A ''pastiche'' is a work done InTheStyleOf another artist. It may reflect a single work by a single artist, or a body of work by one or more artists, or even an entire genre. The difference between a FanFic, which reuses characters or settings from another work, and a pastiche, is that the pastiche copies the ''tone'' and ''flavor'' of its original. A work can, of course, be both a FanFic ''and'' a pastiche, but pastiche is all about the ''style''.

A pastiche may be created as an {{homage}} to the original artist, or it may be intended as a gentle {{parody}}. The distinction is not important--although an exaggerated parody that did not actually reflect the style of the original would ''not'' be a pastiche. A pastiche which doesn't show ''some'' respect for the original would be a very difficult thing to pull off. Most pastiches are created in a spirit of fun, which can often make it hard to determine whether the creator intended parody or homage--or even, possibly, both. (An exception to the just-for-fun rule is in Academia, where a pastiche may be created as a {{Deconstruction}} of the original, but such works rarely reach--or are intended for--a broad audience.)

A good pastiche can be a hard thing to pull off, and many an excellent artist has crashed and burned in the attempt. Using someone else's style is simply not an easy thing, especially without avoiding accusations of TheyCopiedItSoItSucks. In fact, it's often inevitable that good pastiches will still get this accusation. Nevertheless, a decent pastiche is enjoyable enough for both artist and audience that there is no shortage of artists willing to give it a try.

See also MusicalPastiche. Compare FanFic, OriginalFlavor, {{Parody}}, {{Satire}}, WholePlotReference and InTheStyleOf.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''[[Anime/Gekiganger3 Gekiganger 3]]'', the ShowWithinAShow of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' is a pastiche of classic SuperRobot anime of the '70s and '80s such as ''Manga/GetterRobo'', ''Anime/CombattlerV'', and ''Anime/VoltesV''.
* ''Manga/PhantomThiefPokemon7'' is a pastiche of GentlemanThief and PhantomThief fiction. It would probably be a stereotypical example if it weren't for the fact it was a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} spinoff.

* Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder's early works, especially "De Dulle Griet", were almost a pastiche of Creator/HieronymusBosch's art.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/RobertCrumb also enjoys making pastiches of other comics now and then, like ''ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer'', for instance.
* ''ComicBook/DeKiekeboes'': In the album "Vrouwen komen van Mars" the Kiekeboe family gets sucked into Marcel Kiekeboe's favorite childhood comic strip, which is a stylistic pastiche of many 1940s and 1950s Flemish comic strip series.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' (LTDI) is a pastiche of ''[[Literature/ArabianNights The Book of the Thousand and One Nights]]'', specifically the Mardrus & Mathers translation. Although ''The 1,001 Nights'' is a prose work, some of the component stories have a good deal of poetry. LTDI [[DownplayedTrope somewhat]] duplicates this feel by insertion of (mostly famous) poems at various points where they fit or enhance the scene's mood. These poems are usually part of the narrative, but characters occasionally recite them in-universe.
* Creator/HansVonHozel's... ''distinctive'' style has inspired these from other authors, particularly by way of [[http://fanfictioncdn-fictionpressllc.netdna-ssl.com/u/3042496/TheWeeklyHansvonHozelChallenge The Weekly Hans von Hozel Challenge]].
* The fanfiction ''Fanfic/ThoseWhoStandForNothingFallForAnything'' is ''Anime/DeathNote'' redone as a pastiche of ''Novel/AmericanPsycho'', complete with a psychotic first-person UnreliableNarrator and overtones of political satire.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' is a pastiche of monster/sci-fi movies.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheArtist'' is a huge tribute to silent films, as well as Hitchcock, Ford, and other early black-and-white filmmakers.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' was {{Creator/Luc Besson}}'s love letter to ''Metal Hurlant''. Two of his favorite artists, Jean "Moebius" Giraud and Jean-Claude Mézieres, worked as art directors on the film.
* ''Film/DownWithLove'' serves as a glorious pastiche of wacky 60s sex comedies. Most specifically the Doris Day-Rock Hudson ones.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' is a gentle parody of the Star Trek Series
* ''[[Film/KungPowEnterTheFist Kung Pow!]]'' is a stylistically great, but otherwise forgettable parody of 1970s Asian martial arts films.
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' movie is a pastiche of Victorian-era stories.
* Most films by Creator/MelBrooks also fit in this trope. The style, the setting, the characters, the camera work are all done with love for the genre he is trying to spoof.
* Creator/QuentinTarantino's films are generally pastiches of their respective genres.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' is one giant love letter from Creator/GuillermoDelToro to the {{kaiju}} and [[HumongousMecha mecha]] genres.
* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' is a pastiche of various horror movies, including ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'', ''Film/EvilDead2'' and ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968''.
* ''{{Film/Super 8}}'' is a stylistic tribute to the classic works of Creator/StevenSpielberg, and to a lesser extent, Creator/JoeDante, in the early 1980's.

