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* [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Grant Morrison's run]] on ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' featured an issue about a [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] version of Superman who started off as a creation of a group of young comic creators, only to end up being co-opted by a big corporation who screwed over the writers. The story has some pretty obvious similarities to that of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, who created Superman and whose relatives are involved in a bitter legal dispute with DC Comics over the profits gained from the character. It is also briefly mentioned that the corporation had tried to make their Superman more appealing to a modern audience by making him DarkerAndEdgier, which has been a common complaint about the Comicbook/{{New 52}} Superman and the ''Film/ManOfSteel'' movie. Morrison briefly mentions a LighterAndSofter version of Superman from another Earth called "Optiman" who failed to stop the rampaging antihero version mentioned above. As Morrison was making fun of the DarkerAndEdgier stance towards Superman, he was also mocking the idea that a "cutesy-pie" Superman is the only alternative to a darker Superman.
* Comicbook/AnimalMan thinks to himself while experimenting with the abilities of a spider: "Of course I wouldn't want ''only'' spider powers... that'd make me a [[Franchise/SpiderMan third-rate super-hero]]."
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''
** Creator/MarkMillar's first arc took this to a ridiculous extreme by fighting (and utterly destroying) satirical versions of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., and the X-Men and the main villain being Creator/JackKirby; he's specifically described as "the guy who would've created all your favorite comic books" if he hadn't been hired by the US government. The series has a ''lot'' of AuthorAppeal, and [[{{Anvilicious}} they're not subtle about it either]]. The authors explained this was a deliberate poke at traditional superheroes who they felt embodied and maintained the status quo. He even takes shots at Charles Atlas bodybuilding ads. Also;
-->'''[[LawyerFriendlyCameo Legally-distinct-parody]]-of [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]]:''' Comics are for retards.
-->'''Hawksmoor:''' (''to UsefulNotes/BillClinton'') We're not some comic book super-team who participate in pointless fights with pointless super-criminals every month to preserve the status quo.
** Speaking of Clinton, Millar hated him, and so his run on the series and the Jenny Sparks mini-series had several jabs against him. One of the issues of the mini-series even goes so far as to implicitly compare Clinton to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
** The comic itself later received a Take That in the form of the "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?" story arc of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', which was adapted into the DirectToVideo animated feature ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite''.
*** Ironically, despite the creator of "What's So Funny" intending for "The Elite" to basically be a one/two-shot deal, a second version of the Elite appeared... and turned out to be pulling a BatmanGambit to pretend to be the second coming of the original Elite in order to make humanity pull together for one major effort needed to waive off GaiasVengeance... a smackdown that Gaea herself was planning to dish out. They subsequently became the short-lived ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueElite'', in essence the black ops branch of the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} family.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' even had an episode that showed what would happen if the titular' heroes, which Comicbook/TheAuthority is patterned loosely after, were to suddenly decide that [[KnightTemplar they knew better than everyone else]]. It's not clear if it was a deliberate TakeThat or just exploring the concept of the League becoming evil, but it's often regarded as one of the show's best-written episodes.
** Also in the series, during Creator/WarrenEllis' last story, is the Authority attempting to ''kill God''. Ellis is a staunch atheist.
* Phil Noto's unused cover for ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2009}}'' #3 shows Stephanie Brown looking over concepts for potential Batgirl costumes. As an in-joke, the Batgirl design sported by Alicia Silverstone in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' can be seen crossed out with the words "definitely not" scrawled over it.
* In Creator/GailSimone's ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2011}}'' run, the Ventriloquist enters a talent show that's a clear parody of ''Series/AmericanIdol''. The villainess proceeds to violently kill the obvious Simon Cowell [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed clone]], and leaves the Music/PaulaAbdul wannabe BoundAndGagged between two rotting corpses. Only the Randy Jackson analogue escapes unscathed.
* ''[[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman Incorporated]]'' features tons of take thats against DC Comics for the DC Universe reboot as far as Morrison openly ignoring the reboot and outright referring to things (the existence of the Outsiders, the opening arc of Morrison's JLA run and references to the original Justice League International era JLA, which Metamorpho was a member of, Batwing's original origin, Talia being part of the Secret Society of Super-Villains and the reveal that Talia was part of Alexander Luthor's scheme to bring back the Multiverse, Jason Todd and his partnership with Scarlet, and the entire Final Crisis/Black Glove storyline) that DC explicitly erased from canon. It's been said that the only reason Morrison has not been slapped down and had his stuff rewritten is because Morrison might actually leave DC Comics if he is forced to submit to the reboot, meaning Batman Incorporated could well be the only DC Comic being published that is still in the old DC Universe if it weren't for the fact that events in it are referenced in other titles (e.g., the death of [[spoiler:Damian Wayne]] in issue #8, which became a bit of a BatFamilyCrossover).
** This was further added to with the announcement that Multiversity, his series of one shot stories set in the multiverse, is still in the works and will be out late 2013. The series is set to feature traditional versions of Question and Captain Marvel (both of which have been killed off/radically altered in the Nu-DC Universe) and the return of Ted Kord as Blue Beetle of Earth 4.
*** And in one interview Morrison talked about story of the series that will be illustrated by Frank Quiliety and said it beats the hell out of [[ComicBook/JupitersLegacy that series]] Frank is doing with Creator/MarkMillar at Image.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/BloodSyndicate'' had the titular team of antiheroes transformed into parodies of the Comicbook/XMen franchise. In addition to [[{{Wangst}} CONSTANTLY talking about how they had to defend a world that hated and feared them]], they had redesigned outfits with a [[NinetiesAntiHero LOT of pouches]] and names with "[[XtremeKoolLetterz cool]]" misspellings like "Kwiklash", "Brique" and "Retenshyn".
* The title for the first issue in the ''[[ComicBook/{{Convergence}} Convergence: Titans]]'' is "[[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice Try For Justice]]", and its plot seems to aim to [[EarnYourHappyEnding fix]] problems that occurred in the series.
* Creator/GrantMorrison's mini-series ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' begins with ComicBook/PlasticMan doing a TakeThat at DC's other stretchable superhero ComicBook/ElongatedMan: "I could never figure out why the League kept choosing Elongated Man over me. Don't get me wrong, nice guy, nice wife, but hey! Someone left the stable door open and his charisma just bolted I guess!"
** In Alex Ross's Justice, Plastic Man is portrayed as a complete jerk, especially to Ralph (Elongated Man)'s face. Ralph comes off as the bigger man when he doesn't retaliate.
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' features a similar jab, with Plastic Man dismissing Elongated Man as a "D-list doppleganger".
** There was the episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' that had Elongated Man whining about how Plastic Man is more popular than him despite the fact that he is a far more competent hero than Plas.
* ''[[ComicBook/DialHForHero Dial H]]'' took on none other than Creator/AlanMoore for the racial implications of his (professedly anti-racist) use of a Golliwog character in ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
* ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis: Rogues' Revenge'' has this thinly-veiled meta-commentary on Marc Guggenheim's run on Franchise/TheFlash and its misuse of [[FriendlyEnemy the Rogues]], as well as the quality issues of certain big events such as ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' and ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.
--> '''Heat Wave''': This isn't for Kid Flash. \\
'''Weather Wizard''': This isn't [[spoiler:for my son]]. \\
'''Captain Cold''': No. This is for one $%@#$@-up year.
* A precursor to Superboy-Prime appears in Franchise/TheFlash storyline "Return of Barry Allen," Creator/MarkWaid's response to fans asking him to bring back Barry. He brings back Barry all right--except it's really [[spoiler:the young Eobard Thawne, future Professor Zoom]], retconned into a fanboy so obsessive he gets plastic surgery to look exactly like Barry Allen. When various psychological shocks [[spoiler:such as discovering he goes on to be a villain and be killed by his former idol]] leave him convincing himself he ''is'' Barry, he is furious to discover that people grew to think of Wally West as the Flash in the years after Barry died, and he eventually leaves Wally in a deathtrap for "stealing his name."
* Buck Wild from ''Comicbook/{{Icon}}'' was both a TakeThat and an AffectionateParody of the early superheroes of the {{Blaxploitation}} years. Comicbook/BlackLightning, Comicbook/TheFalcon, Black Goliath, and Comicbook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} are all explicitly parodied, and Icon states that Buck's antics were often highly embarrassing. However, he also that despite being a [[CaptainEthnic caricature]], Buck is deserving of respect, since he paved the way for the less-offensive black superheroes of today.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' has been seen as a major Take That towards the changes done to Superman. The issue, showing a young man who wishes for the Superman of old, where he'd help kids and shame criminals into giving up, could be taken as a Take That towards ''Film/ManOfSteel'', ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' or how the prequel comic has gone on.
