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* ''TheBoondocks''. It would probably be easier to list the strips that weren't Take Thats against something or someone than the ones that were.
* Bill Watterson has used ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' to mock modern art, art criticism, and superhero comic books. Either Calvin uses phrases copied verbatim from art journals to describe his snow men, or his breathless praises of comic books as an art form are interrupted by comments like, "Oh no, Captain Steroid's getting his kidneys punched out with an I-beam!" Take note that Watterson's career peaked during the DarkAge of western comics, which likely influenced his opinions quite a bit, but as to why he didn't seek out fellow "comics can be art" proponents such as Dave Sim and Scott [=McCloud=] and join up with the Graphic Novel movement is a complete mystery.
** Watterson directed a few Take Thats at ''{{Garfield}}'' creator Jim Davis over the years. In a rare 1987 interview, he harshly condemned Davis' comic strip ''USAcres'', calling it stupid and badly done. In ''The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book'', Watterson extensively discusses why he hates merchandising, and how it robs a comic strip of its heart and soul. He even writes about how a cartoonist risks becoming a "factory foreman", remarking on how he went into cartooning "to draw cartoons, not to run a corporate empire." He disgustedly remarks on how he would have sold out his own creation if he'd done this. Given the context, it was pretty clear who he was talking about. Granted, since Jim Davis stated that he created Garfield for the purpose of making money, and probably didn't intend there to be much of that deeper significance in which Watterson puts so much stock, it's unlikely that Watterson would have liked it anyway.
** Bill Watterson's foreword to Bill Amend's first ''FoxTrot'' book is basically an extended take that against Jim Davis. For example, Watterson champions Quincy the Iguana for not thinking "the cute thoughts that quickly get most comic strip animals in the greeting card business."
*** Of course, one could also make the case that there are no Quincy the Iguana cards because the average person thinks ReptilesAreAbhorrent.
**** And now that Quincy is arguably the most popular character and [[WolverinePublicity appears on the cover of almost every book, calendar and other piece of FoxTrot merchandise]] (which to be fair still isn't all that much) Watterson probably doesn't care.
** Watterson had Calvin reading from ''Chewing'', a magazine that rated chewing gums in excruciating detail (e.g., "[T]he top five brands of chewing gum based on flavor retention, elasticity, bubble capacity, and chewing rebound"), offered advice for chewing it, and otherwise was a spot-on parody of ''every'' review mag.
*** In one strip, Calvin specifically states that the specified hobby magazines like ''Chewing'' are meant to make people feel special due to some interest they have so the salesmen can make them buy stupid stuff like Bubblegum-chewing equipment. It's not really a take that on review magazines, but rather hobby merchandising.
*** Specifically, Watterson based ''Chewing'' off a lot of bicycling magazines he'd read.
** Watterson made several strips with subtle jabs at his editors and the syndication people.
** There is a Take That related to Calvin and Hobbes, although not in the strip itself. For strips in {{Bloom County}} that parodied cartoon cats that featured characters such as {{Garfield}} and Hobbes, Bill Watterson retaliated hilariously with [[http://ignatz.brinkster.net/cimages/cbreathedsketch.jpg this comic]]. In response Berke Breathed said this:
--> "I have committed other thefts with a clean and unfettered conscience. ''Garfield'' was too calculated and too successful not to freely raid for illicit character cameos. ''Calvin and Hobbes'' was too good not to. ''Calvin'' creator Bill Watterson took these thefts in stride and retaliated in private with devastatingly effective illustrated salvos, hitting me in my most vulnerable places. Bill's sketch is an editorial comment on my addiction to the expensive sport of power boating and the moral compromises needed to fund it. That's me doing the kicking. The chap on the dock represents my cartoon syndicate boss, which says it all, methinks."
** In one comic Calvin talks about wanting to be a talk radio host. It ends with him saying "Imagine getting ''paid'' to act like a six-year-old!" The strip was published in 1994, right about when Radio/RushLimbaugh was attracting a wide audience.
