Take That: New Media
The following New Media works have their own pages:
- "Dan Green Presents Abridged 101" is six and a half solid minutes of jabs at the various other Abridged Series that sprang up after LittleKuriboh.
- Of course, it also had a bit of self criticism added to it.
- According to LittleKuriboh, most of the "Abridged 101" video was self criticism.
- In a bit of a subversion, Little Kuriboh and MasakoX and Vegeta3986 seem to like taking not-really-subtle digs at each other...but they're actually almost certainly intended as Shout Outs, judging from the fact that they occasionally guest star in each other's shows: this means that at least one joke about Naruto The Abridged Series was actually said by the guy that made it.
- The joke in question would likely be the one in Episode 29, when Tristan decides to watch the newest episode of Naruto:TAS and proclaims it the best internet parody series ever. The clip he watches itself looks like a cooperative dig, aimed at people who think calling somebody "emo" is inherently funny.
- Abridged Series do this all the time, even the more obscure ones. Hbi2k and Khenpoe actually justify the existence of their Berserk and Bleach series by saying they were tired of watching crappy parodies; Bennett The Sage called Code Geass a pussy abridged series; and Megami33 proclaimed her series the only good one on YouTube.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series also delivers a well-deserved Take That to people who flag YouTube videos, as happened to the series - "I'm flagging YouTube videos to compensate for the fact that I have a very small penis!"
- And let's not forget "According to Wikipedia, we don't exist!"
- Also, what Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series would be like if Michael Bay created it.
- The third Season Zero Abridged episode is essentially one long Take That at the numerous times YouTube took LK down for copyright violations.
- Of course, it also had a bit of self criticism added to it.
- Hellsing Ultimate Abridged opens with one at Twilight:
Female vampire: Oh, Edward, I love you.Male vampire: And I love you, Bella.*knock at the door*Male vampire: Who is it?Alucard: Oh, you know...*Alucard blasts Edward to pieces for several seconds straight*Alucard: A real fucking vampire.
- Street Fighter Chode, a HIDEOUS rebuttal to the much-bemoaned Newgrounds user Rina-Chan (and two of her works in particular - Street Fighter Club and Brawl Taunts).
- The Zero Punctuation video for July 2nd, 2008 is one enormous Take That at webcomics in general but Ctrl+Alt+Del in particular. Which seems sort of redundant considering he's already done a review of it.
- He also had a not-too-terribly subtle jab at Gamespot in his video response to the SSBB fandom backlash, regarding their firing a reviewer for giving "Kane & Lynch" a bad score:
"I'm a critic. I criticize things. It's my job. If I put balls in my mouth for a living, I'd be a prostitute... or a Gamespot employee."
- His "review" of Duke Nukem Forever is essentially a Take That against the whole series and anyone who's still a fan of it.
- And especially the developers and producers.
- He also had a not-too-terribly subtle jab at Gamespot in his video response to the SSBB fandom backlash, regarding their firing a reviewer for giving "Kane & Lynch" a bad score:
- The Spoony One, in a parody of a scene in Final Fantasy VIII during his review of it, dreams of an alternate version of himself tearing Final Fantasy VII a new one, one of the reasons for doing so being that he enjoys pissing off creepy fan-boys. The rest of the review alternates between reviewing the game and delivering Take Thats to the Final Fantasy VII fan-base and the majority of otakus out there.
Spoony: I can't grudge the game for changing with the times, and I don't necessarily hate Final Fantasy VII. I just hate the people who obsess over it.
- Homestar Runner:
- Strong Bad once received an e-mail asking if he ever played mini-golf. The sender signed his name as "Somebody no one cares about in Iowa". Strong Bad wittily remarks "Also known as, everyone in Iowa". He has also claimed that the worst word that can be paired up with "fan" is, of course, fiction. He also took a jab at Mary Sues with the line, "You can't just start adding terrible new characters!".
- In the email "rough copy" Homestar advertises his Malinko-brand (or possibly just Malinko-flavored) flavored water as "crystal clear like domestic beer". Aside from the inherent Homestarishness of the rhyme, this could also be a crack at mainstream American beers, specifically, the derision with which it's met by foreigners and snooty American beer enthusiasts.
- The SBEmail "independent" pokes fun at both Le Film Artistique and trendy "indie" movies like Juno.
- Before a climactic battle between The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd, the 'Nerd was forced to review a bad movie, while the Nostalgia Critic had to review a video game. He opened up his review of Bebe's Kids with...
