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A great honor for anyone working on a parody is when the creator or anyone else involved with the original goes beyond granting the parodist permission (and even enjoying said work) and instead actually helping them out with their parody. This can be as simple as lending sets or as drastic as directly working with the parodist, such as singing in a duet.

Related to Adam Westing, an actor's Self-Parody of either his most famous role, his Old Shame, or his Typecasting. Also related to Approval of God, when a work's author approves the fandom's parodies (although that applies to Fan Works as well), and to Actually Pretty Funny, when a parody's target thinks the parody itself to be just that. See also Meme Acknowledgment and Official Parody.



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    Anime & Manga 

  • Stan Freberg received permission to used the Dragnet theme and orchestra for the parody St. George and the Dragonet, as Jack Webb was a fan of Freberg's comedy records. Several takes had to be redone because the orchestra members were laughing too hard to play their instruments properly.

    Comic Books 
  • Artist Steve Dillon knew of the "Frankface" meme surrounding his habit of giving everyone a stone-faced glare and was evidently entertained enough by it that he deliberately perpetuated it by drawing that face as much as he could.
  • The issue of the Animaniacs comic that parodied The X-Files had the artists of the Topps Comics title of said show contributing the cover and the pencils of the wraparound story.
  • Big Bang Comics sometimes got assistance from the creators of the works they were pastiching, such as Curt Swan drawing a cover featuring two incarnations of Ultiman, or Dave Cockrum drawing the cover for the Legion of Super-Heroes pastiche the Pantheon of Heroes.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield creator Jim Davis has contributed a few strips to Garfield Minus Garfield.
  • Similar to the above, when Bloom County finally confirmed that Garfield was Bill the Cat's father in the 2015 relaunch, Davis drew the first three panels of the appropriate strip (where Garfield refuses to take Bill's call).
  • One Garfield strip had Garfield joining the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with the turtles being drawn by co-creator Peter Laird.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • George Lucas has done this a few times.
    • From allowing original music from Star Wars to be used in parodies (such as Spaced) to actually appearing in parodies, as in Robot Chicken.
    • Industrial Light & Magic even contributed effects to Mel Brooks' Spaceballs and the "Jews in Space" segment of History of the World Part I.
    • After the release of the first movie, Lucasfilm's lawyers wrote a cease and desist letter to MAD over their parody. George sent a letter of his own saying to ignore his own company and keep on making the parodies, as he was a MAD fan.
    • In fact, the Star Wars site supplied sound effects and quotes to fans to use in their homages and parodies. (Lucas has been seen wearing a "Han Shot First" shirt a few times, too.)
  • When Mel Brooks made Young Frankenstein, he was able to film in the original studios, on the original sets, and using the original props of the classic movies he was spoofing.
  • In Beverly Hills Cop III, the Wonder World theme park's song, which spoofs the Disney Land song "It's a Small World After All", was written by "It's a Small World"'s original composers Richard and Robert Sherman.
  • Similarly, in Iron Man 2, Richard Sherman co-wrote the Stark Expo theme song "Make Way for Tomorrow Today", a spoof of the theme to Disney's Carousel of Progress attraction which was originally seen at the 1964 World's Fair.
  • A rather interesting reverse-assistance took place for Scary Movie 4. The Saw parody set was so well made that the filmmakers from the Saw films asked to use it after filming was complete! The movie also played this straight by actually having Bill Pullman appear as a parody of his Peter Kirk character from The Grudge, one of this movie's main targets.
  • When Hot Shots! Part Deux moved from parodying Top Gun to Rambo instead, they managed to get Richard Crenna to essentially reprise his iconic role as Colonel Trautman.
  • George Harrison makes a cameo in The Rutles' mockumentary film All You Need Is Cash - as a news reporter who interviews the Rutles' press agent while their boutique store is being looted.
  • MTV, creators of the reality show My Super Sweet Sixteen, went on to make My Super Psycho Sweet 16, a Horror Comedy parody of the series in which an Alpha Bitch stages a decadent birthday party straight out of that show, only for it to get interrupted by a Serial Killer and turn into a Slasher Movie.
  • Italian ensemble comedy film Grandi Magazzini features among the various sketches one where comedian Paolo Villaggio plays the part of an advanced android. The sketch parodied the character of Mr. Zed the robot which was quite popular in Italy at the time. David Kirk Traylor, Mr. Zed's performer, was Villaggio's consultant and choreographer for the sketch.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers had Moving Picture Company recreating some of their old effects in a mocking way, like Baloo, the Bat-Armor, the cats from Cats, and most notably, the "Ugly Sonic" that was tossed out of Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), which the director noted as MPC having to "repeat their mistakes on purpose this time." And the brief scene with the My Little Pony cast was done by the original animators Top Draw.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Larisa Oleynik played the title character of All That's parody of The Secret World of Alex Mack.