* Creator/StevenBrust:
** In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, the Taltos novels are a fairly straight pastiche of FilmNoir, whereas the Literature/KhaavrenRomances are a more humorous (but reverent) pastiche of Creator/AlexandreDumas.
** ''Literature/ToReignInHell'' is a pastiche of Creator/RogerZelazny, especially his early mythology-based works.
* The Act of Roger Murgatroid by Gilbert Adair is a pastiche of Creator/AgathaChristie's style.
** Adair also wrote such pastiches as ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice Through the Needle's Eye]]'' and ''[[Literature/PeterPan Peter Pan and the Only Children]]''.
* The novel ''Wake Up, Sir!'' takes place in a contemporary setting, but is written in the style of the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' series, the narrator being a man of questionable sanity obsessed with Creator/PGWodehouse. He employs a smoothly competent valet named [[TheJeeves Jeeves]], who [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness may or may not actually exist]].
* SherlockHolmes pastiches are too plentiful to count and have been around almost as long as the stories themselves. [[FandomSpecificPlot Common plots]] include attempts to explain [[NoodleIncident Noodle Incidents]] such as the Giant Rat of Sumatra, [[DeconstructionFic deconstructions]], and [[{{Crossover}} crossovers]].
** Creator/StephenKing wrote "The Doctor’s Case", using some of Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's favorite themes: AbusiveParents, AssholeVictim, EmpathicEnvironment (as a PlotPoint!) and ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight. It presents us a LockedRoomMystery where it is TheWatson, not the GreatDetective, who solves the case, but only partially, because GoodCannotComprehendEvil (showing us the relationship between the AmateurSleuth and the InspectorLestrade from other perspective). At the end, the culprit is LetOffByTheDetective by DestroyTheEvidence. However, The Watson has a case of ImHavingSoulPains after solving the case, noticing for the first time that his partner amazing skill is PowerAtAPrice, and that the culprits plan failed due to excessive reliance on tools, signaling VictorianLondon society as WeHaveBecomeComplacent.
** August Derleth created a pastiche by way of {{expy}} in his Literature/SolarPons series.
* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer's short-story "The Jungle-Rot Kid on the Nod" was a simultaneous pastiche of two ''very different'' writers named Burroughs: Creator/{{Edgar Rice|Burroughs}} (creator of ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'') and Creator/{{William S|Burroughs}}. (''Literature/NakedLunch'' and ''Junky'').
* ''Literature/CloudAtlas'' is a novel written in six different genres, all of which are presented as loving genre pastiches. (In chronological order: PeriodDrama, GenteelInterbellumSetting {{Satire}}, MysteryFiction, KafkaKomedy, {{Cyberpunk}} SpaceOpera {{Dystopia}}, and ScienceFantasy {{Adventure}}.) It's most notable in the sci-fi chapter, and the characters throughout the novel comment on the similarities between the stories and the works they evoke.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' ExpandedUniverse:
** Writer Gareth Roberts loves doing this in his ExpandedUniverse books whenever possible:
*** His novelisation of the lost Creator/DouglasAdams story ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]'' is written as a pastiche of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' as a MythologyGag.
*** "Countdown to TV Action", a short story from ''Short Trips and Sidesteps'', is a {{Pastiche}} of the ridiculous, canon-inaccurate TV Comics ''Doctor Who'' strips. Complete with the character being named "Dr Who", being [[{{Jerkass}} gratuitously sexist and mean]], making staggering and implausible {{Bat Deduction}}s "because he's a scientist", and the generally cosy and childish tone.
*** The story "Voice from the Vortex" in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' was a spoof of the writing in the William Hartnell-era [[TheChristmasAnnual annuals]], with CaptainErsatz villains, [[StylisticSuck atrocious illustrations, glaring inaccuracies and a nonsensical plot]].
** The Telos novella ''Ghost Ship'' is a pastiche of Creator/MRJames.
** The first chapter in ''Campaign'' is written from the first person point of view of Ian Chesterton in a style imitating the 60s Target novelisation ''Dr. Who in an Exciting Adventure With the Daleks''. [[MindScrew There turns out to be a very good reason for this]]. There are also chunks of the book that pastiche 60s ''Doctor Who'' picture books, the TV Comic strips and the board game double-spread from ''The Dalek Book''.
* Some of author (and literature professor) David Lodge's books contain stylistic pastiches of well-known literary figures. Probably the most significant title for pastiche is ''The British Museum is Falling Down'', in which every chapter is written in a different author's style, including Creator/FranzKafka, Creator/ErnestHemingway, and Creator/JamesJoyce. His most important novel, ''Small World'', was in part a pastiche of [[Creator/GeoffreyChaucer Chaucer's]] ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''.
* Sebastian Faulks wrote the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/DevilMayCare'' as a pastiche of Creator/IanFleming's works. He is even credited on the cover as "Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming".
* Creator/StephenKing's "Jerusalem's Lot", part of the story collection ''Literature/NightShift'', is an Creator/HPLovecraft pastiche, containing familiar Lovecraft elements such as a huge EldritchAbomination, a TomeOfEldritchLore, and an educated, white New Englander protagonist (though as a point of deliberate contrast to Lovecraft's often [[ValuesDissonance less than wholesome views on race]], this guy is a abolitionist) who discovers some terrible secrets regarding his family history.


