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Take That: Fan Fic


Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Bring Me All Your Elderly is one long (hilarious) Take That against The Last Airbender, with everything from the names to the Battle Cries being mocked or parodied. Even Shyamalan himself isn't safe, as he's portrayed as a no-talent hack with delusions of grandeur.
  • Kyoshi Rising also pokes fun at The Last Airbender; Kyoshi's self taught Earthbending is very similar to the Bending in the movie, with plenty of arm motions and stomping to look big and impressive. However, this method only ever moves a few small rocks, and her Earthbending instructor says that excessive arm movement actually dissipates a person's energy.

Bleach
  • Bleach Fan Works has quite a few of the less intelligent in-story reviewers be fans of Twilight, and liking the poorly written fanfics because they remind them of Twilight, even when they're not that much like it (although it often says more about the reviewers' intelligence). On the flip side, some of the in-story reviewers bring up resemblance to Twilight as a point against the fics they review.
    Oshikko: You're trying to mimic that shit Twilight. You are successful in that but then... that isn't hard to do.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Chosen to Destroy: In the author's own words it "sums up my opinion on the Buffy Finale: Chosen". The fic is basically an expression of the author's hatred and contempt for Buffy (and to a lesser extent Angel), having the First destroy the entire world, what should have been the best demon fighting team ever (Xander, Giles, Willow and Faith) fail to form, and the First Good itself try (and fail) to set Buffy up to die, all because of Buffy's stupidity and ego.

Calvin and Hobbes
  • Calvin & Hobbes: The Series, being very-self aware, has a few.
    • Among the scary things Calvin is shown in one episode include Dora.
    • "Wild Movie" starts with Calvin being disgusted by the mere prospect of a sequel to The Incredible Hulk.
    • When terrifying Sherman in "Sherman Goes to the Vet":
    Hobbes: The vet shall attack you, young Vermin! Be afraid! Be very afraid! Think of that 1997 Batman movie with George Clooney! Terrifying! Not terrifying entertainment! Just terrifying!
    • Calvin spends part of "Hypercube" complaining about the Star Wars prequels.
    "Alternative title: Star Wars III: A Trip to the Dentist."
    Hobbes: Are you all going to become Ben Stein stand-ins?
    • From Klein's long speech in "Attack of the Monsters":
    "...no pagers, no iPods, no iPhones, no iTunes, no PDA, no laptops, digital cameras, no video cameras, no mini-DVD's… In fact, no technology that essentially does the exact same thing, but Apple says are each incredibly different in a scheme to make money."
    • Earlier than that, "Calvin Gets Professional Help" had jabs towards Barbie of Swan Lake, Bratz, and The Lost World.
    • Andy's story in "Tales of a Tiger" reveals that at least one of the authors isn't too fond of video games, and more explicitly thinks Bluetooths are really stupid (or at least make figuring out if someone's a loony harder).
    • And Socrates' idea for making the fun house scarier in "Dark Laughter"? Having Bad Romance play in every room.
    Andy: Yep, after several failed attempts, they have succeeded in making her more terrifying than she already is.
  • From the same universe as the above, Retro Chill mentions that The Backyardigans is available on VVV (which is shown to be a very painful means of watching something).

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
  • Tiberium Wars has a few of these, directed at the official Novelization of the game, including a choice jab at the novel's act of having a raw private dropping his loaded rifle and scoring a headshot at long range with a pistol - by having the same thing happen, except the man doing it is Havoc.
    The Nod biker was a hundred meters away, with a dozen Nod soldiers between him and the man by Nigel's bike. A normal soldier, straight out of boot on his first day, would never have made that kind of shot with a pistol. Even an experienced target shooter might find it difficult.
    But that was why they called him "Havoc."

Cross Over

Death Note

Demon King Daimao
  • On chapter 6.5 of Keena & the Defendants of Constan Magic Academy, quite a notable use of this trope (and perhaps Author Filibuster, as well) about the current anime industry and pretty much Harem anime overall. Here's just a taste of the rant:
    Michie: No one wants to fucking see that. It's sexist, it's desperate, and the worst part is this shit always sells! It's sexist for BOTH genders! It's sexist for females because it shows how desperate they are just to get one guy and battle each other for him, despite the fact that there are more fish in the sea and at least learn to communicate with other possible males around, not just get one fucking guy! And it's sexist for males because the writers make it seem that if you're boring, generic and uninteresting; you're no doubt the perfect guy! That's a big "fuck you" for males who actually do have unique quantities, trying hard to even try to get a girl, no matter if they look ugly or pretty and have difficult lives!