Nostalgia Critic: Hey, you! I'm the Angry Video Game Critic! I have a small penis and like to eat elephant shit for breakfast! Ha ha ha!
- He also started that video using the theme song of AVGN, with a few lyrics changed and the AVGN logo, with the Nerd part crossed over and Critic written at the bottom. As a response to people saying that the Nostalgia Critic is a Angry Video Game Nerd copy.
- He also took a swipe at The Irate Gamer, saying that the AVGN had become "The Irate Gamer to his genius" when he found out that the AVGN was also doing a review on "The Wizard." Seconds later he said that was "going too far."
- This is even funnier when you remember that he just delivered over 50 scathing insults that would make R. Lee Ermey blush. But calling him the The Irate Gamer? THAT'S TOO FAR!
- During his review of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation he remarked that the special effects were so bad it looks like they were made by the Angry Video Game Nerd.
- Doug Walker himself proves he can be just as vicious as his characters when he lets loose with "The Tommy Wiseau Show", a response to the NC review of The Room being taken down. Wiseau himself is parodied, though surprisingly in an almost affectionate way, given the circumstances. The vitriol is saved for a behind-the-scenes functionary named John, who runs theroommovie.com, and with whom TGWTG obviously had extensive dealings in the aftermath of the removal. Walker doesn't hold back in portraying him as completely insane, hysterical, greedy, and obsessive. By the end, he even seems to be inciting viewers to "contact" him by crying "I'm John from theroommovie.com!" over and over again.
- And then Tommy Wiseau started the Tommy Wi-Show
- You have to look closely, but in his review of A Troll in Central Park, he briefly lists bad things about Stanley the troll. One of them is, "He's the only troll more annoying than the ones on Encyclopedia Dramatica".
- The number one spot in the Top 11 Dumbasses in Distress.
- In his "Top Ten Films I Like But Everyone Else Hates" he has a Take That to his creepier Fan Dumb. He says that he loves The Cable Guy because he's got to know more people like Jim Carrey's character ever since he got Internet famous.
- In his review of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!:
"But I know the Whos have the Christmas spirit in check." (cut to a scene of two Whos competing against each other) "Wait, scratch that; they're as phony as Glenn Beck.
- The review of Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 has the Critic take a shot at 4Kids when Jon Voight's character unveils his plans for a children's TV network.
- Limyaael commonly references works that use a trope well or not in her usual Rants, but she also devoted an entire rant to why Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind suck.
- Uncyclopedia's opinion of Harry Potter.
- Just about any Encyclopedia Dramatica article that isn't about something 4chan related is a huge Take That. Minus Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff and Creepypasta, which they apparently love.
- Digital Ph33r's Arby n the Chief Machinima seems to exist mostly for the adolescent Master Chief to be a mouthpiece for various attitudes and practices of online gamers that he detests, while the other characters make fun of and critique his positions.
- Occasionally crop up in A Very Potter Musical in reference to the original work; as it's an Affectionate Parody, though, they tend to be quite gentle.
- Apparently, the makers of The Impossible Quiz are not fond of Chicken McNuggets or Sonic the Hedgehog. In particular, their opinion of said McNuggets is presented as a factual answer to the question, insofar as anything in the Quiz can be said to be a "fact".
- Survival of the Fittest has a character do this to the users on the RP board.
Danielle Champney: If you're watching me die right now, I hope you rot in hell. I hope you experience a fraction of the pain and fear my classmates and I have. I hope you get cancer or AIDS and I hope it fucking hurts. I hope that when Death comes for you you'll be begging for it while it takes its sweet ass time finishing you off. I fucking hope your life has been miserable and I hope it only gets worse. You're scum. You're disgusting. The kids that died here deserved the life that was wasted on you. It should be you here. Not me.
- An episode of Retarded Animal Babies had the characters go on to the Internet. They go by the site Happy Tree Friends, which one of the characters says, "All they do is copy us". A Halloween episode also had one of the characters dressed as Flippy.
- An ebolaworld cartoon had Taco-Man beating up a dead hacker. At one point, he says, "And This Is for... Homestar Runner's popularity!". In his first e-mail, people accused him of ripping off Strong Bad e-mails. In another e-mail, people are given instructions on how to write to Taco-Man. One of the wrong ways to write his name was to write "Strong Bad". Taco-Man was actually referenced in a Homestar Runner Halloween cartoon.
- "Pac-Man: The Movie by Uwe Boll". Trailer is here.
