-> ''"When is [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]] gonna do 'Like a Surgeon'?"''
-->-- '''Music/{{Madonna}}'''

A great honor for anyone working on a {{parody}} is when the creator or anyone else involved with the original goes beyond granting the parodist permission (and even ''enjoying'' said work) and instead actually helping them out with their parody. This can be as simple as lending sets or as drastic as directly working with the parodist, such as singing in a duet.

Related to AdamWesting, an actor's SelfParody of either his most famous role, his OldShame, or his TypeCasting. Also related to ApprovalOfGod, when a work's author approves the fandom's parodies (although that applies to FanWorks as well), and to ActuallyPrettyFunny, when a parody's target thinks the parody itself to be just that. See also MemeAcknowledgment.


* Walter Williams, creator of the Mr. Bill sketches on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', also directed the "Pizza Head Show" commercials for Pizza Hut in the 1990s.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Emperor Charles makes a big speech in the early show about the inequality of mankind. Some joker of a Japanese fan took the manga version of the speech and edited it so that it was instead a speech [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/posts/225262 extolling how awesome breasts are]]. Creator/NorioWakamoto, Charles's voice actor, found out about it and made an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKlzoGP2m0w official recording of it in the Emperor's voice]].
* Some fans wrote a parody of the ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' theme song, revolving around [[Manga/BlackButler Sebastian Michaelis]]. Then Creator/DaisukeOno found out about it, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gCpkudtEbE and recorded it.]]
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZKai The Final Chapters'' has the entire world being reminded of [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan's greatness]] with the airing of a televised recreation of his "victory" over Cell during the Cell Games. After seeing it in all its cheesy glory, Krillin comments about how horribly low-budget that production was. Creator/FUNimation had a little fun when dubbing that segment, by asking Creator/TeamFourStar to ham it up.
* {{Anime/Yugioh}} inspired the popular spanish meme known as "Trampas locas" (Mad Cheats), where Yugi cheats against any character he can encounter. One meme showed him fighting against [[{{Anime/DragonballZ}} Freezer]]. Creator/IrwinDaayan and Creator/GerardoReyero, Yugi's and Freezer's official voices in spanish respectively, released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsnBqVJMpxQ dub of that exact parody]] for people to edit it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Artist Creator/SteveDillon [[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/10/22/comics-people-remember-steve-dillon/ knew of]] the "[[Comicbook/ThePunisher Frankface]]" meme surrounding his habit of giving everyone a stone-faced glare and was evidently entertained enough by it that he deliberately perpetuated it by drawing that face as much as he could.

* Creator/GeorgeLucas has done this a few times, from allowing original music from ''Franchise/StarWars'' to be used in parodies (such as ''Series/{{Spaced}}'') to actually appearing in [[MayTheFarceBeWithYou parodies]], as in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic even contributed effects to Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' and [[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI "Jews In Space"]].
** After the release of the first movie, Lucasfilm's lawyers wrote a cease and desist letter to ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' over their parody. George sent a letter of his own saying to ignore ''his own company'' and keep on making the parodies, as he was a ''MAD'' fan.
** In fact, the Star Wars site ''supplied'' sound effects and quotes to fans to use in their homages and parodies. (Lucas has been seen wearing a "Han Shot First" shirt a few times, too.)
* In ''Film/TheBradyBunchMovie'', several of the original Brady kids (and Ann B. Davis as Alice) made cameos (There were also reportedly two deleted scenes, one featuring Mike Lookinland "Bobby", and Susan Olsen "Cindy"). And, of course, Florence Henderson makes a cameo as Grandma.
* When Mel Brooks made ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', he was able to film in the original studios, on the original sets, and using the original props of the classic movies he was spoofing.
* In ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII'', the Wonder World theme park's song, which spoofs the Disney Land song "It's a Small World After All", was written by "It's a Small World"'s original composers Richard and Robert Sherman.
** Similarly, in ''Film/IronMan2'', Richard Sherman co-wrote the Stark Expo theme song "Make Way For Tomorrow Today", a spoof of the theme to Disney's Carousel of Progress attraction which was originally seen at the 1964 World's Fair.
* A rather interesting reverse-assistance took place for ''Film/ScaryMovie4''. The ''Film/SawI'' parody set was so well made that the filmmakers from the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films asked to use it after filming was complete!
