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 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.
- 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.
- Buffy the Vampire: Awakenings is a story where Buffy becomes a vampire after biting the Master before he killed her. At one point Xander calls her a Slaypire (the canon name for a Turned Slayer) only for Buffy to tell him the name sucks.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, being very-self aware, has a few.
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!
- 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":
"Alternative title: Star Wars III: A Trip to the Dentist."
- Calvin spends part of "Hypercube" complaining about the Star Wars prequels.
Hobbes: Are you all going to become Ben Stein stand-ins?
- After encountering Creepy Monotone clones in "Electronic Invasion":
"...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."
- From Klein's long speech in "Attack of the Monsters":
Andy: Yep, after several failed attempts, they have succeeded in making her more terrifying than she already is.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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."
- Child of the Storm occasionally - and gleefully - mocks and subverts any number of fandom conventions, namely, harems (repeatedly), the Fandom-Specific Plot of Super!Harry and Lord!Harry (which usually involve him becoming mysteriously hypercompetent at everything, an inexplicable Sex God and completely different from his canon incarnation), the inexplicable slashing of every straight male character in sight and Harry/Hermione, among other things.
- The entire fic could be considered a Take That aimed at everyone who writes Wish Fulfillment Harry Potter fic, basically saying, 'this is how it's done properly'.
- The author also, in the A/N, harshly deconstructs Harry Potter And The Invincible Technomage, scathingly describing it as 'how not to write a crossover'.
- And takes shots at writers of Revenge Fic, describing it as the mark of a childish and incompetent writer.
- And then there's the usual mockery of Twilight, when Harry Dresden points out that in a world where vampires are very real and very dangerous, taking the book seriously is like hanging a 'please eat me' sign around your neck. He then adds that fatal vampire attacks have at least quadrupled since the publication of the first book and speculates that Meyer is The Renfield to either the Red or White Court.
- Children of Time has this as a Running Gag with Holmes and Watson taking shots at certain elements of their own fandom, or at their image in pop culture. Beth Lestrade occasionally lampshades this.
- The credits sequence of Double Rainboom shows Rainbow Dash and Buttercup playing what appears to be a parody of My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic . This can be seen as a Take That at the Mane6 Dev Team: "Oh, your game got shut down for being too popular? Well, guess what: we did an animation and got away with it!"
- Matt Ward's Creator's Pets do not fare well in The God Empress Of Ponykind; most of the Ultramarines are killed offscreen, and Kaldor Draigo is reduced to a smear by Abaddon without much effort.
- Finishing The Fight has a scene near the end where Johnson and Keyes, who survived the events of Halo 3 in this story, reminisce about how Keyes was able to successfully rescue Johnson from the Covenant because she didn't make the mistakes that got her killed in the game.
- At one point in this Ed, Edd n Eddy + Kingdom Hearts Fan Fic: the bad guys blow up the world of Johnny Test.
- Monsters In Paradise: In the first chapter, Remilia is told that a certain visitor to the Mansion is a newcomer from outside Gensokyo. Remilia is rather cross after being woken up mid-day, so she immediately complains about having to put on the "haughty ominous noblewoman" act and wishing that Yukari wouldn't drag in people from outside left and right.note Sakuya is quick to cut off the rant before she gets too far.
- No Hoper is a huge one against The House of Night series.
- The writer of Origin Story really doesn't like the Marvel Universe's Carol Danvers, and has gone on record as saying that she's unworthy of the name "Captain Marvel". (In his opinion, only Billy Batson has earned that moniker.) As such, Captain Marvel continually gets used as a punching bag by the story's heroine, Alex "Superwoman" Harris.
Dirty Jim: (during a radio interview) "So nothing bad about the Avengers?"Alex Harris: "Well, Captain Marvel's a total [BLEEPED OUT]. Can I say [Bleeped Out] on the radio?Russ Rollins: "Not technically, but we're running on a delay, so it'll get bleeped out."Alex Harris: "Okay, in that case yeah, Captain Marvel is a complete and total [Bleeped Out] and I'm glad I kicked her ass. Twice."
