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Luigi: Hahaha... It's such a funny joke.
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Many parody jokes are not very original but are commonplace nevertheless. They get routinely reused in skits, comics, and the like. Sometimes these parodies are Shallow Parodies.

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Any work that includes magical or otherwise fantastical elements will inevitably get parodies in which the work is set in a naturalistic world and they are due to mental illness or drug hallucinations. Many examples also relate to moments of Never Live It Down. If a parody uses some of the Black Comedy stock jokes (like drug use, apocalypses, etc), it's a Dark Parody.

Compare to Stock Epileptic Trees for common general theories, Stock Parodies for works that get parodied frequently, and Fandom-Specific Plot for plots common in fan-works. Related to Memetic Mutation. This may also be related to Corrupted Character Copy.


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    Advertising 
  • The cereal mascots who deal with trickster children having bloody revenge to get a box, especially the Trix Rabbit.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Digimon:
    • The entire franchise is nothing but a cheap knock-off of Pokémon. In actuality, it pre-dates Pokémon and started off as a Darker and Edgier variant of Tamagotchi. Also, the Mons genre is just that, an entire genre, but since these are the two most well-known many assume the one that became known in the U.S. shortly after the first was introduced must be a rip-off.
    • Digimon being plain animals or monsters with weapons strapped onto them.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • The battles take numerous episodes.
    • The characters spend a lot of time charging up and screaming during fight scenes.
    • Goku is an Idiot Hero and Saiyans are a Blood Knight race, sure, but parodies like to make him an imbecile in a "Forrest Gump-is-Einstein-in-comparison" caliber who literally only lives to eat and fight and isn't going to win any "father of the year" awards ever.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Riffing on the fashion model poses and fabulous clothes the characters are known for.
    • Random 『words』 being put in 『quotation marks 』 to mimic how the series frames key phrases.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Midoriya cries too much and fights too little.
    • Bakugo being portrayed as a Bastard Boyfriend to Midoriya, with his former bullying turned into (occasionally abusive) Loving Bully tactics.
    • One for All being used as sexual enhancement, "smash" puns notwithstanding.
  • Naruto:
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Shinji being whiny and reluctant to fight to the point where his colleagues need to convince him to "get in the fucking robot". This also comes hand in hand with the supposed irony of him hating being an EVA pilot while he's surrounded by beautiful women and has a job most kids would kill to have a chance at (the actual emotional benefits of any of these things notwithstanding).
    • Asuka as the Only Sane Man between a creepy doll, a crybaby, and a touchy-feely campy menace.
  • One Piece: There is no One Piece. The real treasure was the adventures the Straw Hats had along the way. This is "Common Knowledge" for two reasons: Oda (and later Whitebeard) clarified that the treasure is indeed real, and Luffy already believes in the latter ideal in-universe, as it makes finding it that much more fun.
  • Pokémon:
  • Sailor Moon:
  • Speed Racer: Everyone talks really, really fast.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: People treat a children's card game like it's Serious Business.

    Comic Books 
  • Aquaman: Aquaman is useless due to his powers being sea-based. He isn't useful in most scenarios and his ability to talk to fish is unimpressive. This joke comes from the Superfriends cartoon and has been referenced (as well as deconstructed) in official DC works.
  • In most parodies of Batman, you can expect to see jokes about gay men or pedophiles, due to Batman's famous penchant for having young male sidekicks. These jokes have made their way into official media such as Batman and Harley Quinn.
    • Batman is a billionaire who beats up hobos— and he'd be better off using his billions to invest in social programs (He already does this, but Gotham is Gotham so it doesn't always work).
    • More commonly found in the fandom, Batman has a breakdown whenever someone mentions his (dead) parents.
  • The Flash: Jokes about the Flash being a mediocre lover due to his speed are commonplace. It's to the point where various DC media have referenced the joke. Jokes about the Flash being a literal human vibrator are somewhat less common, but have been said.
  • Similarly to The Flash above, Lucky Luke is joked as being a mediocre lover due to his ability to "shoot faster than his shadow", giving birth to countless jokes about Lucky Luke being a premature ejaculator.note 
  • The Smurfs:
    • The Smurfs are a Communist society due to them having assigned jobs that are even in their names, Papa Smurf wearing red, and the acronym "Soviet Men Under Red Father".
    • Being the Trope Namer for The Smurfette Principle, a lot of jokes are made about the implications of a whole society with only one woman.
  • Superman:
    • Clark Kenting never fooled anybody, and Clark's really bad at hiding his powers. Either that, or his Superman personality keeps bleeding into his work at the Daily Planet.
    • Clark is every bit the Smug Super that Lex Luthor thought he was.
    • Lois Lane deliberately getting into danger just so Superman will have to come and save her.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Lesbian and bisexual jokes because Wonder Woman comes from an all-female island. This is an Unbuilt Trope as Wonder Woman has been Ambiguously Bi since the 1940s (before becoming explicitly so in the 2010s) and Themyscira has had several confirmed lesbian couples (including Wonder Woman's mother).
    • Wonder Woman allows herself to get tied up a lot because she enjoys it.
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    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Hobbes is just a toy and Calvin is a mentally ill boy who simply hallucinates otherwise.
  • Garfield:
  • Peanuts:
    • Charlie Brown's baldness is due to him being a chemotherapy patient.
    • The typical football prank ending with either Chuck or someone else making a fool of Lucy instead of the other way around.
    • Peppermint Patty and Marcie being a lesbian couple, due to them being tomboys and Marcie's penchant for calling Patty "Sir".

