Dan Savage also tried to create a definition for "saddlebacking" (in reference to the Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, owned by Rick Warren) with considerably less success.
Stewart Lee, the 41st Best Stand-Up Ever, devotes two segments of his routine to bashing Tom O'Connor's infamously shit "Are You A Sardine" pun and the Big Brother racism scandal respectively:
Lee: What my mother doesn't know, is that since his nervous breakdown following the tabloid press exposing him for having an affair with a teenage prostitute, Tom O'Connor is only able to answer any discussion, with the phrase: Are. You. A. Sardine?
Lee: When Martin Luther King saw racism in 1960s America, he said "I have a dream that one day my four little children will live in a nation where they are judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character". When Russel Brand saw racism in 2000s Britain, he said, whilst dressed as a cartoon pirate: "OooOOoOoh. There's been some bad racism and stuff going down today, and no mistake. My liege. It's made Mr Winky go right small it has, oh yes it has, oh yeah. And my ballbag. Oh my old ballbag. Has only gone up my bum. Here's H from Steps"...After the scandal, Danielle Lloyd, a glamor model, who was involved in one of the nastier bits of the racism, lost a lot of opportunities for glamor shooting and topless photoshoots. What this means is that the editors of Nuts magazine, and Zoo, and Loaded, must have sat down and asked themselves the question: "Will our customers feel comfortable masturbating over images of a racist?" And they must have decided "No". I think they underestimated their readers' tenacity - perhaps Ms Lloyd's opinions might even have provided un petit frisson.
Showing an uncharacteristically pointy side, radio comedy team Bob & Ray reacted to New York Magazine critic John Simon's negative review of their stage show by incorporating him into their skits as "The Worst Person in the World" — a character who never spoke, just made rude noises while other characters commented loudly on his uncouth manners. Broadcaster Keith Olbermann later picked up the concept, sans specific attack, and used it in his Countdown.
And Olbermann has used several Take Thats in his feud with Bill O'Reilly. A classic was when O'Reilly announced he was starting an online petition to get Olbermann's show off the air. Olbermann had a segment showing the entire production crew and staff of Countdown, including himself, cheerfully signing the petition to show how seriously they took it. And MSNBC's other shows got in on the act as well: Dan Abrams and Tucker Carlson are shown signing it.
Olbermann's impression of Rush Limbaugh (often heard during the Worst Persons segment) also owes a lot to the Bob & Ray character, particularly the slurping noises.
Try typing "Google" into Yahoo!'s search engine. On top of your search results, which obviously and inevitably would include a link to Google itself, is the message "You could go to Google. Or get straight to your answers here" along with another search bar for Yahoo.
Kingdom of Loathing usually uses Affectionate Parody, but the items related to the Furry Suit contain a number of surprisingly vicious swipes at the Furry Fandom. Not least of which is that the tattoo you can receive by wearing it is the "Loser Tattoo".
Hippies and hobos aren't treated kindly either. All hippies have bad body odor and do drugs, and hobos are all lazy, stupid booze-drinkers.
On the other hand, all frat boys use "bra" as a Verbal Tic, drink more beer than is probably humanly possible, and have an unhealthy obsession with paddling.
Film critic Roger Ebert was very, very skilled at the Take That. He published two books that consist entirely of reviews of movies he hated (Your Movie Sucks and I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie). If we listed all the great Take That lines from his reviews, we could easily double the size of this page, but here's a sample.
When Ebert referred to Vincent Gallo's movie The Brown Bunny as the worst film in the history of the Cannes film festival, Gallo called him "a fat pig with the physique of a slave trader". Ebert's reply is pure gold: "It is true that I am fat, but one day I will be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny." (Technically that response is a modification of a line attributed to Winston Churchill: "Madam, I may be drunk, but you are ugly, and I shall be sober in the morning.") Gallo publicly wished Ebert would get cancer again. Ebert did. Gallo, not apologizing, said he wished for a different cancer than Ebert got. Ebert's reply was that he had no time for this- he just got back from an exam where an image of his colon was on a TV for 90 minutes- "which was still better than The Brown Bunny."
Ebert also commented about a feud between Rob Schneider and another critic, Patrick Goldstein. After Patrick made a remark about Columbia Pictures financing Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo while having turned down every single one of that year's Best Picture nominees, Rob Schneider took out full-page ads in two magazines insulting Patrick Goldstein, for not having won anything himself. Ebert's comment is, once again, priceless:
But Schneider is correct, and Patrick Goldstein has not yet won a Pulitzer Prize. Therefore, Goldstein is not qualified to complain that Columbia financed Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo while passing on the opportunity to participate in Million Dollar Baby, Ray, The Aviator, Sideways, and Finding Neverland. As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.
