->'''Kyle''': We have to see this movie, dude!\\
'''Cartman''': Aw, screw it. It probably isn't all that good anyway.\\
'''Kyle''': Cartman, what are you talking about? You love Terrance and Phillip!\\
'''Cartman''': Yeah, but the animation's all crappy.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''

When a work parodies ''itself.''

There are several ways to do this. Some involve BreakingTheFourthWall.

If a self-parody is to be done without direct self-reference, an easy method is having a ShowWithinAShow be a parody of the original show. The parallels should be obvious to the alert viewer, but the characters may write them off.

Since writers usually like their own works, self-parodies typically fall towards the [[AffectionateParody affectionate]] end of the parody spectrum, though this may not hold true if a particularly [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight jaded]] creator is put in charge. In either case, all deliberate self-parodies tend toward SelfDeprecatingHumor, and even the most affectionate of self-parodies can be very harsh on themselves. The sort of work most likely to have one is a series that is a LongRunner or is in an established [[TheVerse "verse"]] - else there isn't enough material.

This is hard to do well. And woe to the work that does it by accident.

See also: ParodyAssistance, wherein people involved in the production of a show help in the production of an otherwise unaffiliated parody of the show, and AdamWesting, a specific type of self-parody centered more around individual actors and characters rather than the work as a whole.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* A law firm released several ads showing people hugely distraught over minor things, such as a paper cut or power going out during an intense video game session, and the "victims" demand justice for the parties responsible. The ads usually end with the number to call to firm and a disclaimer saying "But keep in mind that you really need to be injured."
* Creator/BillyMays did this in the ads for ESPN 360.
* In 2012 Samsung ran [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CP5eVF02p0 an ad]] for its new smartphone where a dad is going away on a business trip and his daughters have made him a video which his wife gives him via touching phones. She has also made him a video - to be seen ''in private''. Christmas 2012, Samsung runs the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIKv1AXUmOk exact same ad]] - only dad is replaced by Santa going out Chirstmas Eve to deliver presents, mom by Mrs. Claus, and daughters by elves.
* Old Spice has made a borderline art out of this, the protagonists being increasingly manly men doing manly things with manly results.
* The [[SuperBowlSpecial 2017 Super Bowl ad]] by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7XMvq3NLTU Busch beer]] parodies their older commercials from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PEYCIqA1wo nearly 30 years ago]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A {{Filler}} episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Ichigo being suddenly in an "''Literature/ArabianNights''" setting and his adventure is a parody of the Soul Society arc. It turns out that [[spoiler:it was AllJustADream of Isane]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' invokes this trope during the 25th Tenkaichi Budokai when there's a screening of a movie about "How [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]] defeated Cell".
-->'''Goku:''' Well, it was ridiculous and [[BlatantLies untrue]], but it kept me entertained!
** ''Neko Majin Z'', another series by Akira Toriyama, is a SelfParody of ''Manga/DragonBall'' itself.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' invokes this with Gintaman, an overly generic action manga with bad art, drawn-out dialogue, and characters who lack any distinctive traits. The author turns out to be an ordinary gorilla, who relies heavily on the editors to turn his scribblings into something remotely coherent. It temporarily gains popularity after Gintoki offers some suggestions that turn it into a ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' ripoff, but it fades the moment a new editor is assigned to it, and it's later shown that everyone who worked as its editor eventually ended up going insane as a result of how terrible it is.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': The OVA (episode 26 of season 1), which chronologically occurs somewhere in the middle and comes with a convenient ResetButton that makes it not affect the rest of the series.
* ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi'': a spin-off/self parody of the ''Anime/TheSoulTaker''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' had a [[Funny/NeonGenesisEvangelion very funny]] radio play called "''AudioPlay/EvangelionAfterTheEnd''". It basically involves [[AnimatedActors the cast]] discussing how they should go about {{retool}}ing the series -- which had a very miserable end, it should be noted -- in various absurd ways, including a Franchise/SuperSentai show, making it a sex comedy, and even turning Asuka into a bully who talks like a {{Yakuza}}, which leads to Rei becoming a motormouth. On top of all this, it also features Creator/HideakiAnno himself being a LargeHam.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJFMmNop0e4 This]] trailer of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has idiocies like HenshinHero Setsuna F. Exia, Lockon's ghost freaking out Tieria and Allelujah, Haro playing BodySnatcher with Tieria, Sergei and Marie/Soma eating bamboo as pandas and Patrick getting shot in the ass by a UFO.
** [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer The Movie]] does it again with a ShowWithinAShow.
* ''Anime/SaintOctober'' really likes this trope: For an example: One of the villains can distribute Tarot cards to his henchmen in order to create mooks. A recurring underling of his has only two of them, but needs a whole army of mooks, so in order to create more, she just copies them. It works.
* ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks'' anime official soundtrack has a "Watch Activity" song, which is not used in the anime itself. Anime has an ending theme by the name of "Witch☆Activity" though, of which the "Watch Activity" is a recognizable spoof (music itself, guys instead of girls as vocals, both witches and The Watch being part of the story, a song in {{Engrish}} instead of a song with GratuitousEnglish, lyrics).