** The movie also played this straight by actually having Creator/BillPullman appear as a parody of his Peter Kirk character from ''Film/TheGrudge'', one of this movie's main targets.
* When ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'' moved from parodying ''Film/TopGun'' to ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' instead, they managed to get Richard Crenna to basically reprise his iconic role as Colonel Trautman.
* Pretty much true of anyone who actually turns up in person to collect a UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward, most notably Creator/HalleBerry.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* When ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' was going to do an episode making fun of sci-fi conventions and the fans who go to them in costume, they wanted to have a couple of characters dress up as aliens from ''Series/BabylonFive''. The creators of B5 agreed... and sent their own makeup people to do the alien makeup effects. (It helped that both series were produced by Creator/WarnerBros}
* Chris Ballew, lead singer of Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica, showed up on ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' to sing "Farm Food", which spoofed the POTUS song "Peaches".
* Anneka Rice of ''Series/ChallengeAnneka'' made a cameo appearance in the ''Series/{{KYTV}}'' spoof ''Challenge Anna''.
* In 1992, a series of advertisements parodied ''Series/InspectorMorse'', with Mel Smith taking John Thaw's role as the Inspector. In the last advertisement, he tracked down and arrested the perp... who was played by John Thaw.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': in addition to the "Conspiracy Theory Rock" example in the Western Animation folder, there have been sketches where the hosts (usually movie or TV stars) reprise their famous characters for a parody sketch. Examples include:
** Creator/JonHamm as Don Draper for both a ''Series/MadMen'' parody called "Two A-Holes At An Ad Agency in the 1960s" [[note]]That sketch even had Elizabeth Moss and John Slattery from the actual series[[/note]] and a short film called "Don Draper's Guide to Picking Up Women."
** Creator/DanielRadcliffe as a washed-up Film/HarryPotter who's still living in Hogwarts' years after graduating.
** Creator/DavidDuchovny as Agent Mulder in an ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' parody cold open about a beast man attacking cast members.
** Creator/ZacEfron in a ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' parody where he comes back during graduation and tells the graduating class that the real world is ''not'' like ''High School Musical''.
** Creator/JohnMalkovich as Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont in a ''Dangerous Liasions'' stage show parody that takes place in a hot tub.
** John Malkovich again in an ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' parody that had two guys who acted like Lennie instead of the Lennie and George pairing.
** Creator/JoePesci and Creator/RobertDeNiro were also good sports when they appeared on "The Joe Pesci Show" on SNL.
** Creator/SarahMichelleGellar played [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] in a sketch where, rather than living in Sunnydale, she lives in New York and has Series/{{Seinfeld}}ian plots.
** A parody mash up of ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' and ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had Creator/PatrickStewart and Bernie Kopell playing their respective characters - Stewart as the bald captain and Kopell (the Doctor from the Love Boat) parodying Creator/DeforestKelley's cameo in the pilot episode of ''Star Trek TNG'' as an elderly Dr. [[TheMcCoy McCoy]].
** Creator/MartinFreeman as a character that was simultaneously Tim and Bilbo in a sketch set in an [[Series/TheOfficeUK office]] in [[Film/TheHobbit Middle Earth]], with a boss who dresses like Gandalf but talks like David Brent.
** A ''Series/TwinPeaks'' parody featured Creator/KyleMacLachlan as a version of Dale Cooper who's having so much fun playing detective that he doesn't ''want'' to find out who killed Laura Palmer--so he ignores Leo Johnson's repeated confessions.
** Creator/AdamDriver portrayed his character Kylo Ren in a ''Film/TheForceAwakens''[=-meets-=]''Series/UndercoverBoss'' parody.
** Scarlett Johansson played Comicbook/{{Black Widow}} in a trailer for a ''Black Widow'' movie as a fluffy {{romantic comedy}}.
* Parodies of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and/or Alex Trebek are often accompanied by Alex himself.
* Creator/JimmyFallon's parody of ''Series/BreakingBad'' on ''Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'', "Joking Bad", features cameos from Creator/BryanCranston, Aaron Paul and Creator/BobOdenkirk, the last actually playing the same character he does on the show.
* In the 1989 series of UK game show ''Series/TheKryptonFactor'', the Observation round, in which contestants' perceptive skills were tested by showing them a comedy sketch with six intentional continuity errors for them to spot, featured in the first episode a spoof of ''Series/TreasureHuntUK'' in which "treasure hunter" Anneka Rice and her studio-bound assistant (and former newsreader) Kenneth Kendall appeared as themselves.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had an episode where the characters celebrate May 4th, StarWars Day, and Sheldon has a dream sequence where a recently deceased character plays Obi-Wan as his SpiritAdvisor. Lucasfilm and Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic gave support and helped them with building a Dagobah set as well as lightsaber effects.