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/UglyBetty'' is a pastiche of Hispanic SoapOpera, as it is an adaptation of a very popular soap opera for the American audience.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' regularly has an episode that is a pastiche of a particular genre. The most well-known are their paintball episodes: [[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare "Modern Warfare"]] is a pastiche of action movies, [[Recap/CommunityS2E23AFistfulOfPaintballs "A Fistful of Paintballs"]] does TheWestern and [[spoiler:[[Recap/CommunityS2E24ForAFewPaintballsMore "For A Few Paintballs More"]] pastiches the ''StarWars''-esque "RagtagBunchOfMisfits vs. TheEmpire" type of film]]. Also notable is "Contemporary American Poultry" (Mafia movies), "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" (HeroicFantasy) and "Epidemology" (ZombieApocalypse).
* ''Series/LifeOnMars'' is noted for having a grittier, harder 70s look influenced directly by ''Film/GetCarter'' and classic FilmNoir in general.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** One of the most beloved periods of ''Series/DoctorWho'' was the [[FanNickname "gothic" era]] from Seasons 13 to 14, which was made up of pastiches of various pulp genres - usually classic sci-fi or GothicHorror. "The Brain of Morbius" and "Pyramids of Mars" are pure Film/HammerHorror, "The Robots of Death" is a mixture of Agatha Christie and Isaac Asimov's Baley/Olivaw books, "The Deadly Assassin" borrows from ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' and JFK assassination conspiracy theories, "Planet of Evil" is like ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" mixes up Franchise/SherlockHolmes and YellowPeril {{Exploitation Film}}s.
** Eric Saward often enjoyed pastiching ''Who'' writers from the series's past in his episodes, with particular attention paid to Creator/RobertHolmes ([[ThoseTwoGuys double-act side characters]], CrapsackWorld cynicism) and Creator/DouglasAdams (loopy intellectual humour, witty dialogue), but BloodierAndGorier than both of these. "Earthshock" is a Holmes takeoff, and the audio drama "Slipback" is mostly Adams.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has a handful of pastiche episodes and title cards:
** "Hell House" emulates [[FoundFootageFilms found footage]] horror films, complete with [[CameraAbuse camera abuse]] and partially effective censorship.
** "Monster Movie" is a loving pastiche of old black-and-white horror films.
** "Changing Channels" references ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' and ''Series/{{CSI}}'' directly (at the time, they aired in the same timeslot as ''Supernatural''). Other sections of the episode are pastiches of sitcoms, Japanese game shows, and public service announcements.
** The title card for "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" is an ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' pastiche.