[[folder: Card Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has joke sets Unglued and Unhinged. While a lot of the cards are just silly in general, many cards take potshots at both Magic's fans and its developers. For example, one card called "Look at Me, I'm the DCI" depicts a blindfolded Wizards employee making banning decisions with a dartboard. Said card is currently the page image for ObviousRulePatch.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Some interpretations of ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' suggest that it is a SelfParody of Creator/FrankMiller's earlier work.
** Years before, ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain was also released, of questionable self-parody status. Miller claims this was intentional, but whether that was always true or is ParodyRetcon is unknown.
* The ''Marvel Super Heroes: What The-?!'' series by Creator/MarvelComics is a Stop-motion style series of parodies and jokes regarding the Marvel universe, with oddities such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8E0dcj1RRs M.O.D.O.K.]], the old shame of Tony, ''[[Comicbook/CivilWar Civil]]'' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oZ1gmd0sMk War]]'', and the highly regarded [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPqQvRrzqAw Old Man Logan]].
* The [[UndefeatableLittleVillage large number of]] [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion alien invasions fended off]] in Marvel comics got parodied as early as 1977 in ''Comicbook/XMen'': Shi'ar come to Earth and discuss whether the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] applies. When they realize that the locals have not only met the Skrulls, the Kree and the likes before but actually beat Comicbook/{{Galactus}} back four times, they panic, fearing that this one world may be as powerful as their own whole empire.
* The "Night At the Comic Shop" issue of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' had comic book characters come to life. One of the characters was "Wilbur", who dresses pretty much identical to Archie's old design (except with a "W" on his cardigan). He's described as a "wacky teenager who's always chasing girls" and true to art Veronica shows attraction to him.
** This is actually a clever double self-parody; on one level Wilbur is a parody of Archie. On another, Archie Comics are using a pre-existing character for the GeniusBonus of "Yeah, back in the day Archie had spawned a FountainOfExpies, we ripped off our own character for some reason."

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'': The "Humour" promised by the header is mostly of this kind, and doesn't always seem to be intentional.
* ''Fanfic/TheOmniverseEvent'': The ShowWithinAShow "Enchantment Girl" featured in "Yu-Gi-Oh Delta X" is one to the Yu-Gi-Oh anime, creating "magical girls in fighter jets" as an analogue to "card games on motorcycles" and "Dark Enchantment Girls" as an analogue to the Dark Synchros, and also featuring some AuthorAppeal in describing the fourth series (analogous to ZEXAL) as the best.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' was Disney making fun of itself.
* ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' remains one of the campiest ''Film/JamesBond'' films.
** The ''Film/JamesBond'' series acknowledged the parodic ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' many times.
*** The true series subtly borrowed its 'James Bond is a codename' concept (which Niven's 'original' Bond blatantly ties to the official series by mentioning Connery).
*** At the time, real Bond/Q scenes were played straight. The "Casino Royale" exaggeration has Q walking Bond through a room full of mayhem, injury and cartoonish background gags. Eventually, the true Bond films adopted this style exactly. Speaking of....
*** Peter Sellers' Bond finds a deadly pen in Q's lab, and jokes about it being used to write 'poison pen letters.' In ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', Roger Moore and Q have this same exchange.
*** In Daniel Craig's ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Bond is told not to expect the Cavalry to ride in and save him this time. Of course, that's EXACTLY what happened at the end of the spoof "Casino Royale".
* ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' basically made fun of the first film and audience reactions to it.
* ''Film/ACockAndBullStory'' thrives on this. From Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing caricatures of themselves to everyone always talking about how difficult it will be to make a Tristam Shandy adaptation, the film's willingness to play with itself is rivaled only by its willingness to play with the FourthWall.
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' seems to be well-aware that airline disaster movies are nearly impossible to take seriously anymore, by not even trying.
* The unfilmed sequel to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', "The Revenge of the Old Queen", had a throwaway joke in which a character referred to Brad as "asshole" and Janet as "slut." (Taking it one step further, Janet IS truly a slut this time - she is an aged hooker.)