* The trade paperback collection for the DC event ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}!'' had the tagline "Secret No More!", a jab at Marvel's ''Comicbook/SecretInvasion''. [[labelnote:*]]Both storylines were alien invasion stories, but while ''Secret Invasion'' dropped the ball on any long-term effects, ''Invasion!'' didn't, the biggest one being the revelation of the meta-gene.[[/labelnote]]
* In the ''[[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]] / [[ComicBook/TheMask Mask]]'' crossover, the Joker briefly transforms into a new futuristic form he dubs "[[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Joker Beyond]]", which he quickly dismisses as being "a little too Saturday morning".
* Some fans have speculated that the' ''ComicBook/{{Justice}}'' miniseries was either a TakeThat or at least a "measured response" to the ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' miniseries.
* James Robinson's final issue of the 2006-2011 ''Justice League'' series has a number of potshots directed at the Comicbook/{{New 52}} reboot that resulted in the title's cancellation, including the favoritism shown towards [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batwing]] over a number of already-established African-based heroes, Dick Grayson's return to the Nightwing identity and Donna Troy's apparent lack of appearance in the reboot. It also took shots at the ''Justice League'' fans who criticized Robinson's run, with Grayson stating that he didn't care whether or not his iteration of the League would be remembered fondly by the public, and that he and his team did their best despite what the detractors said. How subtle.
* The Comicbook/{{New 52}} ''Justice League International'' gave the new Comicbook/BlueBeetle Jaime Reyes (who some JLI fans don't like) a major diss, when the people recruiting the new JLI react extremely negatively when Jaime is suggested as a potential member of the team because he's a rookie superhero. In the final issue of the series, Jaime ''does'' join the team, which causes Guy Gardner to quit the team on the spot when Jaime ask if [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Superman and Wonder Woman]] are on the team. And the series ends with Jaime being teleported to the homeworld of the Reach, which is a fate worse than death in the eyes of OMAC, the man who teleported him there given that the Reach are not too happy with Jaime rebelling against their programming. Although that last part was more of a SequelHook for the new series Blue Beetle began starring in immediately after JLI ended.
* Subversion - [[http://www.4thletter.net/2009/11/okay-now-im-getting-mad this page]] from ''[[Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]]'' created some InternetBackdraft, because it was seen as a TakeThatCritics against everybody who criticized oversexualised costumes for superheroines, but [[http://www.4thletter.net/2009/11/boobgate-nine-days-later/ this response from Jen Van Meter]] explains it was never intended to be take that.
* Creator/MarkWaid's ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' series is essentially a middle finger to the 90's [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks era of comics]]. The irresponsible hero Magog (who causes the death of thousands of civilians) is an obvious parody of the X-Men character Comicbook/{{Cable}}, a popular character during that time period. Additionally, many of the DC heroes introduced in the 90's such as Kyle Rayner (who the artist Alex Ross has gone on record as saying he hates) and Tim Drake were completely ignored. Amusingly, Ross also designed Magog as a jab at the notorious Creator/RobLiefeld, by modeling Magog after two characters that he designed: Comicbook/{{Cable}} and Shatterstar. Magog resembles Cable with a version of Shatterstar's helmet.
* Back during the 90s, fans had clamored for Franchise/{{Batman}} to be DarkerAndEdgier akin to Comicbook/ThePunisher. To that end, they used ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' to phase Bruce Wayne out in favor of [[ComicBook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]], who proceeds to tear through villainy in a Punisher-like style, yet never coming close to taking a life before, finally, culminating with him finally taking a life and Bruce Wayne coming back to kick his ass and take back his name. Interesting, he's told by four different people, including Franchise/{{Superman}} and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker that he's not the real Batman.
* A bunch of defectors from Marvel (Byrne included), snuck in an epic TakeThat into the DC series ''Legends'', where [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] beat the crap out of Sunspot, a transparent {{Expy}} of Marvel's Star Brand (the over-hyped headlining book of Marvel's ''[[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse New Universe]]'' which spectacularly failed to take off and bore a suspiciously resemblance to Marvel Editor Creator/JimShooter). Guy doesn't even break a sweat, and Sunspot ends the fight by shooting himself in the foot while ranting about why the New Universes he tries to create keep exploding. Viewable [[http://daveslongbox.blogspot.com/2006/10/guy-gardner-vs-jim-shooter.html here]].
* ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'':
** The most distinguishing feature of Earth-8, based on Creator/MarvelComics, on the interactive map is that its heroes "fight with each other as much as they fight the bad guys". Notably, the Behemoth (its version of the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk) [[http://media.dcentertainment.com/sites/default/files/GalleryComics_1900x900_Multiversity_Earth8_53ee83ef114175.70376783.jpg transforms into a raging, giant, blue baby]] instead of a jade titan when aggravated.
** The Gentry appear to be manifestations of the stagnation found in mainstream comics. Intellectron, a one-eyed bat-winged creature, in particular is seen as a parody of Creator/DCComics, representing the company's obsession with Franchise/{{Batman}}, a singular vision, and lack of depth perception.
** In ''Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1'', Abin Sur's fight with Count Sinestro and Parallax, as well as [[spoiler: Abin Sur beating both of them on his own]], may be criticism at DC dragging out the emotional entity concept in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' and how Parallax has become a diminished threat in recent stories. As well, the use of Parallax [[spoiler:to power the Transmatter Engine for Doc Fate]] can be a reference to how Parallax himself has been used as a tool rather than an actual villain in his own right in his stories since the advent of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}.
** Earth-41's Nimrod Squad is a blatant shot at ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}''.
** ''Thunderworld #1'' feels like a huge shot at how DC has handled the Marvel Family in the last few years, due to the fact that the Billy, Mary, Freddy, and Wizard of Earth-5 are much more wholesome and well-adjusted compared to their main Earth counterparts. There's also the fact that Sivana, who is still a CardCarryingVillain, is disturbed by an AxCrazy counterpart who makes very unsavory comments about what he did to his world's Marvel Family. Said villain feels sadly similar to the villains who've become common in Earth-0's universe.\\
''Thunderworld #1'' also comes off as a TakeThat to the New 52 as a whole, seeing how its lack of DarkerAndEdgier elements seems to be what allowed it to repel the Gentry's invasion in the first place. It goes to show that you don't need hyper-realism and grim elements to create a good story, and that the optimism and fun of Pre-New 52 DC still has a place in comics. And, given how well-received ''Thunderworld'' has been, it's something that hasn't been lost on the general comic-book readership either. Captain Marvel even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how silly the darker and edgier stories are when it comes down to it, and asks just what's wrong with a happy ending.
-->'''Captain Marvel Junior:''' ''[=S.O.S.=]''... They cancelled that book.
-->'''Captain Marvel:''' No wonder. What happened to happy endings? "I'll get out and destroy everything..." HA! I don't know about you. But, that sounds to me, like tomorrow's big adventure!
-->''Crumples up the Gentry's cursed comic-book, chucks it into the trash, and flies off with Mary and Junior to their next big adventure with smiles on their faces.''
** Not to mention that when Sivana takes over the Rock of Eternity, and starts plundering the magic from it, he redecorates it to look like a corporate office, complete with cubicles and potted plants. Possibly a comment on how the comics industry has now become one big corporation.
** ''Pax Americana #1'' is a not too subtle one to Creator/AlanMoore, and how he deconstructed superheroes in a cold mechanical way through the visuals and narrative of ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}''.
-->'''Captain Atom:''' ''I had to take a closer look... I thought the pieces would explain the whole. But... It's hard to love the pieces like... like.. I thought I could locate the source of these feelings doctor. Then I realized... [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone What have I done?]] I just killed Butch. My faithful little dog.
** As well as Moore's later attempts at [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructing]] the genre through his later work ''{{ComicBook/Supreme}}'', and giving a reason as to why Alan Moore or any writer who did {{Deconstruction}} stories can never return to anything upbeat ''and'' meaningful.
--> '''Captain Atom:''' Except... what if Butch is alive as well as dead? Why not? '''[Another dog similar visually to Butch appears next to the body of the dead dog]''' Hm. Not the same.
* In ''Comicbook/NewGods'', Creator/JackKirby left some careful hints that the series was a StealthSequel to ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'', taking place long after Asgard was destroyed during [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarok]]. In one issue, a character finds Thor's helmet in the ruins of Asgard, and remarks that the Asgardians ([[LawyerFriendlyCameo who are not explicitly named as such]]) must've destroyed themselves because they were stupid savages obsessed with combat. Note that Kirby left Marvel on ''very'' bad terms with Creator/StanLee and the company in general...
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': Comicbook/TheQuestion sez [[http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=4448 Rorschach sucks]]. [[MisaimedFandom There's a good chance Alan Moore would agree.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', being a Neil Gaiman series, inevitably takes a jab at Freud. In Volume 2, when Rose and Morpheus are flying together through the Dreaming:
-->'''Rose''': "Do you know what Freud said about dreams of flying? It means you're really dreaming about having sex."