    Fairy Tales 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live Action 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Dateline: an actual Predator from the 1987 film showing up to be intercepted by Chris Hansen.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Replacing the TARDIS with a porta-potty, sometimes even calling it the TURDIS. Alternatively, having someone mistake it for a porta-potty.
    • The Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver having various sexual applications (as was alluded to at the end of Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death).
    • Daleks can't climb stairs (also a Fandom-Enraging Misconception, as it was strongly implied to be untrue in 1965, and explicitly shown to be untrue in 1988, 2005, and several more recent occasions).
    • All the classic-era UNIT characters are Ambiguously Gay.
    • The Doctor is shagging all his companions.
    • [UNPOPULAR PUBLIC FIGURE] is a Dalek.
  • Happy Days:
    • Fonzie actually has superpowers rather than being incredibly competent and lucky the way he is in canon.
    • Joke explanations for Chuck disappearing off the show. Common ones include Fonzie or Mork having killed him.
  • Laverne & Shirley:
    • The titular characters are lesbians and/or promiscuous.
    • People also joke about their neighbours Lenny and Squiggy being gay.
    • Laverne's "L" she wears on her shirt actually stands for "lesbian".
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Mr. Rogers is a Depraved Kids' Show Host.
  • Star Trek:
    • Kirk's Large Ham tendencies will be exaggerated and he will either be dating Spock or even more of a ladies' man than canonically. Parodies of Kirk also tend to make him less competent and intelligent than the canon version.
    • Spock or Data saying something uncharacteristically snarky and/or perverted but with their usual Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
    • Writing Scotty or Chekov's accent phonetically ("I don't have the par" instead of "power" is a common one for Scotty").
    • Wesley Crusher and/or Deanna Troi is whiny and useless.
    • Joking about how the Enterprise doesn't have bathrooms and suggesting that they transport the waste out of your body.
    • Making any catchphrase or tagline (e.g. "Make it so", "To boldly go..") sexual.
    • Jokes about how in Star Trek: Voyager, everyone would've gotten home faster if they didn't explore.
    • For that matter, Captain Janeway being some kind of comic-book supervillain.
    • Red Shirts dying by the starship-load, and jokes about anyone wearing red (except Scotty, who is given Memetic Badass status instead) being a dead man walking.
    • Exaggerating Janeway's love of coffee, Picard's love of Earl Gray, or Troi's love of chocolate and/or ice cream.
    • Having Data be either a complete lust-ball or, on the flip side, absolutely clueless about sex.
  • Super Sentai/Power Rangers:

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street:
    • Bert and Ernie being a gay couple, which Sesame Workshop had to clear up several times.
    • With today's increased awareness of childhood obesity, it's not uncommon to accuse Cookie Monster of being executive-meddled into a "Veggie Monster", something the show actually referenced.
    • Cookie Monster is literally addicted to cookies.
    • Having the characters deal with "real" urban street problems, like vulgar neighbors, gang violence, or trying to make a living in a dead-end job. Avenue Q took this premise and ran with it, even including the "gay Bert and Ernie" (though one-sided) and "addict Cookie Monster" jokes in its production.