* A mutual TakeThat between ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' and ''ZippyThePinhead:'' Bill Griffith used his daily strip ''Zippy the Pinhead'' as a forum to criticize Scott Adams' artwork as simplistic. Adams responded on May 18, 1998, by having Dogbert create a comic strip called "Pippy the Ziphead," "cramming as much artwork in as possible so no one will notice there's only one joke [and] it's on the reader." Dilbert notes that the strip is "nothing but a clown with a small head who says random things" and Dogbert responds that he is "maintaining his artistic integrity by creating a comic that no one will enjoy."
** In another ''Dilbert'' example, [[FourthWallMailSlot Dogbert responded to a letter]] from a man named Dork who complained about his use of "dorkage" as an insult: "I apologize to all the dorks who were offended. I hope we can put this behind us."
* ''FunkyWinkerbean'' took a subtle shot at some of his critics and readers with a Sunday strip that saw [[http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20070930&name=Funky_Winkerbean Les Moore reading the Sunday comics]] to his bedridden wife Lisa, remarking "They always made you laugh. I guess that's why they're called the funnies." This was Tom Batiuk's response to critics' complaints about the recent lack of humor in ''Winkerbean'', especially because of the "Lisa's cancer" storyline. He wasn't too pleased that people didn't like him slowly [[TrueArtIsAngsty torturing one his characters to death]] in what used to be a gag strip.
** Batiuk had already done something similar in its spinoff strip ''Crankshaft'', talking of [[http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20070523&name=Crankshaft humoring plants by covering them with the comics]]. This one was a lot less subtle and a lot more bitter.
** Several years earlier, he ran a plot critical of intelligent design that he used to take shots at a fellow comic author. When one of the teachers is forced to teach intelligent design alongside evolution against his will, two of the main characters discuss making a comic about it. One of the boys remarks [[http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/funky.asp?date=20040831 that people might accuse of them of being "the anti-Johnny Hart,"]] and then proceed to draw a very crude parody of ''B.C.'' with a pro-evolution slant.
** FunkyWinkerbean ''loves'' this trope. The most recent comics of this writing (9/14/2009) on for a couple of days, are basically one big TakeThat at all the people who complained about the whole [[TrueArtIsAngsty "dying of cancer" arc.]] The local school is putting on a production of ''Wit'', a play about a woman who, surprise surprise, dies of cancer, which gets the parents up in arms and complaining how they came to the theater to be entertained, not depressed. The author basically writes them all into a strawgroup of his critics and then has his avatars talk "reason" to them (The reason being that plays about cancer are "[[TrueArtIsAngsty true art]]" and ''Spam-a-lot'' isn't).
*** ''MyCage'' took a [[http://www.seattlepi.com/fun/mycage.asp?date=20091023 shameless swipe]] at this storyline showing Jeff's kid dressed as the ''FunkyWinkerbean'' grim reaper for his own school player about cancer and death, as Jeff wonders what kind of "thoughtful" comic-strip could have inspired it. One week later, [[http://www.seattlepi.com/fun/mycage.asp?date=20091030 two]] [[http://www.seattlepi.com/fun/mycage.asp?date=20091031 more]] strips on the subject revealed that the play was based on a comic called "Groovy Blinkerlegume", and Jeff and Max try to ponder why anyone would take funny strip and try to make it serious. At which point new character Sam the Sacrificial Lamb is killed on camera for a punchline.
** Relating to the first one, there was another Crankshaft strip where Ed Crankshaft just flat out said "the comics are supposed to be funny," ''chastising his audience for not being amused by the eternal suffering of his characters''.
* ''PearlsBeforeSwine'' is pretty well known for take-thats, usually in the mouth of the resident {{Jerkass}} Rat, or the psychopathic Guard Duck. Popular targets are ''{{Cathy}}'' and ''FamilyCircus''. The strip also mocks itself, so Pastis probably doesn't mean it... most of the time.
** The ''Family Circus'' ribbing ultimately led up to a storyline in which Rat gets lynched by FamilyCircus fans, which is possibly another TakeThat to people who don't appreciate 'take thats'. Or, even more meta, it could be seen as a TakeThat against ''himself'', in that Rat, a mean-spirited JerkAss, probably got what he deserved from those FamilyCircus fans, quality of the FamilyCircus notwithstanding.
** On such ''Pearls Before Swine'' storyline showed the Family Circus family ''harboring Osama bin Laden''. Yes, it's RefugeInAudacity, but it manages to be funny while pointing out how [[{{Glurge}} glurgy]] and trapped in the past Family Circus is.
*** And, at least if Pastis' directors commentary is to be believed, Bil Keane actually liked those strips.
*** At a comics convention, Pastis was giving a talk, and mentioned strips using each others' characters, adding that it was all done in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Jeff Keane (now doing the strip) stood up and yelled "Go to Hell, Pastis!" and stormed out. It was all staged, of course.
** ''Family Circus'' itself [[http://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/2009/07/19/ive-already-contacted-a-lawyer/ responded]] to ''Pearls Before Swine'''s Take Thats with a strip where the kids are read a book called ''Pig and Rat Get Lost'', which causes them to leave the room to watch TV.
** On the announcement of the retirement of the comic strip {{Cathy}}, Stephan posted some [[http://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/on-the-retirement-of-the-comic-strip-cathy/ ruminations]] on how the many Take Thats he had made early in his career, and how Cathy Guisewite responded. Mildly heart-warming.
* ''Liberty Meadows'' has often parodied other newspaper comics. While some of these parodies are affectionate, others are clearly take-thats. For example, one arc had Frank on a date with "Debbie the Psycho," a thinly-veiled ''Cathy'' stand-in who constantly babbled about swimsuits and her weight, nearly [[DrivenToSuicide driving him suicidal]]. Other strips mocked the sentimental banality of late-period {{Peanuts}}.
* While ''Sally Forth'' is known for being rather safe material, the current author Francesco Marciuliano tends to take repeated jabs at his competition using his own webcomic ''[[http://www.medium-large.com/ Medium Large]]''. He usually does this by portraying well-loved icons in disturbing scenarios, but he once did a more pointed strip referring to ''Momma'' as "starring some squiggles and what may be a nose."
** Of course, he takes jabs at ''Sally Forth'' [[http://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/thursday-april-8-2010/ too]].
* Mark Tatulli's ''Lio'' is known as much for its morbid sense of humor as it is for its parodies of other comics. He got a lot of interweb hits when he took a few shots at ''ForBetterOrForWorse'', but it may seem strange that he frequently shows his main character tormenting the kids from ''{{Peanuts}}''. Not so much when you discover that he received a torrent of hatemail when a newspaper used ''Lio'' as a replacement for ''Peanuts'' reruns.
* Al Capp frequently used ''LilAbner'' to deliver Take Thats to pretty much anything that bothered him. Within his own medium, his "Fearless Fosdick" character, a [[ShowWithinAShow strip within a strip]] parodying ''Dick Tracy'', stands out. Fosdick is portrayed as an idiot with a penchant for violence that [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow just can't die]]. Eventually the in-universe creator of the strip is revealed to be completely insane and the strip a result of his violent fantasies.
** Capp famously depicted a parody ''Mary Worth'', who took a vacation from her strip (to her author's relief) to meddle in Abner and Daisy Mae's affairs. That strip then reciprocated, depicting Capp as a drunken lout.
* After ''Webcomic/PvP'' creator Scott Kurtz announced he was going to offer his comics to newspapers, ''Non Sequitur'' had [[http://www.websnark.com/archives/2004/12/wiley_blinks.html a strip]] involving a fat nerd named "Scotty" trying to get into a club.
* Berkely Breathed's ''BloomCounty'', and its offshoots ''Outland'' and ''Opus'', pretty much live for this trope, taking shots at both politics (''Bloom County'' had Oliver's attempt to protest apartheid by turning the South African ambassador to the U.S. black) and pop culture (one story arc in ''Outland'' involved Mickey Mouse's sleazy cousin Mortimer getting fed up with the changes Michael Eisner was making at Disney, and beating the crap out of him).
* It was inevitable that someone would do this regarding the {{Wii}}. According to FoxTrot, "Soon kids across the world will be rushing home from school so they can Wii." Then again, this is arguably funny enough to merit a pass.
* ''FoxTrot'' has actually done a Take That against the entirety of newspaper comics. In one story, the father of the family is forced to confront the fact that the comic strip he loved as a kid, "Captain Goofball," has lost all its appeal over the years, and is simply no longer funny. It's basically the author's way of commenting on the way that there are so many comics in the newspapers these days which were once funny, once had a lot of appeal, but are now simply tired and boring ("Garfield" or "Family Circus", anyone?).
** This is a much lighter Take That than many of the other examples on the page, in that Amend is willing to admit that they ''were'' funny. You'd never hear Watterson say that.
*** And he usually refrains from taking shots at specific comics in general, although he will give them some good-natured ribbing on occasion (like a strip poking fun at the political commentary in ''TheBoondocks'').
** FoxTrot also shows how vampires everywhere have been DarthWiki/RuinedForever [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2009/10/10252009/ here]].
*** It made a similar TakeThat at girls who watched LordOfTheRings only because of Creator/OrlandoBloom and not because of a nerdy devotion to the book.
** The [[http://www.foxtrot.com/2014/03/23/ March 23, 2014 strip]] makes fun of ''VideoGame/CandyCrushSaga'', ''VideoGame/{{Farmville}}'', and the mobile ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' in one fell swoop. Peter plays a game on his phone called "Candy Farm Dungeon" (with each word in the title [[TradeSnark trademarked]] as a reference to King.com's trademarking of the words "Candy" and "Saga" as applied to video games), and gets frustrated when the game keeps pestering him to spend money on tokens to complete simple tasks, reaching ridiculous heights when Peter finds out that he can't turn his phone off to stop the game from playing:
-->"Buttons sometimes break. Use 40 tokens to diagnose the problem."
* Make of this what you will, but toward the end of ''{{Peanuts}}'', Charles Schulz produced an arc in which Charlie Brown goes to renew Snoopy's dog license, and a few strips with other licenses sent to him. In the last strip, Charlie Brown was told that Snoopy didn't need a license for 'that', shown in the last panel: an assault rifle.
** If anything, that was a "Take That" against the National Rifle Association.
** Another TakeThat showed up in one of a series of strips from the 1950s in which Snoopy was going about doing impressions (or "imitations," as Charlie Brown referred to them) of kids, animals, and celebrities. One of these acts had him [[RuleOfFunny (inexplicably)]] blacking out his eyes and curling his ears into round disks to impersonate Mickey Mouse. (When Charlie Brown quietly informs Schroeder of this, all we see him say is "Msssp Msss.") Initially it appears to be merely a ShoutOut, but Charlie's comment of "Frightening, isn't it?" turned it into a TakeThat.
** A 1973 sequence has Charlie Brown horrified to learn that the neighborhood adults had created "snow leagues" for kids, where teams competed with each other to build snowmen, including playoffs and the chance to play teams from other countries. Y'know like how sandlot baseball and other activities kids used to do for fun ended up becoming the basis for organized, hyper-competitive Little Leagues.
* [[SmallNameBigEgo Brooke McEldowney]], author of ''NineChickweedLane'', had his author avatar Thorax breezily condemn anyone who didn't like the [[PowZapWhamCam warped perspective]], [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ornate dialogue]] and [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Ayn-Randesque morals]] of his characters as imbeciles; he had earlier blamed his being forced to move his more openly sexualized fantasy strip Pibgorn on beefwits who were stuck in the past.
* One edition of ''Comicbook/{{Rocky}}'' is a TakeThat towards another Swedish cartoonist who created a similarly-themed comic two years after ''Rocky'' premiered.
* ''ComicStrip/StoneSoup'' is not a political comic, but when the sound effect for barfing is '''''[[BarackObama BARRACK]]''''' two days in a row...
** One story arc is full of reactions to the Trayvon Martin murder and [[StrawMisogynist misogynistic]] [[StrawCharacter politicians]]. Who knows what other Take Thats it will have as it goes on.
* [[http://joshreads.com/?p=13534 This]] ''Crock'' strip has a particularly vicious one against ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon''. Naturally, this is mocked by Josh.

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