* Seminal British SaturdayMorningKidsShow ''Series/{{TISWAS}}'' [[note]](best known these days as Chris "''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire''" Tarrant's big break)[[/note]] had a regular skit with Creator/LennyHenry as "Trevor [=McDoughnut=]", a parody of famous ITV newsreader and noted {{Stoic}} Creator/TrevorMcDonald who would act as TheComicallySerious while getting CoveredInGunge. The actual Trevor [=McDonald=] apparently thought this was ActuallyPrettyFunny and made at least one cameo appearance on the program... and then ''he'' got CoveredInGunge as well. (''Everyone'' got CoveredInGunge on TISWAS. It was what they ''did''.)
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' has had a few parodies made aimed at them over the years, and given the show's comedic bent, it's natural the crew would want to parody themselves. Perhaps the most notable of these would be a series of skits from the final season of ''Series/InLivingColor'' called the ''East Hollywood Squares'' with all-black celebrities; in this case, the skits were hosted by the original Master of the Squares himself, Peter Marshall.
* When Creator/StanFreberg saw how Creator/JimHenson was having puppets lip-sync to his records on ''Series/SamAndFriends'', he not only gave full approval, he also cameoed in one episode to complain about them using his records (only for Kermit to whack him with a baseball bat).

* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' has done this a few times:
** In the 70s, Jack Davis was drawing official ''Series/SesameStreet'' art ''and'' working for ''MAD'', so naturally he did ''MAD'''s ''Reality Street'' and ''Mafia Street'' spoofs.
** Chris Houghton, who has drawn for the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' comics, also drew the [[http://www.madmagazine.com/issues/mad-520 cover]] for issue 520, which included two riffs on ''Adventure Time''.

[[folder: Music]]
* Happens with Music/WeirdAlYankovic a lot.
** His music video for "Fat", a parody of Music/MichaelJackson's "Bad", uses the subway set for a parody from ''Film/{{Moonwalker}}'' called "Badder", which Jackson granted Al permission to borrow.
** "I Lost on Series/{{Jeopardy}}" ("Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band) has Art Fleming and Don Pardo (the host and announcer from the original 1960s version) reprise their respective roles in the video for it, and even Greg Kihn himself appears in the end, as the man who drives the car.
** Music/{{Madonna}} asked a friend in conversation why "Weird Al" hadn't come out with a parody of "Like a Virgin" called "Like a Surgeon" yet. The friend was a mutual friend of Al's manager, who passed the idea onto Al. It's the only artist parody Al has ever done where the parody idea came from the original artist.
** Mark Knopfler of Music/DireStraits agreed to allow Al to parody "Money for Nothing" on condition that Knopfler himself play his guitar parts from the original song in the parody.
** He has similar success with his unfocused pastiches, in which the song evokes the artist's style without having the same tune. Examples include Music/BenFolds playing piano on "Why Does This Always Happen To Me?", Dweezil Zappa playing guitar for the Music/FrankZappa-esque "Genius In France", Music/TheDoors keyboardist Ray Manzarek contributing to "Craigslist", and Taylor Music/{{Hanson}} playing piano on "If That Isn't Love". (and while Creator/TressMacNeille contributed to "Ricky", Toni Basil stated she'd gladly do the [[Series/ILoveLucy Lucy]] there)
** Music/JamesBrown arranged for Al to use the same stage set and backup performers from when he performed "Living in America" in ''[[{{Film/RockyIV}} Rocky IV]]'' for the parody version "Living with a Hernia".
** Similar to Mark Knopfler listed above, Music/ImagineDragons helped Al compose "Inactive", a parody of their own "Radioactive", by making sure the opening of the song recreated the original as close as possible.
* Music/GeorgeHarrison appeared in ''Music/TheRutles''.
* CountryMusic parodist Music/CledusTJudd often involves the original artist in videos of his parodies.
** "She's Got a Butt Bigger Than the Beatles" ("Bigger Than the Beatles" by Music/JoeDiffie): Diffie opens the video by saying, "Folks,I just want you to know that I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this video."