* About half of [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic]]'s songs are pastiches. Most of them are not, in fact, parodies of the songs they pastiche, as, though they often satirize various aspects of society or parody other works, they don't make any point about the original.
** ... but not all. "Smells Like Nirvana", for instance, directly tweaks the reputation for unintelligibility of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit", while "Six Words Long" implicitly jibes Music/GeorgeHarrison's (and before him, James Ray) "Got My Mind Set On You" for its simplicity. And "Achy Breaky Song" ("Don't play that song, that achy-breaky song") is more or less transparent -- at least, [[WeirdAlEffect for those of us who remember]] how overplayed it was in TheNineties.
** "Don't Download This Song" is an example of Weird Al doing satire. Made even funnier due to the fact that it was offered as a free download on many sites. Including his own.
** Many of his original songs imitate the style of certain artists, e.g. "Dare to Be Stupid" is a pastiche of Music/{{Devo}}.
** "Craigslist" is a pastiche of the Doors (Ray Manzarek appeared on the song as a guest musician). It's so well done that sometimes people mistake it for an actual Doors song. The song was done as an homage, not a parody.
** Weird Al can go beyond artists for his pastiches. "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me", for instance, is a pastiche of songs composed by Music/JimSteinman.
* On the other hand, the songs on the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' album ''Music/StrongBadSingsAndOtherTypeHits'' almost all parody the genres they pastiche. For instance, lyrics like "Darkness... ''the fate of the world!''" in "Moving Very Slowly" parody the overblown epic tone of much death metal, while "Circles" is one big bash on the typical college blues band.
* The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zwP9ErgIWs SCV Love Song]]" is a pastiche of BoyBand music written about ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''.
* Music/IgorStravinsky's neoclassical period consists mostly of pastiches of more traditional baroque and romantic composers.
* Music/ErikSatie wrote a few works that are a pastiche of Music/RichardWagner and Camille St. Saëns, two composers he personally loathed.
** Which ones?
* Music/FrankZappa' s ''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'' is both a pastiche of and a homage to 1950s doowop. Though most of his music spoofed the clichés and tropes of other musical styles, including rock and classical music.
* Ugly Kid Joe's "Neighbor" is a clear musical and lyrical pastiche of Music/{{ACDC}}.
* {{Music/Queen}} have done this a number of times:
** "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is a pastiche of Music/ElvisPresley.
** "Innuendo" is a pastiche of Music/LedZeppelin.
** "Somebody to Love" is a pastiche of Music/ArethaFranklin.
** "Another One Bites The Dust" is a pastiche of Music/{{Chic}}.
* Thulcandra was formed as a side project by [[Music/{{Obscura}} Steffen Kummerer and Jurgen Zintz]] as a way of paying homage to Dissection, Necrophobic, Sacramentum, Unanimated, and various other classic other melodic black metal acts that they loved.
* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Permanent Daylight" is considered to be a pastiche of Music/SonicYouth.
* The back cover of [[{{Music/Pixies}} Frank Black]]'s BSide album ''Oddballs'' puts parenthetical notes about which artist a song was meant to sound like: Multiple songs are labeled as "trying to be [[Music/TheClash Strummer]]" or "Trying to be [[Music/BobDylan Dylan]]", "Village Of The Sun is labeled "trying to be [[Music/BruceSpringsteen Springsteen]] AND Dylan", and "Man Of Steel" is apparently a self-pastiche, labeled "trying to be me".