- Minor example in Paper Mario X 2, where Link seems to be unaware of Fire Emblem. Keep in mind that nearly every single Nintendo game is connected in this verse.
- Although this may just be a jab at the fact that Marth Debuted in Smash Bros., so Link most likely hasn't been to the Fire Emblem world yet.
- The Return: The Return takes several potshots at Magical Girl series, and Sailor Moon in particular, tropes (Fanservice outfits, Flowery Speeches about The Power of Love and Catchphrases, themed names. Did we mention it is Sailor Moon/Ranma Fuku Fic?
- Spiders And Magic Rise Of Spider Mane has a really satisfying take on Jameson. Twilight buys out the Daily Bugle, and fires Jameson. This is something every Spider-Man fan really wants to happen.
- Thousand Shinji has one against the Gainax Ending of the original NGE:
"For those of you prepared to rant at me, there is one more chapter to this story, so unlike Gainax, you will actually get an explaination (sic) as part of the denouement."
- Naruto Rend: While Gaara is giving Naruto, Hinata and Lee a quick rundown of the situation between the Gotei 13 and Aizen, Naruto asks what Aizen's goal is. Gaara and Ichigo respond with becoming a God. Naruto asks with irritated sarcasm if Aizen has a Sharingan.
- The original Dante's Night at Freddy's criticizes the often fanatical and poorly written nature of fictional news headlines, including those of Five Nights at Freddy's itself and one against Jeff The Killer.
- The Harry Potter/Buffy the Vampire Slayer story A Jedi, a Wizard, and a Scooby walk into a bar throws in a dig against Hermione's habit of writing far more for her assignments than asked. When Xander becomes the Assistant Professor for History Of Magic, he notes that anything more than a certain amount above what he asks (such as blurbs more than three inches when he asked for two) was going to automatically get a zero, though he doesn't mention it's mostly because he doesn't want to read that much.
- Louise hates the imperial system of measurement in Overlady and declares that having 1,760 yards to a mile is stupid compared to much simpler 1,000 metres to the kilometre. Any system that requires memorizing such random numbers is ridiculous.
- Accident Month One: In one single paragraph, Princessbinas managed to do this to all of Night M Shyamalan's films, SpongeBob SquarePants, Mystery Diagnosis, and Twilight.
- All You Need Is Love has a take that at the Death Note fandom when Matsuda begins work on a soap opera based on the lives of the Kira taskforce in which he "reimagines" Light's character as poor wimpy Hikaru Imagay, the gay prostitute. Light is not amused:
- The Slash Fic Cold Hearts has one against Imagay jokes:
Naturally, the news that Yagami-san had a boyfriend had spread across the campus like wildfire and thus his esteemed peers had created a new nickname for him that had quickly became popular among idiots who thought they were clever.
- In the AU fanfic The Faceless, in an instance of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, Light is skeptical about having Naomi Penber, a woman, serving among his soldiers complaining that she might get pregnant and slow them down. Naomi counters that there was more of a chance of Light getting pregnant than her.
- The Slash Fic Fever Dreams has a Take That at Boys Love Genre stereotypes:
L: There's the cultural stereotype of the Uke, who receives blow jobs from the Seme, which is seen as a privilege for the Uke. In return, the Seme gets to enter the Uke, which is a privilege for the Seme. However, it's considered degrading and low-status to be entered by another man, so supposedly nobody wants to be the Uke and the blow jobs are seen as a way to compensate the Uke for that humiliation and entice him into his role. I think you view yourself as the Seme and me as the Uke.Light: But those are just stereotypes. No relationship is really that simple unless there's at least one idiot involved.
- In Kira Is Justice:
- L's Proof is a big Take That against fanfic clichés involving L's morally ambiguous investigation, focusing on the police officers reactions to the various ways L would "prove" that Light is Kira such as calling Light "Kira" when he's half-asleep or when chaining him to the bed and having his way with him.
Aizawa: I think Light would have admitted to being Santa Claus at that moment. That really doesn't prove anything. Except that you're a pervert.Matsuda: And a rapist. Did you hear Light-kun at the start? He was saying no!L: Unconventional methods are sometimes necessary to get a confession.Aizawa: Except we don't have any evidence pointing to Light being Kira, aside from your personal opinion.
- Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami has one directed at this very site.
"Suddenly a rocket WOOOSHED past and left a big line of smoke and a bang at the end where it missed but only the helicopter because it still hit another tower but it was okay because noone was in the tower except for that leloosh guy (MORE LIKE LELOSER AM I RIGHT!) an d everyone hates him so its cool except he has a giant robot and also ive never seen it."
- And one directed at Code Geass:
[...] but it [the skin] wasn't shiny cos those vampires are lame
- And yet another one at Twilight:
- Things That Cant Be Unseen is one against badfic, Rule34, anatomically impossible situations, very wrong pairings, and spelling errors.
- 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!
- 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...
- The Chosen Four includes a very clever Take That at Superman 64, which is combined with Faux Horrific and Suckiness Is Painful: when the gang is traveling to Threed, the last thing the ghosts scare our heroes with is a copy of said game.
- Zero no Tsukaima Saito the Onmyoji has one to canon's relationship between Saito and Louise. While writing up a Master/Apprentice Contract, the two are told that the Deflowering Punishmentnote has to be included for it to be legal, they set it to "maliciously casting ten explosions at Saito within five minutes followed by beating him with a whip" to make it as unlikely as possible.
- Soldier of Zero likewise takes a shot at Louise's canon abuse of Saito when the latter semi-jokingly asks if Louise would beat him with a riding crop if he admitted to lying about possibly being a noble. Louise quickly insists that such a thing would be completely unbecoming of her. No mage would beat their familiar and the fact he's human makes such a thing even more unacceptable.
- A more minor one is made about the idea of any romance between Louise and Saito. Regardless of anything else, they'd always be Master and Familiar which would complicate any relationship they had. Worse, if a relationship didn't work out between them, they'd still be stuck with each other for the rest of their lives.
- Fullmetal Lol makes extensive use of this trope toward Two and a Half Men. And a particularly hilarious example involving Justin Bieber.
- 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.
- In Hunting The Unicorn, the Warblers constantly lampshade Kurt and Blaine's Tastes Like Diabetes relationship and lack of sex drive. 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 down.
- 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, OCs 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.
- HJG: The Smartest Witch of Her Age is a oneshot dedicated to tearing apart the popular fanon idea of Hermione being the smartest witch ever who knows absolutely everything.
- In this  AU of Goblet of Fire, the author went on record stating that Hermione's unsympathetic depiction is partially in retaliation to constantly seeing her propped up as the greatest thing ever by her fans, having found her less sympathetic upon reading herself.
- You Got HaruhiRolled! has a chapter which makes fun of 4Kids Entertainment, claiming that if 4Kids had been the company to dub The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the setting would have been Bowdlerized to the point of being a Sugar Bowl.
- 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.
- 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!”
- 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!
- 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.
- 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 few are in Perfection Is Overrated
- The entire fic is one against Mary Sue characters by virtue of deconstructing who they really are
- Mai gets one against certain shippers when confronting Bachiko and Meiko, denouncing the act of changing people’s personalities and memories so they get together with the right people.
- Makoto’s superficial attraction to Nagi and belief that he’ll change is also a reference to the Draco in Leather Pants trope.
- 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 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 Vexations has a few of these, given that it's a Mass Effect self-insert with quite a bit of Author Filibuster in its lampshading. The two most prominent are barbs aimed against a troll that attacked a large portion of Kung Fu Panda's fanfiction.net fandom because he disagreed with a pairing used in one person's story, and a barb at film critic Armond White.
- The sequel adds Tommy Wiseau to the list of people that have had take thats in the Mass Vexations universe.
- 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.
- The entire Official Fanfiction University concept, as well as the Protectors of the Plot Continuum, was created to write Take Thats at bad fanfic. Depending on the writer, they can still be entertaining stories, but if you don't think making fun of spelling errors is funny or have a higher-than-nonexistent tolerance of Slash Fic, they can also come off as a little mean-spirited. That said, the first one, The Official Fanfiction University of Middle-earth, is quite funny and endearing despite the Take Thats, which is probably why the concept took off.