Discworld
  • In the first chapter of Discworld fanfic Whistle, and I'll come to thee, boy, a younger Mustrum Ridcully fires quite a lot of sideways digs at the Harry Potter/Hogwarts school of thought re. training young Wizards.
    Give adolescents access to spellbooks and magic wands and things, and there's no tellin' what the little sods'll get up to. It'll all be School Houses with peculiar names, or just dam' silly ones, in competition with each other...

EarthBound

Fullmetal Alchemist

Gossip Girl
  • The story "Coming Home" has one where Rufus decides that dating Lisa Loeb sounds completely absurd. At the end, he ends up getting back with his ex-wife Alison instead.

Glee
  • In Hunting The Unicorn, the Warblers constantly lampshade Kurt and Blaine's Tastes Like Diabetes relationship and lack of sex drive. A particularly memorable one is when someone says "We all know Blaine's going to wait until domestic-partnership" to sleep with Kurt. It becomes a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when we find out that Blaine tried to invoke Sex Equals Love at sixteen and ended up heartbroken.
  • In the story Never The Same, the main character Charlie tells Will that there are more than two kinds of performers than just Katy Perry and Lady Gaga and and that Katy is definitely not as family-friendly as the show wants you to believe.
  • In the story Good Directions, Faith is offered a chance to star in a movie remarklably similar to the latter half of Season 5. She mentions that she turned it on.

Gundam Wing
  • In Wings To Fly, a number of characters discuss the concept of a War To End All Wars; Lady Une regards it as foolishness, while Lucrezia Noin says they last a generation at most and cites her family's history with the World Wars; victory at Vittorio in WW1 and later defeat at Beda Fomm in WW2.
    • Ironically, Lady Une appears to have a very low opinion of Trieze Kushrenada for leaving others with the task of creating the world he envisioned and choosing to die rather than help make it happen. This is in sharp contrast to their canon relationship.
    • The "total pacifism" doctrine espoused by the show is occasionally raked over the coals as encouraging the use of unrealistically simple solutions to complex problems.
      • The opening lines of the story offer a subtle yet damning indictment of the doctrine: a government is the entity that can maintain a monopoly on the use of force and punish those who infringe it. Mariemaia's coup actually succeeded because the ESUN had forgotten that definition of "government" and could not protect itself or its citizens.

Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter & the Azkaban Parody, Exactly What It Says on the Tin, is a Take That against the usual Harry in Azkaban plot where everyone demands (not asks, demands) that he immediately forgive them for wrongfully imprisoning him in Azkaban Prison for "one year, three months, two weeks, four days, seven hours, thirteen minutes, and twenty six seconds," killing his owl right in front of him, stealing from him, and destroying his property. And instead of taking him to a doctor or allowing him to recover from the effects of starvation and the Dementors they immediately force him back into school "where you will be constantly bombarded with all the people you don't want to see until you break down and forgive us." Needless to say, Harry is less than impressed.
  • Harry Potter and the Something Something is solidly made of these, to every Fandom Specific Plot on FFN. To whit: Dursleys being jerks, Dumbledore being a Knight Templar, hidden siblings, hidden parents, harems, O Cs of every color, Crack Fic, reverse-gender fic, Harry in Azkaban...
  • Chapter 9 of Deritine's (canon compliant to book 6) fanfic Warping Circumstances explains that the canon series is actually the result of Harry's failure to defeat Voldemort (in the universe of the fanfic). The "Powers That Be" were going to replay the major players in the propecy repeat it with "karmic debt". As the explanation of what would happen to who and why, it quickly becomes clear that the PTB, and by implication canon, are both horribly unfair and needlessly sadistic.
  • Many post-Deathly Hallows fanfics that ignore the epilogue still manage to fit the name Albus Severus in somewhere and have someone comment on how awful it it would be to actually be named that.
    • The Dark Lord's Equal gives us a fan theory for Albus Seversus's sucky name: Harry got drunk and began listing the names of all the people he hated in his life on his future son's birth certificate so the kid ended up being named "Albus Severus Tom Vernon Potter."

Haruhi Suzumiya

Jackie Chan Adventures
  • During one of the glimpses inside Jade's mind in Queen Of All Oni, the Aspect representing Love is stuffed in a barrel and thrown overboard, because "things are complicated enough; we don't need lovey-dopey stuff in the mix." Word of God is that this is meant to be a statement against unnecessary Shipping making stories more complicated than they need to be.

Katawa Shoujo
  • In Reconciliation, Sho talks about the perks of his job as the publicist for Hanako, a successful novelist, resulting in a Take That at Twilight.
    Sho:"And I got to tell that woman who wrote those trashy teenage vampire novels how much her books suck."
    Hanako:"I-I... I.... I remember that. She… she tried to tell you that you just 'didn’t get it,' and... and y-you said..."
    Sho: “What’s to get? Vampires… don’t... s-sparkle! You hack!”