  • When The Drew Carey Show was going to do an episode making fun of sci-fi conventions and the fans who go to them in costume, they wanted to have a couple of characters dress up as aliens from Babylon 5. The creators of B5 agreed... and sent their own makeup people to do the alien makeup effects. (It helped that both series were produced by Warner Bros..)
  • Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, showed up on Bill Nye the Science Guy to sing "Farm Food", which spoofed the POTUS song "Peaches".
  • Anneka Rice of Challenge Anneka made a cameo appearance in the KYTV spoof Challenge Anna.
  • In 1992, a series of advertisements parodied Inspector Morse, with Mel Smith taking John Thaw's role as the Inspector. In the last advertisement, he tracked down and arrested the perp... who was played by John Thaw.
  • Saturday Night Live: in addition to the "Conspiracy Theory Rock" example in the Western Animation folder, there have been sketches where the hosts (usually movie or TV stars) reprise their famous characters for a parody sketch. Examples include:
    • Jon Hamm as Don Draper for both a Mad Men parody called "Two A-Holes at an Ad Agency in the 1960s" note  and a short film called "Don Draper's Guide to Picking Up Women."
    • Daniel Radcliffe as a washed-up Harry Potter who's still living in Hogwarts years after graduating.
    • David Duchovny as Agent Mulder in an X-Files parody cold open about a beast man attacking cast members.
    • Zac Efron in a High School Musical parody where he comes back during graduation and tells the graduating class that the real world is not like High School Musical.
    • John Malkovich as Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont in a Dangerous Liaisons stage show parody that takes place in a hot tub.
    • John Malkovich again in an Of Mice and Men parody that had two guys who acted like Lennie instead of the Lennie and George pairing.
    • Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro were also good sports when they appeared on "The Joe Pesci Show" on SNL.
    • Sarah Michelle Gellar played Buffy in a sketch where, rather than living in Sunnydale, she lives in New York and has Seinfeldian plots.
    • A parody mash up of The Love Boat and Star Trek: The Next Generation had Patrick Stewart and Bernie Kopell playing their respective characters - Stewart as the bald captain and Kopell (the Doctor from the Love Boat) parodying DeForest Kelley's cameo in the pilot episode of Star Trek TNG as an elderly Dr. McCoy.
    • Martin Freeman as a character that was simultaneously Tim and Bilbo in a sketch set in an office in Middle Earth, with a boss who dresses like Gandalf but talks like David Brent.
    • A Twin Peaks parody featured Kyle MacLachlan as a version of Dale Cooper who's having so much fun playing detective that he doesn't want to find out who killed Laura Palmer — so he ignores Leo Johnson's repeated confessions.
    • Adam Driver portrayed his character Kylo Ren in a The Force Awakens-meets-Undercover Boss parody. Twice.
    • Scarlett Johansson played Black Widow in a trailer for a Black Widow movie... as a romantic comedy.
    • Celebrity Jeopardy normally has people doing impressions. However, for one of them, Tom Hanks appeared As Himself, being every bit as idiotic as the usual guest.
    • A December 2020 segment parodied Eminem's "Stan" with Pete Davidson as a man named Stu sending increasingly erratic letters to Santa Claus (played by host Jason Bateman) asking for a PlayStation 5. At the end of the segment, we see who got the PS5 meant for Stu: Eminem (As Himself).
    • Arnold Schwarzenegger memorably showed up in a "Hans and Franz" sketch, disparaging the duo as "girly men".
  • Parodies of Jeopardy! and/or Alex Trebek were often accompanied by Alex himself. The Saturday Night Live one, for instance, has the real Alex meeting the Will Ferrell Alex — and they both get mocked by Sean Connery.
    Connery: Well, well, well, two Trebeks. I feel like I'm in a Raisin Bran commercial — two scoops of fruit!
    Real Trebek: Back off, Connery. I don't have to take that from you.
    Connery: I guess it's true what they say — old married couples do start to look alike.
  • Jimmy Fallon's parody of Breaking Bad on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, "Joking Bad", features cameos from Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Bob Odenkirk, the last actually playing the same character he does on the show.
  • In the 1989 series of UK game show The Krypton Factor, the Observation round, in which contestants' perceptive skills were tested by showing them a comedy sketch with six intentional continuity errors for them to spot, featured in the first episode a spoof of Treasure Hunt UK in which "treasure hunter" Anneka Rice and her studio-bound assistant (and former newsreader) Kenneth Kendall appeared as themselves.
  • An interesting inversion — three years after Shelly Winters appeared in an episode of Batman (1966) spoofing 1930s gangster Ma Barker (and the infamous Barker family shootout), Roger Corman cast Winters in the film Bloody Mama as Ma Barker.