-->'''Morpheus''': "Indeed? Tell me, then, [[FauxSymbolism what does it mean when you dream about having sex?"]]
* Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' run had the members of the [[WestCoastTeam Justice League Europe]] violently killed by the Mist. A later issue had other villains mocking the Mist and claiming that killing the JLE didn't give her any credibility [[CListFodder since they were all obscure D-listers anyway]].
* While writing the ''[[Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse Star Trek]]'' comic for DC, Creator/PeterDavid had to put up with a lot of ExecutiveMeddling from a Paramount employee named Richard Arnold. Among other things, Arnold reneged on certain promises (such as allowing David to use characters from ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' and then changing his mind), and made David get rid of a character named R.J. Blaise. As soon as Arnold was fired, David brought back R.J. and did a story about a warlord named Darrich from the planet Landor ("Darrich" and "Landor" being anagrams of "Richard" and "Arnold"). R.J. revealed that Darrich was difficult to deal with and had a habit of reneging on promises he'd already made, and that she had humiliatingly forced him to sign a peace treaty at gunpoint.
* An issue of Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} mocked the much-maligned ''Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal'' mini-series. The original mini featured a widely-mocked scene where a doped up Arsenal hallucinates that a dead cat is his daughter Lian. The subsequent Supergirl issue featured a Bizzaro version of Arsenal....whose gimmick was a quiver full of dead cats which he used as projectile weapons.
* In an issue of the New 52 ''Superman'' series, Cat Grant mocks the Daily Planet claiming that unlike the Planet, the blog she and Clark run isn't held hostage by the whims of lawyers and corporate overlords. This is of course in reference to Marvel being controlled by Creator/{{Disney}}.
* At the height of the popularity of the ''Comicbook/MarvelZombies'' franchise, there was a ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' issue where Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} bluntly stated that zombies were lame.
* The first issue of the Comicbook/{{New 52}} ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' series opens with [[Franchise/TheFlash Kid Flash]] accidentally burning down [[ComicBook/XMen a mansion in Westchester]]. This was of course written by Creator/ScottLobdell, a writer who had a lengthy tenure on Marvel's X-books before jumping ship and moving to DC.
* The ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' comic edition "Stupid Cupid" took a massive, though lighthearted, shot at the [[{{Shipping}} shipping community]], with Raven mentioning that shipping is rather pointless.
* ''Comicbook/TinyTitans'' #4 has a montage of Comicbook/{{Robin}} trying on new costumes given to him by his friends. At one point he puts on the rubber Robin costume from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and immediately rejects it for being "too snug". He then quips [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall about how it looks like something out of a movie]].
* A running joke throughout ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'' was that Impulse really, really, REALLY hated Music/{{Hanson}}, a BoyBand that was popular during the period the comic was published.
* When Creator/DwayneMcDuffie recycled the old, tossed out idea of superhero Black Power, who has access to his powers in [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] style - transformation after saying certain word - and from white man turns into black one, he made his white form look like ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' writer Creator/BrianMichaelBendis, and his black form very similar to Comicbook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, Bendis' favorite character. This may have been more of a ShoutOut though.
* Prior to [=McDuffie=]'s death, he had been in some very publicized disputes with Creator/DanDiDio and DC editorial over the ExecutiveMeddling his ''Justice League of America'' run and his ''Milestone Forever'' mini-series received. After he died, a one-shot tribute comic was published, and it contained a metafictional story where ComicBook/{{Static}} and Rocket discuss their creator's passing, and both state that now that he is dead, the same people who bullied Dwayne and made his job difficult would try to cash in and pretend that he was important to them.
* A common running joke over at DC has been to mock the [[NinetiesAntiHero EEEEEXTREMEEE heroes]] who spun out of ''Bloodlines'' crossover from the [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks 90's]]. For instance, the ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]/Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' crossover had Franchise/TheFlash claim that the Bloodlines heroes were a bunch of buffoons who nobody else in the superhero community wanted to team-up with. He then chalked up their [[CListFodder infamously high mortality rate]] to a general lack of competence on their part. This happened as early as the months after the storyline ended. During the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline, Jean-Paul Valley encounters two of them in the main titles. He tells one of them to get out of Gotham or he's going to get killed and the other quickly leaves town after his adventure with them is over. Many of them end up getting killed by Superboy-Prime later on down the line.
* The number of times that Creator/DCComics and Creator/MarvelComics superheroes have beaten on an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of their rival's characters are too numerous to count. It's been a tradition for the two companies to do light-hearted jabs at each other for over fifty years. Unfortunately, writers today [[ArmedWithCanon tend to forget that]].
* [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/115337-Robama-Wants-You-to-Buy-American This ad,]] funded by DC, is already a petty jab at {{Manga}}, but takes it a few steps further by saying "[[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Robama]] (who is just Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}) [[UnfortunateImplications wants you to buy American!]]" The [[PatrioticFervor overly patriotic tone]] doesn't help.
* ''Justice League Quarterly'' #16 was a series of in-universe comic books featuring General Glory, DC's then-current CaptainErsatz Captain America. For the most part these were [[AffectionateParody Affectionate Parodies]] of fifties monster comics (as "General Glory's Really Scary Stories", a parody of ''Captain America's Weird Tales''), Silver Age superheroes (and more SelfDeprecation on DC's Silver Age than Cap's return at Marvel) and even ''Comicbook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' (as "Return on a Dark Night"). The final story, however, is "The Power ... And The Platitude!" by Indulgence Comics in which the "Wildbloods" free an insane General Glory and Ernie from suspended animation in a vicious parody of Creator/ImageComics in general and Youngblood freeing John Prophet in particular. In the FramingStory, the real Glory calls it "downright pointless", and the guy he's showing the comics to says "General Glory should ''stand'' for something. He shouldn't be involved in meaningless violence for its own sake."


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* Ever since Creator/BrianMichaelBendis got his hands on ComicBook/{{X 23}}, his ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' started taking jabs at the last comic she was in, ''ComicBook/AvengersArena''. First Jean Grey reads from Laura's mind what happened to her and says "it's awful". Then a member of [[FantasticRacism Purrifers]] decides to show that EvenEvilHasStandards by calling Arcade's game "popcorn for morons".
* ComicBook/{{Ares}}, God of war comments on how much he hated ''Film/{{Troy}}'', after explaining that he ''fought in the actual battle alongside Achilles.'' [[note]]He actually fought alongside the Trojans in the real thing, but considering that Achilles also remembers fighting alongside him, he probably fought for the other team in the Marvel Universe.[[/note]]
** He also has once took a jab at Spartans, saying they never failed to annoy him and that he favored Athens. Spartans having a statue of him in chains, and their kids claiming to be Hercules' descendants may have something to do with it.
* During Roger Stern's run on ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', a construction worker asked why heroes don't use {{phone booth}}s to change or shout "UpUpAndAway" anymore. Comicbook/SheHulk coyly responded by saying [[Franchise/{{Superman}} such things]] [[DeaderThanDisco went out of style in the 60's]].
** The same run had an issue where Monica Rambeau, while reading mail from various politicians requesting that the Avengers relocate to their city, stated "Detroit? They've gotta be kidding!" This was a dig at the [[DorkAge reviled]] Detroit-era ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' that was still being published at the time.
* The first page of ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy'' #34 features Hazmat and Mettle complaining about how the [[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen battle between the X-Men and the Avengers]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall has been dragging on way too long]].
* The final issue of ''[[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen AvX Versus]]'' had two strips that mocked the entire premise. One had ComicBook/SquirrelGirl and Pixie find figurines of the two teams and play with them, only for the Thing to walk in and take them away, mentioning that they were Puppet Master's dolls.
* ''Comicbook/TheAwesomeSlapstick'' is built on {{Shout Out}}s and {{Take That}}s, having things like "[[Comicbook/ThePunisher The Overkiller]], mutant murderizer" and "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} Skulker-Arounder]], dark, gritty, realistic avenger of evil".
* Comics from ''A+X'' series (about team-ups between members of Avengers and X-Men) had ComicBook/WonderMan and Beast pointing how horribly out of character other's recent actions, that all happened under writing of Creator/BrianMichaelBendis, are.
* In ''Comicbook/BlackPanther'' #17, Creator/{{Christopher Priest|Comics}} took a dig at Steve Englehart's controversial {{retcon}} of Comicbook/TheFalcon's origin, which established that the character [[UnfortunateImplications had been a pimp prior to becoming a superhero]]. Specifically, he pointed out the implausibility of this revelation:
-->'''Everett Ross''': "Snap" Wilson was a racketeer (pronounced "pimp") turned social worker. We'll pretend not to know [[PlotHole a felony record would disqualify him from that job]].