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''How to Write a Blackwood Article'' has its protagonist ask a parody of himself for writing advice. She in turn goes on to "write" Poe's ''A Predicament'', in which she [[{{Malaproper}} mangles a fair number of literary references]] and [[LosingYourHead gets beheaded by a clock]] due to a combination of [[TooDumbToLive stupidity]] and ExactWords being used against her...[[UndeadAuthor and survives to lament having lost her head, her manservant and her dog all at once.]]
* The "Roonil Wazlib" gag in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' was obviously a product of JK Rowling poking fun at the fact that loads of [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] were always used in the plot of every installment of the series.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} Children of the Lens]]'', the protagonist at one point poses as a writer of space operas, and we're treated to a paragraph or so of his prose -- which is a parody of the author's [[PurpleProse normal style]].
-->... Fools! Did they think that the airlessness of absolute space, the heatlessness of absolute zero, the yieldlessness of absolute neutronium, could stop QADGOP THE MERCOTAN? And the stowaway, that [[DamselInDistress human wench Cynthia]], cowering in helpless terror just beyond this thin and fragile wall...
:: The writer he's posing as has a long-established background, including several other novels. A throwaway remark notes that he actually ''finishes'' the novel this excerpt is from, and it's widely acclaimed as one of his best.
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock's "The Stone Thing: A Tale of Strange Parts". The story of an [[TheExile exiled]] and [[FlyingDutchman doomed wanderer]], who has lost most of his extremities and all of his loved ones due to the vast array of [[EvilWeapon cursed weaponry]] he's forced to carry around with him. It takes every aspect of ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' UpToEleven and ends with a totally outrageous punchline.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* Believe it or not, but ''Series/SesameStreet'' had a "Cookie World" episode. Starring who else?
* From ''Series/{{House}}'', some of House's favorite soaps (though they're really more parodies of General Hospital, or at least parodies of what people who don't like soaps think General Hospital is like).
* "Jerry" on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* "Wormhole X-Treme" and "200" from ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', the sketch "What the Stars Foretell" has a character starting to rattle off synonyms, then a poster drops down so the studio audience can continue reading from the LongList. Terry Jones and Michael Palin wrote this as a parody of Chapman and Cleese's thesaurus-inspired sketches; they were surprised when it was accepted for the show.
** Also written as a joke was the sketch "The Extremely Dull Life of a City Stockbroker," a parody of Jones and Palin's sketches by Chapman and Idle. This goes to show how easily a GagSeries can accommodate SelfParody.
* ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' is both a full ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series and a parody of the Sentai formula. ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'' is its SpiritualSuccessor.
** And on the other side of the Pacific, ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' and (to a lesser extent) ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. ''RPM'' was something of an interesting clash, as it was the same time a DarkerAndEdgier take on the source material (the Rangers are the main force protecting the only human city left after a robot apocalypse) and ''constantly'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] its own tropes at the same time ("Sometimes when I morph, I can't help but notice this gigantic explosion right behind me for no apparent reason. (...) Now, could that happen to me in the kitchen or something?").
* ''Series/UltramanTaro'' for the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', embodying [[SelfDeprecation every negative stereotype associated with]] ''Ultraman'' and Tokusatsu. It's got ridiculous plots (episodes have included such plot points as the characters playing volleyball against a giant monster), some of the goofiest-looking {{kaiju}} ever (like the buck-toothed Okariyan and the Pinnochio-like alien Piccolo), slapstick-like battles (in more than one fight, the monster attacks Taro by ''farting in his face''), defense team ZAT being outright lazy and incompetent (in several episodes, they ''refuse'' to deal with the MonsterOfTheWeek and complain that Ultraman Taro should just solve the problem for them), and a propensity for extreme MoodWhiplash (episodes could have characters acting like idiots in one scene, only for the next seen to depict brutal monster-on-Ultra violence or humans being massacred in kaiju rampages). This show was made as Creator/TsuburayaProductions' [[MilestoneCelebration 10th anniversary series.]]
* In ''Series/FatherTed'', the priests are big fans of a series called Father Ben about stupid priests who live on an island.
* In ''Series/BlackBooks'', also by Graham Linehan, invokes this when book shop owner Bernard Black reads out a cinema advertisement:
-->'''Bernard''': What this, ''Blue Tunes?'' Grouchy Leonard Blue runs a second hand record shop with his half-wit, mustachioed assistant Danny...\\
''[Manny laughs]''\\
'''Bernard''': When this zany pair team up with bitchy, neurotic neighbour Pam, things are sure to be a riot of laughs. Where do they get this crap? Even a child could--\\
'''Manny''': They must think we're idiots.\\
'''Fran''': ''[looks at picture]'' Look at them. Wankers.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "The Zeppo" (season 3, episode 13) made fun of the cliches the show established.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' does this at least once a season, in episodes such as "Hollywood Babylon" and "The Real Ghostbusters". Both of which pale into insignificance next to "The French Mistake". Taken {{Up to Eleven}} in the 200th musical episode.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': The ShowWithinAShow "Kid Gets Acquainted With the Universe".
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' had "A Day in the Life" in season 2 and "The Play's the Thing" in season 4.
* Every ''Series/TheXFiles'' that bordered on {{Deconstruction}} entered this at times (examples include "Jose Chung's ''From Outer Space''", "X-Cops" and "Hollywood AD").
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'''s "The Stinson Missile Crisis" parodied itself via the setting of Robin in court-mandated therapy after a mysterious sequence of events, telling her therapist the story of How She Wound Up Assaulting A Woman And Getting Stuck In This Court-Mandated Therapy. She then proceeds to use an unnecessary level of detail and a ridiculous number of tangents that she insists are essential in order to understand the full story while her therapist waits impatiently and is repeatedly fooled into thinking that ''this'' moment is the one where she ''finally'' Assaults The Woman -- basically, doing to her therapist exactly what the show has been doing to its viewers for seven years. The episode also takes advantage of the parody format to push its specific style of using {{Flash Forward}}s, {{Flash Back}}s, Flash-Sidewayses, imagine spots, cutaway gags, {{InternalMonologue}}s, ThreeLinesSomeWaiting, and LemonyNarrator-esque commentary UpToEleven, rather like "The Zeppo" above. Between this and "Symphony of Illumination", one might start to suspect that the entire FramingDevice of the show is an idea Future!Ted got from Future!Robin.
** Not only that, but her story leads both Kevin and the viewers to believe that the woman she assaulted is Nora, when in fact it turns out to be someone completely different, possibly referencing HIMYM's pilot episode, where both Ted's kids and the viewers were falsely led to believe that The Mother was Robin.
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Actor," the previous episode "Mr. Monk and the Astronaut" gets made into a movie. Among the changes made is [[GenderFlip Disher is cast as a woman who has an affair with Leland.]] When the real Stottlemeyer and Disher view the filming of that scene:
-->'''Captain Leland Stottlemeyer:''' That didn't happen.
-->'''Lt. Randy Disher:''' Not even once.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' parodied itself when they investigated a murder in a movie set based on them.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' season 2 episode 12 "Prisoner's Dilemma", by having a character other than the main hero in the role, the standard save the victim plot feels odd. Doesn't change the fact that its also a WhamEpisode.
* ''Series/EerieIndiana'' season 1 closer "Reality Takes a Holiday" has also self-parody aspects, like Omri Katz as a jaded kid star (although it's hard to say with all the MindScrew going on...).
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' season 6 introduces a troupe of actors performing a play called "The Bloody Hand" which parodies the show itself.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill''
** There's an episode where the Tree Hill gang rescues Mouth when Rachel leaves him in a small Texas town. None of them made it to their prom so they crash the local high school and find out that the teens in this ''actual small American town'' aren't as attractive as they are and they don't live exciting lives as they do.
** Another episode is about the Tree Hill kids putting on a stage show chronicling the love story of Nathan and Hailey.
* The ''Series/WillAndGrace'' episode "No Series/SexAndTheCity" parodies the show's sitcom clichés.

