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Parodies normally exaggerate source material. Occasionally they don't — they repeat the original's exact words to show just how absurd they really sound. The quote, inserted in a parody context, often sounds as ridiculous or funny as the surrounding parody dialog.

See also "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer, for when the work explicitly states that it's not exaggerating the original. If the work mistakenly quotes the original, it's Redundant Parody. Compare Review Ironic Echo.



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  • One of the earlier episodes of Dragon Ball Z has Raditz tearing off Piccolo's arm, followed by the mocking line "Has anyone seen my arm? You can't miss it, it's green!" This line is present verbatim in pretty much every parody, rewrite or Abridged Series of DBZ.
    • Piccolo's "I can win! I feel great!" speech made it, unaltered, into the abridged series. The only difference was having Nail voice in at the end.
    • Recoome's pithy pre-combat taunt of "The name's Recoome, it rhymes with doom and you'll be hurting all too soon." was also imported verbatim into the abridged series. Unlike the other two, it changed context quite a bit, becoming the character's Catchphrase and part of his Professional Wrestling persona.
    • Jumping back to the first part of the series, Nappa destroys some news vehicles, prompting a reporter to shout "Oh my God, he blew up the cargo robot!"; however, the TFS version has him follow up with "...and the cargo was people!"
  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Series makes this into a Running Gag via the "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer "Actual 4Kids Dialogue".

    Comic Strips 
  • A stealth form appears in the Dilbert spinoff book Clues for the Clueless: Dogbert's Big Book of Manners, which claims that other etiquette books waste space on "such useful tidbits as what kind of uniform the upstairs servants should wear, or the proper way to address the Pope when you meet him in person." These are actual topics addressed in Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek trivia section called "Answers to Questions Nobody Asked."


    Live-Action TV 
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 does this a few times.
    • For "Pod People", two of the host segments consist of re-enacting some of the film's most bizarre scenes almost verbatim.
    • For The Phantom Planet, they poke fun at Ray Makonnen's out-of-nowhere Contemplate Our Navels monologue ("You know, Captain, every year of my life, I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful... if you just take the time to look at it.") by reciting the entire thing later, multiple times.
    • For Track of the Moon Beast, the bots re-enacted a part of the movie in which some people play a weird, elaborate, ineffective prank on an archeologist, then spend several minutes explaining it and apologizing for it. It's almost a word-for-word re-enactment.
    • This is usually the purpose of The Stinger in most episodes: a few seconds of the film that are bizarre or stupid enough that they don't need riffing.
  • Saturday Night Live had a famous skit about Sarah Palin during the 2008 U.S. presidential race. The skit very intentionally consisted almost entirely of actual Palin lines from her interview with Katie Couric. A couple of judicious additions and Tina Fey's delivery were all it took.
    • They also used this trope in a Weekend Update parodying Jimmy McMillan, leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.
  • The Daily Show does this all the time. Interviewing John Stewart, Rachel Maddow even claimed to see little difference between his method of parodying events and her own of humorously reporting on them.
  • Speaking of Rachel Maddow, she occasionally stages "debates" using clips of what a politician is saying today on one side and what the same politician was saying a few years (or months, or sometimes days) ago on the other.

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic usually thinks up silly imagery to put into his song parodies, but in "Perform this Way," most of the lyrics mention things Lady Gaga has actually done, like being born out of an egg on stage.
    • In his live concerts, Al will fill time during costume changes (it presumably takes a bit to get into that fat suit for "Fat") by playing celebrity "interviews" in which he takes clips from actual interviews and puts himself in the part of the interviewer. While most of the humor comes from taking statements wildly out of context by changing the question, some statements would be wildly self-absorbed and navel-gazey no matter what the question.
    • Weird Al parodies often lift a line or two verbatim from the original song, usually to put a humorous spin on it.
  • The rant at the beginning of The Doors song "The Soft Parade" has Morrison speaking thusly:
    When I was back there in seminary school
    There was a person there
    Who put forth the proposition
    That you can petition the Lord with prayer
    Petition the Lord with prayer
    Petition the Lord with prayer
    You cannot petition the Lord with prayer!
    • The line "petition the Lord with prayer" sounded like a mockery of that proposition, the way it was said.

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  • Jesus and Mo will often quote something recently said by a real-life religious apologist, putting their words into the mouths of the title characters. The original article is generally linked to in the commentary, with the writer listed as "guest scriptwriter".
  • Final Fantasy VII: The Sevening loves doing this with the strange dialogue and the poor translations.