  • The Big Bang Theory has an episode where the characters celebrate May 4th, Star Wars Day, and Sheldon has a dream sequence where a recently deceased character plays Obi-Wan as his Spirit Advisor. Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic gave support and helped them with building a Dagobah set as well as lightsaber effects.
  • Seminal British Saturday Morning Kids’ Show TISWAS note  had a regular skit with Lenny Henry as "Trevor McDoughnut", a parody of famous ITV newsreader and noted Stoic Trevor McDonald who would act as The Comically Serious while getting Covered in Gunge. The actual Trevor McDonald apparently thought this was Actually Pretty Funny and made at least one cameo appearance on the program... and then he got Covered in Gunge as well. (Everyone got Covered in Gunge on TISWAS. It was what they did.)
  • The Hollywood Squares has had a few parodies made aimed at them over the years, and given the show's comedic bent, it's natural the crew would want to parody themselves. Perhaps the most notable of these would be a series of skits from the final season of In Living Color! called the East Hollywood Squares with all-black celebrities; in this case, the skits were hosted by the original Master of the Squares himself, Peter Marshall.
  • How I Met Your Mother has the tie-in video of "Best Night Ever" which parodies "More Than Words" by Extreme and features Nuno Bettencourt.
  • A French and Saunders sketch parodying Doctor Who (featuring two extras playing alien guards having a Seinfeldian Conversation while the set is redressed) was actually shot on the set of "Trial of a Time Lord", the Doctor Who serial being made at the time.
  • When The Jack Benny Program parodied The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling played a dual role. First, Serling appears As Himself while Benny complains how far-fetched TZ is. Then, Benny winds up in the actual Twilight Zone, an Alternate Universe where no one knows who he and is Serling plays the mayor, who lives in Benny's house and has named the realm after himself ("You can call me 'Twi'").
  • Roseanne:
    • The episode "Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute" featured a parody sequence with the cast playing the characters of Gilligan's Island. In The Tag, the surviving cast members of Gilligan's Island returned the favour.
    • Lecy Goranson played the role of Becky for the first five seasons. Sarah Chalke took over the role for the 6th and 7th seasons. Lecy Goranson returned to the role in the 8th season, and Sarah Chalke took over again in the 9th season. When this was lampshaded at the end of the episode in which Goranson returned with the song "Identical Beckys", William Schallert appeared toward the end standing next to John Goodman.
  • The wild popularity of parodies of LazyTown's "We Are Number One" song led to the production releasing versions of the song with all audio channels separated, to facilitate further parodies.
  • The first season of The Late Show (1992) had a recurring Gag Dub sketch called The Olden Days, based on Rush (1974). In the season finale, the stars of Rush, Brendon Lunney and John Waters, appeared in the studio for a brief scene where they dubbed over Tony Martin and Mick Molloy. Similarly, the second season had a Gag Dub sketch called Bargearse, based on the cop show Bluey (1976), whose star Lucky Grills appeared in the studio audience at one point to call them out on taking the piss out of him every week.
  • Dead Ringers had some fake CBeebies segments as sketches. The animatronic heads for these were supplied by Neal Scanlan, who did the same for actual CBeebies shows such as Tweenies.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): "A Day in Beaumont" extensively parodies 1950s science fiction films. Four of the guest stars, Warren Stevens, Kenneth Tobey, Jeff Morrow and John Agar, were well known for their roles in such films.
  • Jerry Springer participated in a MADtv parody of his show, intentionally trying to get people to fight but being repeatedly frustrated. Eventually, he takes one of the audience members hostage to force them to start throwing punches.
  • Get Smart did two parodies of other Spy Fiction series that featured unbilled cameos by the actual stars of those shows.
    • "Die, Spy" (based on I Spy) had a walk-on by Robert Culp as a Turkish waiter.
    • In "Pheasant Under Glass" (based on Mission: Impossible), Maxwell Smart's identity as a spy is exposed, so a doctor uses "instant spray-on plastic surgery" to disguise him as Martin Landau. When the Chief points out that Landau is better-known than Max, Max (played in this scene by Landau, but with Don Adams' voice!) replies, "Never heard of him."
  • The 1962 CBS musical special Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall had Andrews in the sketch "The Pratt Family Singers," preemptively parodying her appearance in the movie version of The Sound of Music (which was then in preproduction).
  • La Télé des Inconnus: In 1992, French comedic trio Les Inconnus made a parody sketch of the long-running gameshow Fort Boyard titled Fort Boyaux ("Fort Bowels"). Which was filmed... entirely at Fort Boyard, with the help of the usual team responsible for the show, including then-current show host Sophie Davant As Herself. Recreating such an iconic set elsewhere would have been very hard (and costly).
  • Jaye Griffiths, who played Ros in Bugs, appeared in The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show parody Plugs.