[[folder: Live Performances]]
* The final clown segment in ''Theatre/{{Dralion}}'' goofily reenacts all of the show's serious acts, complete with threadbare mockeries of key costumes and props.
* An accidental example of this is "Right Brain", a song from the 1994 New York Theatre Workshop version of Jonathan Larson's ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''. Later becoming "One Song Glory", many fans who hear this old version of the inspirational song can hardly listen without feeling the need to vomit or burst into a fit of uncontrollable laughter.
* The tribute concert to Cameron Mackintosh, "Hey Mr Producer", features a pre-taped segment in which Music/StephenSondheim and Creator/AndrewLloydWebber parody their songs "Send in the Clowns" and "Music of the Night", while ribbing Cameron Mackintosh at the same time. It can be called the highlight of the show.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Music/{{KMFDM}} has quite a few songs dedicated to lampooning itself. There's ''Sucks'' (KMFDM SUCKS! remains a popular chant to this day) and ''Megalomaniac'' and ''Light'' and ''Intro''. Oh, and ''Virus'', to a lesser extent.
* "Insert Generic Title" by Daniel Kandi. Though just the title. The song itself is actually pretty good.
* In the world of drum and bugle corps, Cadets of Bergen County's championship-winning 1990 show (especially the closer) was a self-parody of sorts. The drill moves (the Z-pull, reversed(!) and the company front coming from 1984), the musical phrases (one can detect West Side Story, Candide, and Appalachian Spring in the mishmash of statements that form the closer) and some of the entire show concept are all reprising their earlier ventures in some way or another
* Music/WeirdAl is known for food-themed parodies of popular songs, though this was more a staple of his early career. His album, Mandatory Fun, seemed to have another such song in "Foil" when describing how well it worked for containing foods. [[WhamLine At first.]]
* "Creator/CharlieBrooker Is Right About Everything" by The Attery Squash, is a pastiche of their own "Music/{{Devo}} Was Right About Everything".
* The ''Music/{{Queen}}'' music video for "The Great Pretender" parodies their past music videos.