    Web Original 
  • LittleKuriboh made a video parodying the abridger "Chicken Wings" and his abridged Dragon Ball Z episode. It's almost an exact copy of the original video, just with the voice slightly exaggerated.
  • The Editing Room will sometimes include actual lines of dialogue or describe a scene that actually happened in the movie, usually including (actual line of dialogue) or THIS HAPPENS.
  • This happens as well with the editors/producers of That Guy with the Glasses or similar review sites. Often music is added or a sound effect to emphasize the awkward situation. Though sometimes the films themselves are oddly edited prompting a "No, I didn't add anything."
    • The Nostalgia Critic, in particular, will typically add one of the more Narmful lines from the film to the end of the review.
    • In his review of Pixels, unable to use footage from the movie as it hasn't been released on home video yet, he re-enacts scenes from the movie with his own actors. The Kevin-James-as-U.S.-President character is played by an actor impersonating Barack Obama, to highlight how unbelievable it is for a U.S. President to say or do any of the things the Kevin James character does in the film.
    • While possibly a Parody Retcon, Rob mocked people on The Lorax commentary for 'not getting' that the review having straw character execs while complaining about the movie having the same was intentional.
  • Ray William Johnson's "parodies" of songs are usually just word-for-word covers. Actually, what's supposed to be funny about them isn't really apparent...
  • Zero Punctuation's review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter opens with Yahtzee stating that normally, he makes fun of a game by increasingly altering the title through the review until it gradually becomes ridiculous. In this case, he says that he can't do that because there's nothing more silly than simply using its actual name.
  • Some of the parodies featured on Platypus Comix simply highlight moronic things that famous people performed in real life. (eg, Some of the answers Far East Movement gives in this fake interview got lifted from a real article, although Peter Paltridge also included some fabricated responses.)
  • Sailor Moon Abridged often reused cheesy-sounding lines from the North American dub. A notification on the bottom of the screen tells viewers when they did this.
  • This Twilight parody, in Chapter 14:
    EDWARD: I didn’t eat you! Yay! Let’s go now.
    BELLA: Okay but I’m driving.
    EDWARD: Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. You’re intoxicated by my presence.
    THAT LINE RIGHT THERE: *is an actual honest-to-God direct quote what the hell*
  • Cleolinda Jones does this in a few of her Movies in Fifteen Minutes posts, particularly The Happening, with a scene where a scientist declares that what happened may be an act of God that they'll never fully understand. Her Twilight summaries also include a lot of lines and phrases she found hilarious, like "outrageous flavor" and "furious kitten".
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged does the same "ACTUAL DUB LINE" thing as many other abridged series. However, on a subtler level, many scenes in the series are played out nearly verbatim in JJBA Abridged - JJBA is so Crazy Awesome that it effectively parodies itself.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged
    • One episode riffs on Lisbeth's dub line about the Elucidator being the "gnarliest sword you can get from a monster drop:"
      Kirito: Did you just say "gnarliest"?
    • Episode 11 has Abridged Kirito, somewhat melodramatically, repeat Canon Kirito's request that Kayaba prevent Asuna from killing herself should he manage to lose their duel:
      Asuna: You think I would kill myself over you?! Oh, go suck a dick!
    • Also in episode 11, there's a moment during the final conversation between the heroes and Kayaba when they ask him why he turned Sword Art Online into a death game.
      Kayaba: Heheh, you know, it's funny. I don't even remember anymore...
      Viewers (Er, Kirito): ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?!
      Kayaba: Hahahaha, oh my god, no! Could you imagine, two years and that's what I give you?! Man, that'd be unsatisfying!
  • Sometimes, CinemaSins will not even explain why a given scene is classified as a sin, just play it and have the narrator sigh as the sin count goes up.
  • Blue Laser in Cheat Commandoes is a fairly obvious parody of COBRA in G.I. Joe - and though several of their plots are clearly made up, their first appearance had them attempting to "blow up the ocean." It sounds totally in line with most Blue Laser plans, but it's ripped straight from an actual episode where COBRA got their hands on a formula that could turn bodies of water into explosives.
  • One of Super Deluxe's videos spoofed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and its attempts to appeal to younger voters. Among a constant onslaught of meme-dropping is "Pokémon GO to the polls," an actual quote from Hillary during her campaign, along with dabbing and emojis (which she's also referenced.)


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