Official Parody

"Approved by FASA! Or at least they promised not to sue!"
—Box for Critter-Tek

A sister trope to the Deconstruction Crossover, this is what happens where a parody or deconstruction uses an official character from an earlier work with permission from the original creator. Often, but not always, this will be The Film of the Series.

May be an example of The Man Is Sticking It to the Man. Compare with Parody Assistance (the original creators help with the parody) and Self-Parody (the original creators are entirely responsible for the parody).


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  • Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, while the very title notes that it is an unofficial ("Hikonin") Super Sentai, it is produced by Toei, the same company behind the Super Sentai franchise. It includes cameos from previous Super Sentai characters... though they're only in AkibaRed's mind. It's also Hotter and Sexier, and comes with a disclaimer telling the "good kids" who normally watch Super Sentai to stay away.
  • Doctor Who has The Curse of Fatal Death, produced by The BBC and written by Steven Moffat who is the current showrunner for the revival.
    • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot started as a fan film from former Doctor Peter Davison, but it became an official part of the 50th anniversary celebrations when Steven Moffat found out about it. In addition to being credited as an executive producer, Moffat plays himself as the villain of the piece.

  • Although he doesn't legally have to, "Weird Al" Yankovic gets permission from the original artist before parodying one of their songs.

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  • Critter-Tek, the funny animal parody of Battletech from Crunchy Frog Enterprises, was licenced by FASA and included an actual Battletech record sheet. A sticker on the cover said "Approved by FASA! Or at least they promised not to sue!"

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