* One of the first issues of Creator/PeterDavid's ''Comicbook/CaptainMarVell'' (not [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} that other guy]]) started with this dialogue:
--> '''Guy:''' I have here an entire box of ''Comicbook/{{Youngblood}} [[Creator/RobLiefeld #1]]'' special collector's editions. How much'll you give me?
--> '''Marlo:''' A dollar.
--> '''Guy:''' A dollar a copy?! But they retail for $2.50 apiece! I bought this five years ago as a college investment!
--> '''Marlo:''' Not a dollar a copy. A dollar for the whole box. And frankly, [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks it's guys like you who ruined the fun of comic reading for everybody else.]]
* In the ComicBook/{{Carnage}} 5-part series that ran from 2010 to 2011, one of the main characters, who brings Cletus Kasady and the Carnage symbiote back to Earth, and subsequently uses both for experimentation, is named Michael Hall. Now maybe it's a coincidence, but actor Michael C. Hall does play a red-haired serial killer on ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' and Cletus Kasady is a serial killer with short red hair. The series ended with Cletus taking Hall hostage to torture him for personal amusement.
* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}/GLI Summer Special'' has a Comicbook/SquirrelGirl sublot, which is a massive jab at the trend of making all comics DarkerAndEdgier. It starts with her outright saying she misses times comics worlds were "places to escape to, not from", then she goes to convince [[ComicBook/NewWarriors Speedball]] to stop being [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} Penance]], which ends with him smashing his head against the wall and yelling he's deep now.
* In ''[[Comicbook/TheDefenders Fearless Defenders]]'', the team meets Warrior Woman, the queen of the Amazons. Valkyrie immediately launches into a tirade about [[Franchise/WonderWoman how badly Amazons suck and how they're nothing but pathetic Norse wannabes]].
* An old issue of ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' had Comicbook/AntMan watching an episode of the maligned [[WesternAnimation/FantasticFour 90's Fantastic Four cartoon]] and then proclaiming it to be awful. Editorial was not pleased.
* The ''Comicbook/GreatLakesAvengers'' mini-series has a TakeThat at ''Comicbook/IdentityCrisis'' when Monkey Joe's remains are examined, revealing a footprint that says -eebok.
* Tom Brevoort mentioned that ''ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} and Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}}'' was "Guaranteed to have 100% less heroin use and impotence than [[Comicbook/GreenArrow the average comic starring an archer]]".
* Brian Bendis wrote a few take thats towards ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay'', not only having Franchise/SpiderMan reveal his secret identity to the Comicbook/NewAvengers as soon as he could and having SpiderWoman, who never has any [[NoFourthWall fourth wall breaking moments]], asking if Peter wasn't married.
* During the nineties period, somebody gave the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk a fin to wear on his head that resembled Comicbook/TheSavageDragon's. Hulk pointed out that despite this "ingenious disguise" everyone who saw him would think, "Hey there goes Hulk with a fin on his head."
** There was also the ongoing feud between Creator/PeterDavid and Erik Larsen. In the 90's, Larsen wrote a Sinister Six story where Comicbook/DoctorOctopus ''beat the fuck'' out of the Hulk without even trying, which pissed off David. David responded by writing a story where the Hulk subjected Doc Ock to a CurbStompBattle and effortlessly humiliated him without even trying. Hulk then explained that last time they fought, [[WorfHadTheFlu he only lost because he was holding back.]] The issue also mocked Larsen and the other Marvel creators who left to form Creator/ImageComics.
-->'''Hulk''': Last time we met, Doctor, I feel I was robbed. Petty ''larceny'', as it were.
* ''Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules'' arc "Love & War" was more or less a massive Take That at DC's ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack''. And by that, we mean it was completely awesome.
* An ''Comicbook/IronMan'' comic book featured Jarvis resigning. His letter of resignation is actually the same letter Dave Cockrum wrote when resigning from Marvel. In case people didn't get it, the writer explicitly mentioned this three issues later.
* The ComicBook/MarvelAdventures line of comics, featuring traditional Marvel heroes with stories aimed at a younger audience, has been known to take what can only be seen as deliberate snubs at the main line of Marvel Comics. Sadly, it is because of this that ExecutiveMeddling got involved and canceled the comic.
** During the height of ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk,'' where almost all of Marvel's superheroes were defeated by the Hulk, Marvel Adventures released an issue where the Avengers, including Bruce Banner and Iron Man, need to go into space. After considering the dangers of turning into the Hulk and killing the crew by accident Banner tells them that they have permission to eject him into space if he becomes a danger. Iron Man and the Avengers share a good-hearted laugh and Tony smiles at Banner and says, "Don't be silly. We'd ''never'' shoot the Hulk into space." Wolverine then shot Hulk into space...
** Lately in the main line continuity, Tigra has been repeatedly crapped on by writer Creator/BrianMichaelBendis, who writes the two Avengers titles. Marvel Adventures Avengers had Tigra join the team.
** Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne, one of the main continuity writers' favorite pairings to screw over, are a happy, if sometimes awkward couple, much closer to what they were before TrueArtIsAngsty set in the original comics. This even gets a lampshading, with Spider-Man kidding that "it would never work" when they first hook up.
** Doc Samson's notes on Spider-Man during psychoanalysis: [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay "...Needs a wife."]]
** During a brief team-up, Wolverine asks Alex Power of Comicbook/PowerPack if he's ever considered "movin' up to the big leagues". Alex replies that he has once or twice, but "it turns out I'm pretty happy with the team I'm on." This is likely a reference to the change the character underwent in the '90s when he ''stole his siblings' powers'' not once but ''twice'' so he could fight without his siblings as one of the New Warriors.
** The Avengers poked fun at the infamous Captain America direct to video movie (where Cap wore rubber ears on his mask) by having Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} sarcastically ask him "Are those ears real?!"
* One of the supporting characters in Creator/MarkMillar's ''Marvel 1985'' is an obnoxious {{Hipster}} who keeps talking about how stupid people who like superhero comics are, and how the only ''good'' comics are indie fare like ''Comicbook/{{Cerebus|TheAardvark}}'' and ''Comicbook/LoveAndRockets''. Accordingly, you can imagine how humiliated he is when Comicbook/IronMan saves his ass near the end of the book.
* ''Comicbook/{{Marville}}'' was a diss towards ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' and the Franchise/{{Superman}} mythos, as well as comic book culture in general.
* During the fight with [[RealityWarper Cosmic Cube-enhanced Absorbing Man]] in Dan Slott's ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'', [[ComicBook/DarkAvengers Ms. Marvel]] was hit by him, which had an effect of turning her back into Moonstone. Her comment:
-->'''Moonstone''': I'm Moonstone again? I've been [[Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis "reality-punched?"]] That's the stupidest @#%* thing I've ever heard of.
* Similarly, there's a ''ComicBook/MiniMarvels'' strip where Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} adopts his costume from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', only for his friends to repeatedly tell him how stupid he now looks.
** Similarly, jabs were taken at about the concept of ComicBook/TheSentry, with both Wolverine and Deadpool not remembering him (the former telling him to shut up after Sentry says he wasn't tied to Weapon X and the latter saying [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he can't remember everyone he beat up]].)
* The very first issue of the first ''Comicbook/MsMarvel'' series featured a bystander claiming the titular heroine made "Lynda Carter look like [[DamselInDistress Olive Oyl]]!" For those who don't get the joke, Lynda Carter was the actress who played DC's Franchise/WonderWoman in her popular [[Series/WonderWoman live-action show]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{Nova}}'', Ego the Living Planet was lobotomized and turned into the base of Nova Corps. [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] said that it's good he's not a member, because nobody would be stupid enough to recruit a planet to the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Corps]].
** Nova's third volume includes a jab at superhero movies from the 80s and 90s in which Nova, who is trying to become a more publically known hero, discusses a movie deal with executives from Marvel Comics who bring up such "classics" as the 1980s ''Captain America'' movies, [[Film/TheFantasticFour the 1990s Fantastic 4 movie]], [[Film/ThePunisher1989 the first Punisher movie]], and ''Film/HowardTheDuck''.
* ''The Pulse'', the sequel / SpiritualSuccessor to ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}'', opens with the murder of a reporter named Terri Kidder. Kidder's name is a combination of Teri Hatcher and Margot Kidder, two actresses best known for portraying Creator/DCComics' Comicbook/LoisLane.