- 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.
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!"
- 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.
- 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: Michelson and Morely - The Speed of Right, where a side character named Victor Kraber reveals that his children were ponified at their birthday party by TCB!Pinkie Pie working with 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.
Lyra: (to Aegis) "I've seen most humans, and I've visited many places all over Earth. Let me tell you this: they're not living in some dystopia where everything is owned by a greedy minority and every religion is some corrupt scam church like so many newfoals claim! Sure, it isn't perfect, but it's not as though they're riddled with kill-happy criminals, murderers, terrorist fanatics, and whatever else you can think of! They seem happy!"
- An unintentional example occurred in the chapter detailing the Human Liberation Front, where a former HLF member named Andrew Silas recounts having known a few trans people that ended up regretting going through with their sex change operations (while the newfoals never stopped telling other people how great ponification is no matter how long it's been since they were transformed). There is the fact that Chatoyance once infamously put up a "support" website for transpeople advising them to fool psych tests that would determine whether they were real transsexuals and thus in need of surgery. And there probably are people out there that took her advice to heart. Co-author Doctor Fluffy retroactively turned it into a straight Take That later on, because he thought it was hilarious.
- The PHL chapter has TCB!Lyra as a mouthpiece against Chatoyance's setting of Earth as a dystopia.
- The Starvation side story is set in a dirty dystopian version of Rio de Janeiro that's reminiscent of Chatoyance's dystopian vision of Earth in her TCB stories, complete with overpopulated slums, mass murders and rampant starvation. However, it's made abundantly clear that the barrier and the Solar Empire's campaign is very much responsible for turning Rio and many other places on earth into disease-riddled hellhole slums and Wretched Hives.
- There's also the pony Catseye, a "white unicorn pony with an orange-pink mane and gold-rimmed glasses". This image is a dead-on match for Chatoyance's profile picture and her avatar on Fim Fiction Dot Net. Not only does she hate humans as well as the other races living on Equus (to the point that she considers only ponies to be pure and good), but there are also quick blurbs in her introductory scene in the main story that her prejudices extend to half-pony hybrids of other species, and that she herself is some kind of hybrid and hates that about herself, taking great measures to keep her heritage hidden. This is a not-so-subtle reference to the fact that Chatoyance is a transwoman who has a reputation for coming off as rather misandric.
- On a meta-level, Canon!Celestia showing a distaste for eugenics is also a subtle Take That directed at Chatoyance, where one story states that her Celestia actually used eugenics to make the ponies better by breeding out any "undesirable" traits.
- It's very easy to miss, but in "Training Days: The First Month", one of Catseye's followers considers using the word 'adamant' in their group's name. Chatoyance once wrote a story called The Reasonably Adamant Down With Celestia Newfoal Society, a none-too-subtle potshot leveled at her critics and critics of the TCB universe in general.
- Canon!Discord makes a couple quick potshots at conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza and the notorious evangelist/actor Kirk Cameron.
- While it was completely unintentional and merely a coincidence, the Last Train from Oblivion side story reveals that the ponification potion only recognizes the biological sex of the human converts (meaning a transwoman would get turned into a stallion and a transman into a mare). As co-author Kizuna Tallis pointed out, it could be read as a potshot at Chatoyance, herself a transwoman who's sometimes expressed Otherkin tendencies. Making this funnier or more disturbing is that the transwoman that this is demonstrated on was named Jason when she was male... which is widely believed to be Chatoyance's birth name. TB3 later went on the record to clarify that it was all coincidental, but Kizuna, Doctor Fluffy and Vox Adam all agreed it was hilarious nonetheless.
- 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:
- Cupcakes A$$ Kicking is a massive jab at Grimdark fics and their writers.
- Progress makes a jab at the grimdark as fuck Cupcakes.
- So did Rainbooms and Royalty's sequel Hot Heads, Cold Hearts, and Nerves Of Steel, (Yes... it's a Long Title) when the bushwoolies mention that they wanted to bake Pip, Alula, and Dinky into pastries. Pinkie's reaction borders on Berserk Button-pressingly angry:
Pinkie Pie: “Trying to bake ponies into pastries? That's disgusting AND stupid! Who would ever even THINK of doing a thing like that?!”
