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* ''Thrud the Barbarian'', from early issues of ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'', is a crude parody of the ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' comics, revolving around a hulking [[DumbMuscle immensely strong yet stupid]] bad-tempered barbarian brute who brutally mangles and kills whatever's in his way as he lumbers around in search of booze, loot and wenches. In essence, Thrud embodies the stereotypical "lazy player" barbarian character, in contrast to the flawed but good-hearted strong and intelligent Conan of the actual comics.


** ''Family Guy'''s "parody" of ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' consists, in its entirety, of Peter-as-Bojack declaring "Normal words, but a horse guy!" while standing in front of the Holly'''''wood''''' sign (as opposed to Holly'''''woo'''''). It reads as if the episode's writer never actually watched ''Bojack Horseman'', only hearing a vague description from somebody else once or twice, thinking it sounded dumb based on that, and never bothering to look any further into it.

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** ''Family Guy'''s "parody" of ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' consists, in its entirety, of Peter-as-Bojack declaring "Normal words, but a horse guy!" while standing in front of the Holly'''''wood''''' sign (as opposed to Holly'''''woo''''').Holly'''''woo''''')[[note]]''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' made the same Hollywood mistake when they referenced Bojack in the Season 30 episode "I'm Dancing As Fat As I Can"; though their brief reference fares slightly better for calling the show "depressing"[[/note]]. It reads as if the episode's writer never actually watched ''Bojack Horseman'', only hearing a vague description from somebody else once or twice, thinking it sounded dumb based on that, and never bothering to look any further into it.


* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is often mocked for being a bellicose right-wing power fantasy, as in VideoGame/DutyCalls. But the series (particularly the second game) are actually '''anti'''-nationalist, where both sides inflame and exploit people's patriotism to get them to fight wars. The entire franchise also stresses at least once per game that WarIsHell, but the fact that the player characters don't question the PatrioticFervor is what seems to throw players for a loop.

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* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is often mocked for being a bellicose right-wing power fantasy, as in VideoGame/DutyCalls. But the series (particularly the second game) are actually '''anti'''-nationalist, where both sides inflame and exploit people's patriotism to get them to fight wars. The entire franchise also stresses at least once per game that WarIsHell, but the fact that the player characters don't question the PatrioticFervor PatrioticFervor[[note]]and that later COD games tone down or even remove such trait, to the point that [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare2019 the reboot]] caught some major flack for attributing historic atrocities to the Russians when it was more the American'sdoing[[/note]] is what seems to throw players for a loop.loop.
**For COD in general, almost all of its parodies focus on Multiplayer, and often with the one and only joke of "all COD players are either right-wing racists or screaming kids with bad microphones"; should it focus on the Campaign, it ''will'' be painting the game as a liner corridor-shooter regardless of the game's actual merits or improvements. [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Righteous Slaughter 7]] and the aforementioned ''Duty Calls'' are good examples of the two sides, respectively.


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**Likewise, any parody of Sonic has like a 50/50 chance of never straying beyond the same old jokes trotted out over and over again; mentioning ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 06]]'' at every opportunity, the percieved uselessness of Sonic's friends (though this has toned down in recent years), Elise, [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed the Werehog]], stressing that Sonic had [[DorkAge a rocky history until]] ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' and painting the fanbase as a bunch of weirdo manchildren with recoloured OCs (see '''anything''' Dorkly related for a good example of such).


Related: NarrowParody, in which the target is something relatively recent due to the assumption the target audience won't recognize something older even if it's riper for spoofing; and RedundantParody, where the parody writers actually do what the piece's real creators would do, but think themselves as writing a clever spoof. Also related to FountainOfExpies. Has been known to overlap with ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch.

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Related: NarrowParody, in which the target is something relatively recent due to the assumption the target audience won't recognize something older even if it's riper for spoofing; and RedundantParody, where the parody writers actually do what the piece's real creators would do, but think themselves as they are writing a clever spoof. Also related to FountainOfExpies. Has been known to overlap with ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch.


** On one side of the spectrum, there are shallow parodies that are just there to serve as the backdrop for an ''SNL'' recurring character to appear [[note]](cf. The ''Series/MadMen'' parody on Creator/JonHamm's first episode quickly devolves to a sketch featuring Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig's characters, "The Two A-Holes" [it was even retitled "Two A-Holes Visit An Ad Agency in the 1960s"], the ''Basic Instinct'' parody that has Julia Sweeney's Pat character, the ''Crying Game'' parody that also has Pat in it, the ''Glee'' parody that has Kristen Wiig's Gilly character)[[/note]] or are intentionally made shallow to [[DeconstructiveParody deconstruct the work]] (as seen in the Digital Short ''Party at Mr. Bernard's'' or the ''Little Mermaid'' sketch with Reese Witherspoon as Ariel telling Eric [played by Creator/WillFerrell] that she's an actual half-human, half-fish creature whose father had sex with a mackerel to create her) or shoehorn a political message or warped Aesop (as seen in their other parody of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' -- this time with Creator/TinaFey as Ariel trying to justify Osama bin Laden's burial at sea).

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** On one side of the spectrum, there are shallow parodies that are just there to serve as the backdrop for an ''SNL'' recurring character to appear [[note]](cf. The ''Series/MadMen'' parody on Creator/JonHamm's first episode quickly devolves to a sketch featuring Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig's characters, "The Two A-Holes" [it was even retitled "Two A-Holes Visit An Ad Agency in the 1960s"], the ''Basic Instinct'' parody that has Julia Sweeney's Pat character, the ''Crying Game'' parody that also has Pat in it, the ''Glee'' parody that has Kristen Wiig's Gilly character)[[/note]] or are intentionally made shallow to [[DeconstructiveParody deconstruct the work]] (as seen in the Digital Short ''Party at Mr. Bernard's'' or the ''Little Mermaid'' sketch with Reese Witherspoon as Ariel telling Eric [played by Creator/WillFerrell] that she's an actual half-human, half-fish creature whose father had sex with a mackerel to create her) or shoehorn a political message or warped Aesop (as seen in their other parody of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1989'' -- this time with Creator/TinaFey as Ariel trying to justify Osama bin Laden's burial at sea).



** Many lines involving Princess Clara parody "Disney movie cliches" that were never in any actual Disney movie. For example, the first episode parodies the "fact" that black characters in Disney movies are always servants, even though most [[Film/SongOfTheSouth (animated)]] Disney movies have no black characters to begin with. (The Muses in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' are the first named black characters in an animated Disney film, not counting Sunflower in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', who [[ValuesDissonance would fit the parody perfectly]] but [[OldShame has been removed from every modern version]].)

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** Many lines involving Princess Clara parody "Disney movie cliches" that were never in any actual Disney movie. For example, the first episode parodies the "fact" that black characters in Disney movies are always servants, even though most [[Film/SongOfTheSouth (animated)]] Disney movies have no black characters to begin with. (The Muses in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' are the first named black characters in an animated Disney film, not counting Sunflower in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}}'', who [[ValuesDissonance would fit the parody perfectly]] but [[OldShame has been removed from every modern version]].)



** The show parodied Creator/{{Disney}}'s run of {{Sequelitis}} in the early 2000s in "Lois Kills Stewie" and "Foreign Affairs" with a fourth ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' film about Jafar going to an eye doctor and a fifth about him taking a census. Jafar [[spoiler: was KilledOffForReal]] in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''.

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** The show parodied Creator/{{Disney}}'s run of {{Sequelitis}} in the early 2000s in "Lois Kills Stewie" and "Foreign Affairs" with a fourth ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' film about Jafar going to an eye doctor and a fifth about him taking a census. Jafar [[spoiler: was KilledOffForReal]] in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''.''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''.


* ''WebVideo/JonTron's'' review of Pokémon Bootlegs spends its every moment on ''VideoGame/{{Moemon}}'' ripping on its creator and fanbase for being pedophiles, making it pretty clear Jon has no real understanding of MoeAnthropomorphism, SuperDeformed, the GameMod community ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it's not even a bootleg]]) and spent little if any time actually playing the game.

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* ''WebVideo/JonTron's'' ''WebVideo/JonTron'':
** In his review of ''Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis'' he's clearly only familiar with the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' iteration of the character, as not only is that all he references but he actually gets ''angry'' when he sees Aquaman with a hook for a hand and calls it out as "fan-fiction". [[TropesAreTools It actually works to the review's favor]] as not only does it lead to some fairly entertaining outbursts and comments from Jon, but ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'s'' fanbase [[FanonDiscontinuity don't want this game anywhere near their franchise in the first place]].
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review of Pokémon Bootlegs spends its every moment on ''VideoGame/{{Moemon}}'' ripping on its creator and fanbase for being pedophiles, making it pretty clear Jon has no real understanding of MoeAnthropomorphism, SuperDeformed, the GameMod community ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it's not even a bootleg]]) and spent little if any time actually playing the game.

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** Fully parodied with one sketch, where the writers have an outlandish guess on shows that they themselves admit, do not actually watch.


* One of the enemies one may encounter in one of the underwater zones ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is a malevolent sponge. While ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' references were perhaps inevitable, most of the jokes encountered in its various battle messages revolve around how [=SpongeBob=] lives in a pineapple and how dumb that is and the show's [[EarWorm annoying]] TitleThemeTune, giving the impression that none of the game's writers actually ''watched'' the cartoon in question.