Of course, Schneider then went on to invert this trope entirely by sending Ebert flowers and a get-well-soon card while he was in hospital. And Ebert said that while Schneider may make terrible movies, he's a nice guy.
Ebert struck again by thanking Bill O'Reilly for including the Chicago Sun-Times in his "Hall Of Shame", claiming to be in a Bill O'Reilly Hall of Famewould be a cruel blow to any newspaper. He went on to compare him to "Squeaky The Chicago Mouse" in response to the latter's claim he was more powerful than any politician, and such an eloquent Take That has to be seen to be believed.
Archaeologists have found ancient Greek sling shots with "Take That" written on them. This survived until at least after World War II when bomber crews would paint messages on the their explosive payloads.
Ubiquitous in political campaigning - any specific examples would either double the size of this page fairly quickly or lead to a massive Edit War.
In Häxornas försvarare by Jan Guillou, a book about the witch processes in seventeenth-century Scandinavia, the author explains that while at one point the study of witches was considered a credible science, all the information that went into scholarly treatises on the subject had been uncovered by the scholar a) reading what other people had previously written on the subject and b) making stuff up. He further states that understandably, no modern field of science uses this odd form of research, "except of course for national economics."
Acclaimed travel writer Bill Bryson has made his birthplace a running Take That gag. The first line of The Lost Continent: "I was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Somebody had to be." There follows a two page explanation of why (he thinks) Des Moines is a horrible soulless shithole.
Most unsubtle and unwitty example ever: This video, which is the full match of the first clip you see in the infamous "MAHVELBAYBEE!"video, manages to throw in a random "FUCK AR-CAY-NAH HEART, NIGGER! FUCK ARCANA HEART!" at the end of its utterly non-sensical commentary.
PC Gamer regularly takes cheap shots at console gamers. One was when they recommended the Xbox 360 controller for Games For Windows games, with the hasty disclaimer "don't worry, no one will think you're a console gamer". When a reader wrote in and called them on it, they said it was a "friendly rivalry".
If this is PC Gamer of Future Publishing then it definitely is a friendly rivalry, since Chandra Nair, one of their writers, used to work for Cubed, a Nintendo GameCube magazine.
Not to mention that Chandra Nair went on to also become editor of Official Nintendo Magazine before leaving the industry completely.
Not to mention that Future owns Official Xbox Magazine, as well as Nintendo Power. And speaking of Future, they own both MacLife and Maximum PC. They love taking pot shots at each other.
Matthew Wright, presenter of Channel Five's The Wright Stuff is fond of making gags toward presenter Jeremy Kyle, such as calling him "Jeremy Vile" and getting out of the house whenever his show comes on.
The creators of Demoscene productions are typically very direct about their Take Thats, often outright saying "fuck you" to the people and companies they don't like.
[adult swim] often runs bumps that are derogatory towards its viewers.
There also seems to be a long running gag about the network's simmering contempt towards their Anime block. Bumps regularly criticize it, commercials show their Narm moments and episode descriptions on their website tend to read like "Vampires, robots, big hats!".
There's a division in staff between Adult Swim's western-styled comedy department, writers of all the bumps since the action programming stopped featuring them (and producers of PHF'), and the Action department, who programs Adult Swim's anime and are anime fans.
The numerous Red Box kiosks, scattered throughout multiple grocery store chains in the US, advertise $1.00 overnight rentals, but Red Box will charge the customer's card an additional $1.00 for each additional day the item is kept. In response, the movie rental chain Hollywood Video introduced a program called True Dollar, to their existing Powerplay rental program, that offers $1.00 rentals with no due dates.
The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith:
"6. That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine, into the substance of Christ's body and blood, commonly called transubstantiation, by consecration of a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant not to Scripture alone, but even to common sense and reason, overthroweth the nature of the ordinance, and hath been, and is, the cause of manifold superstitions, yea, of gross idolatries." This is an attack on Catholics.
This video of Australian Rules Football team the West Coast Eagles' theme song includes the Eagles mascot giving cross-town rival the Fremantle Dockers' mascot a wedgie.
A famous one happened when Carlton played Essendon in 1991. The previous year, Essendon had lost to the much-hated Collingwood in the grand final, giving Collingwood their first premiership since 1958. During that time, Carlton had beaten Collingwood in grand finals in 1970, 1979 and 1981. Carlton rubbed it in by having their banner read, "If you lose to Collingwood in a grand final, you're a bloody idiot." note A riff on Essendon sponsor TAC's slogan "If you drink, then drive, you're a bloody idiot."