- ScrewAttack took a jab at the viewers who refuse to click a link to the daily Hard News on a Dec. 18 YouTube posting.
- At least one of the Whateley Universe authors have it in for Twilight. The typical fourteen-year-old girls at Whateley Academy love the books and can't wait for a movie to come out; the sophisticated kids with the advanced literature backgrounds despise the books.
- College Humor:
"The word enzyme was coined by physiologist Wilhelm Kuhr, widely believed to be a total badass. (Daniel looks up) In 1908, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Mustache."
- "We Didn't Start The Flame War" (itself an Affectionate Parody of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire) is a big Take That against Internet Fan Dumb.
- A big Take That at Wikipedia's expense in "Professor Wikipedia", who starts delivering a lecture on chemical reactions that has some interesting things in it:
- "Tim Burton's Secret Formula" seems to be a jab at how Tim Burton's movie formula is just the same thing recycled. You can tell that from the Dull Surprise reactions of the executives to Burton saying that the studio plans to make another film. Also, when the casting director is told "get me Johnny Depp and my wife on the phone," he says, "I can't ever not do that," and we see that the cell phone in question can only call Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.
- "Seth MacFarlane's secret" does the same thing in regards to Seth Mac Farlane's creative process. All his animated series, which comprises Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show are all suspiciously similar. All three feature the same generic family unit, composed of a stupid, fat, but lovable father; an attractive, gentle mother; an awkward son or daughter; a comically sociopathic baby; and a supporting non-human character that can somehow talk. College Humor pitches more show ideas, such as Country Life, Big City Man, Suburban Family Time, Ma, Pa And Kids, and three unnamed ones. The first four characters are almost identical across the shows, but the talking non-human supporting character are respectively a stereotypically French cat, a Nazi guinea pig, a Strawman Political giant anteater, an "urban" pterodactyl, and a sassy snowman, Freddy Elf, and a blender that's also a vampire. MacFarlane didn't seem to mind though, and later showed up in "Seth MacFarlane's Rejected Pitches", poking fun at Ted, a film he directed.
- There's a reason that the Ninth Circle of Hell has a spot for Robert McNamara… also see The Big One.
- Now he's dead, he simply became one of the occupants. The waiting spots are now reserved for "the network executives who cancelled Firefly"
- One of the biggest Take Thats of all time probably comes from the Onion News Network, with their story "Victim In Fatal Car Accident Tragically Not Glenn Beck".
- Darwins Soldiers has a very unsubtle Take That aimed at Paris Hilton.
Aisha: "Look at Paris Hilton, or better yet, don't. Famous for being famous, not because she has anything approaching talent."
- Stuart Ashen's review of an iPhone app
How can you tell this is an iPhone? The battery is low.
- Bludshot the Recolour parodies the original EVILLY.
- Godblock, a particularly audacious satire of Parental Controls.
- There are quite a few take backs in I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC.
Superman: Spider-Man sold his marriage to the devil? That's so... lame.
- Superman's reaction to One More Day.
- Poking fun at Twilight and showing why dating vampires can be very dangerous.
- Spider-Man is about to say that losing the Transformers license was the worst decision Marvel ever made until he sees Deadpool holding his X-Men Origins: Wolverine head and alters his statement noting that it was actually the second worst.
- The Defrosters do this pretty much ever episode in reference to World of Warcraft, Degrassi The Next Generation, Harry Potter, and everything else they can think of. The World of Warcraft player also justified playing Dungeons & Dragons by saying she was playing 4th edition.
- The Nostalgia Chick takes quite a few potshots at Disney in her videos. So much so that in her overview of Disney Princesses that a ninja was sent to silence her at the end.
- During her review of Spice World, there was an affectionate (she loves Monty Python and Ricky Gervais) Take That to British Comedy: "I think they're trying to make this funny. I'm not sure, they are British."
- She really hates Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. Her Teen Witch review asks the lead to get the former impeached and her most rage-filled review says it was worse than seven holocausts and Nixon rubbing his taint on a camera for ninety minutes.
- In the Chaos Timeline, Berlin is an uninteresting medium city. And Japan is a poor, undeveloped protectorate of China.
- During his Let's Play of The Force Unleashed, when he comes to the Boss Battle with Darth Maul, General Secura goes on a rant about how Darth Maul is the Creator's Pet of the Star Wars franchise. And that General Grievous was way cooler than him.
- The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness, when not making fun of itself, has been known to take the occasional jab at others. One memorable example is when the main characters are sent to Hell, only to discover that the whole place is run by Activision and Bobby Kotick is Satan.
