Penny Arcade took a swipe at Ctrl+Alt+Del with the side character L.H. Franzibald, a self-obsessed litigious pseudo-intellectual who writes books based on ideas plagiarised from Tycho. He talks in a slimy, needlessly wordy manner, often explaining the joke of a strip in the last panel, or indulging in acts of pointless violence — once, a comic with him in even imitated the four-panel format◊ of CAD. He wears a large pair of B-shaped sunglasses and his mouth is always only slightly open to give him the distinctive B^U look. To Penny Arcade's credit, it's used as self-deprecating humour, too — according to the lore, the accusations of plagiarism are very tenuous, and Tycho's resentment of Franzibald is repeatedly shown to be pointless since Franzibald is still very successful.
- VG Cats also took a shot at Ctrl+Alt+Del for April Fool's Day 2008.
- Jeffrey Rowland gave Buckley a kick in the pants with this Overcompensating comic.
- In fact a lot of people have, and for the sake of not turning this article into one, long CAD rant, we won't be posting any more.
- Not to mention the Memetic Mutation that sprung up in the wake of his miscarriage storyline of people and other webcomic artists inserting the last panel where appropriate for maximum funnies. That was a small industry of Take Thats.
- Several Penny Arcade strips make Take Thats at bad video games. One of the recurring Take Thats in earlier strips were directed towards John Romero, creator of the widely-panned Daikatana. Earlier strips also made fun of the PS2's launch (one E3-related strip even showed Gabe urinating on PS2 equipment), but around the 2001 mark, they started to be more kind toward the console.
- Perhaps Penny Arcade's most famous Take That was aimed at Jack Thompson, who offered $10,000 donated to charity if anyone who would follow his specifications for an over-the-top violent video game targeting the video game industry itself. Someone did. Thompson reneged on his offer and Penny Arcade stepped up to the plate, donating the $10,000 to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation charity in Thompson's name. Was accompanied by a short but sweet blog post generally seen as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the comic and its creators:
You know what, Jack? We’re going to be the men you’re not. You said that your insulting, illusory ten thousand dollars would go to the charity of Paul Eibeler‘s choice. We’ve got a good guess that he’d direct your nonexistant largesse toward The Entertainment Software Association Foundation, a body that has raised over six point seven million dollars over the last eight years. We’ve just made the donation you never would, and never meant to. Ten thousand dollars’ worth. And we made it in your name.