The Lion King
  • In The Lion King Adventures, a Take That is directed at My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Apparently, Death isn't a fan.
    Death: It was all me, Simba! I've been laying traps for you all along – ready to bring you to this exact moment! It's brilliant! It's ingenious! Better than when I burned down FernGully! Better than when I crushed the Powerpuff Girls! Better than ripping the heads off of all those annoying, colourful ponies who don't ever shut the hell up!

Lyrical Nanoha
  • In The Service is itself a subtle but fairly long Take That against the tendency of Lyrical Nanoha fanfiction to make the Time-Space Administrative Bureau even more Mildly Military than it actually is in canon, or to outright forget it exists in favor of AU or semi-AU NanoFate stories. It also delivers a few more direct ones.
    • The offshoot story A Numbered Existence spends several chapters on the Huckebein from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, culminating in Jail Scaligetti's Combat Cyborgs curbstomping most of them in "What We Were Born To Do" and Veyron's belated acknowledgement that a large multi-planetary government has a whole lot more resources and people to throw at the Huckebein they could ever have dealt with in "Flipside".
      • A lesser but related example is Tre's taking one look at Cypha's oversized swords during their first encounter and dismissing them for being too easy to step inside the arc of. Tre then immediately demonstrates this problem by getting in close and nearly taking one of Cypha's hands off.
    • The concept of Mindlink Mates comes into play during a discussion of inter-Wolkenritter relationships, where it's revealed that because that trope would ensue the Wolkenritter can't have physical relationships with each other: no longer being an individual is scary.

Mai-HiME

Marvel Universe
  • In Deeds (or To Be Worthy) Loki has this to say about Mephisto:
    Loki: He is beneath me. His idea of villainy is to play practical jokes on Spider-Man.
  • Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams has a number of jabs aimed at things that bug the author:
    • Rick and Cyrus are discussing the notion that Spider-Man got his powers from a spider-totem, and immediately dismiss it as the stupidest thing they've ever heard. They then discuss the only things that could be even stupider, such as the idea of Spider-Man unmasking himself.
    • Kenny mocks John Kricfalusi as a two-bit hack who creates shitty cartoons, and then criticizes Matt Groening for allowing The Simpsons for staying on the air years after it stopped being funny. He then proceeds to mock the (at the time) ridiculous notion that Family Guy had gone downhill or was plagiarizing The Simpsons.
    • The villainess Lullaby, who's a bleach-blonde slut with an absolutely atrocious singing voice, is a thematic representation of Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Her fellow villainess Spectra is a thematic representation of revolutionary whackjobs like Che Guevara.
    • Red describes his List Of People I Want To Punch In The Face as including: Heather Mills, Jimmy Fallon, Richard Dawkins, Michael Moore, Ward Churchill, Ann Coulter, John Kricfalusi and Alex Rodriguez.
    • Both Red and Alyssa's father Elliot go on separate rants about Alex Rodriguez, giving him nicknames such as A-Fraud and A-Choker-In-The-Playoffs while ridiculing Rodriguez's absurdly bloated $25-million a year salary.
    • While watching a soccer game on TV, Red and Cyrus laugh at the notion that what they deem "the most boring game on the planet" has provoked everything from riots to murders to political upheaval to wars. When Cyrus asks why they're watching it, Red snarks that sometimes he likes to remind himself why America seceded from the British in the first place.
  • A notable subversion occurs in Ultimate Sleepwalker's sister series Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light. Mary Jane Watson loves the Twilight novels and reads them on a regular basis, but this is not used as a Take That against the Stephanie Meyer series. The depiction of the Twilight novels is entirely neutral, mentioned in passing a few times and otherwise ignored.