** "Every Light In the House Is Blown" ("Every Light in the House" by Music/TraceAdkins): In the video, Trace hits Cledus with a fire extinguisher and shouts, "That's what you get for making fun of the way I dance!"
** "Did I Shave My Back for This?" ("Did I Shave My Legs for This?" by Deana Carter): Deana beats him up at the beginning of the video for mispronouncing her name.
** "Christ-Mas" ("This Kiss" by Music/FaithHill): Steven Goldmann directed both Faith's video and Cledus's shot-for-shot parody of the same.
** "Coronary Life" ("Ordinary Life" by Chad Brock): Chad plays the doctor in the video.
** "More [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Beaver]]" ("Me Neither" by Music/BradPaisley): Brad plays lead guitar.
** Billy Gilman can be heard shouting "That's not funny, Cledus!" at the end of "My Voice", a parody of his own "One Voice".
** Phil Vassar mumbles a line at the end of "Just Another Day in Parodies", a parody of his own "Just Another Day in Paradise": "Aw man, I'm not mad at you, Cledus. You're nice. Nice hair, I like that."
** "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Pop" ("I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" by Barbara Mandrell and Music/GeorgeJones): George sings guest vocals.
** "Paycheck Woman" ("Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson): Gretchen appears at the beginning of the video.
** "Garth Must Be Busy" ("God Must Be Busy" by Music/BrooksAndDunn): Ronnie Dunn, one-half of Brooks & Dunn, sings guest vocals.
** He appears to have a really good relationship with Music/TobyKeith, as Toby appeared in the video for "How Do You Milk a Cow" (a parody of "How Do You Like Me Now?!") and sang guest vocals on "I Love NASCAR" ("I Love This Bar"). Toby's go-to director, Michael Salomon, also directed the video for "Where's Your Mommy?" ("Who's Your Daddy?"), and Toby wrote a song on ''Bipolar and Proud''.
* In 1995, a UsefulNotes/TwinCities DJ recorded a parody of Music/ShaniaTwain's BreakthroughHit "Any Man of Mine" titled "Any Gal of Mine". Twain herself provides a spoken-word intro at the beginning.
* ''Theatre/ForbiddenBroadway Vol. 3'' had the real Creator/CarolChanning interrupting an impersonator of herself to provide advice.
* Fred Schneider of Music/TheB52s guested on Music/RichardCheese's parody of "Love Shack".
* Ramonetures are a band who cover PunkRock InTheStyleOf instrumental SurfRock. When they tackled the {{Music/X}} catalog for the album ''Johnny Walk Don't Run Paulene'', they had the assistance of X members Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake replicating their original guitar and drum parts.
* The Music/DeadKennedys' ''In God We Trust, Inc'' had cover art by Winston Smith, depicting Jesus crucified on a cross made out of dollar bills. Smith has parodied this image for other bands' albums twice: One was Dread Kennedys' ''In Dub We Trust'', which replaced the crucifix made of dollars to one made of canibus leaves. The other was Duckmandu's ''Fresh Duck For Rotting Accordionists'', which replaced Jesus' head with that of a duck and added an accordion strapped across his chest.
** Another Music/DeadKennedys-related example: Jello Biafra makes an appearance on Blowfly's "Holiday In Cambodia" parody, "R. Kelly In Cambodia". The song was released on Alternative Tentacles, the record label owned by Biafra.
* Music/PaulHardcastle's 1985 Vietnam War inspired classic ''19'' ("none of them received a hero's welcome") drew a cricket themed parody by The Commentators (basically impressionist Rory Bremner) entitled ''N-N-Nineteen Not Out'' ("none of them received a standing ovation"). Several years later, Hardcastle admitted to having co-produced the parody, much against his label's objections.
* For Red Nose Day, Music/{{Coldplay}} brought the cast of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' for "TheMusical" of the series. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVqFkJ3suxQ singing]] "the first romantic ballad about incest on Coldplay's career", Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfI_mUIvYq8 doing]] "[[{{Reggae}} Rastafarian]] Targaryen", Peter Dinklage [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1URvDyzh8uI crooning]] on how Tyrion Lannister is "a man for all seasons", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs7xO5P3Az4 and others]], including Iwan Rheon's IAmSong for Ramsay Bolton ("[[BastardBastard I am a real bastard, and a little more mean...]]").
* Music/AlanisMorissette appeared in ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GVJpOmaDyU singing a parody of "Ironic"]] - which even mentions [[SelfDeprecation how there are no ironies in the original song]].