At Essendon home games, a pre-match video shows a bomber launching, locking on to the opposing team's emblem, and blowing it up.
In 2001, the Seven Network lost the broadcast rights to the AFL (which it had held for forty years) to the Nine and Ten networks. In the week leading up to the 2001 Grand Final, it broadcast a program called "Biffs, Bumps and Brawlers" that showcased the violent aspects of the game that the league was trying to de-emphasise.
This video. "The work ethic of music majors is often disappointing."
In early 1979, NBC was falling behind in the ratings war against CBS and ABC. In an attempt to get back those ratings, NBC initiated its "Proud as a Peacock" campaign. One of those was a song saying how great NBC was. However, they knew how bad they were in the ratings and ended up making this parody to mock the network and its-then current owner.
SpongeBob SquarePants (and shows like it) got hit hard in an episode of Adventures in Odyssey. Local teen Connie Kendall wants to pitch an idea to a TV station (it's a Thomas the Tank EngineCaptain Ersatz), but first we see what a guy named "Nigel O. Dion" has. IT winds up being a SpongeBob pastiche where everyone is free from values and SpongeBob's parents are idiots. "Nigel" openly expresses how aggressively kid friendly it is. Connie's show talks about how we need to have authority or things would go wrong, and "Nigel"'s show is rejected because it's another one of "too many" shows that teach kids to "mock and taunt authority" and make them "glib, selfish, and rude". (Although the actual SpongeBob isn't a little kid and in fact loves his parents very much.) "Nigel" leaves them saying they're unreasonable and stuck in the "19th century".
Ironically, a lot of Nickelodeon's shows aren't really like that. (Shows like that are on Cartoon Network.) A bit of irony in that Spongebob did become a Ren and Stimpy-style grossout show after the movie. But then again, Focus On The Family isn't on very good terms with Nickelodeon...
In Rugby League the South Sydney Rabbitohs' song goes as far as to list all the teams Souths beat in grand finals:
(To the tune of "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah"): They mauled the Balmain Tigers, Slew the Dragons from St. George, The Seagulls and the Mounties next Were crushed with mighty force They humbled Parramatta And the Berries in due course They wear the RED & GREEN
They plucked the Western Magpies, Slashed the Newtown bag of blue The Eastern Suburbs rooster crowed, And then was conquered too The greatest name in any game Within South Sydney grew They wear the RED & GREEN
The Nekci Menij Show is ruthless with its Take Thats towards every female currently working in the pop music industry. Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Katy Perry are thrown under the bus (literally in Katy's case) for their Shameless Self-Promotion; Jessie J is repeatedly insinuated to have broken her leg to boost album sales; Nicki Minaj is turned into an insane agent of chaos/rapper-for-hire; and Beyonce's ego is implied to be through the roof. Even relatively unknown acts are taken to task; Marina of Marina and the Diamonds has this to say about her music:
Above the Burger King restaurant at avenyn in Gothenburg, Sweden, there are currently two signs. One of them points at the Burger King and says "GRILLED" while the other one points to the right, where a McDonald's is located, and says "WTF".
In Smosh If Video Games Were Real 2. Sgt Anous shoots the dog in Duck Hunt.
WoTC released a few animated shorts before the release of 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, they focused on very specific monsters and races in terms of how 4th Edition would affect them. One of the shorts was about the red dragon and contained a very amusing reference to the "Edition Wars" in which traditionally whiny fanboys ranted about the suckiness and evil of 4th Edition. Said reference showed a forum being trolled by an actual troll that was promptly buried under a large pile of dragon excrement by the red dragon as it flew overhead.
From a supplement to White Wolf's Mage: The Ascension: "This same century also sees the birth of many of the modern 'gypsy' stereotypes, which... lead to the fanciful romanticization of 'True Romany' as singing, dancing, scarf-wearing vagabonds. This stereotyping is perpetuated throughout the 20th century through works of popular fiction, cheap horror movies, 'medieval' or 'Renaissance' re-enactment societies, and badly researched role-playing game supplements." The same company had earlier released World of Darkness: Gypsies, a supplement playing on exactly those stereotypes, considered Fanon Dis Continuity by everyone who's read it for Unfortunate Implications.
After the Secret Service raid on their premises was deemed to have been unlawful, Steve Jackson Games printed a card for their Illuminati: New World Order CCG depicting a Secret Service agent wearing the insignia of the Nazi SS.