* Creator/MarkWaid's work on a ''ComicBook/ThePunisher / ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' crossover included a speech by Daredevil that was widely interpreted as an attack on writers who think that "superheros should never have happy lives" [[note]]It's highly possible it's a major jab at Dan [=DiDio's=] TrueArtIsAngsty mandate over at DC, something that has turned off many fans there.[[/note]]:
-->'''Rachel:''' You know what gives me strength? My ''loss''. We're alike that way, I imagine. Admit it: ''nobody'' who's a stranger to that particular pain could ''ever'' be as driven as us.\\
'''Matt:''' ''Never...'' *throws one of his sticks at a wall so hard behind her [[SwordPlant it plants in it*]] [[{{Beat}} ...]] Don't you ''ever'' say that to me again. That is a ''repellent'' statement. It is a ''vomitous insult'' to every cop -- every ''fireman'' -- every soldier ''alive'' who steps up to fight for those who can't! ''I am sorry'' for your ''loss''! But if you ''genuinely believe'' that only the ''death'' of a ''loved one'' can motivate a human being to take up a ''cause''... then get your ''pathetic, cynical ass'' out of my ''way'' so I can ''do my job''!
* Comicbook/ThePunisher and Comicbook/{{Wolverine}} occasionally traded jabs. Creator/GarthEnnis repeatedly wrote Punisher issues where Frank dealt Wolverine horrible injuries. Wolverine's writers responded by writing an issue where Logan defeats Frank and then implies that Frank is gay. Ennis responded by writing a Punisher comic where Frank shoots Logan in half with a rocket. It goes on like this.
** In another story, Mr. Fantastic mentions how he's almost never wrong. When Comicbook/NickFury asks him why he's ''almost'' never wrong, Mr. Fantastic replies by saying he thought ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' would be a better show.
** A ''Punisher'' issue from Nathan Edmonson's run had a scene where three of the actors from the ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' reboot (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell) were apparently killed in an explosion. Ironically, the most controversial member of the cast, Creator/MichaelBJordan, was spared (due to being late to the meeting the others were attending).
* The first issue of ''Comicbook/{{Quasar}}'' featured a pretty blatant CaptainErsatz of [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] as a test pilot who Comicbook/{{SHIELD}} assigned to wear the Cosmic Bracelets. The poor guy ended up being vaporized as soon as he put the damn things on, allowing the title character to use them instead.
** Another issue featured a LawyerFriendlyCameo from Franchise/TheFlash, who had died in ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' just a few years earlier. Marvel [[WritingAroundTrademarks got around trademark issues]] by claiming he couldn't remember his name, but thought it was something like "Buried Alien" (a [[PunnyName play on "Barry Allen"]]). Buried Alien showed up in a later issue, where he stated he had no desire to return to his old universe since his comrades [[DorkAge had all become]] [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks dark]] [[NinetiesAntiHero perversions]] of their former selves.
* At the time Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was elected Governor of California, a few comic took jabs at him. ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' called him "musclebound mullox", who was only elected thanks to dark magic and implied he was in [[BigBad The Pride's]] pocket. And when ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' visited Franchise/MarvelUniverse, they read about his election in newspaper and immediately decided this Earth is another CrapsackWorld.
* During ''Comicbook/SecondComing'', while confronted by one of the Nimrod Sentinels, Fantomex quips "[[Film/{{Watchmen}} I'm not trapped in here with you... You're trapped in here with me]]." He then starts shooting while saying "Ha ha. That film was stupid."
* A caption in ''Comicbook/SecretAvengers'' vol. 3 #5 refers to Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} as "Sort of like [[Comicbook/GreenArrow that green guy]] [[Series/{{Arrow}} on TV]], but more fun."
** Along those same lines, there's an episode of Marvel's official web-series, ''Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?!'', where Hawkeye asks Santa (actually Comicbook/{{Thanos}} [[MuggedForDisguise in disguise]]) for numerous {{Trick Arrow}}s, but immediately dismisses the idea of a boxing glove arrow (Green Arrow's trademark weapon) as too stupid.
* Dan Slott's last issue of Comicbook/SheHulk dealt with alternate universe doppelgangers of Marvel characters from "Earth A" being responsible for various OutOfCharacter moments. Ostensibly, the dialogue is Jen getting angry at the duplicates for committing identity theft, but it was also Slott's [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall response]] to continuity errors that could easily be avoided if writers stopped [[TheyJustDidntCare ignoring character history]] and editors paid more attention.
-->'''ComicBook/SheHulk''': So if you ever see a hero acting completely out of character, assume it's just some jerk who couldn't be bothered to read their [[ComicBook/OfficialHandbookOfTheMarvelUniverse handbook]] and the A-Hole[[labelnote:*]]Dimensional portal to Earth-A[[/labelnote]] that let them through.
* ComicBook/SpiderGirl's creator Tom [=DeFalco=] does it from time to time in his [=MC2=]-continuity comics. For example:
-->'''Silikong:''' This is where I make the donuts. Or, more appropriately, my unstoppable crystal warriors.\\
'''Ion Man:''' You make those guys?\\
'''Silikong:''' Did you think we were some kind of ComicBook/SecretInvasion from other planet? Don't be ridiculous.
* In a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic, featuring a cameo by Creator/StephenColbert, Creator/JoeQuesada is on his "On Notice" list. That issue went far easier on Quesada than ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'', where the title character beats up and damns a rapist named "José Quesada" to hell before letting a subway crush him.
* Almost every ''Spider-Man'' writer since 1996 thinks making at least one joke about ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' (sometimes really funny, [[SturgeonsLaw more often not]]) to be his holy duty.
* ''Spider-Man'' had one at the expense of DC for the time they took to release Franchise/{{Superman}} vs. UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli. [[http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/315/ Seen at the end of the page]]
* Spider-Man found himself up against the Hobgoblin not so long ago, and was at a disadvantage due to the villain's mind-scrambling laughter attack. Spidey's salvation came when a co-worker played "Bad Romance" by Music/LadyGaga from her phone over the lab's speakers, cancelling out the laughter's vibration. Spider-Man responded with:
-->'''Spider-Man:''' Did I just get saved by Lady Gaga? Actually, can we go back to the ear-piercing laughing?
* Comicbook/SquirrelGirl is one huge TakeThat against the people who dismiss any whimsical event in comics as non-canon.
* When John Byrne took over ''Star Brand'' back in the '80s, he proceeded to launch one TakeThat after another at the departing figure of ousted Creator/MarvelComics editor-in-chief Creator/JimShooter. ''Star Brand'' was one of the Shooter-initiated "[[Comicbook/TheNewUniverse New Universe]]" titles, and was the one that Shooter himself wrote personally. Byrne not only took ''ad hominem'' shots at Shooter personally, but had exposition characters [[LampshadeHanging hang lampshades]] on how implausible the events of Shooter's run was, and how [[IdiotBall stupid]] the hero had been. Early on in Byrne's run, the hero's girlfriend got StuffedInTheFridge; the hero later broke down and passed the titular Brand onto some other poor schmuck, ''destroying Pittsburgh in the process". Not coincidentally, the book's original hero [[AuthorAvatar bore a physical resemblance to Shooter]].
** The Author Avatar of Byrne died horrifically in the Pittburgh explosion. So did about ten thousand comic book con-goers. Such is life. Pretend life.
* ''ComicBook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'': Following being double-crossed by Boomerang and escaping the Owl, the three remaining members of the Sinister Six go over their options. Speed Demon suggests getting another member and calling themselves the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Frightful Four]]. Beetle rejects the idea, saying "That's just a name for guys who had their widdle feewings hurt by Reed Richards."
* In ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' #3, J. Jonah Jameson creates a huge ''[[BatSignal "spider-signal."]]''
--> '''Spider-Man (then ''ComicBook/DoctorOctopus'') :''' A giant beacon in the sky, announcing to all my enemies where they can find me. Only an idiot would put that into effect.
* This one line by Ultimate Comicbook/CaptainAmerica: ''"[[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys Surrender? SURRENDER?! You think this letter on my forehead stands for France?]]"'' This led to a more subtle take that by Ed Brubaker in the pages of 616-verse Captain America, where Cap reflects on his time fighting with the French Resistance and chides the folks who dismiss the French as "cowards." To which another shout out was made in the pages of Comicbook/{{Nextwave}} - When Elsa Bloodstone is assaulted by a Captain America-imitation, and he claims she is just a victim, she blows him ten ways to Sunday, then points at the Euro-symbol on her T-shirt, and exclaims: "''Victim''? You think this letter on my chest stands for ''America?!''"
* The Comicbook/UltimateMarvel version of the Comicbook/IronMan story arc ''Armor Wars'' has Iron Man mixing it up with other power armored soldiers [[Franchise/{{Halo}} who bear a striking resemblance to a certain Master Chief]]. Iron Man then proceeds to casually blow them out of the sky. [[WordOfGod The writer, Warren Ellis]] stated online that [[StealthParody he used the story as an excuse to have a little fun and throw in as many jokes as possible]] (including one about Tony Stark using his computers to browse 4Chan).