- Also, the only movie available to watch in Hell is High School Musical.
- Eddie Cohen, being an not-so-affectionate parody of another fictional vampire, is chock full of these. Sarah, the closest thing to a love interest Eddie has, could also count, seeing as her independence and ability to fend for herself effectively makes her the "anti-Bella".
- Akinator has no opinions on his own on the characters, real and fictional, he's guessing; but since his knowledge base is made up of contributions by millions of people worldwide, his questions tend to betray the sympathies of the Internet at large. So, when you're trying to guess George W. Bush, Akinator will innocently base his guess off questions such as "Is your character arrogant?" or "Is your character generally disliked?"
- Also, the picture for the character "You" (the player) depicts an ape.
- Network Executives are NOT well liked on the Nerdist Podcast
Chris: Sorry, I'm an executive, I don't have an imagination, so you're going to have to explain everything to me in great detail.
- White phosphorus was described as "a chemical which was used by some bad guys" in Chaos Fighters II-Chemical siege, a thinly veiled take that against usage of it in warfare, specifically Israel.
- Rooster Teeth Shorts gives one to Rebecca Black, during Fight or Flight credits : Music by Rebecca Black.
- Epic Meal Time: "Am I right, hater? STOP HATIN'!"
- In "Epic Meat Salad":
- The creators of the Global Guardians PBEM Universe really don't like the New England Patriots football team. A football-themed superhero named "The Patriot", who based his costume on the team's uniform, is seen by the general public as more of a dirty-fighting, grand-standing loudmouth with no actual talent, rather than as an effective crime-fighter.
- According to the settings timeline, shortly after the Patriots pulled off the infamous "Snow Plow Play", a group of supervillains (all of whom were major Miami Dolphins fans), hunted down and murdered the entire team's lineup. It was nearly ten years before the owners restarted the franchise, and the team has been at the bottom of the NFL rankings since that point.
- SCP Foundation has SCP-1550-j which warps reality and turns it into X-Men. It does take several jabs at the series:
Almost everyone will be friends with everyone else, and a good percent are paired up with a member of the opposite or same sex. It is hard to tell the exact amount however, because these relationships frequently shift; there are often fights, and what the teenagers refer to as "drama"The SCP's abilities will become vastly oversimplified, and lose all scientific basis.
- Clan of the Gray Wolf 16-Bit Gems Aladdin review gave a take that to The Irate Gamer for his negative review and this quote in the beginning even says it:
You know. There are lot of people who are just irate. Gamers who are so busy nitpicking all the bad games out there that they won't know a good one if it let up squeezed the life out of them or threw apples at their heads... I forgot my transition here but the punchline here is Aladdin.
- Chuggaaconroy made a similar Take That to IG's negative review of Kirby's Epic Yarn in his Let's Play of the game.
- Atop the Fourth Wall
- In part of an April Fool's special, Linkara brutally parodies The Irate Gamer videos. Basically his video sums up nearly every complaint people make about the IG, such as getting information wrong, acting like things were overly difficult, and bald-faced dishonesty, among other things.
- Kamandi: At World's End has Kamandi tasked with killing Superman. When Kamandi says that Superman deserved to die, Linkara says "I mean didn't you even see Man of Steel?"
- In this Random Crap with Homestar Runner video, Strong Bad watches TV. At one point, he comes across My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, then screams and chants "MAKE IT STOP! MAKE IT STOP! MAKE IT STOP!"
- Team Starkid's musical Starship has the Galactic League of Extraterrestrial Exploration.
Up: Damn that G.L.E.E.! They're always making twisted abominations of everything!
- Skippys List has examples:
8. Not allowed to add pictures of officers I don’t like to War Criminal posters.
- Lucky Day Forever IS one to the superficiality of Reality shows like American Idol because it depicts a future where the present-day glorification of the celebrity moron has been taken to society-destroying extremes.
- TV Trash: From Chris "Rowdy" Moore's review of "Road To The Multiverse", after seeing a really disturbing scene referencing Walt's rumored Anti-Semitism, and going on a long rant against the show for including the joke, he declares that he would quit the episode, but "unlike the Miami Heat, I DON'T QUIT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER!"
- In the Lasagna Cat episode "08/18/1978" (a parody of Final Fantasy VI), Jim Davis joins the party after the battle. When the menu appears, Jim has horrible stats even for Level 99 and no skills.
