Marc Summers: In Encino Man, what actor plays the caveman?
Contestant: Pauly Shore?Series, Film, 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, jealousy, bitterness or pride, the mention will be derogatory and boastful. More often than not, rather than being a "Take that!" to the disparaged show, it'll reflect even worse on the joker making a good production turn sour, and 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. And even when that doesn't happen, a particularly nasty and/or unsubtle Take That can alienate fans of whatever it's targeting rather than making them laugh. 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 schadenfreude 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 or Webcomic. Often, a Take That will be aimed at someone or something related to the work itself:
- Armed with Canon: Take That, other creator on this franchise!
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Take That, employers!
- Damned by a Fool's Praise: A Take That in the form of an idiot or an unsavory character liking something.
- Self-Deprecation: Take That, Me!
- Take That, Audience!
- Take That, Critics!
- Take That, Scrappy!
- "Take That!" Tit-for-Tat: Dueling works swapping Take Thats with each other.
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