* After Creator/MarkMillar left Ultimate Comics, a continuation of his title Comicbook/TheUltimates was given to Creator/JephLoeb, who created the terrible ''Ultimates 3'' and the even worse ''Comicbook/{{Ultimatum}}''. After that Millar returned to writing comics in UltimateUniverse. The ''very first page'' of his ''Ultimate Comics Avengers'' starts with Comicbook/NickFury looking at the mess caused by Ultimatum and saying "What the #$%^&? I leave for ten minutes and everything goes to hell." . He gives another one towards Loeb (and possibly towards mainstream Marvel) in issue four of ''Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates''. Tony Stark gives ten million dollars to charity in exchange for Thor promising to talk like a normal person again. He started using the whole "Faux Shakespearean" thing during Loeb's run.
* An issue of ''[[Comicbook/TheUltimates Ultimate Avengers]]'' features a dream sequence where Comicbook/{{Blade}} ''kills [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]]'' in front of Bella Swan while quipping about how nauseating he finds the two of them:
-->'''Blade''': God, I hate you people. I've hated you since [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall your first damn trailer]].
* ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' REALLY likes to dress up female lunatics in the costumes of whatever super-heroine is making Crisis Crossover trouble for the Marvel Universe today and drag them by police officers screaming their new catch-phrase. It's mostly SelfDeprecation as the series had a girl dressed as Comicbook/ScarletWitch screaming [[ComicBook/HouseOfM "I'M NOT CRAZY! I'M NOT!"]] and one dressed as Spider-Woman yelling [[Comicbook/SecretInvasion "EMBRACE CHANGE! EMBRACE CHANGE!"]] and Creator/BrianMichaelBendis writes both USM and the cross-overs involved. However, one exception was the guy in the Speedball costume yelling [[ComicBook/CivilWar NOT LIKE THIS! NOT LIKE THIS!!!]] The actual Ultimate versions of Wanda and Jessica look completely different, so we know it wasn't meant to be them. Another issue had an obese prostitute dressed like ComicBook/PowerGirl being dragged into the station. Make of that what you will.
* ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers Annual'' had Mojo being told by his producers that modern audiences prefer stories that, instead of having "structured character arcs" and "something to say" are "[[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible artsy and indecipherable]]", "[[TheChrisCarterEffect spinning an endless web of strange mysteries]]" that keeps the "[[ViewersAreMorons feeble-minded viewers lost and guessing]]" and will get critical praise because "[[TakeThatCritics reviewers won't want to admit not understand it, even when there is nothing to understand]]". For many it appears to be jab at both ''Avengers'' books written at the time by Jonathan Hickman and [[TakeThatAudience fans who are preferring them to]] ''Uncanny Avengers''.
** ''Uncanny Avengers'' itself received an epic diss in an issue of ''Comicbook/AllNewXMen'', where the team discussed Havok's now infamous speech where he claimed that using words like "mutant" was divisive, and that society would be much better off without labels. ComicBook/KittyPryde stated that her Jewish ethnicity is something she's proud of, and that it's the fault of racists, not minorities, if ignorant people can't handle marginalized groups taking pride in their heritage.
** And to make it a full circle, ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'' received a diss in one of Hickman's series, ''ComicBook/NewAvengers''. During his WhatTheHellHero rant, Beast from the past tells his older counterpart exactly how stupid and petty it was to bring past versions of Original Five X-Men to the present (in other words, the entire premise of All-New X-Men) just to spite Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}.
* In issue 11# of ''Uncanny X-Men'', it transpires that ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} don't have a base in Michigan.
-->"Why not?"\\
"Because it's ''Michigan'', ma'am."
* Marvel's ''Wha... Huh?'' features take thats against DC and people complaining about comics at the Internet.
** DC was hit with an ComicBook/IdentityCrisis parody with Impossible Man turning evil and murdering [[StuffedIntoTheFridge Aunt Petunia]] for [[CListFodder being a character without a movie deal]] and then being killed by Identity Girl - "a new character you've never heard of that's just watered down version of a bunch of characters you have heard of." It was also featuring ''What if DC would let us do Franchise/{{Batman}}[=/=]Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' by Brian Bendis and David Mack, which was a picture of frozen Hell.
** There was also "What if Internet existed in" segment, showing posts which would be written if Internet was around in TheSixties, TheSeventies and TheEighties. Here's few of them:
---> -Who the hell does Creator/JackKirby think he is? Why can't he let someone else drawn a damn comics book? Who died and made him king?
---> -The new ComicBook/XMen [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks team sucks!]] Why are they coming up with "great" new characters like Storm (white-haired black woman-- give me a break) and Colossus (like Thing but Russian) when we all know they're all going to fail. The only cool one was Thunderbird, so of course they killed him off! It's an insult to the fans of real X-Men Creator/StanLee's X-Men, that we're forced to endure those pretenders!
---> -All of sudden Matt Murdock is a ninja?? You gotta be kidding me?! Bring back Gene Colan and stop giving your books to these crazy people who clearly have never read a comics book before.
* After Creator/JMichaelStraczynski got in an argument with Marvel editor Steve Wacker, Creator/MarkWaid posted on the web a long rant in which he called JMS on his behavior, which he concluded by saying he needs to take a walk. [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Long, boring, pointless walk across America. That he won't finish.]]
* An issue of ''Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}: First Class'' has a scene where Logan accosts a movie bootlegger and goes off on an AuthorFilibuster about [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil how pirates are impatient jerks who ruin films that many people have worked hard on]]. Not coincidentally, ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' came out that same year and had been the subject of a very high profile piracy case.
* In ''another'' Creator/PeterDavid example, an issue of the first volume of ''Comicbook/XFactor'' had someone telling Strong Guy his name sounded stupid. Strong Guy then retorted by asking how it sounded any stupider than something like oh, let's say, "[[LawyerFriendlyCameo Super Man]]".
* Also, after Liefeld complained about how Peter David revealed that Shatterstar is bisexual in ''Comicbook/XFactor'' because it was against [[SmallNameBigEgo his vision]] and that he was supposed to be like a Spartan warrior and Creator/RusselCrowe in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', David promised he would add dialogue to that effect in the new issue. Which, he did:
--> '''Guido:''' Tell me, Shatterstar, do you like... gladiator movies?
--> '''Shatterstar:''' Apparently.
--> '''Guido:''' Figures.
** In the middle of ''Comicbook/XFactor'' #200, Jamie Madrox is narrating:
---> Everybody else was filled with questions: Where had I been? How did I come back? Did I know about Rictor and Shatterstar?
---> That last one, I don't get. Did anyone '''not''' know about Rictor and Shatterstar?
*** Evidently Liefeld was the only one who didn't see it coming.
** Sometimes other characters mention how Shatterstar's original costume, which was designed by Liefeld, was... kinda gay.
* An issue of ComicBook/XMen features a guy reading a newspaper that says, "Cruz Swipes Again". This was made by Joe Madureira who had accused fellow artist Roger Cruz of swiping (making pages nearly identical to that of) his material.
* Marvel marketed its ''Young Allies'' revival by mentioning the complaints about the decline in quality over in DC's ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' series.
* During ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', there was one story where ComicBook/SpiderGirl is trying to be consoled by an alternate universe Uncle Ben after [[spoiler:the Inheritors kidnapped her brother]], the culmination of a TraumaCongaLine for her. Despite this, Mayday calls out Ben's hypocrisy and declares that there's probably a universe where she woke up that morning everything went to hell and just had her wheatcakes breakfast with her parents and brother, a jab at Dan Slott, who ended up taking a crap over May's happy ending just so she can participate in the storyline.


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* An early ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic featured a robot called the "Comicbook/{{Spawn}}mower". It acted much like the [[DarkerAndEdgier dark and edgy]] real-life comic hero it was named after, in that it stopped to make a dramatic pose every few seconds. Sonic was able to defeat it without too much trouble.
** This wasn't the first time a comic written by Michael Gallagher took a stab at dark and edgy '90s-era comics. ''Series/{{Alf}}'' #38's cover featured a huge, fierce-looking silhouette of Alf, along with the labels "Darker!", "Grittier!", and "Alien with an attitude!". At the bottom of the cover was normal Alf standing in front of a spotlight, asking if the "revamp" would [[NoFourthWall actually boost the comic's income]].
*** In a similar vein to this, Sonic the Hedgehog #4's cover boasted Sonic as a "grittier! Darker!" chimney sweeper.
**** Bizarrely, the series became [[FunnyAneurysmMoment darker itself]], what with genocide, murder, love triangles, huge family trees, Eggman cracking, implied incest, villains like Fintevius and Kage in contrast to the AffablyEvil current Robotnik or HarmlessVillain old Robotnik from the early issues, nuclear bombing, and other horrific stuff.
** The whole Special Zone arc of the British Comicbook/SonicTheComic was an affectionate parody of Marvel comics, most notably when Sonic walked in on a team of local superheroes in a fight with the Legion of Evil. After a comment about the property damage both sides are causing and a brief attempt to work out which side is which the cops arrive, at which point ''both'' groups make a quick retreat.