Mass Effect

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • The Conversion Bureau has inspired the Hate Fic Thus Saith The Lord, an extremely blatant attack on the entire premise of the fic. And it's nowhere near the only one that was this blatant.
  • The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum is a long Deconstructor Fleet of everything about the TCB genre, culminating in many unapologetic Take Thats.
    • An early chapter has Twilight Sparkle go off on a long-winded speech about how the typical TCB plot element of Equestria just appearing in the middle of the ocean is not only scientifically impossible, but would also result in many problems of its own. On top of that, there's numerous magical problems as well-according to Twilight, it would require such an impractically large amount of magic that she says it's impossible.
    Twilight: "Is that what you're saying? That somepony popped Equestria out of our reality and crashed it onto his? How's that even meant to work? Several trillion tons of continent does not make a gentle impact on another world, not without mega-tsunamis and earthquakes that would level entire cities, followed by a dust cloud that would blanket the world in an artificial winter lasting decades! And what about the world we leave behind, what about Equus? Would it just carry on spinning without a care, despite having a hole several-thousand-miles-across gouged out of the planet's crust? Even if you didn't breach the mantle, creating a supervolcano that would pull the planet inside-out, the change in mass and absence of the Princesses would throw the sun and moon out of their orbits, causing them to collide, or even worse, to impact with Equus itself! Anypony – anything, left behind would die, horribly! Every griffon, every dragon, zebra, reindeer, whatever!"
    • Discord, during a gag version of the chapter The Writes of Passage, breaks down the fourth wall and says, "If you want characters to suddenly start acting out of character like this, go read a Chatoyance fic!"
    • Another pot shot is leveled at Chatoyance, particularly her story The PER: Michaelson and Morely - The Speed of Right, where a side character named Victor Kraber reveals that his children were ponified at their birthday party with a pinata filled with the ponification serum by PER agents, and he was not at all happy to find out.
    • Yet another middle finger is shot at Chatoyance in the Case Files side story, where it's revealed the founder of the PER was a misanthropic doctor named Jacqueline Dionna Reitman. In other words, she shares the same initials as Chatoyance's real life name. For that matter, the names even sound similar.
      • Furthermore, Reitman was always accompanied by a "white unicorn pony with an orange-pink mane and gold-rimmed glasses". This image is a dead match for Chatoyance's profile picture and her avatar on Fim Fic.
  • The ultimate potshot is leveled at Chatoyance in the story "The REAL Conversion Bureau"; this is because a character named Cat's Eye is quietly removed from a position of power, drugged up to the gills and locked away in the rubber room for calling for the mass ponification of the humans that kept showing up thanks to a Negative Space Wedgie. After all, only a small fraction of them were dickish enough to warrant the process; all that needed to be done was get most of them to fit in was to change the gaudy art projects they called money into good, honest bits and send them on their merry way.
  • Shinzakuras All American Girl briefly mentions a movie called The Converters made by the speciesist director named Catseye. To add further insult, the film is depicted as a common propaganda film for the Purehooves (a pro-Equestriani/anti-human hate group).
  • Numerous examples in Diaries of a Madman, from comments aimed at other works showcasing humanity negatively, to taking shots at the plot of the show itself.
  • My Little Unicorn:
    • Titan blowing up Equestria and the author turning the main cast into losers who can't do anything without the Unicornicopians' help may be one, taking the Revenge Fic nature of the story into account.
    • A more explicit example is given later on. In a flashback chapter, we see the Grand Ruler as a teenager being constantly bullied by a unicorn with the name Dusk Shine. Said character is based on someone who posted on fimchan and asked the author about various plot holes.
    • The entirety of Chapter 5 of Starfleet Magic 3 is a prolonged attack on all his critics.
  • Of Mares And Magic had some fun with the creepy fan-made game "Story Of The Blanks".
  • The author for Pink Personal Hell And Altering Fate has taken a habit to referring to Hasbro as "Ha$bro".
  • The Powers Of Harmony takes a stab at a major plot point of The Immortal Game (Celestia manipulatively training Twilight to be the greatest warrior ever) when Luna asks Celestia if Twilight knows any offensive magic:
    Celestia: If she does, she didn't learn it from me. We covered a few theories on why certain spells have been declared forbidden, but it's not like I was prepping her for war. The next thing I'm going to hear you say is that I was secretly turning her into a brilliant military strategist so that she'd rise up and become the ultimate weapon.
    Luna: Now that’s just absurd.
  • The Unexpected Love Life of Dusk Shine contains more than a few, but probably the most notable are the two that Vinyl Scratch and Pipsqueak deliver. You see, Pipsqueak was raised by his parents to be a teen pop star, releasing a song loved by fillies everywhere that went by the name of "Baby." And he hated it. Likewise, Vinyl didn't have the singing talent, so her parents invested in autotune to make a video of her singing "Friday."
  • There exist a lot of huge Take Thats to Cupcakes which the fandom hates it; it's a very hateable fic, ranging from the gentle (The Light in the Darkness) to most of the things described here:

Naruto
  • An omake in New Chance takes multiple shots on the number of BrokenAesops and other such complaints fans have about Naruto's story.
  • Time Braid has one to Chunin Exam Day in the form of Sakura's number one rule: Don't act like a psycho. Especially noting that "spending years cutting out Sasuke's eye every loop" violates her "Don't act like a psycho" rule.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

One Piece
  • In Marie D Suesse And The Mystery New Pirate Age, there are quite a few, especially against Mary Sue characters and One Piece fanfic cliches. For example, Mar goes up against Hana and Slashfang, two obvious Parody Sues who are obvious copies of Luffy and Zoro, and who are driven by a desire to prove that their Abusive Parents were wrong about them. Even though the two are overpowered by One Piece standards and Mar has virtually no combat potential whatsoever, Slashfang dies because his Devil Fruit power is impossible, and Hana is knocked overboard, with her Water Devil Fruit powers not overriding the Super Drowning Skills granted by the Devil Fruit.