** She also appeared in ''Series/TheTonightShow'' singing an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBK8qSnBlHo all-cluck cover of the same song]] alongside Creator/JimmyFallon and Meghan Trainor.
* For their song "Irresistible", Music/FallOutBoy decides to make the video a riff on Music/{{NSYNC}}'s famously goofy "It's Gonna Be Me" music video. Not only did they get Wayne Isham, who directed the original video, but also Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone themselves to cameo in it.
* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' disco album ''Sesame Street Fever'' has an original TitleTrack which, as the name suggests, is a parody of "Night Fever" from ''Film/SaturdayNightFever''. The lead vocalist is [[Music/TheBeeGees Robin Gibb]].
* Music/ElioELeStorieTese parodied [[OneHitWonder Patrick Hernandez]]' "Born To Be Alive" with their own "Born To Be Abramo". Not only Hernandez shows up in the song and sings a couple verses, he also appears [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFAuBWgizBY in the video]] (at about 1:35), one of his rare appearances.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' creator Jim Davis has contributed a few strips to ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield''.

* Creator/StanFreberg received permission to used the ''{{Series/Dragnet}}'' theme for the parody ''St. George and the Dragonet'', as Creator/JackWebb was a fan of Freberg's comedy records.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TAKAMichinoku's [[TheGimmick gimmick]] is a parody of Wrestling/TheGreatSasuke's original Masa Michinoku gimmick. Despite this, TAKA was allowed to work on the shows of Sasuke's Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling promotion.
* Following the decline of Wrestling/{{FMW}}, IWA Japan and the rest of the {{garbage|wrestler}} circuit, Kikutaro took up a gimmick of parodying wrestlers who managed to retain their popularity. Wrestling/{{All Japan|ProWrestling}} teamed him up with Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher and Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}} had him beaten by Wrestling/JushinThunderLiger but it really crossed into this trope when Wrestling/MickFoley brought him out as "Ebessan Jack" to challenge Wrestling/SamoaJoe at Wrestling/RingOfHonor's third anniversary.
* IWA Puerto Rico debuted a wrestler known as El Sensacional Carlitos in 2005, a parody of the island's famous Colón family. In 2008, WWC, the company owned by the Colón family patriarch, hired Carlitos and paired him up with Wrestling/{{Carlito C|olon}}aribbean Cool, the most famous Colón still active on the island.[[/folder]]

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* Most performers seeking SesameStreetCred will do this. For instance, Music/{{REM}} singing a ''Series/SesameStreet'' parody of "Shiny Happy People" called "Furry Happy Monsters".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* After a trailer for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' featured Noctis and company driving around in a car, memes began to sprout up of Noctis and crew driving past or admiring other things. The game's director [[ApprovalOfGod liked it]], and Square Enix released a transparent PNG of the most common shot of the car and crew to help out with the meme.
* Creator/{{Capcom}} has provided assistance for the ''Ultimate WebVideo/AssistMe'' series by supplying funds so the creators wouldn't have to pay for the costs out of their pockets like they normally do. [[spoiler: Also, at the end of ''Retro Assist Me'', Yoshinori Ono makes a cameo.]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' was discovered quite early on by Creator/{{Bungie}}. Rather than shut Creator/RoosterTeeth down for copyright infringement, Bungie gave them official permission to keep making the videos, and to this day Rooster Teeth continues making humorous content, not just for ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', but for several other Microsoft-owned franchises as well.
* After ''[[VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic]]'' recieved a cease and desist from Hasbro, Creator/LaurenFaust decided to join the development team, offering to design them original characters to use for a [[VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds new game]].
* The developers of VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown assisted the ''[[VideoGame/XCOMLongWar Long War]]'' Mod creators in adding additional soundpacks for the soldiers, something that had stumped the modders until the devs stepped in.
* Hyakutaro Tsukumo, the composer for several ''VideoGame/ThunderForce'' games, composed the soundtrack for ''Broken Thunder'', a FanSequel. Unfortunately, it's strongly speculated that this is why he was left out of the soundtrack for ''Thunder Force VI''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/{{Mega64}} had a sketch where they were reenacting Franchise/SuperMarioBros on the streets of Los Angeles. In their own words...
-->'''Rocco Botte''': A skit that went great until [[Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto some guy]] made it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ-xsBZ_Nqo all awkward.]]