  • MAD has done this a few times:
    • In the 70s, Jack Davis was drawing official Sesame Street art and working for MAD, so naturally he did MAD's Reality Street and Mafia Street spoofs.
    • Chris Houghton, who has drawn for the Adventure Time comics, also drew the cover for issue 520, which included two riffs on Adventure Time.

  • Happens with "Weird Al" Yankovic a lot.
    • His music video for "Fat", a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad", uses the subway set for a parody from Moonwalker called "Badder" (basically the same video, but with kids playing all the parts), which Jackson granted Al permission to borrow.
    • Similarly, the "Smells Like Nirvana" video was filmed on the same soundstage as the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video, with the janitor, cheerleaders, and some of the extras from the original making appearances in Al's version. Al's team also consulted the original producers of the "Teen Spirit" video (including director Samuel Bayer, who was reluctant about the situation).
    • "I Lost on Jeopardy!" ("Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band) has Art Fleming and Don Pardo (the host and announcer from the original 1960s version) reprise their respective roles in the video for it, and even Greg Kihn himself appears in the end, as the man who drives the car.
    • Madonna asked a friend in conversation why "Weird Al" hadn't come out with a parody of "Like a Virgin" called "Like a Surgeon" yet. The friend was a mutual friend of Al's manager, who passed the idea onto Al. It's the only artist parody Al has ever done where the parody idea came from the original artist.
    • Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits agreed to allow Al to parody "Money for Nothing" on condition that Knopfler himself play his guitar parts from the original song in the parody and Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher played synthesizer.
    • He has similar success with his unfocused pastiches, in which the song evokes the artist's style without having the same tune. Examples include Ben Folds playing piano on "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?", Dweezil Zappa playing guitar for the Frank Zappa-esque "Genius in France", The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek contributing to "Craigslist", and Taylor Hanson playing piano on "If That Isn't Love". (and while Tress MacNeille contributed to "Ricky", Toni Basil stated she'd gladly do the Lucy there).
    • James Brown arranged for Al to use the same stage set and backup performers from when he performed "Living in America" in Rocky IV for the parody version "Living with a Hernia".
    • Similar to Mark Knopfler listed above, Imagine Dragons helped Al compose "Inactive", a parody of their own "Radioactive", by making sure the opening of the song recreated the original as close as possible.
  • George Harrison appeared in The Rutles, playing a reporter (he also gave ideas for the film and gave the filmmakers access to a then-unreleased Beatles documentary).
  • Country Music parodist Cledus T. Judd often involves the original artist in videos of his parodies.
    • "She's Got a Butt Bigger Than the Beatles" ("Bigger Than the Beatles" by Joe Diffie): Diffie opens the video by saying, "Folks, I just want you to know that I had absolutely nothing to do with the making of this video."
    • "Every Light in the House Is Blown" ("Every Light in the House" by Trace Adkins): In the video, Trace hits Cledus with a fire extinguisher and shouts, "That's what you get for making fun of the way I dance!" He also sings about half the verses.
    • "Did I Shave My Back for This?" ("Did I Shave My Legs for This?" by Deana Carter): Deana beats him up at the beginning of the video for mispronouncing her name.
    • "Christ-Mas" ("This Kiss" by Faith Hill): Steven Goldmann directed both Faith's video and Cledus's shot-for-shot parody of the same.
    • "Coronary Life" ("Ordinary Life" by Chad Brock): Chad plays the doctor in the video.
    • "More Beaver" ("Me Neither" by Brad Paisley): Brad plays lead guitar.
    • Billy Gilman can be heard shouting "That's not funny, Cledus!" at the end of "My Voice", a parody of his own "One Voice".
    • Phil Vassar mumbles a line at the end of "Just Another Day in Parodies", a parody of his own "Just Another Day in Paradise": "Aw man, I'm not mad at you, Cledus. You're nice. Nice hair, I like that."
    • "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Pop" ("I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" by Barbara Mandrell and George Jones): George sings guest vocals.
    • "Paycheck Woman" ("Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson): Gretchen appears at the beginning of the video.
    • "Garth Must Be Busy" ("God Must Be Busy" by Brooks & Dunn): Ronnie Dunn, one-half of Brooks & Dunn, sings guest vocals.
    • He appears to have a really good relationship with Toby Keith, as Toby appeared in the video for "How Do You Milk a Cow" (a parody of "How Do You Like Me Now?!") and sang guest vocals on "I Love NASCAR" ("I Love This Bar"). Toby's go-to director, Michael Salomon, also directed the video for "Where's Your Mommy?" ("Who's Your Daddy?"), and Toby wrote a song on Bipolar and Proud.
