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Every so often a TV Series
, or even radio talk show will make a reference to another one, usually in the same market niche or genre. Most of the time it's just a simple Shout-Out
or a Homage
, and if it's a Comedy Series
, you can expect at least a little spoofing.
But sometimes it's a bit more mean-spirited than that. Whether it's because of a perceived rivalry
, bitterness or pride
, the mention will be derogatory and boastful. More often than not, rather than be a "Take that!" to the disparaged show, it'll reflect even worse
on the joker, it'll actually make a good production turn sour, and it makes a bad production look like a monumental act of hubris. It can be especially jarring (and often hilarious for reasons the producers didn't intend)
if the show being mocked goes on to win popular and / or critical acclaim, awards, and respect from its audience, while the show doing the mocking becomes widely reviled or forgotten. On the flip side
, however, a "Take That" which is well-done and on-point can be enjoyable and satisfying to watch (even if mainly in a schedenfreude
sense), and if the creator is particularly skilled then even the target
might be willing to admit that the Take That had a point, or at least was Actually Pretty Funny
"Take That" is something you hear a lot on DVD commentaries
. Whenever the show gets to a gag that's at the expense of some real-life group(s), the commentator says, "Take that, celebrity / studio / organization / other target!"
It is more likely to occur if the creators of the work are relatively confident they won't suffer any significant backlash from the insult; for example, someone who has Protection from Editors
, or the writer of a Fan Work
Often, a Take That will be aimed at someone or something related to the work itself:
This trope is sometimes known as a "potshot" in normal parlance.
A common element of commercials
. Often uses Brand X
/ No Celebrities Were Harmed
/ Scapegoat Ads
Not to be confused with This Loser Is You
. Nor with the British boy band
. Often a Super Trope
of Muse Abuse
Note To Tropers
: This trope seems to have turned into a wildly overspread meme, and presently, there are over a hundred completely unnecessary insults around TV Tropes that pothole to this article.
Try to remove any you come across, including the ones that don't pothole to this article, unless it's on a special page, such as WMG. There's some rather funny stuff here, and we'd hate for it to go the way of I Am Not Making This Up