* ''WebAnimation/MadokaAbridged'': Episode 7 parodies the casting of Cristina Valenzuela as Dub!Homura by photoshopping her face over Homura's during several scenes. Cristina herself voiced Homura for the episode, and then [[CelebrityEndorsement commented on the video, to voice her approval, too]].
* At the end of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/ThePurge'', there is a BrickJoke where an animated WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain split up. They actually got Creator/RobPaulsen and Creator/MauriceLaMarche to voice their respective characters.
** And again with the "Top 11 Best [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatars]]", where Creator/DanteBasco reprised and parodied his role as Prince Zuko.
** And once more in his review of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Saves Christmas'', where an animated segment with Penny near the end was voiced by Creator/CreeSummer, reprising her role from the series after so many years. Really shows how much clout Doug Walker has nowadays.
** One of the commercial specials contains a parody of [[Film/TheRoom The Room]], with Greg Sestero reprising his role as Mark.
* The staff at Creator/{{Funimation}} are good friends with Creator/TeamFourStar, and a few of them have even cameoed in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''; for example, Creator/KyleHebert plays Santa Claus in ''Christmas Tree of Might''. They've also hired some of the TFS staff for their work, most notably [=Takahata101=] playing one of the Create-A-Character voices in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'' (where he essentially plays DBZA's version of Nappa). TFS was also brought in to provide the voices for a cheesy low-budget movie recreation of Mr. Satan's "victory" over Cell during the Cell Games in an episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZKai''.
** As for ''Machinima/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged'', Team Four Star is allowed to sell albums of the remixed music because they have a contract with Creator/SquareEnix and they pay SE a cut of the profit.
* The Series/{{Supernatural}} cast joined both the [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tCZy8cAgBlM Hillywood Show]] and [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n7G90IOycgA Kings of Con]]
* The episode of ''WebAnimation/SoThisIsBasically'' which covered ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had Creator/ButchHartman, the creator of ''Danny Phantom'', designing and voicing an OriginalCharacter named Rebreather in the style of ''Danny Phantom''[='s=] usual MonsterOfTheWeek villains.
* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin appears in an episode of Funny Or Die's recap of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', [[CampGay Gay]] of Thrones, in a scene that parodies ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* Creator/RyanReynolds himself voiced Film/{{Deadpool|2016}} in his film's ''WebVideo/{{Honest Trailer|s}}''.
* Toy reviewer [=CookieSwirlC=] voices "[=PukieHurlC=]", a parody of her channel's mascot, in ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries' 2017 Christmas episode.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' actor Jack Sheldon has done this many times.
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' parody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3JLKw0q4kY "Conspiracy Theory Rock"]] had Jack Sheldon reprise his role as the main singer.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E18TheDayTheViolenceDied The Day the Violence Died]]" contained a parody of "I'm Just a Bill" with Sheldon singing it, as well.
** Sheldon lent his voice to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s parodies of SHR, as well.
--->'''Singers:''' Vagina Junction, what's your function?\\
'''Sheldon:''' Takin' in sperm and spittin' out babies!
** ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' had an episode titled "The Sensitive Male" where Johnny tries to get a date with a girl who likes sensitive guys. A man (voiced by Jack Sheldon) comes along and, in a parody of "Schoolhouse Rock", offers Johnny lessons on how to be a kind and sensitive guy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E5EIEIAnnoyedGrunt E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)]]", Music/TheB52s parody their own "Love Shack" as "Glove Slap", while later episodes featured Music/JacksonBrowne and the Baha Men parodying their own respective work.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E14AngryDadTheMovie Angry Dad: The Movie]]", not only did Creator/NickPark voice himself in the setup to the ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit'' parody ''Willis & Crumble in Better Gnomes and Gardens'', the stop motion animation team included Teresa Drilling, a regular member of the Creator/AardmanAnimations crew who was a key animator on ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit''.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS25E9StealThisEpisode Steal This Episode]]" contains a gag where the government hires Music/JudasPriest to get Homer into their custody for digital piracy, with member Rob Halford singing a piracy-minded version of "Breaking the Law".
** The layout artists from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' worked on the R&S parody scene in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E14BrotherFromTheSamePlanet Brother from the Same Planet]]".
