later, the creatures of the [[EldritchLocation Dungeon]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dimensions]] are treated as a serious threat.
** And later still, when the books become more based around using humour and parody to discuss aspects of the human condition like death, justice and the nature of belief, even the Dungeon Dimension creatures are phased out in favour of more concrete threats and villains.
** The stories which bring Ankh-Morpork closer to the Industrial Age (creation of newspapers in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', the development of the clacks as somewhere between the telegraph and the Internet, any book involving Moist von Lipwig) tend to be far more rooted in reality than ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' and ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', which are mostly parodies and puns based on real world media and have a ResetButton to prevent the Discworld from modernising itself out of its fantasy setting.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheOrville'' plays a lot of Franchise/StarTrek tropes for humorous effect, but the actual plots and how they progress is ''very'' close to what you'd expect from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', just with a crew that is more RagtagBunchOfMisfits than the fleet's best and brightest.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', in a very {{Mind Screw}}y [[Synopsis/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty way]].


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'' began as a spoof of action-adventure comics, but quickly morphed into a generally straight but very tongue-in-cheek example.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' began as a parody of ScienceFiction tropes, but as time went on it ran out of tropes to parody. Later episodes [[CerebusSyndrome upped the drama a bit]] and the humor switched more to social satire through sci-fi (which had always been there, but was exaggarated).
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' starts off as a BlackComedy parodying [[TheMoralSubstitute religious cartoons]] such as ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath''. Then CerebusSyndrome sets in, and the hypocrisy and awfulness of the characters ceases to be treated as a joke, causing the series to branch off in a completely separate direction.