[[folder: Print Media ]]
* GamePro Magazine had one called LamePro.
* As you might have guessed, Magazine/{{MAD}} Magazine has done this. It's perhaps most notable when they have a movie spoof of their own film ''Film/UpTheAcademy''. It was much shorter than a regular parody, ending with them disowning the film, which they actually DID do in RealLife.

[[folder: Radio ]]
* Creator/OrsonWelles was the guest host of ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' for four episodes in 1943 while Jack was ill. The main humor of the episodes comes from Welles parodying his own image as a director with a huge ego and a flair for over-the-top filmmaking:
-->'''Don:''' Oh, by the way, Orson, what's the title of this picture you're making?
-->'''Welles:''' Well, I've called my story very simply "The March of Destiny", and it deals with everything that ever happened.
* The last episode of season 7 of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' gives the show itself the "Accidentally Listening To A Bit of ''Radio/TheArchers''" treatment:
-->'''Carrie''': It's ''John Finnemore's Cosy Warm Bath of Gentle Whimsy''!
-->''Boos from audience''
-->'''John''': Ding, ding!
-->'''Lawry''': Good morning, sir!
-->'''John''': Good morning, I'm looking for a shop sketch.
-->'''Lawry''': You're in luck, sir! We're one of the last shows in the world that still stocks them!