A justification for the raid given was that the book whose manuscript they seized, GURPSCyberpunk, was a handbook on computer crime, especially hacking. The result? They made Hacker shortly afterward, a board/card game focusing on computer hacking.
Another, less malicious, Steve Jackson Games example, ''Car Wars'' featured an America that was mildly post-apocalyptic, having survived a limited nuclear engagement with Communists. The worst hit spot in Central United States? Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where main rival game designer TSR games had their headquarters.
The ShadowrunSourcebookRunner Havens has the following gem during a discussion of Hong Kong pirates:
The bizarre Egg of Coot, a ruler in the Dungeons & Dragons Blackmoor setting, was a jab at Gregg Scott, an individual who'd previously given Dave Arneson some flak.
Palladium Books include a description of an alignment system which includes a statement against neutral alignments, a feature of the Dungeons and Dragons based games. One sentence reads: No neutrals is one of the very few definitive, unbending rules of the game.
The welcome page to Nobilis third edition refers to Guardians of Order having distributed the second edition until "they decided to stop sending out money and books and stuff and just lurk like a serpent, coiled around the dark heart of the world". Given what Guardians of Order were up to at the end, Dr Moran was probably due a shot or two.
There is some suspicion circulating that the ''Arbiter'' Battlemech from BattleTech, released as part of a technical readout in 2010, is a jab at Warhammer 40,000. It features several stereotypical Warhammer details, particularly those of the iconic Space Marines, including Shoulders of Doom, a gauntlet-shaped hand resembling a Power Fist, Spikes of Villainy, a huge gunin place of its lower right arm, and a vaguely Gothic Punk appearance. It also happens to be a weak, slow, fragile, poorly armed lightweight Industrialmech (that is, a work-grade robot) that is to a proper Battlemech what a forklift is to a tank, explicitly designed In-Universe to look more showy and threatening than it actually was, and bought precisely for its looks rather than its substance. Described as cheap, bottom of the barrel, and only good in large numbers, it's hard to not see some broad swipes taken at 40K.
As has been well-documented by history, director Elia Kazan and playwright Arthur Miller had a famous falling out over Kazan's decision to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible, a play that compared the UAC's activities to the Salem Witch Trials, while Molly Kazan, Elia's wife, wrote The Egghead, a play about a liberal intellectual who was blind to the great threat posed to America. One of these plays is a classic. The other one is practically forgotten.
On the other hand, Elia made On the Waterfront, which features a sympathetically portrayed informer. As a response to that, Miller wrote A View from the Bridge, which portrays an informer negatively.
In the musical version of Merrily We Roll Along, the protagonist is a musical theatre songwriter who in one scene says, "I saw My Fair Lady — I sort of enjoyed it."
The musical 1776 features an extended Take That against New York's government: the delegate from New York spends the entire musical having to "abstain—courteously," because, as he finally explains, the members of the legislature "speak very fast and very loud and nobody pays any attention to anybody else with the result that nothing ever gets done."
Like much of the rest of the play...Truth in Television. Even for the time period. (It's truly scary when you realize how much of 1776 is all lifted directly from period documents (if somewhat out of context at times.)
Occurred during the 2008 Tony Awards broadcast, when the winner for Best Play, in his acceptance speech, thanked the producers for funding "an American show with theater actors!" This would have been much less remarkable had his award not been presented to him byRichard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe.
The lyrics to "You're The Top", a song by Cole Porter from the musical Anything Goes, contains the following jab at the Republican party of the 1930s:
"I'm the nominee of the G.O.P., or "Gop," But if baby, I'm the bottom, you're the top!"
In a book of Christian plays, one vignette set in a supermarket has an employee announce via loudspeaker that an event featuring (a man in a costume of) Pikachu has just concluded. The plot is immediately derailed for a few seconds so one of the characters can deliver what is, to all appearances, an Author Tract about how Pokémon should be "banished to the island of annoying toys".
The College Humor video "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.
In Kenneth Starr vs. Bill Clinton on Judge Judy, Paul argues that Clinton can't be impeached because if he is, then Al Gore would become president, and there is no way Judge Judy is going to let that happen. This match is pretty full of Take Thats all around, claiming that both candidates fail to meet the five criteria of victory on Judge Judy ("Tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth", "make your point and shut up", "Don't be an idiot", "Don't put your children at risk", and "Don't tick off the judge").
