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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. As devotees of the thing parodied, the creators know exactly where its faults, flaws, and weak points are and can use that in full effect. Knowing enough about the source material, good and bad, can help the creators avoid making a Redundant Parody or a situation where they Spoofed the Ironic Film Seriously. 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. However, it can mean that the parodied work becomes too popular and overrated due to the influx of new fans from the likes of Weird Al and South Park, the latter having a very large Misaimed Fandom. When the parody is well received by the creator of the original, then this is Approval of God.

Many a comedy Fanfic 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, though the two can overlap.

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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.
  • Taco Bell's semi-annual advertisements for its Nacho Fries are Real Trailer Fake Movies that parody several different movie genres. So far, they've done a conspiracy thriller, a dystopian film, a musical biopic, a buddy picture, a Science Fiction film, a horror film, and a mecha anime. note 

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    Films — Animation 
  • Phil Lord & Chris Miller have made a career of making very manic and creative parody films and many of them have been animated.
    • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs takes the concept of the book and turns it into a parody of disaster films.
    • The LEGO Movie frequently (though not completely) parodies summer blockbuster movies. The fact that everything's Built with LEGO helps, as even the most spectacular explosions and overloaded action sequences end up sillier as a result.
    • America: The Motion Picture is a comedic riff that parodies everything that is considered American (including its folklore, politics, and history).
  • Boogie is a massive spoof towards the suave, cool, Private Detective badass, as well as Film Noir and Heroic Bloodshed cinema. The titular "hero" is anything but heroic (beating up senior citizens and not giving a single shits on civilian casualties and collateral damage) and definitely NOT cool (he burps, farts, and beats up women). Onscreen deaths of children and old people alike are Played for Laughs, and somehow the movie makes it work.
  • Chicken Run is a stop motion animated version of The Great Escape and other prisoner-of-war escape movies. Albeit with a happier ending.
  • In Frozen II, Kristoff's solo song, "Lost In The Woods", is one big love letter to 80's power ballads and the common cliches in their music videos, including dramatic angles and lighting, loud guitar twangs, soulful close-ups of his face superimposed onto the shot, and using a hanging pinecone like a studio microphone. To top it all off, it's a sort of fantasy sequence in which Sven and the other reindeer of the forest are singing with him part of the time as backing vocalists.
  • Mr. Puzzles Wants You to Be Less Alive is an ostensibly AI-generated script that was animated, skewering horror tropes and specific properties.
  • Shark Tale is an affectionate parody of gangster films, which probably helps in that they feature Robert de Niro as the Don, and he played Vito in the second Godfather movie.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a parody of musicals and Disney films. Odd combination but it surprisingly works.
  • Kung Fu Panda is an affectionate parody of Wuxia films, while being a sincere example at the same time.
  • Rango is an affectionate parody of the Spaghetti Western.
  • Hotel Transylvania is an affectionate parody of Universal Horror and vampire movies.
  • Igor is an affectionate parody of Universal Horror and the Frankenstein movies in particular.
  • The "I'll Make a Man Out of You" sequence in Mulan can be seen as an affectionate parody of a Boot Camp Episode.
  • Surf's Up parodies the mockumentary.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is one of Pirate movies, the Belic conflicts, the post-apocalyptic genre, and the Superhero blockbuster.
  • It would probably be easier to list the things The LEGO Batman Movie doesn't parody about the Dark Knight. His over-the-top edginess, his relationship with The Joker literally being played like a romance, his Informed Loner tendencies, you name it. They even take some affectionate shots at the nature of the live action Batman films themselves, and imply every incarnation of Batman was just a different phase he went through.
    Alfred Pennyworth: Sir, if you don't mind my saying, I'm a little concerned. I've seen you go through similar phases in 2016, and 2012, and 2008, and 2005, and 1997, and 1995, and 1992, and 1989... and that weird one in 1966.
  • Ronal the Barbarian parodies the Conan the Barbarian franchise.
  • Megamind is one for superheroes, with a few small touches of Deconstructive Parody mixed in.

  • Much like fellow publication Animage, OUT enjoyed publishing parody manga. These include:
    • Char Neko no Koto (a parody of Mobile Suit Gundam by Ai Naniwa). A retelling of the events of the anime...except they're all cats.
    • Strange Aristocratic Story (a parody of Voltes V by Yuuki Masami). The story centers around a Royal Family gripping with drama between the Prince and the other nobles.
    • My Home Gjie (a parody of Space Runaway Ideon by Sesaku Iwasaki). A Slice of Life series about the marrie dlife of Gjie and Cheryl, and their next-door neighbours, the Jordan family.
    • Even freakin' Batman shows up in one parody manga!

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  • 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 catchphrase "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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Scudworth and Skunky-Poo

Scudworth's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis is a whacky skunk named Skunky-Poo, whose screws with him in a way that parodies the sort of antics seen in Looney Tunes. Every time Scudworth suffers an Amusing Injury in one of their segments, it's always capped off with Skunky-Poo spraying him in the face. Not pictured: The "Don't get on that plane!" gag with Skunky and the ending of the subplot in which Scudworth gets tormented again, this time with a crab named Krabby Kakes.

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