  • In 1995, a Twin Cities DJ recorded a parody of Shania Twain's Breakthrough Hit "Any Man of Mine" titled "Any Gal of Mine". Twain herself provides a spoken-word intro at the beginning.
  • Forbidden Broadway Vol. 3 had the real Carol Channing interrupting an impersonator of herself to provide advice.
  • Fred Schneider of The B-52s guested on Richard Cheese's parody of "Love Shack".
  • Ramonetures are a band who cover Punk Rock In the Style of... instrumental Surf Rock. When they tackled the X catalog for the album Johnny Walk Don't Run Paulene, they had the assistance of X members Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake replicating their original guitar and drum parts.
  • The Dead Kennedys' In God We Trust, Inc had cover art by Winston Smith, depicting Jesus crucified on a cross made out of dollar bills. Smith has parodied this image for other bands' albums twice: One was Dread Kennedys' In Dub We Trust, which replaced the crucifix made of dollars to one made of cannabis leaves. The other was Duckmandu's Fresh Duck for Rotting Accordionists, which replaced Jesus' head with that of a duck and added an accordion strapped across his chest.
  • Paul Hardcastle's 1985 Vietnam War inspired classic "19" ("none of them received a hero's welcome") drew a cricket-themed parody by The Commentators (basically impressionist Rory Bremner) entitled "N-N-Nineteen Not Out" ("none of them received a standing ovation"). Several years later, Hardcastle admitted to having co-produced the parody, much against his label's objections.
  • For Red Nose Day, Coldplay brought the cast of Game of Thrones for "The Musical" of the series. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) singing "the first romantic ballad about incest on Coldplay's career", Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) doing "Rastafarian Targaryen", Peter Dinklage crooning on how Tyrion Lannister is "a man for all seasons", and others, including Iwan Rheon's "I Am" Song for Ramsay Bolton ("I am a real bastard, and a little more mean...").
  • Alanis Morissette appeared in The Late Late Show singing a parody of "Ironic" — which even mentions how there are no ironies in the original song.
  • For their song "Irresistible", Fall Out Boy decides to make the video a riff on *NSYNC's famously goofy "It's Gonna Be Me" music video. Not only did they get Wayne Isham, who directed the original video, but also Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone themselves to cameo in it.
  • The Sesame Street disco album Sesame Street Fever has an original Title Track which, as the name suggests, is a parody of "Night Fever" from Saturday Night Fever. The lead vocalist is Robin Gibb.
  • Elio e le Storie Tese parodied Patrick Hernandez' "Born to Be Alive" with their own "Born to Be Abramo". Not only Hernandez shows up in the song and sings a couple verses, he also appears in the video (at about 1:35), one of his rare appearances.
  • LCD Soundsystem has a really popular fan-made music video featuring Kermit the Frog singing their song "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" throughout the streets of New York, with the ending twist revealing that he's being puppeteered by the group's frontman James Murphy himself. The video came about as a stroke of luck as the fan met Murphy during a party, and the fact that he's present at all led many to think that the video was somehow official.
  • The Baha Men recorded a parody of "Who Let the Dogs Out?" for the Disney album Mickey's Dance Party called "Who Woke Snow White Up?".
  • TV's Kyle and the great Luke Ski provided backing vocals and the original music for Devo Spice's parody of their song "Pumpkin Bread", "Pumpkinhead".
  • The Chalkeaters:
    • Gabe Newell recorded video clips for "Count To Three", as shown at the opening and closing of the song. According to a community post, he also recorded some verses, but requested that they be cut due to his dissatisfaction with his performance.
    • Crush 40 vocalist Johnny Gioeli himself did the vocals for the Sonic the Hedgehog parody song "Crushing Thirties", which is itself an upbeat rock piece styled after Crush 40's other songs for the franchise, only with a cynical undertone commenting on Sonic's miserable life going into adulthood.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • TAKA Michinoku's gimmick is a parody of The Great Sasuke's original Masa Michinoku gimmick. Despite this, TAKA was allowed to work on the shows of Sasuke's Michinoku Pro Wrestling promotion.
  • Following the decline of FMW, IWA Japan and the rest of the garbage circuit, Kikutaro took up a gimmick of parodying wrestlers who managed to retain their popularity. All Japan teamed him up with Abdullah the Butcher and New Japan had him beaten by Jushin Thunder Liger but it really crossed into this trope when Mick Foley brought him out as "Ebessan Jack" to challenge Samoa Joe at Ring of Honor's third anniversary.
  • IWA Puerto Rico debuted a wrestler known as El Sensacional Carlitos in 2005, a parody of the island's famous Colón family. In 2008, WWC, the company owned by the Colón family patriarch, hired Carlitos and paired him up with Carlito Caribbean Cool, the most famous Colón still active on the island.