* The aliens in ''Pinball/{{Firepower}}'' are highly reminiscent of Creator/JackKirby's style, though most believe it was simply due to UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} instead of being any sort of tribute.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is generally a loving pastiche of as many SuperHero tropes as it can fit in, sometimes straying into AffectionateParody.
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' pastiches and parodies 8-bit games in general, and some 16-bit ones too.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' was stated by its developers to be a love letter to the sci-fi and sci-fi horror genres, in particular ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', ''Literature/{{Solaris}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''
* ''VideoGame/TotalOverdose: A Gunslinger's Tale in Mexico'' is a pastiche of 90's action films, with particular influence from Mexican film and a particular affection for Creator/RobertRodriguez.
* The "Let's Go To The Mall" dance in the 3rd ''VideoGame/JustDance'' is full of 80s pastiche when it comes to the dancing.
* ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'' is a pastiche of tropes and elements from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfiction, though it mixes in elements of {{Parody}} and {{Deconstruction}} as well.
* Each main game in ''Franchise/MetalGear'' pastiches Hollywood action movies with only the particular era changing - the 80s (''Metal Gear Solid'' - TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture setting, EvilTwin, LargeHam, blue MoodLighting, TokenRomance), early 90s (''Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake'' - outrageous sci-fi {{Ruritania}} setting) and late 90s/early 00s (''Metal Gear Solid 2'' - cerebral sci-fi with explicit {{Cyberpunk}} and political themes). ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' was a pastiche of Sean Connery-era ''Franchise/JamesBond'' movies, and ''Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker'' derived influences from 1970s macaroni combat and war movies as well as 70s anime.

* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', the [[ShowWithinAShow Shows Within A Show]] in [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/ch-6-page-2 Chapter 6, when Goro and Sarin are looking for something to watch on TV,]] include analogues of Franchise/StarTrek, Series/GreysAnatomy, Anime/YuGiOh, and Series/RobotWars.
* The entire premise of ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'' is a pastiche of the [[http://koanoftheday.com/1/ Buddhist koan]].
* ''Webcomic/WorkingDoodles''
* ''Webcomic/FutureReunion'' has a style extremely similar to Naoko Takeuchi, which makes the comic more enjoyable to read.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have often made pastiches of other animation styles:
** "Steamboat Itchy" and "Manhattan Madness" were two Itchy and Scratchy cartoons stylistically similar to 1910s and 1920 cartoons of that era.
*** Another Itchy and Scratchy cartoon featuring the cat and mouse fighting Hitler is a stylistic homage to the World War II propaganda cartoons.
*** In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Krusty is forced to briefly replace it with ''Worker and Parasite'', "[[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Eastern Europe]]'s favorite cat and mouse team" -- a surreal style parody of Soviet animation.
** The end of "Jaws Wired Shut" where Homer saves Marge from a demolition derby is a pastiche of the 1930s WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} cartoons by the Fleischer Studios.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' also enjoys making pastiches:
** "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery" is stylistically a parody of the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' cartoons.
** "Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants" features a segment where Cartman fights off Bin Laden in the style of the World War II Looney Tunes cartoons, complete with similar sounding music and gags.
** "Good Times With Weapons" features pastiches of {{Anime}}.
** "Major Boobage" features a stylistic homage to the 1981 cult classic ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''.
** "A Scause for Applause" is a homage to Creator/DrSeuss.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In "Road To The Multiverse" Brian and Stewie visit a Disneyesque world, complete with all of the company's stylistic trademarks.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor "Joker's Favor"]], written by Creator/PaulDini is an {{Homage}} to Creator/AlfredHitchcock works, with Charlie Collins, an {{Everyman}} character that could be a ShoutOut to a young Creator/AlfredHitchcock confronting SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and Batman. It shares a lot of the tropes that were part of the Alfred Hitchcock signature style: ActionSurvivor, BlackComedy, CreatorCameo, DramaticIrony, FadeToBlack, HopeSpot, MacGuffin[=/=]MacGuffinTitle, TheOner, ThePeepingTom and PoliceAreUseless.
* The visual art-style of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has been repeatedly described as "Ralph [=McQuarrie=]'s concept-paintings brought to life in CG", as a deliberate {{homage}} to the work the late artist had in creating the atmospheric look of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies.