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Affectionate Parody

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"With MSPA I am always on the lookout for raw material to manipulate in esoteric ways, and it's usually garnered through satire. But then I ride that material pretty hard, and before you even know what's going on, it's not satirical anymore! Ask yourself this: at what point did John's love of Con Air cease to be a mockery of the film, and became more of a SHRINE to it? Hard to say."

Many parodies take things apart to laugh with the work and the fans. Malice is almost never intended to the source, just good fun.

Affectionate Parodies are generally done by fans (and sometimes creators) of the source material. Don't presume, however, that because of this, the Affectionate Parody can't be harsh; ultimately, it can be even more cutting than usual, because as devotees of the thing parodied, the creators know exactly where its faults, flaws, and weak points are (and also because, as genuine lovers of the source material, the parodists can be said to enjoy N-Word Privileges of a sort). Unfortunately, if the jokes are mean-spirited enough about their subjects in general, fans might mistake the creators for hating the subjects and, well, it can lead to Misaimed Fandom.

They often function as both a send-up of a genre and an honest member of it. Generally, there's some kind of underlying plot, a twisted version of a stock tale, and actual characters, even if they're swathed in cliches like a mummy in wrappings. Some of them can lean more toward the "Affectionate" than the "Parody" and just seem like more light-hearted versions of the usual with maybe some Lampshade Hanging. Very often, affectionate parodies are based on humoring as many tropes typical of the genre as possible, and can easily be classified as Troperiffic.


Often times, being parodied is a sign of doing something right. Being parodied by well known artists like Weird Al or South Park means that you've made something big, and is the price of making a hit. When the parody is well received by the creator of the original, then this is Approval of God.

Many a comedy Fan Fic has used this.

See also Satire/Parody/Pastiche and Adam Westing, where the original actor joins in the fun. If an Affectionate Parody is so loving that the parody aspect falls out, it is an Indecisive Parody, and may be a sign that the creators are about to make a Decon-Recon Switch.

Compare Take That!, where the parody / reference is a lot less affectionate.

Contrast Deconstructive Parody.


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  • This commercial spoofs kaiju. Ultraman in particular. Also '80s (neo-classical) power metal.
  • This Irn-Bru advert spoofs the flying sequence from Christmas classic The Snowman. Showing a variety of Scottish landmarks instead of ones from the South East of England and the music is a parody version of Walking in the Air.
  • The 2015 San Francisco Giants' parody of the Full House opening, aptly named Full Clubhouse. Brandon Crawford rocking his long hair and strumming a guitar like Uncle Jesse, Hunter Pence polishing his scooter, and Jeremy Affeldt's shit-eating grin must be seen to be believed.
  • UFO Kamen Yakisoban ads are a parody of tokusatsu series such as Kamen Rider, starring Yakisoban, a noodle-themed superhero who fought the evil kettle thief Kettler. The ads themselves also got a parody in "Kakesoban," a superhero who suffered amusing injuries and failed to beat Kettler, who was a heavy smoker.

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    Pro Wrestling 
  • Sakura Hirota has done parody gimmicks of Command Bolshoi, Aja Kong, The World Famous Kana, Stan Hansen, Kinnikuman, Bull Nakano, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, Lady Gaga, Mayumi Ozaki, Ayako Hamada, The Undertaker, Toshi Uematsu, GAMI and Akira Maeda, among others.
  • Ebessan has also done Hansen as well as The Great Kabuki, Miracle Man, Gamma, Abdullah the Butcher(eventually endorsed by the real thing at All Japan's excite series), Satoshi Kojima, Jushin Thunder Liger, Cactus Jack(another real thing endorsement at ROH's third anniversary), Goldberg, Y2P 160kg(who approved at Zero 1 land II), Jumbo Tsuruta, Rey Misterio, Kurt Angle, Killer Khan, El Blazer(endorsed in VKF), Akebono, Tarzan Goto, Bret Hart, Dump Matsumoto, Tiger Jeet Singh, Ultimate Warrior, Kodo Fuyuki and probably a few more we've overlooked.
  • WWE wrestler Gregory Helms's former character, The Hurricane, was an Affectionate Parody of Superheroes, especially Superman and the Adam West Batman. His character previous to that was an Affectionate Parody of comic-book fanboys, as he trotted out his encyclopedic knowledge of the Green Lantern and compared situations from the comic to everything he came across in his wrestling career (in fact, his costume as Hurricane was heavily influenced by the costume worn by Kyle Rayner as the Green Lantern).
  • In 2005, Shocker, Máscara Mágica, and El Terrible held a competition in mockery of competition based reality shows that had the same format as WWE's Million Dollar Tough Enough called "Guapos University," in which they searched for a new member of their CMLL group, Los Guapos.
  • The LayCool characters were affectionate parodies of the Alpha Bitch with them being fashion obsessed, finishing each other's sentences, their own Buffy Speak catchphrases and a whole lotta Les Yay. And they were still some of the best written heels on Smackdown.
  • Dragon Gate turned CZW wrestler Rich Swann into Swann Hanson, a parody of Stan Hansen. For the record, Stan is a "smash mouth" striker while Swann is a high flying garbage wrestler.
  • Southpaw Regional Wrestling is a series of short clips made by WWE talent depicting a fake wrestling territory from the mid-late 80's, complete with low production values, bad costumes, Leave the Camera Running moments, and adverts for their upcoming show at a tiny venue.

  • The Stan Freberg Show: Stan Freberg recorded several Affectionate Parodies of Dragnet, including "St. George and the Dragonet" and "Little Blue Riding Hood" ("only the color of the hood has been changed to prevent an investigation"). The supposed Dragnet Catch-Phrase "just the facts, ma'am" originated in these parodies.
  • I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again always had an extended sketch at the end of each episode, presented as the Prune Play Of The Week. These were often affectionate parodies of plays, books, genres, or whatever was on TV at the time. Their parody of Star Trek: The Original Series is quite memorable, mostly for being a parody of something still well-known.
    Spock: Illogical, captain. Allow me to raise my eyebrow to signify how ridiculous that is.
    Announcer: See him! See him raise the incredible eyebrow!
    Spock: And now...the other eyebrow. [fanfare]
    Announcer: The other eyebrow! Oh, the talent! Oh, the joy!
    Spock: And now... [drumroll]... both eyebrows at once! [fanfare]
    Announcer: Fantastic! Magnificent!
  • In and Out of the Kitchen is a parody of lifestyle cookery shows.


    Tabletop Games 
  • The Pokéthulhu roleplaying game is an arguably affectionate but very tongue in cheek cross-parody of, guess what, Pokémon and the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • Depending on who you ask, the Munchkin roleplaying game series is either an affectionate parody or a Take That! at the selfish, loot-grubbing behavior of some gamers. Though it very likely is both.
  • The game Illuminati is one of conspiracy theories.
  • Rocketmen is an affectionate parody of Buck Rogers, and the Raygun Gothic genre.

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Alternative Title(s): Affectionate Parodies


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