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* The Black Dog Game Factory in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', a branch of [[{{Megacorp}} Pentex]], and the home of the ''Talespinner'' system (''Storyteller'') and ''World of Shadows'' setting (''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness The World of Darkness]]''). Not only are all their games parodies of Creator/WhiteWolf products (''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Revenant: The Ravishing]]''; ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Lycanthrope: The Rapture]]''; ''[[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Warlock: The Pretention]]''; ''[[TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}} Deviant]]'' etc. etc.), but the names and some characteristics of the staff were strangely familiar, albeit all evil and/or insane.
* In the ''Tooniversal Tour Guide'' for the ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' RPG by Steve Jackson Games, the ''[=CarToon=] Wars'' setting is a parody of ''TabletopGame/CarWars'' by Steve Jackson Games. Meanwhile, SJG's ''Pyramid'' magazine include pastiches of [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness The Old World of Darkness]] by Jeff Koke (who adapted the oWoD for ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'') and "Trans-Toony Space" by David Morgan-Mar (who co-wrote ''GURPS Bio-Tech'' and ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace: Under Pressure'').
* ''Castle Greyhawk'' was a mega-dungeon adventure set in the ''TabletopGames/{{Greyhawk}}'' setting [[CaptainObvious (of course)]] written by Creator/GaryGygax himself, and was presumably something he had written up to playtest ''Dungeons & Dragons'' as a concept. The plot [[ExcusePlot (to use the term loosely)]] involved players going through the eponymous castle through comedic encounters that made no sense at all when viewed as a whole. Villains in the adventure were {{Shout Out}}s to a rather wide array of television, comic book, and advertising icons (players would encounter Driderman, The Inedible Bulk, and Da Ting in one room, and face Poppinfarsh the Dough Golem in the next) with weird places like The Temple of Really Bad Dead Things and the Honeycomb Hive). The FinalBoss was a nutty illusionist who spent all his time at the bottom level of the tower watching a giant tapestry which is basically a TV. (This was caricature of Gygax himself.) While some fans saw the adventure as SoBadItsGood, many accused TSR of doing it to purposely ruin Gygax's reputation (it was released after he left the company) while others just claim they thought ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. (Ironically, it was also known for being [[NintendoHard brutally hard.]])

* ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' pokes fun at different aspects of the Franchise/{{Barbie}} universe, such as Barbie having a vast career history, and Ken existing only to become Barbie's LoveInterest.
* Moose Toys managed to get on the map with ''Toys/TheTrashPack'', a gross-out collectible toy that grew very popular. Their next big venture was ''Toys/{{Shopkins}}'', which became even ''more'' popular, even surpassing ''Trash Pack''. When ''Shopkins'' was still hot and ''Trash Pack'' was gone, they created ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang''...basically a sickening ''Trash Pack''-style mockery of their own ''Shopkins'' line. They would later flat-out parody ''Shopkins'' as "Slopkins" in one of their ''Grossery Gang'' videos.

* ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' has the secret radio show ''Idea Spy 2.5'', a parody of the Spy Genre as well as Metal Gear itself, with all the ridiculous events that happen. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has the secret theater, which play the ridiculousness of the Metal Gear series for comedy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'', to ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}''. As the Laconic entry for ''Parodius'' states, it's "''Gradius'' on acid", featuring an aesthetic that would not be out of place in a kid-oriented WidgetSeries. Many moments spoof specific elements of the ''Gradius'' series, such as bellydancers mimicking ''Gradius'' crab walker bosses and a bald eagle in American patriotic garb replicating the Stage 1 boss of ''Gradius II''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' makes fun of one line of quests in the original ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' where a gun is hidden in pieces on one of the maps and must be found and reassembled. These Scavenger quests tended towards being lengthy and obtuse, and the payout was no better than any other randomly generated item in the game...so ''Borderlands 2'' included the Hungry Like The Skag optional mission, where the Vault Hunters find a recorder from a bandit. In it, he talks about how it's a great day to walk around blithely talking into an ECHO recorder without skags perparing to ambush him and tear his favorite gun to four separate pieces, then eating it and him--whereupon that exact scenario happens. The Vault Hunters must once again go rooting through Skag guts to find the parts and put the gun back together, just like old times.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' can be seen as a self parody of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' While Mario is a heroic character who collects coins while he is saving the day, ''Wario Land'' turns it on it's head and is about a greedy AntiHero exploring for pure profit and [[AccidentalHero inadvertently saves the day by accident.]] Further showcased by the power ups, which among other things, includes being squished, turned into a zombie, and ''[[ManOnFire set on fire.]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' light-heartedly pokes fun at a lot of the series' standards; for example, early in the game Zelda refuses to accompany you into a dungeon on the grounds that leaving the dangerous work to the heroes is "family tradition." And yet later on she takes on a much more active role than in every other game of the series to date.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* In ''WebComic/KoanOfTheDay'', the guru discusses the [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/232/ problem with koans]].
* The last panel in this comic: ''"We rejoin ''Webcomic/DieselSweeties'' [[http://www.dieselsweeties.com/archive/2513 #2513]] already in progress..."''
-->'''Red Robot:'''"Punchline five people will get!"\\
'''Clango:''' "Additional nonsensical rejoinder!"
* ''Webcomic/DrowTales'' has a couple of chibi pages in the end of every chapter, parodying or spoofing the events in that chapter and the setting of the comic.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/{{Mission404}}'' is a short film made specially for the web, parodying the web as a CrapsackWorld, with an AnthropomorphicPersonification of Youtube (where the video was first posted). Also, the cast consists entirely of actors who started on the Internet as youtubers, and one of the characters is famous on Youtube in-universe as well.
* IOSYS has done many famous VideoGame/{{Touhou}} parody songs and Flash animations. They've also done plenty of parodies of their own parodies. A couple examples:
** ''[[http://www.iosysos.com/cd/toho/IOSYS_tohootomebayashi_loving.swf Marisa Stole the Precious Thing]]'' + Mahjong = ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpeXeznWtME Marisa Tanked My Score With an Incredible Hand]]''.
** ''[[http://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Lyrics:_%E3%80%90%E6%BC%94%E5%A5%8F%E3%81%97%E3%81%A6%E3%81%BF%E3%81%9F%E3%80%91%E6%82%A3%E9%83%A8%E3%81%AE%E3%81%A7%E3%81%8D%E3%82%8B%E3%81%8A%E5%AB%81%E3%81%AB%E5%A4%A7%E5%A4%89%E3%81%AA%E3%82%BF%E3%82%A4%E3%83%A8%E3%82%A6%E6%9D%A5%E3%81%9F%E3%82%8C%E3%80%81%E3%83%91%E3%83%BC%E3%83%95%E3%82%A7%E3%82%AF%E3%83%88%E6%84%9A%E6%B0%91%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82%E3%81%A3%EF%BC%81%E3%80%90%E3%83%97%E3%83%AA%E3%82%BA%E3%83%A0%E3%83%AA%E3%83%90%E3%83%BC%E3%80%91 [Singing Attempt] The Brides that Queue Up the Affected Area are Impending the Precious Sun, Perfect Ignorant Fools! [Prismriver] ]]'' is a mashup of a bunch of their own previous parody and remix songs, titles included.
* TheNostalgiaCritic reviewed his own movies, due to him getting amnesia from being in the PlotHole.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afr3aO3jtn0 an unreleased promo]] for introducing ''[[WebVideo/GameGrumps Steam Train]]'', [[note]]The promo depicts Steam Train, with Danny and Ross, as an entirely separate show from Game Grumps, featuring Arin and Jon; the promo wasn't released because Jon left the show shortly before Steam Train was to debut, so Danny became part of Game Grumps and the Steam Train introduction needed a different context.[[/note]] Arin and Jon of ''Game Grumps'' are shown as extremely stereotyped versions of themselves:
-->'''Jon:''' Look at this [[CatchPhrase dang-ass]] game! It's [[VerbalTic legitimately]] in my [[WebVideo/JonTron top ten.]]
-->'''Arin:''' ''[[CommanderContrarian I hate video games!]]''

