->''"They shouldn't satirise the ''show'', though. It was ''already'' tongue-in-cheek. This is a sendup of a sendup, so it's cancelling itself out."''
-->-- '''Nick Setchfield''', ''SFX'' magazine, on ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' as a remake of [[Series/TheAvengers the TV show]].

Parodies often delight in pointing out works' contradictions and silly nature. But sometimes, parodies mistakenly spoof a work that's ''intentionally'' contradictory or silly. The spoof writer misses the point of the original, mocking it for entirely intended qualities.

Similarly, parodies often play with original works by throwing in silliness of their own. But the writer may underestimate the original's capacity for incongruous situations, characterization or dialogue, falsely thinking such elements will necessarily parody the source. The result is a silly work but one that duplicates the original rather than mocking it.

Compare SpoofingSpoofiness, when a spoof knowingly mocks a work's ironic qualities. See also RedundantParody, which occurs when a parody unwittingly reproduces an exact joke from the original.

Contrast ShallowParody, which is when a work spoofs another work for qualities that they didn't really have to begin with.



[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' played the ''Ginyu Force'' as a parody of sentai anime series. The Ginyu in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' already WAS a parody of said animes, so that didn't actually add anything new with that. They did soon branch out though, with Recoome becoming Wrestling personified, Jeice taking his being a Space Australian to extremes, Burter was extremely self-conscious about his speed and wanting to be special, and Guldo ended up becoming their resident ButtMonkey.

* ''Film/LoadedWeapon1'' had the same problem in spoofing a [[Film/LethalWeapon film series]] that obviously didn't take itself all that seriously to begin with. Creator/RogerEbert pointed out the flaw in sending up [[Film/LethalWeapon2 a movie]] that featured [[TheCanKickedHim an exploding crapper]].
* The first ''Film/ScaryMovie'' got some flak for parodying [[Franchise/{{Scream}} a movie series]] that was already meant to be a satire of the SlasherMovie genre. It works mostly because ''Scream'' itself [[IndecisiveParody doesn't really seem sure whether it's meant to be a parody]] and seemed more like a straight entry of the genre at times, and because ''Scary Movie'' also parodied a lot of serious examples of the genre.
* The similar horror spoof ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'' received some of the same criticism. Sometimes mistakenly referred to as a parody of ''Scary Movie'' in turn ([[UpToEleven a parody of a parody of a satire?]]), it's actually an original spoof of ''Scream'' and similar movies which just happened to be created around the same time.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One of the very last Creator/BobHope specials on NBC tried to lampoon [[Film/{{Batman}} the 1989]] ''[[Film/{{Batman}} Batman]]'' [[Film/{{Batman}} movie]], and had Hope done up as Jack Nicholson's Joker. The dialogue had a light, derisive tone that evidently conflicted with the writers' view of serious superheroes and supervillains. Actually, the Joker takes this exact tone (he is named "the Joker" after all) and even volleyed [[RedundantParody the same sort of insults]] in the real movie as those the special featured.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil parodies often ignore the fact that the shows are often extremely funny and not simply two hours of posing and pretentiousness.
* A particular problem with British comedy shows in TheEighties was impressionists "doing" people like "Dame Edna Everage", "[[Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm Frank Spencer]]" and "[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]]", completely ignoring the fact that these were already comedy caricatures created by Barry Humphries, Michael Crawford and Creator/PeterSellers respectively, leaving absolutely nothing left to parody.
* Parodies of the Energizer Bunny, which tend to forget that one of the Bunny's original gimmicks was [[EnergizerBunny interrupting absurd parody commercials]]. That they all make the same joke (stretching the "it keeps going and going" line until it becomes annoying) doesn't help.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' did a parody music of Music/{{Jewel}}'s ''Intuition'' video and ''0304'' pop album, labeling her a pop sellout... except that video and album were satire of the then current teen pop trend. The [[http://youtu.be/8Ilh1ewceco Intuition original video]] featured such mockery as texts reading "Jewel's voice sounds much better now that she's dancing" and a pyrotechnics performance that ended with the fire department's arrival.
* Andrea Martin of ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' once remarked that the only show they couldn't spoof was ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', because they couldn't come up with any situation that was more ridiculous than what the show already did.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode guide, the writers admit that ''Film/CatalinaCaper'' was one of the hardest episodes to write, being an unfunny musical comedy, thus making it difficult to effectively mock.
* Most parodies of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' starring Creator/AdamWest. Even a cursory look will show it wasn't meant to be taken seriously and was in fact itself parodying comics of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the time]].

* There's a "response" to Music/TheLonelyIsland's "Jizz In My Pants" called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJsQcnB6GC0 "Puke In My Mouth"]]. Those behind it fail to see the original was a parody, [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] and ''actually funny''. The result is you get a bunch of attractive women who spend the entire song mocking ''other'' people.
* Numerous parodies of The Lonely Island's track "I'm On a Boat", ignore the fact that the original song was itself a parody of materialistic hip-hop themed around ostentatious displays of wealth and luxury.
* Music/RayStevens' song "Teenage Mutant Kung Fu Chickens" spoofed ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', which was itself a parody of Creator/FrankMiller's ''Ronin'' among others. There was also a whole genre of ''Ninja Turtles'' [[TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats parody knockoffs]] of which Stevens appears unaware when he made his own parody knockoff.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cakewalk Cakewalk]] song and dance numbers performed in MinstrelShows by white dancers in {{blackface}} are a parody of a particular style of dance held by black former slaves on plantations. However, the type of dance they're parodying is itself a parody of dances performed by white plantation owners.

* This was practically the specialty of ''Magazine/{{Cracked}}'' Magazine:
** Several ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' parodies, apart from some BreakingTheFourthWall moments, could pass for real episodes. The corny dialogue was so dead on, some might wonder if the actual ''Mork and Mindy'' writers made them.
** In later years, their ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parody pretty much played it straight as well - nothing at all like ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' and its constant LampshadeHanging, [[NoFourthWall fourth-wall demolition]] and hilarious DeusExMachina endings.
** Cracked did a parody of ''Film/HotShots'' once. Yes, a parody [[Film/TopGun of a parody]]. They did ''Film/TheNakedGun'' films as well.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Pretty much all the stuff that's played for laughs (like stupid guards and rescuing hostages on the toilet) in ''Mesal Gear Solid'', the Franchise/MetalGear parody in ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 3'', is stuff that was played for laughs (or at least played non-seriously) in the actual series. The ending line of the PAL version ("I go wherever the wind takes me. So long as war never ends, I will always have a place in this world.") would not sound remotely out of place in the actual games - the canon is already so [[PoesLaw deliberately over-the-top]] that it's pretty much impossible to parody.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The old cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' is basically a spoof of... the silly Creator/AdamWest Series/{{Batman}} show. Which was a spoof of superheroes to begin with.
** Even a classic ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ("Radioactive Man") was guilty of this. The parody was merciless and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] until you learned that the original was intentionally silly.