In Kevin McCallister vs. Night of The Living Dead, Brian argues that Kevin can just pop in a tape of the latest presidential debate, and the zombies will stumble off to vote for their undead leader Al Gore. John counters saying "They're undead, not dumb." John also claims that "any scene in which Michael Jackson has a girlfriend is clearly the fantasy scene", and that "in Chicago, it's hard to tell the difference between the living dead and regular passersby", and Brian asks "if the zombie's mission is to consume as much human brain as possible by daybreak, why are they going after Macauley Culkin?"
In David Letterman vs. Jay Leno, Mark compares David Letterman to the A-Team, saying that "where the A-Team could turn any vehicle into a tank, Letterman can tank any comedic vehicle."
In Rosie O'Donnell vs. Roseanne, Paul claims Roseanne must win "for the good of humanity" because unlike Rosie, people have already seen her breasts.
In Dr. Laura vs. Dr. Evil, Brian argues that Dr. Laura will win because, unlike Dr. Evil, she has generally succeeded in her evil plans.
The Circus Maximus of the Pop Stars is absolutely pouring with Britney Spears hate, as well as the claim that all boy bands are the result of an attempt to clone Leonardo Di Caprio which went horribly, horribly wrong, and mention of the "obviously homosexual [Justin] Timberlake."
The French youtuber LinksTheSun once made a video about Jack the Ripper (here), in which he regularly mocks Patricia Cornwell and her theory about the identity of the infamous murderer.
Bum Reviews: Chester mentions that he once sold a burger recipe to McDonald's, but it was too disgusting for them. What did they do? Sold the rights to White Castle!
The Welcome to series is almost ''entirely' made of Take Thats to certain people who use the site. In order:
deviantART mocks people who overuse Japanese terms, inflation artists, and shippers, among others.
Facebook mocks people who whine about their (very simple) problems on Facebook, along with people who take bad photos and don't admit it, people who friend people they barely know and refuse to unfriend anyone, and people who misuse the site in general.
YouTube mocks people who make comments about the like/dislike bar, comments that say "Thumbs up if [X] brought you here", users that upload certain types of videos, YouTube's design and copyright system, as well as more specific people (i.e. the Pony Dot Mov series and PewDiePie).
Since Encyclopedia Dramatica was originally designed as an archive of Troll activity, Take Thats are inevitable.
It also really crosses over into Hannibal Lecture with the article titled "You".
Given that both sites shamelessly mock the daylights out of everything, including each other, any serious 'war' is doomed to just make everyone involved look stupid.
Some tropers just love to use this. You'll find a bunch of them scattered all over the Wiki, which are Potholed to the main page. Sometimes they get ground down by Wiki Magic, sometimes not. Don't even think about adding to them. Chances are, whatever you have in mind is just not worth including.
The Transformers Wiki tends to throw these at the elitist fandom, being that it's not a Wiki restricted by Serious Business, you can see how, they basically named the Ruined FOREVER Trope, and even link to our Ruined FOREVER page. There are other Take Thats, mostly bordering on the idiotic logic of the Transformers fanbase, on one of the timeline pages, they put the beginning of the universe, and it says:
The Big Bang creates the universe as we know it. The protons, neutrons, and electrons that will eventually compose Transformers are formed, ruining it forever. A Thursday.
Beyond fandom, there are plenty of Take Thats directed at certain people involved in Transformers, notably Pat Lee, Shane McCarthy and Andy Schmidt.
Their page on Wolverine describes him as "A completely unlikable asshole".
Their Cy-Kill (see the comics section for more details on the treatment of this character) pages passive-aggressively point out just how tired and old killing the character is.
Rational Wiki, being what it is, will very frequently take pot shots at various crank beliefs. Almost every article about a pseudoscience is a Take That. Also, everything they say about Conservapedia, with the exception of a few Sincerity Mode articles dedicated to seriously and earnestly proving that Conservapedia is a huge fraud.
Currently, their article about This Wiki pretty much claims that we Jumped the Shark after the changes that include giving YMMV its own section.
The South Sydney Rugby League team's theme song lists all the teams Souths have beaten in grand finals:
The Oatmeal, after being threatened with a lawsuit by FunnyJunk unless they were given $20,000 in "damages", rips the letter given to him and the lawyer who wrote it a new one, then initiates what amounts to a fundraiser not to pay the guy off, but to give to two other charities, vowing to take a picture of the money earned and give it (and a lewd drawing) to the people. He gets the money in under 64 minutes and hits $150,000 in 24 hours.
SCP Foundation: SCP-504 is a tomato that hurls itself at the nearest thing that just told a bad joke. When exposed to a Dane Cook recording, it completely demolishes the CD player. Also, when shown an SNL skit of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton it almost hurled itself, but not quite, because it wasn't sure whether it was actually meant to be funny or not.