- All-American Girl mentions a "Humans Are Bastards" horror film called The Converters. The makers of which nearly got sued for libel.
- The fanfic also includes a Take That at a certain infamous gorefic:
Discord: "Would you care for a cupcake? Never cared for them myself. Too bloody."
- The fanfic also includes a Take That at a certain infamous gorefic:
- Hands: At one point, Andrew and Nurse Redheart are discussing literature, and Andrew states his hatred for The Catcher in the Rye, calling it boring and deriding the protagonist as a whiny hypocrite.
- The Rise Of Darth Vulcan: The titular Villain Protagonist is basically a mouthpiece for every complaint fans of the show have ever had, mostly regarding the actions of the Mane Six and Celestia. That being said, at one point he also takes the time to deride The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, seeing both as overrated and running on plot holes.
- The Omake at the end of chapter 86 of the AU fanfiction The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn is one long Take That at Uke!Iruka, Purple Prose, Gratuitous Japanese, Wimpification, Petting Zoo People, Mr. Seahorse and Yaoi Fangirls. The last part also counts as Self-Deprecation, since the fic is written by a yaoi fangirl for yaoi fangirls.
Impatient, I reached over and pulled down the quilt, revealing my stunning, immaculate, Adonis-like, statuesque, perfect husband. I wasn't quite sure when we had gotten married – probably about the same time I had gotten pregnant – but I was fairly certain we were married.
- 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.
- The entirety of the oneshot Incense is how pathetic the kunoichi from the Konoha 11 are.
- The Lemon Sage Presents: The Promise has one towards canon when Hanabi is worried about the lengths Hinata will go to break up her and Naruto. When she suggests Hinata developing a genjutsu to make Naruto fall for her, Hanabi cries that it'd probably also "turn him into the kind of scumbag that'd claim he only pretended to love Sakura because of Sasuke."
- A later chapter has Sakura admit Sasuke would likely have been a terrible husband and father who'd go months at a time without visiting. Furthermore, she learns the one thing that made her still love Sasuke after everything (that he once complimented her forehead) was said by Naruto.
- In Naruto: The Gamer Files, when Sasuke reveals the genjutsu used to weed out the hopeless prior to the Chuunin Exams, Kin outright calls him a complete dumbass for making more competition. After Sasuke gives his name and boasts about beating her in the exams, Kin insists his name is dumbass until he proves otherwise.
- Advice And Trust: Chapter 6 devoted a loooong paragraph to explain that Gendo's strategy used to fight Bardiel in canon was incredibly stupid:
Shinji gripped the controls harder. He didn't like this. They wouldn't give him any information about what they were about to face, and worse, he couldn't even see his friends. His father had ordered them to deploy in a line, not across the axis of advance, but parallel to it, ensuring that they'd meet the enemy one by one instead of together. They were out there in front of him, somewhere, hidden from his sight behind the small hills and ridges of the area, but in such a way that none of them could cover the others until they'd fallen back from where they were located now. For all the cover and supporting fire he could offer, Shinji might as well have been back in Tokyo-3. He knew he was no general, but it made no sense to him. He really wished Misato was in command. Asuka was at the front of the line, in the position of maximum danger, and he couldn't even see her, much less support and protect her in a fight.
- The fic New Champion Evangelion is one long truly Facepalm-inducing Take That against Shinji as a character, intended to show what would happen if a "MANLY NON PUSSY guy" took his place. A more specific example when Ramiel (which is never named) is described as "A HUGE BLOCKY THING IT SEEMD KIND OF LIKE A REFRENCE TO THAT SHITTY MOVIE FROM THA 60S THAT WAS REALLY FUCKING BORING I THINK IT WAS DIRECTDED BY THAT GUY CUBICROCK OR SOMETUING"
- Shinji And Warhammer 40 K contains a Take That against Neon Exodus Evangelion.
"I wanted a Shinji that could go; DJ Croft? Who's that?"
- 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 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".
- In Pretty Cure Heavy Metal, Shugo brings up the words you can't say on TV, Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking-style: "The only words that can't be spoken on television are the Seven Dirty Words, Goddamn, and Muhammad."