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* One of the enemies one may encounter in one of the underwater zones ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is a malevolent sponge. While ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' references were perhaps inevitable, most of the jokes encountered in its various battle messages revolve around how [=SpongeBob=] lives in a pineapple and how dumb that is and the show's [[EarWorm annoying]] annoying TitleThemeTune, giving the impression that none of the game's writers actually ''watched'' the cartoon in question.


* Invoked in ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'', in-game. Lily, when asked to cosplay as her boyfriend, instead does a Shallow Parody of RPG heroes, of which her boyfriend, Drake, is a Deconstruction/Reconstruction.

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* Invoked in ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'', in-game. Lily, when asked to cosplay as her boyfriend, instead does a Shallow Parody of RPG heroes, of which her boyfriend, Drake, is a Deconstruction/Reconstruction.{{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion/{{reconstruction}}.


** A scene in the episode "Into Harmony's Way" has the Griffins watch an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies1984'' where Kermit and Miss Piggy are looking over their son Kermie, Jr., a grotesque pig/frog hybrid begging to be put out of his misery. This disregards that ''Muppet Babies'' was about [[SpinoffBabies the Muppets as children]] rather than [[SpinOffspring the Muppets' own children]].

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** A scene in the episode "Into "In Harmony's Way" has the Griffins watch an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies1984'' where Kermit and Miss Piggy are looking over their son Kermie, Jr., a grotesque pig/frog hybrid begging to be put out of his misery. This disregards that ''Muppet Babies'' was about [[SpinoffBabies the Muppets as children]] rather than [[SpinOffspring the Muppets' own children]].

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** A scene in the episode "Into Harmony's Way" has the Griffins watch an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies1984'' where Kermit and Miss Piggy are looking over their son Kermie, Jr., a grotesque pig/frog hybrid begging to be put out of his misery. This disregards that ''Muppet Babies'' was about [[SpinoffBabies the Muppets as children]] rather than [[SpinOffspring the Muppets' own children]].


* Spoofs of Creator/MichaelBay movies made after ''Film/Transformers'' came out, while taking correctly most of the traits of his SignatureStyle, also seem to assume that he always casts Creator/ShiaLaBeouf and/or Creator/MeganFox as the main characters.

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* Spoofs of Creator/MichaelBay movies made after ''Film/Transformers'' ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' came out, while taking correctly most of the traits of his SignatureStyle, also seem to assume that he always casts Creator/ShiaLaBeouf and/or Creator/MeganFox as the main characters.

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** ''Family Guy'''s "parody" of ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' consists, in its entirety, of Peter-as-Bojack declaring "Normal words, but a horse guy!" while standing in front of the Holly'''''wood''''' sign (as opposed to Holly'''''woo'''''). It reads as if the episode's writer never actually watched ''Bojack Horseman'', only hearing a vague description from somebody else once or twice, thinking it sounded dumb based on that, and never bothering to look any further into it.


** Volume 3 features numerous references to the characters and locations of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' (albeit never by name), [[spoiler:with the idea that all of Harry's adventures have been manipulated in order to drive him to destroy the world as the Anti-Christ]]. The only character who seems to escape disapproval is Severus Snape, who is given the dignity of delivering a foul-mouthed FacingTheBulletsOneLiner -- seemingly because Snape is the only Harry Potter character who shares [[TakeThatScrappy the author's views of the character]].

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** Volume 3 features numerous references to the characters and locations of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' (albeit never by name), [[spoiler:with the idea that all of Harry's adventures have been manipulated in order to drive him to destroy the world as the Anti-Christ]]. However, Harry himself is distantly off, being more or less just a generic [[TeensAreMonsters "whiny asshole teenaged chav"]] stereotype while his actual flaws are mostly ignored in favor of making him into a caricature of an entitled young person. The only Moonchild's big villainous vice is that he's a SmallNameBigEgo who moans about being given any responsibility but also sees himself as the greatest guy ever, which is pretty far off from Harry, whose character is mostly defined as a HumbleHero who seems to escape disapproval is Severus Snape, who is given the dignity of delivering a foul-mouthed FacingTheBulletsOneLiner -- seemingly because Snape is the only Harry Potter character who shares [[TakeThatScrappy the author's views of the character]]. believes that ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne but still steps up whenever needed.

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* Spoofs of Creator/MichaelBay movies made after ''Film/Transformers'' came out, while taking correctly most of the traits of his SignatureStyle, also seem to assume that he always casts Creator/ShiaLaBeouf and/or Creator/MeganFox as the main characters.

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