*** A later story introduces an obvious X-Men parody, including a Wolverine knock off with [[CouldHaveBeenMessy corks attached to his claws]] and the stated superpower of [[InformedAbility snarling, getting angry and talking about what a badass he was.]]
*** The [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Marxio Brothers]]. The Creator/MarxBrothers references were for comic effect, but the Mario ones enabled all sorts of anti-Nintendo gags. For example, they come from a far-off land, [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld Super Marxio World]], which even they hate, and their games are utter tripe.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season 8, Buffy mocks the BigBad, Twilight, saying that he's an idiot for naming himself after a [[Literature/{{Twilight}} lame book series]].
** After revelation that Twilight is [[spoiler: Angel]], which meet with fandom outrage, IDW, publishers of ''Angel: After The Fall'' comics, created promos of their new ''Spike'' series, featuring Spike burning Twilight's mask and saying that Spike is definitely not Twilight.
** IDW took a few more shots at the Buffy Season 8 comics, all of them coming from Spike. At one point he tries hiring writers to write prophecies about him being a hero who saves the world, and orders them not to make [[spoiler: Angel]] a hero. He suggests making [[spoiler: Angel]] a villain instead, complete with "some poncey, drama queen, prissy name like ''Dusk'', or ''Sunset'', or the ''Fall of Darkness''."
** And in the ''Spike'' series:
-->'''Spike:''' No backstabbing, no dying, no picking up and leaving, and no aerial sex.\\
'''Betta George:''' I don't understand that last one.\\
'''Spike:''' No one does.
* The ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip:
** "The Deep Hereafter" is an AffectionateParody of ''[[FilmNoir noir]]''-ish, {{pulp|Magazine}}y detective stories in general, and ''ComicBook/TheSpirit'' in particular. One newspaper clipping pinned on the detective's wall reads "[[Creator/FrankMiller Miller]] Kills Colt". Apparently Dan [=McDaid=] wasn't a fan of TheMovie.
** There was a Tenth Doctor story in which evil, bloodthirsty, warrior-race aliens abduct the long-running recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and his former underling Mike Yates. Only the aliens accidentally abduct the wrong Mike Yates, who is a nasty, ludicrous little man and a politician in a tiny extreme-right-wing party, and ends up siding with the aliens. In real life, Richard Franklin, the actor who played the "real" Yates on TV, had spent the 1990s and 2000s unsuccessfully standing in elections for a succession of increasingly small and extreme right-wing parties.
* ''Comicbook/ElfQuest - The Rebels'' has one against television in general. This is a planet-that-is-not-earth inhabited by humans. They have interplanetary space travel and Internet for information, news, and porn. At one point we see preparations for a live feed of a car race.
-->Techie person: "Seems like a shame to do this only once a year. I mean, we could do a feed of this type your round -- fill it with sports and entertainment."
-->Chairwoman Nuriham: "And induce people to watch it in their free time? When would they create art, or make music, or converse... I think such a project would be bad for the collective soul of the people."
* The IDW ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' comics have these left and right. In ''[[ComicBook/GodzillaKingdomOfMonsters Kingdom of Monsters]]'' we have {{Take That}}s to Music/LadyGaga, PETA and ''Series/JerseyShore''. The mini-series ''Godzilla: The Half-Century War'' has a human villain named Dr. Deverich, a huge kick in the balls for Dean Devlin and Creator/RolandEmmerich.
* At one point in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', Christine Spar as Grendel fights a dumb and obnoxious mook who has a set of [[WolverineClaws blades attached to his hand]] similar to those of a certain famous [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Marvel character]]. Christine muses to herself that it's a stupid weapon with no reach, and chops his hand off.
* Jabs at Al-Qaeda as well as Muslims and Arabs are littered throughout ''ComicBook/HolyTerror''.
* From Jeremy "Norm" Scott, the creator of Slave Labor Graphic's ComicStrip/HsuAndChan series.
--> '''"Norm"''': After this one went to press, some internet wisenheimer singled it out for its intense wordiness -- I forget the exact quote, but it was something along the lines of, "It only takes Penny Arcade a fourth of the dialogue to be this lame."
** While we're on the topic of Hsu and Chan, many of the issues contain at least one TakeThat targeted at the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games and movies.
** And [[http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=8980763&publicUserId=5811079 this comic he released on the new Hsu and Chan blog]]
* Creator/JhonenVasquez's ''ComicBook/IFeelSick'' is aimed at Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, according to this [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Feel_Sick entry here]].
* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' has Mark and his friend at a comic book store talking about how pointless it is to relaunch ongoing series from issue #1. Unless Robert Kirkman added it last minute to the script, it was probably directed at Marvel but, due to an amazing coincidence, the issue was published a few days after DC announced they're relaunching all their titles from issue #1.
* In the mid-1990s, an environmental activist known as Swampy became well-known in the UK when he took part in a protest to stop the construction of an extension to the A30 motorway. ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' went on to feature a plot about an "eco-warrior" named Spawny, who protests the construction of a spaceport in the same way as the real-life Swampy (by digging underground tunnels.) What happens? The construction workers bury him alive under the concrete and carry on anyway ...
* A British post-punk rock group took the name "Love and Rockets" in homage to the Hernandez Brothers' comic series ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''. Los Bros, however, were not happy as they hadn't been asked permission and weren't fans of the band. Gilbert Hernandez proceeded to write a story featuring a particularly talentless and unpleasant fictional LA punk band called "Love and Rockets", with several derogatory barbs aimed directly at the British group.
* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' parody comic ''ComicBook/MightilyMurderedPowerRingers'' is a bitter, mean-spirited jab at the show, which qualifies it for this.
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'': "[You read] Probably just comic books, or maybe [[{{Literature/Twilight}} that silly series with the vampire pony]]."
* ''Comicbook/TheSavageDragon'':
** In an early issue (created and written by ex-Marvel artist Erik Larsen), Officer Dragon is [[LetsYouAndHimFight randomly attacked by superhero Bedrock]], who at the end of the issue explains that it was a test to see if he was tough enough to join the team Youngblood.
'''Bedrock:''' It happens in [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel Comics]] all the time!
** Larsen ''loves'' making Take Thats to Marvel. In one issue, not only did the new Overlord say that Magneto "really should think twice before giving his team the name 'Brotherhood of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Evil]] Mutants'", when he asks Dragon to join his cause, the following exchange happens:
--->'''Dragon:''' What's that? That scene from the ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie, where Green Goblin asked him to become his best buddy? Do you really think something like that could ever work?\\
'''Overlord:''' No, you misunderstood me. And by the way, that scene really sucked.
** Another issue had SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and ComicBook/NormanOsborn discussing Dragon's constantly coming back to life, while they are served coffee by none other than Gwen Stacy. Larsen doesn't like Comic Book Deaths.
** Larsen has also taken a dig at fellow comics creator John Byrne with his villains "Johnny Redbeard's Nixed Men", a team composed of parodies of various characters Byrne has written. The long-winded introductory speech summarizing some of their backstories is a vicious critique of Byrne's "senseless revamping" of various comics, including ''Comicbook/SheHulk'' and ''ComicBook/SubMariner''. Redbeard is portrayed as a bad leader with a huge head who indiscriminately endows people with poorly conceived powers before eventually abandoning the mess he made of them. After the team's one appearance, where they beat up some homeless people and get their asses handed to them by the protagonist, the She-Hulk parody would later [[FaceHeelTurn reform]] and return to the series as the recurring She-Dragon.
* In the pages of Marvel Comic's ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'', Bruce Banner, who was walking around big and green and smart, was in a quandary. His friend was dying of AIDS and wanted a Hulk-blood transfusion in order to get Hulk-healing powers. Bruce, afraid of Hulk 2.0 smashing up crap, declined. The same plot happened in Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon, but the Dragon said yes, saying, paraphrased, only an idiot would say no to the possibility. The friend who received Dragon's blood then exploded. So...um. [[InvertedTrope Yeah]].
* Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/{{Supreme}}'' had a gratuitous scene with the Televillain killing Courtney Cox's character on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' using his powers, thus showing that, in spite of his tacky feel, he was awesome.
** Billy Eliot is one big TakeThat against Grant Morrison and the resident ButtMonkey. His M.O. is to [[KudzuPlot create as much complicate and complex stories as he can, to the point that they fall under their own weight and become an unreadable mess]], other people think he's a total JerkAss, Supreme's villains consider his presence an act of cruel and unusual punishment, the equivalent of the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} hates him (especially after he accidentally joined their LegionOfDoom) and the only person who likes him is a CaptainErsatz of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
** Moore also delivered a few take thats against Hillary Clinton when Korgo The Space Tyrant took over the United States and made her his bride. First, we see her during a press conference claiming this is not a bad thing and that the press should stop panicking about nothing. And then we find out she's [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth so horrible that Korgo willingly allowed Supreme to beat him to get away from her]].