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E5SideshowBobRoberts Sideshow Bob Roberts]]" has a scene where Bart plays with a [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] toy phone, which features Henry Corden as the voice of Fred Flintstone.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS29E4TreehouseOfHorrorXXVIII Treehouse of Horror XXVIII]]" includes a ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' parody in which Creator/NeilGaiman voices Snowball II.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E17HomerAtTheBat Homer At The Bat]]" features the song "Talkin' Softball", a parody of "Talkin' Baseball" sung by the original artist, Terry Cashman himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has had several actors lend their voices to parodies of shows or movies they were in. Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross reprised their roles as Elise and Steven Keaton in a ''Series/FamilyTies'' parody, Creator/MarkHamill was Luke Skywalker in a ''Franchise/StarWars'' parody, Creator/FrankWelker voiced Freddy in a ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' parody, among others.
** Especially notable is the live-action re-enactment of the AllJustADream WhamShot from ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', complete with Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal reprising their roles!
** Creator/GeorgeLucas backed ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball Star Wars retellings]] as he's a fan of the show.
*** Subverted in the case of CarrieFisher, who initially refused to be part of the parody, assuming she'd be asked to play Leia again. However, she got on board when she was told that she'd still be playing Angela, which was her normal role on the show.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' episode [[Film/TheGoonies "The Belchies"]] features a song in the end credits that's a send-up of "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" sung by Music/CyndiLauper.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E12TheDeepSouth The Deep South]]" is set in UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia, which is now a submerged city filled with mer-people. Helping to explain this is Music/{{Donovan}}, parodying his own song "Atlantis" as "Atlanta."
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' gets a surprising number of actors and actresses to reprise their famous roles for skits that parody their films. Among ''some'' of them them are:
** Creator/BillyDeeWilliams, Creator/MarkHamill, Ahmed Best, and even Creator/GeorgeLucas himself for Star Wars sketches
** The main cast from the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' live-action films
** Creator/FrankWelker playing [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Megatron, Soundwave]], and [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Doctor Claw]].
** Creator/CreeSummer reprised her role as Penny for an ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' / ''Film/Terminator2'' crossover skit.
** Jon Berg who did much of the stop motion effects for the original Star Wars films did the stop motion animation for the Nerd in his Tauntaun costume in the second Star Wars special.
* Blizzard gave ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' a number of their in-game assets for the creation of "Make Love, Not Warcraft". More audaciously, they did filming ''on the Burning Crusade alpha server''. Those people in the background jumping around and doing whatever? Real players blissfully unaware of what was being filmed near them.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}'' gets some Parody Assistance in a few episodes. For example, Tara Strong lends her voice to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic a unicorn]] in the sketch "My Little War Horse" and "Adjustment Burro", [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Raven]] in "Teen Titanic" and [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Bubbles]] in "2 Broke Powerpuff Girls", and they got Will Freidle to reprise his role as [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} 2011 Lion-O]] in "[=ThunderLOLcats=]".
** The sketch "[=McDuck=] Dynasty" also has Creator/JeffBergman reprising his roles as WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck (from ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'') and Elmer Fudd (from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'').
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Sour Pickles" contains a ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' parody that features Creator/JuneForay as the [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Rocky and Natasha.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' parody of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was directed by creator Creator/GenndyTartakovsky (who also makes a voice cameo) and features Creator/{{Mako}} as the voice of the Aku parody.
* In addition to the Jack Sheldon example above, ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' also featured a cross-over episode with ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'', with all the original voice cast.
** They also got Joseph Barbera as a story consultant and character designers Iwao Takamoto and Ed Benedict to do the character layouts and background designs.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'': For the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' parody "Toby Danger", they got original cast members Creator/DonMessick and Mike Road to voice the parodies of their characters.
* Creator/HannaBarbera layout artist Ed Benedict, one of Creator/JohnKricfalusi's biggest influcences, worked on the two ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' shorts that he made.
* Creator/ArtBabbitt, one of the key animators on ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', animated on the ''WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies'' short ''WesternAnimation/CoalBlackAndDeSebbenDwarfs'' which is a parody of the former.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Cartoon" featured a parody of fellow Disney series ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' with Jason Ritter, Creator/KristenSchaal and Creator/AlexHirsch voicing the [[{{Expy}} expies]] of their respective characters.
* For the premiere of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "A Canterlot Wedding", which was based heavily on the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Creator/TheHub aired special bumpers featuring Tori Spelling, who co-hosted [[Creator/{{E}} E!]]'s coverage of the wedding.