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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
. Nor the Big Word Shout
used by the protagonist in the Ace Attorney
series. Often a Super Trope
of Muse Abuse
Note To Tropers
: Please do not pothole
any "hilarious" insults you may feel like making towards your least favorite work to this article. We tried letting that slide once, but the pot-shots got too frequent and too irritating for their own good and had to be quashed. (That, and it's Conversation in the Main Page
nine times out of ten...)