** ''Comicbook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay'' contains a massive TakeThat directed at Creator/RobLiefeld's original ''Youngblood'' run. The climax of the story reveals that the entire original series was basically a childish SelfInsertFic written by Sentinel.
* The various ''Transformers'' comics over the years have tended to have a character named Cy-Kill show up, only to be killed immediately--often by Megatron. Why is this a {{take that}}? Because Cy-Kill is the BigBad from ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots''. Fans eventually got ''really'' sick of this "gag" being done to death, and even the Transformers Wiki complains about it.
* ''Comicbook/SaGa'' has a scene in issue 16 that seems to be a deliberate jab at the writing in most mainstream superhero titles, where main character Alana basically serves as a mouthpiece for the author in saying that most superhero stories are bad melodrama with no subtext.
* ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre is mostly an AffectionateParody, albeit a gruesome one, that gets most of its laughs by [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerating characters' flaws to absurdity]]. But every strip featuring an appearance by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis will inevitably end with a TakeThat toward his writing style.
* A Polish comic book series ComicBook/TytusRomekIAtomek in book XXV when one of the main heroes Tytus de Zoo visits hell. Satan recognize Tytus and explains that he heard about Him from Editors of “Horyzonty” who are boiling in hell from sins they committed during PRL (communistic era in Polad). “Horyzonty” is the publishing company which publish few of the Tytus books. Apperantly they and the creator didn't get along...
* ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'', based in Newcastle, used to do many vulgar parodies of characters from the ''Beano'' and ''Dandy'', owned by Scottish [[Creator/DCThomson DC Thomson & Co]]. When DC Thomson tried to sue ''Viz'' for breach of copyright, ''Viz'' published a strip about "DC Thomson the Humourless Scottish Twat." DC retaliated by resurrecting an old strip from the ''Dandy'' called "The Jocks and the Geordies," about two gangs of warring schoolboys on either side of the England-Scotland border. The story had both sets of boys attempting to win a competition to design a comic, and the Jocks (Scottish boys) win, to the humiliation of the Geordies who tried to cheat by copying them and whose own ideas were all terrible. ''Viz'' responded in its next issue with "Korky the Twat," a parody of the popular DC Thomson character Korky the Cat.
** Creator Chris Donald said in his book ''Rude Kids: The Story of Viz'' that he wanted to include a TakeThat at the mawkish public outpouring of grief over the death of Princess Diana; but couldn't do this directly because he feared [[TooSoon backlash]]. Instead, the next issue included a none-too-subtle spoof story about Monkees fans driven to grief by the death of Micky Dolenz ... even though they knew he wasn't dead.
* ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' ends with the VillainProtagonist spouting a monologue [[TakeThatAudience about how your humdrum life of working for a living and not being awesome like him is pathetic and you should feel bad]], ending with a closeup of his angry mug saying "This is my face while fucking you in the ass". Said protagonist was modeled after Music/{{Eminem}}; take that little factoid as you will.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': For a long time, Werner's publisher "Holgi" featured prominently in the comic. After he changed the publisher, the character appeared for a last time (only named as "Porsche driver"), to have his Porsche crushed first by the Metülisator and then by Nobelschröder's Bentley.
** Holgi's reply: He had a comic book drawn with himself as the main character named ''Holgi - Räum das [[PunnyName Feld, Mann]]!''
* The first issue of Mark Millar's ''Comicbook/{{Youngblood}}: Bloodsport'' has two members of the titular superhero team receiving oral sex from gay {{cosplay}}ers dressed as {{Wolverine}} and Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}.
* Whilst Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/NineteenSixtyThree'' is more of an AffectionateParody of the characters and stories of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|ofComicBooks}}, particularly those debuting in Creator/MarvelComics, it's more of a pointed Take That to the creators behind them; in the letters pages provided in the issue, it's made pretty clear that "Affable" Al Moore is an egotistical tyrant who shamelessly takes credit for the work and achievements of others.
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' prog 1661 took a jab at DC's ''Wednesday Comics''
-->'''Tharg:''' [[Creator/DCComics Other publishers]] may dabble with [[AnthologyComic the format]] - 'Wednesday Comics'? Pah! There's only one ''true'' Wednesday comic in this reality...
** One of the few examples of a TakeThat against something critically acclaimed.
* The Curtis', owners of the comic book company, Shanda Fantasy Arts, upset at the horrific [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwing]] of ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' in their last mini-series where the team is exiled on the main [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU story world]] and trapped as ordinary animals unable to express their unchanged intelligence. In response, the Curtis', with aid of the series' original creator Roy Thomas, are preparing a special comic book using their ''Atomic Mouse'' license, ''Atomic Mouse Meets Power Jack And The Lost Menagerie'' where apparently the title character will rescue a [[CaptainErsatz disguised version of the Zoo Crew]] who are suffering an equivalent fate. DC [[AuthorsSavingThrow fixed that editorial misdeed]] at the end of ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'', so the hard feelings shouldn't be quite so much.
* On one Creator/{{Dark Horse|Comics}} message board, a poster was pestering writer Randy Stradley to include Mandalorians in an upcoming comic. They got their comeuppance when a scene in the comic in question showed the Mandalorians in full retreat. When the poster complained, Stradley had one of the following issues feature a whole cave full of ''dead'' Mandalorians.
* Creator/DonRosa's comics have a few.
** ''Super Snooper Strikes Again'' is a huge TakeThat to dark and violent superhero comics, eventually leading to [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/TakeThat.jpg this panel]] and the follow-up, where the nephews decide that WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck is greater than Super Snooper, because he can face everyday problems and support three nephews without any kind of superpowers.
** In another Don Rosa story, ''The Money Pit'', Scrooge ridicules coin collectors for hoarding their collections solely for their resale value. That, and the comment about "plastic sleeves", makes it obvious Rosa is actually talking about comic book collectors. Rosa is a collector himself, so it doubles as SelfDeprecation. In the commentaries he gave to his stories in Finnish collection books, Rosa wrote that when Donald says that paying a dime for a single comic book is too much in ''The Crocodile Collector'', he was dissing himself for paying hundreds of dollars for old comics.
** Rosa's final installment in ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'', "The Richest Duck in the World," is partially devoted to dispelling the "[[DependingOnTheWriter supreme bit of absolute balderdash]]" that Scrooge's NumberOneDime is lucky.
* Creator/GarthEnnis has also been known to viciously parody the concept of TheCape. Ironically, he's clearly fond of Franchise/{{Superman}}; when Superman appeared in an issue of ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'', the character was treated with complete respect, and a later issue had the AntiHero main character remark that Superman was the only superhero he had any time for.
* Creator/MarvelComics promoted their Comicbook/HeroicAge event and new [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] titles by teasers with members of each team, their quote and words “I'm an Avenger/New Avenger/Secret Avenger/In Avengers Academy”. Creator/{{Image|Comics}} released their own teasers with members of new Guardians of the Globe roster, looking pretty similar to Marvel's – when the first one, with ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' saying “I never really been much of a team player” was released, people thought Image's just stealing the idea. When the second, with Comicbook/{{Spawn}} saying “Todd lost a bet so he's loaning me out for this” came out, some realized something is wrong. Next ones? Rick from ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'' (“It makes no logical story sense for me to be here, but I suppose it will help sales.”), UsefulNotes/BarackObama (“I'm not as popular as I used to be. How much is Amazing Spider-Man 583 going for on eBay?”) and [[CaptainErsatz kid looking suspiciously similar to]] Literature/HarryPotter (“Okay, now this is getting [[{{Understatement}} a little ridiculous]]... and slightly illegal.”). Obviously, Image was just making fun at Marvel's policy on who is and who isn't in which team. Sadly, they later had to really rip the idea and release teasers with real members, because people thought they're really going to put those guys into one team.
* The Image graphic novel ''THREE'' takes on [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the idealized concept]] of Sparta [[ThreeHundred found in other works]] by showing it from the point of view of three terrified ''[[SlaveRace heliotes]]'' as [[SternChase they try to escape]] to freedom while being pursued by…you guessed it…[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a band of three hundred warriors]]. The series is also set in the dying days of Sparta as a city-state, with the Spartan characters even pointing out how this pursuit is more an attempt to save face after said ''heliotes'' were the only survivors of a mini-slave revolt, and an attempt to uphold the glorious image of the good old days.
* ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation'': Issue 16 is a pretty much Halsey retaliating against all the [[WriterOnBoard bias, and false accusation]] on her in the Kilo 5 Trilogy. She shuts Palmer up by pointing out if it weren't for her she wouldn't even have her armor. Plus she lashes out that ONI and the UNSC had pretty much backed her up, and only used her as a convenient scapegoat, by Osman.