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Some authors like to play favorites making one side look like the good one, while making fun of the side they don't sympathise with.

Not in this show. In this kind of show, there is no such thing as an acceptable target. They either mock all sides of an argument or none.

This trope is never played completely straight all the time due to the fact that Most Writers Are Human and all humans are biased (at least unconsciously).

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This trope applies when a show doesn't have bias for any side in a given situation. However, it can be used inside the story too, when a character is particularly offensive to everybody.

A number of people have called themselves equal-opportunity offenders when defending themselves from accusations of bias, bigotry, etc, and have had varying degrees of success. The less successful ones have helped make the phrase a tad controversial, if only by association. One point raised against it, for example here, is that there are far more identifiable groups of humans than anyone could have time to offend. By selecting Scientologists or redheads for mockery and overlooking plumbers or right-handed people, the show is being less than "equal". In response, one could argue that certain groupings are naturally associated with certain stereotypes to begin with and it's not the show's fault that those prior groupings, however arbitrary they may be, are the ones that come to our minds as the "sides" in question.

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In addition, it has been argued that if different groups of people are in unequal situations to begin with, then it's difficult to offend them all "the same". note  Of course, this argument is itself controversial, and has been challenged as misguided, unfair, or patronizing. It's a heated debate.

For a character in universe who is willing to offend anyone, see Hates Everyone Equally.


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Examples:

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    Anime 
  • The dub of Ghost Stories targeted everyone, including perverts, neglectful parents, Jews, homosexuals, racists, atheists, Republicans, the disabled, sluts, and even Christian Slater.

    Comic Books 
  • Haagse Harry mocks every ethnicity and political background, starting with the author's own.
  • MAD Magazine had mocking commentary about any genre of movie, every political candidate, every philosophy, most celebrities, and even both sides of the Cold War (in the form of Spy vs. Spy). If there was a sacred cow to be found, they'd fire up the barbeque. In the process, the lawsuits they incurred by the targets they spoofed could fill a small law library in regards to speech and press freedoms in the USA.

    Film 
  • Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes) is a 1965 British-American comedy that runs on the Funny Foreigner trope with multinational pilots taking part in an Epic Race. The German pilot is an efficiency freak wearing a spiked helmet, the French pilot is a Handsome Lech more interested in flirting with beautiful women (that he can't remember the names of) than actually trying to win, the British pilot is a stuffy eccentric, the Italian pilot is a flamboyant Catholic loudmouth, and the American rep is a cocky, whiskey-loving cowboy. What mitigates the offensiveness is that a) Fake Nationality is thoroughly Averted - every actor is of the same nationality as the character they play, and it is clear from all the performances they appreciate the joke, and b) the film draws the line at depicting the one non-white character in too undignified a way (the Japanese pilot is depicted as an intelligent and pleasantly polite fellow, with Surprisingly Good English to boot).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Top Gear. Especially Jeremy Clarkson. Well, mostly Jeremy Clarkson. Entirely by himself. Occasionally he does like a car. But usually he hates most of them, complains about the engineers, mocks the factory worker, and makes offensive comments about the entire population of the manufacturers country. Especially when he's on a test drive in that country. But no country is safe and even England gets the same treatment.
  • Frankie Boyle will attack anyone and everyone.
  • Mongrels was very free about who it set out to offend.
  • S Club 7: None of the villains, even the sheriff in the Back To The 50s, single out a member of band based on race and religion. They were targeted by a villain because of their ability to foil an evil plot and inspiring others to stand-up for themselves... nothing more.
    • In the Back To The 50s film, Bradley would've been an easy target because he's black and attacks against blacks by whites in the 50s were common, yet the Rockets and the sheriff only targeted him because he was willing to stand up for himself and his friends. Paul and Jo, who are WHITE, were also jailed along with Bradley and Rachel, who's Eurasian. Tina is half Indo-Guyanese, while Jon and Hannah were also white and they were fair game!

    Newspaper Columnists 
  • The Straight Dope: Cecil Adams doesn't shy away from sensitive topics just because they may offend. In one column he said, "About the only people this column has failed to offend already in its checkered history are left-handed Anabaptists."note 

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • George Carlin, moreso in his early days than his later ones. If you exist, he makes fun of you. Woman, man, black, white, left, right, didn't matter. To him, you sucked or someone was making you up.
  • Lisa Lampenelli. Audience members have gotten offended when she wasn't making fun of them.
  • Carlos Mencia is fond of using racial slurs for every ethnicity in existence. But his favorite is "beaner," for Hispanics.
  • Russell Peters, who will take pot shots at every ethnicity in his audience, including (and especially) fellow Indians.

    Video Games 

    Web Comic 
  • The protagonists of Living with Hipstergirl and Gamergirl are a ditzy Womanchild gamer whose ability to function in the real world seems next to zero and a snotty Hipster who will tell you all about the social problems but can't be bothered to do anything about them since that might interfer with her social media habit... and they are the characters portrayed the most positively. Any group portrayed in the strip is going to be full of well-meaning idiots at best, and most are actively self-serving and deceitful.

    Web Original 
We at Geek Juice don't care about your gender, race, religion, sexual preference, or divisive political beliefs.
We also don't care if you're a SJW, MRA, gay, trans, gamer, otherkin, headmate, furry, skinhead, brony, vegan etc.
We accept EVERYBODY.
As long as you accept that we WILL make fun of your group at some point.
It's what we do.
We come from the church of Carlin, Bruce, MST3K, Pryor, Stanhope, Rock and Hicks.
It's ALL on the table when it comes to being funny. DEAL with it.

    Western Animation 
  • South Park is famous for mocking every side in an argument. Case in point - in "Goobacks", the characters appearing on a political talk show were named "Pissed-Off White-Trash Redneck Conservative" and "Aging Hippie Liberal Douche".
    • While South Park is (in)famous for making fun of religion, specially christianity, they also made jokes of non-religious people in a few episodes, such as atheists (in "Red Hot Catholic Love" and "Go God Go") and agnostics (in "The Poor Kid").
  • Despite complaints of biases, The creator of Family Guy has stated that his goal is to offend everyone.
  • American Dad!. For example the main character and his daughter (who are right/left wing radicals respectively) are both depicted as complete hypocrites.
  • Eris says this in her debut episode in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
  • Animaniacs. If it exists, it will be mocked.
  • The Boondocks. Unlike the comic strip, which is unmistakably left-wing in its bias.
  • The trailer for the first season of Paradise PD starts with a Long List of people who might be offended by the show and which seems to include pretty much every single group of people in existence. The show itself does its best to deliver on that promise.

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