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' does this on occasion:
** The episode "Butt Out" is a parody of the standard ''South Park'' formula, as Kyle points out in a moment of GenreSavvy.
** WordOfGod confirms this in the case of Terrance and Phillip: When the MoralGuardians first started complaining about the show, they decided to make a show within their show that was [[RefugeInAudacity even worse]].
** It goes meta in ''200'', in which Kyle and Cartman call each other fat-ass and jew, and Stan complains that they always do the same thing. The exact same dialogue took place in an earlier episode.
** The episodes "Cartoon Wars Part I" and "Cartoon Wars Part II" spend a good amount of time criticizing ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' for its formula. South Park says Family Guy is just random joke after random joke with no consistent relationship to the story. However, in Cartoon Wars Part II, a trucker is talking about how he likes Family Guy, and says: "I mean, I know it's just joke after joke, but I like that. At least it doesn't get all preachy and up its own ass with messages, you know?"
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has "The True Stories Of Mainframe."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' could be said to be this for Marvel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' had a monster filming Juniper's adventures and broadcasting them in a show named "The Battles and Brawls of Juniper Lee".
* At the end of the ''[[OffToSeeTheWizard Wizard of Odd]]'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' Candace parodied her song "Busted" from a previous episode by singing about how the Tin Man was "[[PunBasedTitle Rusted]]."
* "Fairly Odd Primates" from the ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' special "Abracatastrophe", in which the theme song was spoofed. "Bananas, bananas, bananas, bananas!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' The Dawg and Bone Show in is a parody of the show itself starring Flanderized versions of Johnny and Dukey named "Dawg" and "Bone" respectively. Their only personality traits are talking with slang accents and being obsessed with zombie hunting.
** Additionally, the episode also parodies its own animation by stating that Dawg and Bone are Squash and Stretch and therefore cannot be stopped from physical harm, but Johnny and Dukey now have to go out of their way to avoid being injured.
* A lot of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episodes have played out as self-parodies of how weird and wacky the show has become. Some examples:
** "Saddlesore Galactica" (the one where The Simpsons keep a horse as a pet and Bart and Homer run afoul of jockey elves): Those who don't see it as a sign that the show was becoming a cheap clone of ''South Park'' and ''Family Guy'' (despite that those shows copied ''The Simpsons'' style and made it more over the top than ''The Simpsons'' ever could be) do see it as a self-parody and an exercise in modern surrealism.
** "Homer Loves Flanders": Lisa points out that Homer and Flanders being friends won't last because of how formulaic the show is...until Homer and Flanders remain friends in the end (at least until the next episode when Homer tells Flanders to go to Hell after Flanders comes over to say, "Hi") and Lisa realizes that the wacky adventures might be coming to an end.
** The end of the Gump Roast ClipShow episode gives us a sneak peek of future episodes to the song "[[WeDidntStartTheBillyJoelParodies They'll Never Stop The Simpsons]]" to reassure viewers they aren't out of ideas: Grampa Simpson marries both of Marge's sisters in one, Marge becomes a robot in another, etc.
--->'''Narrator:''' We're sorry for the clip-shoooowww....
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Matt Groening's head presents a pilot for his (presumably) animated series to an audience at Comic-Con, called Futurella. Set in the year 4000, the opening title looks exactly like Futurama's, and abruptly follows with a message that the show's been cancelled.
-->'''Matt Groening's head:''' Wow. Fox has really streamlined the process.
* WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo is basically just one big silly parody of the earlier WesternAnimation/TeenTitans.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': The episode where Yakko sings all the words in the English language to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance (the same tune he sang "Yakko's World" to).
* The 1991 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "(Blooper) Bunny" is a parody of the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny MilestoneCelebration the previous year.
-->'''Daffy''': Oh brother! Fifty-first and a half aniversary!
* ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' did this quite a bit, and ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' did it even more!
* In AN episode of WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} which parodies various cartoons the characters are shown watching Artie and Friends, about characters who are blatant expies of them. They point out how weird the characters being animals is and Arthur isn't certain what animal Artie is supposed to be.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' "Turtles In Space part 1: The Fugitoid" has the heroes in a half-shell stranded on an alien planet. They retreat to the sewers, where Michelangelo witnesses four alien rats in masks, much like the kind he and his brothers are wearing, led by a terrapin-sensei in a robe and cane like Splinter's.
-->'''Ninja Rat:''' ''(Indecipherable noise, subtitled as "Cowabunga!")''\\
'''Michelangelo:''' Whoa... Bizzaroworld!
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has "Dee Dee and The Man" where Dexter fires Dee Dee as his sister.
* ''WesternAnimation/PibAndPog'' is a self-parody by Creator/AardmanAnimations, in which a pre-school kids' show featuring two cute claymation creatures rapidly descends into grotesque tit-for-tat acts of ultraviolence.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' celebrates and mocks everything about the Sonic franchise in equal amounts, along with the periodic potshot at Sonic's UnpleasableFanbase. Shadow the Hedgehog embodies this, with his Boom version being as much of an edgelord as fans and nonfans alike have accused him of being.