Affectionate Parody: Western Animation

  • The Dexter's Laboratory episodes "Mock 5", "Trapped With a Vengeance", "Dee Dee's Room", "Game Over", "The Golden Diskette", "G.I.R.L. Squad"... there are a few. There was a episode where Dexter became an exchange student in Japan that poked fun at mecha, super sentai, and kaiju films. Then there are the Action Hank and Pony Puff Princess franchises, and the entire Justice Friends cast.
  • The Teen Titans episode "For Real" includes shots of people commenting on the trials over the internet in what can only be an affectionate jab at series fans, and at shippers in particular.
  • Veggie Tales parodies things frequently, such as:
  • South Park:
    • Parody of shonen anime in "Good Times With Weapons". The Gratuitous English-filled J-rock song playing in the background was even sung by Trey Parker, who is an open Japanophile.
    • South Park has also affectionately parodied The Simpsons in a memorable season 6 episode entitled "The Simpsons Already Did It" that poked fun at how hard it was to come up with new plotlines when The Simpsons had already done so many.
    • "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants" is a paean to a classic Wartime Cartoon, especially Bugs Bunny's.
    • In the "Coon and Friends" trilogy, this is done twice between Cartman and Cthulhu: one, a tribute to My Neighbor Totoro, and the other is a nod to the Chuck Jones cartoon "Feed the Kitty". The original "Coon" episode also parodies The Dark Knight in the beginning.
    • A meta-example: the 20+ minute animation "Trey Gets Stoned" is one of both the show itself (seriously, the animation is indistinguishable) and Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Not surprising, since it was made by several fans.
    • They also tackled Heavy Metal in "Major Boobage".
  • The jokes on Family Guy deviate from random ridicule to Affectionate Parody, and most of them are pretty good mixtures of both. One of the most affectionate of them, however, would have to be "My Drunken Irish Dad" (as opposed to "The Freakin' FCC" (viewer discretion advised), which is essentially a giant Take That to, well, the Federal Communications Commission). Except that it turns out the FCC actually liked it.
  • DuckTales had Gizmoduck, an affectionate parody of RoboCop. He was even named Roboduck in foreign dubs. Later became more like Superman when he appeared on the sister show Dark Wing Duck which itself was of course an affectionate parody of Batman.
  • Futurama assembled the entire (and then-living) cast of Star Trek: The Original Series for an episode and spent 23 minutes lovingly mocking the show. Most of Futurama's writers are huge Star Trek fans, though series creator Matt Groening insists he's never seen an episode.
  • The Simpsons episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" is an Affectionate Parody of the career of The Beatles in the form of Homer's 1980s barbershop quartet, the B'Sharps, that takes the world by storm in a similar fashion to the way the Beatles did. The career of the B'Sharps mirrors that of the Beatles in almost every way, including similar controversies, the complete hysteria surrounding them and band meltdowns. The producers even persuaded George Harrison to play along, giving him the perfect closing line; as he watches the B'Sharps imitate the famous last gig on the rooftop of Apple Corps that the Beatles played, he acerbically mutters, "It's Been Done," and drives off.
    Bart: Did you screw up like the Beatles and say you were Bigger Than Jesus?
    Homer: All the time! It was the title of our second album. (Holds up record album that looks like "Abbey Road", except the band is walking on water.)
    • The episode "The Springfield Files" is an Affectionate Parody of The X-Files. Both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny Special Guest-starred in the roles of their famous characters.
    • The nuns' backstory sequence from "Gone Maggie Gone" is one of these to Tex Avery's travelogue cartoons.
  • The Animaniacs direct-to-video movie Wakko's Wish is an affectionate parody of animated musicals. note 
    • Also they parodied Power Rangers with "Super Strong Warner Siblings", even getting the likeness of the command center down accurately.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law lovingly parodies of all the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
  • The Venture Bros. is an Affectionate Parody of The Fifties Sit Coms; and The Sixties Adventure cartoons, particularly Jonny Quest and James Bond.
    • They also Affectionately Parody superhero comics, even getting Kevin Conroy to play Captain Sunshine, a parody of Batman and a bit of Superman.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender contains a wonderful parody of Professional Wrestling in the episode "The Blind Bandit." "The Boulder has conflicted feelings about fighting a young, blind girl!"
    • The Boulder was actually voiced by former WWF wrestler Mick Foley, as well as being a visual parody of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
    • Not to mention "The Ember Island Players". How can you not love a show that parodies itself?
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is fond of this trope. They parody all the time and end up not making it look worse. A particularly affectionate one was "Hokey Monsters", a Pokémon parody, where they make it a card game and bring them to life. They pick at a few aspects of it but in the end it said Pokémon was still awesome. They've done many many others like Mary Poppins and Fantasia's "Night on Bald Mountain" segment.
  • Shin-chan and Robot Chicken have parodied Star Wars and demonstrated more knowledge of and reverence for the originals than most, including character names and terms that aren't mentioned in the movies.
  • Kim Possible seems to have been designed from the outset to ask the question "What if Buffy the Vampire Slayer was James Bond", leading to a "affectionate parody of spy movie conventions and superheroes" as part of its central concept.
    • Kim Possible did an affectionate parody of the 1960s Batman franchise with The Fearless Ferret, whose actor, Timothy North (voiced by Adam West), ended up being a space-case who thought the TV show was real. They also used the episode to poke fun at the upside-down kiss from Spider-Man.
      • The episode contained another level of affectionate parody, since it featured Ron as the young successor to a costumed legacy, with the original hero giving him constant advice and reprimands via radio. Ron's voice actor, Will Friedle, also voiced Terry McGinniss on Batman Beyond.
    • Nor was this Adam West's first go-round with such things, as on Batman: The Animated Series, he voiced the actor who played The Grey Ghost, a somewhat campy and clichéd costumed vigilante hero. Other appearances of the character implied that The Grey Ghost may have shared some of West's Large Ham tendencies.
  • Yin Yang Yo had an entire episode that was an Affectionate Parody of classic Looney Tunes shorts.
  • The entirety of Megas XLR is an Affectionate Parody of the Humongous Mecha genre in every possible way. But it doesn't stop there, folks.
  • Metalocalypse, the parody of death metal whose soundtrack album made those in the same genre it parodies stop and take notes. It helps that the creator is a huge fan of the music, even including other parodies of the genre in his previous show, Home Movies.
  • ReBoot had nearly every episode that had at least one affectionate parody. One of the ways they can do this is the nature of the Games, where it transforms an area of Mainframe and comes with its own built-in story. But one interesting thing they did was that each parody flowed with the theme of the episode or was merely a fun backdrop to the main story. It is most notable in the third season, where every episode owes something to some franchise or genre. Just in the first half: Evil Dead, Looney Tunes, James Bond, Mortal Kombat, Braveheart / Xena: Warrior Princess/Dungeons & Dragons, Star Trek/Comic Books, The Prisoner, Spaghetti Westerns and Pirate/Great Escape.
  • Danny Phantom is an affectionate parody of Silver Age comics, with a teensy bit of Golden Age and Bronze Age thrown in for good measure. For an animated media and not a printed media, the odd usage of 'POW!'s and 'WHAM!'s really accentuates this.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" spoofs Rocky and Bullwinkle and includes not only a caricature of Jay Ward at the end but has June Foray (Rocky, Natasha) as the voice of the ep's villain.
    • Also of note is their episode parodying The Beatles, which was full of jokes and references that made it clear that they were very familiar with the band.
  • Duck Dodgers featured an episode that not only parodied Samurai Jack—Dodgers dreaming he's Samurai Quack—but the dream sequence itself was directed by SJ creator Genndy Tartakovsky and featured Mako as the voice of Quack's adversary Achoo.
    • Another episode featured an incredibly close to its source parody of Green Lantern, complete with Kilowog, Ch'p, Ganthet, Sinestro, and more.
    • The show itself is an affectionate parody of sci-fi has a whole.
  • The Freakazoid!! segment "Toby Danger" parodied Jonny Quest TOS. They even went so far as to get Don Messick (Benton Quest) and Granville Van Dusen (Race Bannon) to do the voices of their parody characters.
  • Regular Show: Rigby's favorite internet video may be an affectionate parody of Homestar Runner.
  • The Goode Family had an episode ("Gerald's Way or the High Way") that has tons of parodies to Mafia films, prison films and Creator/RobertDeNiro films.
  • Superjail Lord Stringray is a parody of G.I. Joe's Cobra Commander.
  • The Fairly OddParents movie, Channel Chasers, is all about this as Timmy, Cosmo, Wanda and Vicky go through various parodies of popular shows. It was finally lampshaded in The Simpsons parody with Timmy writing on the blackboard "This is the sincerest form of flattery."
    • Fairly OddParents also has the recurring character of Cat-Man, voiced by Adam West; an affectionate parody of his earlier role as TV's Batman.
  • Archer is an affectionate parody and deconstruction of James Bond and spy fiction in general.
  • Most of MAD is Affectionate Parody of nearly anything that's been popular in the past 10 years.
  • Ever After High pokes fun at the awful parts of Fairy Tales while maintaining an upbeat and cheery attitude.
  • The 1988 Mighty Mouse episode "Don't Touch That Dial" featured not-so-affectionate parodies of The Flintstones, The Jetsons (both paired up as "The Jetstones"), Scooby-Doo and The Real Ghostbusters ("four totally off-the-wall characters sworn to eliminate any trace of humor in the world today") as well as an affectionate parody of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
    • "Night of the Fright Hound" is a parody of Terminator, as well as the mech from Aliens
    • "Escape from Mystery Manor" is a parody of the Saw films.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil is an affectionate parody of the Magical Girl genre. Star Butterfly is princess from another dimension, and has a magical wand that looks like a mashup of several wands other magical girls use. However when ever she cast a spell it usually has disastrous results, but she is also fights monsters with her bare fists.