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Parodies make fun of dramas, comedies, action, romance and every other genre imaginable. But what about other parodies?

Yup. They mock those too.

These targeted spoofs, like all works, conform to certain rules and vary in quality, creating room for other works to give them a taste of their own medicine.

For cases when a spoof doesn't realize that its source material is a spoof, see Spoofed the Ironic Film Seriously. When the spoof unwittingly lifts a joke directly from the source spoof, it's a Redundant Parody.



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    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Chapter 5, "Tale of the Bash", of the Baldur's Gate parody fanfic "Children of Balls", parodies the whole concept of usually humorous "bashing stories" that take revenge on a particular character. "Children of Balls" itself is in large part built around hating Abdel Adrian, the protagonist of the Baldur's Gate novelisations, but the writer tries to make the point here that bashing stories tend not to reflect the actual features of the character being attacked, and hence reflect the writer's animosity rather than presenting valid criticism and good parody. Thus, this chapter tells about a character referred to as "[insert the name of a character you don't like]."
  • "Gendo's Paradise" is an old AMV using Neon Genesis Evangelion footage that homages/parodies "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Amish Paradise", which in turn was a parody of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The first Scary Movie film mocked a lot of horror movies, but it reserved its harshest treatment for the Scream series, which was itself tongue-in-cheek. Scary Movie mocked Scream characters' blasé attitudes and attempts to deconstruct the horror genre while falling into its usual traps. For instance, when the killer has cornered the Alpha Bitch, she complains about how contrived the whole scene is before breaking her own leg, and keeps making snarky comments after she's been decapitated. Even the killer is confused.
  • The movie Not Another Not Another Movie tells the story of a talentless team of moviemakers who make a parody movie in the vein of the many spoofs from the 2000s.
  • The first Austin Powers films were spoofs of spy films, particularly James Bond. The third installment just mocked its own predecessors — movies that were themselves parodies.

    Live-Action TV 
  • David Brent of The Office (UK) parodies the tendency for British mimics to spoof comic personas like Dame Edna. Brent fancies himself a genius comedian; his reliance on riffing on these kinds of characters is a pretty good clue that ultimately he has nothing.
  • David Brent's Transatlantic Equivalent, Michael Scott, is also shown to fall back on stock parodies and well-worn catchphrases, often cribbed from Saturday Night Live. His failure with these mocks the routines themselves.
  • How I Met Your Mother: In one episode, Ted suggests that Weird Al Yankovic do a parody called "Wake Me Up Before You Pogo".
  • 30 Rock: Weird Al's many food-related parodies got some fun poked at them in an episode where all of Jenna's serious songs were "parodied" by someone who simply replaced the lyrics with names of food.
  • Mr. Show has a sketch including a Weird Al Yankovich expy parodying a current event by inserting a lame, food-based pun.
  • The Saturday Night Live sketches from The '80s where Joe Piscopo parodied David Letterman, since Letterman's edition of Late Night was already a send-up of talk show and variety show conventions.

  • The Rutles, generally speaking. The Beatles were well aware of the absurdities of pop stardom and more than willing to send themselves up, so any parody Beatles band is bound to run into this trope. If you don't know the chronology it can be hard to tell if "Piggy in the Middle" is a parody of "I am the Walrus" or vice versa.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Dramatic Dream Team is a merciless parody of American professional wrestling(sometimes Mexicans get a pass because of some of its alumni had a good relationship with CMLL), and that includes parts of American pro wrestling that were already self parody, such as the Chicago hot potato title belt that was "awarded" to losers, which DDT parodied with "The King Of Dark" title belt, which in addition to that wasn't even allowed outside of dark matches, dooming the hapless "champions" to obscurity.
  • The Human Tornado verges between tribute and parody to Dolemite, a Blaxploitation Parody film.
  • Jimi Mayhem, a parody of Shonuff from The Last Dragon, a martial arts film parody. He even interrupted a screening of the movie on its anniversary!

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Many web sources have tried their hand spoofing the critically panned works of Seltzer and Friedberg.
    • Cracked capped its analysis of the movies with an insulting, fake movie trailer transcript for a future installment: Vampire Movie. This proved eerily prescient; Seltzer and Friedberg's next film turned out to be Vampires Suck. Heck, the trailer narration even used the same pun as Vampires Suck's title. Not to mention the prediction that a theoretical Seltzer and Friedberg Twilight spoof, despite inevitably being horrible, would also make money nonetheless.note 
    • The Soup similarly offered its parody of the parodies, titled Reference Movie.
  • Phelous does this on April Fools' Day. The first time, he did a parody review of a parody series he starred in called Mortal Komedy. He mocked the series' meta jokes and terrible fight choreography. The second time, he mocked his review of Mac and Me for its awkward joke deliveries.

    Western Animation 
  • Star Wars spoofs have become so common that when South Park does a brief one at the start of its final "Imaginationland" episode, it called out the concept as unoriginal and then chastised itself for relying on it.
  • The Simpsons: The New York episode featured a peek inside the offices of MAD. A group of writers tries to come up with a witty name for an Everybody Loves Raymond spoof. "How about Everybody Hates Raymond?" suggests one writer, to unanimous applause.
  • Family Guy: Brian and Stewie found themselves transported into the world of Robot Chicken in Season 8 episode "Road To The Multiverse." The characters mocked the show's tendency to use references as jokes.
  • Johnny Test: Dark Vegan and the episode he debuted in, "Johnny Test in Outer Space", were parodies of Dark Helmet and Spaceballs respectively, which in turn were parodies of Darth Vader and Star Wars


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