- In Prelude to Caribbean Rim, none of a Mexican bar's patrons care when Madoka pulls out a gun "because, seriously, it’s Mexico".
- 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.
- In Emergence, After Sam comments that he doesn't think the show RWBY is that good, Cliff points out Sam loves The Expendables and proceeds to blast its shallow plot and over-reliance on action and explosions.
- 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."
- In Beautiful Destroyer Sailor Moon, Ami draws a picture of a female Ranma Saotome dressed as a Sailor Senshi, declares that it is stupid and immediately destroys it.
- 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.
- Sonic X: Dark Chaos has several examples in both its setting and its prose.
- The entire Angel Federation is a truly enormous Take That to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Especially the Emirate of Mecca, which is basically a damning insult against Muslim theocracies in general and Islam itself as a whole. It's such a huge Take That, in fact, that it sometimes crosses into borderline racism - the Jews and Muslims are depicted as groups of Future Primitive brown-skinned Human Aliens who prefer fighting each other all the time over petty tribal squabbles, for example. All three countries represent the author's beefs with their religions, even though the recent rewrite balanced their depiction by making them the gray to the Demons' black.
- The pre-rewrite versions had numerous Take That moments towards 4Kids Entertainment, who originally dubbed Sonic X. With the recent bankruptcy of 4Kids Entertainment, the author decided the insults weren't needed anymore and removed them.
- 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.
- "Shakedown Shenanigans" aims one at Star Trek: Generations regarding how stupid it was to launch an unfinished starship.
- "Solaere ssiun Hnaifv'daenn" has one aimed at another Star Trek Online Literary Challenge author, for writing his captain stealing a Hazari vessel that responded to her distress signal. Tovan tells Jaleh in passing that the Eireth nnea Ortaimainote just issued an arrest warrant on charges of piracy and war crimes, and Jaleh derisively wonders aloud who the hell made that guy an admiral.
- 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.
- 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.
- In first chapter of "The High Road", Damon says Katherine is like Snooki...with fangs
- Later in the same chapter, upon learning Caroline is watching Jersey Shore, Jill notes how it could be something worse like The Secret Life of the American Teenager
- In The Age of Dusk, there's a fair few to both the parent work and other works:
- Warhammer 40000 writer Matt Ward takes a few whacks courtesy of The Age of Dusk. One of the more notable examples is having Kaldor Draigo become of the highest Angyl Princes of the Star Father (the God-Emperor who has died and become a ruthless Chaos God of Order) while the other Grey Knights oppose the Star Father, claiming he is an affront to the Emperor and all he stood for. Oh, and the famous saying that Matt Ward only created Draigo because he wasn't allowed to bring Roboute Guilliman back to life? In this story, Roboute Guilliman does just that, gives Draigo the asskicking of a lifetime and then banishes his sorry ass back to the Warp.
- One of Matt Ward's other poorly-received creations also gets this treatment. The Dreadknight was a sort of Humongous Mecha introduced in Codex: Grey Knights, and while powerful, the model was mocked for having an exposed head for the driver. In this story, Brother-Captain Stern is killed piloting one with a single headshot from a lasgun, probably the weakest weapon in the entire setting.
- There's also a big one to The Salvation War. A war is fought between the Tau Empire and their allies against the Chaos Realm of the Terran Hells. The allies are convinced the war will be a cakewalk as they are armed with modern tanks and energy weapons while the Daemons are armed with spears, bows, axes and other Iron-age weapons. They are wrong in that assumption.
- The Xtended Terran Conflict Game Mod for X3: Terran Conflict has a story on its In-Universe news agencies about a new cult of Split who believe that "the Eve" is coming, an apocalypse that will cause the collapse of all governments and start people constantly murdering and backstabbing each other without a second thought. Though partly a reference to the canonical shutdown of the games' Portal Network after X3: Albion Prelude, it's also a swipe at EVE Online, whose player culture draws intense dislike from X fans.
- PenGator3 has Michael Eisner attacked savagely on three separate occasions so far in Re: Yin Yang Who?.
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