Sometimes it's just fun to make fun of a trope. It's fun to screw around with it or find the humor in those tropes. Thus we have the Parodied Trope
Writers can even spoof their own tropes as a form of Self-Deprecation
Sometimes this comes in the form of an Exaggerated Trope
, or even a Downplayed Trope
. Sometimes it overlaps with Zig-Zagging Trope
, Inverted Trope
, Averted Trope
, or Subverted Trope
(if the context makes it clear the aversion or subversion is a joke). If the trope is called on by the author, but still used, it's a Lampshade Hanging
Compare other kinds of Playing with a Trope
, Played for Laughs
, Spoof Aesop
Not to be confused with Parody Tropes
(a list of tropes that are parodies themselves).
Tropes that are direct parodies of other tropes.
Parodies go on the left, original tropes on right
- About anything and everything that's referenced in and is not part of Deadpool's main, or more serious story arcs. A notable thing is that Deadpool not only spoofs and parodies every single comic book trope and cliche known to mankind, but anything that's pop-culture relevant, including pop culture itself is jabbed at.
- Tropic Thunder spoofed loads of moviemaking tropes and some war movie tropes.
- Everything Mel Brooks does.
- Since Soapdish is a parody of Soap Operas, many of their tropes also get spoofed: Back from the Dead (a decapitated character is brought back courtesy of Magic Plastic Surgery), Soap Opera Disease (the mysterious illness making a character mute is revealed as Brain Fever), Luke, I Am Your Father/Absurdly Youthful Mother (one character is revealed to be the mother of a character only a few years younger than her)... and those are just the ones parodied in the Soap Within a Show. The performers' personal lives include an unwittingly incestuous Love Triangle (an actress, her ex, and the daughter she bore him without telling him), Luke, I Am Your Father/Family Relationship Switcheroo (said actress told her daughter she was her niece until she unwittingly started dating her own father)... and more.
- Bad Boys II spoofed Flashed-Badge Hijack when Marcus waves down a car (driven by Michael Bay in a Creator Cameo), and Mike says that car would suck for a Chase Scene, so they should get a better one.
- Every Discworld novel ever written parodies a common fantasy trope or six.
- Total Overdose parodies the Hyperspace Arsenal in the opening scene, as Ram carries every single gun in the game in his arms, and a stick of dynamite in his mouth.
- The online roleplaying game Champions Online includes a parody of the iconic Obama poster which reads "Trope"