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"Approved by FASA! Or at least they promised not to sue!"
—Box for Critter-Tek

A sister trope to the Deconstruction Crossover, this is what happens where a parody or deconstruction uses an official character from an earlier work with permission from the original creator. Often, but not always, this will be The Film of the Series.

May be an example of The Man Is Sticking It to the Man. Compare with Parody Assistance (the original creators help with the parody) and Self-Parody (the original creators are entirely responsible for the parody).



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    Comic Books 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In the detective novel Ask a Policeman, the participating authors swapped detectives (so Lord Peter Wimsey was written by Anthony Berkeley, while Berkeley's detective Roger Sheringham was written by Dorothy L. Sayers).

    Live-Action TV 

  • Although he doesn't legally have to, "Weird Al" Yankovic gets permission from the original artists before parodying their songs. This even extends to the polka medleys, as the songwriters involved have to agree to reduce their royalties to a percentage of the track instead of a percentage of the entire album it appears on.

     Tabletop Games 
  • Critter-Tek, the funny animal parody of Battletech from Crunchy Frog Enterprises, was licenced by FASA and included an actual Battletech record sheet. A sticker on the cover said "Approved by FASA! Or at least they promised not to sue!"

    Video Games 

    Western Animation