- The Frollo Show takes potshots at The Irate Gamer at every chance it can get. He winds up screwing things up on a regular basis, and eventually has his head bitten off by snake Jafar.
- There's also a jab towards Two and a Half Men. After Gaston's death, the producers attempt to replace him with Ashton Kutcher as Frollo's sidekick. Frollo refuses and commits suicide.
- Two of Hell's rules also adjust their crosshairs towards 9gag jokes and Soviet Russia jokes.
- For the entire duration Lemongrab was in charge of the show, he calls several works as being "unacceptable" compared to other works that have been better received by most, which includes the Irate Gamer.
- The Music Video Show in episode 1.
"We don't need a Meg White, we need someone who can play the drums."
"So, one of the guys is dressed as The Phantom of the Opera. Hey, he's no Gerard Butler but, at least he can sing."
- Episode 5
"If I wanted to be in pain and misery, I'd go see an Irate Gamer video.
- Episode 7
"You guys aren't destroying Nickelback products, you're destroying products from a band that can kind of write music."
- Has one for Nickelback .
"At some point, the video freezes. This has been brought to you by Windows Vista."
- Episode 15 is nothing but Take That jokes against Kevin Federline.
- Episode 17 has one against Windows Vista.
"Gwen Stefani is trying to be hip for the kids, she's alienating everyone who liked her in the first place...she's trying to be Madonna...please don't be Madonna...otherwise, the midlife crisis will last for decades."
- There is a jab at Madonna in episode 18.
- Now, Eddie Murphy could do something he couldn't for most of the 90s and 2000s...be funny."
- Ponies The Anthology:
Applejack: Son of a bitch. They also stole my sense of wonder. (Cut to Applejack looking at the movies logo, then towards the camera) Nope.
- Anthology III features a lot of jabs at "Twilicorn" (or at least the drama over Twilicorn, it's kind of hard to tell), including it accidentally destroying Ponyville by making a pice of castle fall on the town, it attacking AKIRA characters, and M.A. Larson himself undoing it.
- There's also one to My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, using a scene from Family Guy:
- And one to the C&D of My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic via a Parody Commercial for the PlayStation 4. In the commercial, Applejack and Twilight play the game on an Xbox One. The console then reports it for copyright, causing the library to explode.
- There's a non-pony one in a Freeze-Frame Bonus on the Street Fighter III parody, with Trixie's Winner screen.
A Real Fighter cheats to winIt works for investment bankersAll the time, Barry Bonds used steroidsAnd look how stinking rich he is
- The Super Pony Power Hour:
- On the Valentine's Day Special of Oddity Archive, Ben Minnotte tapes a piece of paper reading "HAPPY NOW, BLIP???" onto the cardboard box. Blip didn't take this joke very lightly, and it lead to the series' suspension from it.
- The webtoon Bonus Stage is full of of Take Thats, roughly on par with Family Guy, but its creator Matt Wilson really doesn't like his fanbase: he has levelled several Take Thats against Bonus Stage Fan Fiction, Fan Dumb and the fan wiki.
- CinemaSins does this a lot in general (even to works they actually like), since their whole bit is pointing out things that are wrong with movies. On a more specific note, in their Self-Deprecation video ("Everything Wrong With CinemaSins"), they take a dig at the Catholic Church:
CinemaSins Narrator: Like Catholicism, our sins can be very minor things.
- The Yogscast have had many a Take That over the years, often targeting films they dislike. One of their more blatant ones, however, would be in their Shadow Of Israphel Animated videos, specifically this one, in which Israphel tries bypassing Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane, in this case acting as guards for Arstotzka. After initially being rejected for not having a matching passport, he tries disguising himself as GameChap note . He immediately gets laughed at and denied entry for being "a creepy bastard". It is worth noting in this case that while the Yogscast did not design the animation for the sketch (a fan did that, with Trott and Ross adding their own dialogue later), they did upload it on their channel, thus approving it.
- Achievement Hunter have had their share over the years. However, one of the more blatant ones would be Jack Patillo, noticing the coincidental, if morbid, trend of a celebrity being mentioned in a video and dying shortly after being mentioned (before the video gets released, shortly after, etcetera). Jack attempts to invoke this by naming his entire team after conservative talk show hosts.
- Super Bunnyhop's Critical Close-Up of Dark Souls has one towards controversial Let's Player Darksyde Phil.
George: It's a system that is carefully balanced to allow ANYONE to beat the game. (Shows clip of DSP's Dark Souls Let's Play.) And I do mean anyone.