Power Rangers
  • Power Rangers GPX has several, some of them humorous, some of them not so much. There's one bit early on where the main characters trash the pizza they're eating and Code Geass as well. The fic also takes shots at the franchise it was inspired by, calling the show a "twenty-minute toy commercial".

Pretty Cure

Regular Show
  • The fan fic Potty Mouthed Pops did a not-so-subtle jab at King of the Hill by having Benson and Skips mentally express their displeasure of watching the show. Pops, on the other hand, liked it.

RWBY
  • In Wizard Of Ships, Ozpin takes a jab at the popular fan theory that he let Jaune into Beacon Academy because he 'saw his potential'.
    [in response to Jaune suggesting it] Ozpin burst out laughing. "Hahahahahahahahaha *snort* Ahahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh, dear Monty, I haven't laughed like that in a long time. Thank you, Mr. Arc, I needed that."

Sailor Moon

Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Netraptor's Door Stopper series of Sonic the Hedgehog fanfiction "The Netraptor Sonicverse", contains a few generally subtle ones, generally towards the Sonic fandom. Perhaps one of the more notable examples would be Amy's subplot in "In Pursuit of Revenge", where she attempts to play Operation Jealousy by attemting to go out with three different people, Tails, Shadow, and Metal Sonic. Tails goes on one awkward date, but really is more interested with machines than anything else. Shadow lets her stay with him for awhile, but is far more busy with his own subplot and quickly grows tired of her. Metal Sonic (who had long since performed a Heel-Face Turn), turns her down on the spot, albiet in the least rude way of the three, as he is far more interested in his subplot and taking care of his chao.

Star Trek
  • Bait and Switch (STO) mentions that the USS Bajor has a completely redesigned warp core whose ejection system relies on the deadman switch principle, referencing the inevitable Failsafe Failure in the canon shows.
  • The Headhunt:
    • Eleya is overheard ranting at somebody who wants to have the Bajor be used as the set for a movie, which meant to poke fun at one of the other prompts in the literary challenge The Headhunt was written for. The author mentioned in a forum post he couldn't see any of his characters letting that happen.
    • A pair of them directed at the Vocal Minority wanting to see Constitution-class and Miranda-class starships playable at endgame in Star Trek Online, an idea to which the author is vocally opposed on the forums. The fact that the Miranda-class USS Brisbane is still in one piece despite being over a century old is described as miraculous, while the USS Bajor, a Galaxy-class starship launched in 2409, delivers a massive Curb-Stomp Battle to the USS Enterprise-A, even after letting the enemy shoot first.
  • Reimagined Enterprise: A few aimed at the canon Star Trek: Enterprise for which the work is a Fix Fic.
    • The rest of the crew can't stand this "Faith of the Heart" song Rocia listens to...
    • In "The Giant's Foot", Mayweather pretends not to know the name Rigel in order to get a rise out of Al-Hamdani, who points out it is one of the most well-known stars in Earth's night sky. This being a reference to how the canon pilot episode "Broken Bow" bizarrely seemed to think Rigel was an alien name that none of the human crew had heard of before.

Total Drama Island
  • In Keepers of the Elements, the author makes jabs at Twilight and Rebecca Black more than once. She also has one that takes a jab at the show Jon And Kate Plus Eight.
    Deanna: Yep. My boys Tony, Adrian and Eric are identical triplets. After that experience, what sane person would want more?
    Heather: Jon and Kate?
    Deanna: Like I said- what sane person would.

Twilight
  • Luminosity: Edward and rational!Bella discuss what to name their child. They want to root her to the family, since she's going to be so rare a species that she may only see someone else like her once. The obvious way to do so is to combine Bella and Edward's mothers' names, but they decide that any combination of Renée and Esme sounds like a Pokémon.

The Vampire Diaries
  • In first chapter of "The High Road", Damon says Katherine is like Snooki...with fangs

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Yin Yang Yo
  • PenGator3 has Michael Eisner attacked savagely on three separate occasions so far in Re: Yin Yang Who?.

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