    Puppet Shows 

  • The National Lampoon Radio Hour did a bit called "Prison Farm"note . The sketch, which satirized how the Watergate criminals were given slap-on-the-wrist sentences in Luxury Prison Suites, was done In the Style of... an Blaxploitation movie trailer — so the Lampoon got Adolph Caesarnote , who was the most prominent announcer for the actual trailers, to be the narrator.
  • Brazilian radio station 98 FM has a sports program that uses defeats of their city's football teams to do mocking Song Parodies about said games the next day. At least two times they got the original singer to perform them.

  • Many performers for the various productions of Avenue Q have been Muppet alumni (notably Rick Lyon).

    Video Games 
  • After a trailer for Final Fantasy XV featured Noctis and company driving around in a car, memes began to sprout up of Noctis and crew driving past or admiring other things. The game's director liked it, and Square Enix released a transparent PNG of the most common shot of the car and crew to help out with the meme.
  • Capcom has provided assistance for the Ultimate Assist Me series by supplying funds so the creators wouldn't have to pay for the costs out of their pockets like they normally do. Also, at the end of Retro Assist Me, Yoshinori Ono makes a cameo.
  • Red vs. Blue was discovered quite early on by Bungie. Rather than shut Rooster Teeth down for copyright infringement, Bungie gave them official permission to keep making the videos, and to this day Rooster Teeth continues making humorous content, not just for Halo, but for several other Microsoft-owned franchises as well.
  • After My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic recieved a cease and desist from Hasbro, Lauren Faust decided to join the development team, offering to design them original characters to use for a new game.
  • Michael Giacchino, the composer of several Medal of Honor games, also provides the level music for "Medal of Homer" in The Simpsons Game.
  • Hyakutaro Tsukumo, the composer for several Thunder Force games, composed the soundtrack for Broken Thunder, a Fan Sequel. Unfortunately, it's strongly speculated that this is why he was left out of the soundtrack for Thunder Force VI.
  • When planning their next project for the Switch, Brace Yourself Games expressed how cool it would be for them to include The Legend of Zelda characters as DLC for their debut game. Nintendo liked the idea so much that they gave the devs their full blessing, which is what led to the creation of Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer, a full-fledged Zelda spin-off.
  • Jesse Cox's "Gentleman's Gaming Club" video on Control features an intro done in the style of the game's cutscenes, and includes Courtney Hope herself reprising her role as Jesse Faden. Given that Control already makes heavy use of live-action cutscenes, it looks and sounds almost exactly like the real thing.

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This "I'm Just a Bill" parody features the voice of the original singer, Jack Sheldon.

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