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    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing:
    • Tom Nook is a loan shark that forces the player into indentured servitude.
    • Isabelle is overworked and underpaid because the New Leaf mayor (the player character) is too busy playing other games to actually run the town.
  • The dog from Duck Hunt being an annoying jerk for laughing at you missing, and getting shot himself as comeuppance.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • The main character Cloud, and often Vincent as well, are emo guys with dumb hair who spend a lot of time crying.
    • Sephiroth looks like a girl.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Hearts of Iron IV has fans joking that Argentina Is Nazi-Land, based on a rare Alternate History events chain where, if Hitler is deposed in a coup (and presumed to have comitted suicide) and Argentina later converts to fascist ideology, Argentina may choose as leader a certain "Señor Hilter", who suspiciously looks like Hitler in Paper-Thin Disguise.
  • Katamari Damacy:
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Donald being a terrible healer.
    • The inherent weirdness of Square Enix characters and Disney characters interacting.
    • Everyone having a Keyblade, or if not that everyone secretly being a part of Xehanort's big plans.
  • Kirby:
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Metal Gear:
    • The unrealistic probability of guards being fooled by a cardboard box.
    • The overuse of the ! alert.
    • Poking fun at all the focus on male characters' butts.
  • Minecraft:
    • Steve? getting Amusing Injuries as the result of punching trees to get wood.
    • Creepers are misunderstood Woobies who don't actually mean to explode and only want hugs from the player.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokémon battles are government-sanctioned Beastly Bloodsports. Notable in that this eventually became the motive behind Team Plasma wanting to end Pokémon battling in Pokémon Black and White.
    • Professor Oak forgetting his grandson's name, only to have the player name him something profane (e.g. DICKS).
    • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action, which focuses on any seemingly nonsensical breeding pair made possible by the Pokémon's egg groups. The Trope Namers are most commonly the subject of such parodies, but other pairings such as Muk and Gardevoirnote  have been parodied.
    • Related to the above is Ditto being portrayed as a prostitute, due to its ability to breed with almost any other Pokémon.
    • A Pokémon joke that's popular with the LGBT Fanbase is the classic "Are you a boy or a girl" line being met with the player coming out as trans, or giving an annoyed Mathematician's Answer (since this immersion breaking question is one many transgender people encounter in real life). This was widespread enough that it's likely the reason later games have prompted the player to "choose your style", led to the Pokémon GO team deciding to make Blanche non-binary, and also influenced the heavily Pokémon inspired temtem to give players a more complex choice of pronouns and character designs.
    • Pokémon world parents being abusive or neglectful for letting their children go off on an adventure at 10 years old. Similarly, adult characters (especially the villanous team of the game) being less competent than some preteen who got their first Pokémon a week or so ago.
    • The Pokémon world is home to several incredibly powerful gods that can shape reality... which can still be captured by children.
    • Depictions of what the underground portion of a Diglett or Dugtrio looks like, often portraying it as either an Eldritch Abomination or having buff humanoid bodies.
  • Professor Layton:
    • The good professor using anything as an excuse to bring up a puzzle.
    • Layton is a pedophile.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona:
    • Persona and Persona 2 getting ignored in favor of the Hashino era games.
    • Persona 3: The Evokers are switched out with real guns. Or a member of S.E.E.S. is Driven to Suicide and puts the Evoker to their head, forgetting it can only help them summon Personas.
    • Persona 5: The Phantom Thieves accidentally tearing off their own skin for real instead of the symbolic tearing usually done for Persona summoning.
    • Another common parody joke pertaining to Persona 5 is Morgana forcing the protagonist to go to bed, even if he isn't tired.
  • The Sims:
  • Spyro the Dragon: Ember is a Stalker with a Crush who is completely obsessed with marrying Spyro and hates Cynder for 'stealing' him.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Tails' tails as being due to radioactivity.
    • Ramping up how Totally Radical Sonic is.
    • Shadow is very "edgy".
    • Amy as an obsessive fangirl, yandere, and/or Dirty Kid.
    • Every non-human character has some kind of bizarre backstory, design, or fetish attached to them, typically used as a Take That! towards the fanwork-making side of the Sonic fandom.
    • Like many fictional speedsters, Sonic's "Fastest Thing Alive" moniker also referring to his lousy performance in bed.
    • Knuckles obsessing over the Master Emerald.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Jokes about Capcom Sequel Stagnation, often combining multiple subtitles into one (e.g. "Super Turbo HD Remix Arcade Edition"). This joke is shared with Kingdom Hearts ("Re: 2.7 Final Mix: A Fragmentary Passage").
    • Ryu as a punch-happy hobo.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Mario is on drugs. Optionally, the games are all a drug-fueled hallucination.
    • Mario and Luigi are often depicted as fatter, more hairy, and older than they are in canon. Princess Peach is an oversexualized Dumb Blonde to contrast with this.
    • Princess Peach is in a Secret Relationship with Bowser. Her being "kidnapped" is a ruse so that they can spend time together.
    • Mario is a Sociopathic Hero who goes around mercilessly stomping on enemies.
    • Mario hits his head on blocks and gets injured. This is actually "Common Knowledge" because Mario hits blocks with his fist, not his head.
    • Dr. Mario parodies where Mario is a shady back-alley doctor. The Dr Mario games imply that Mario is closer to a research chemist. Shallow parodies have him prescribing pills to patients, but all we see in the actual games are him performing experiments on the effects of vitamins on virus cultures.
    • Mario is portrayed about feeling frustrated about the Princess "being in another castle." In none of the Mario games is Toad's presence the bait-and-switch it's presented as; Mario travels to the correct destination but there's a ton of terrain and, yes, castles in his path that have to be overcome. Even the phrase itself is misused, as the Toads are basically telling Mario "Thanks for helping us, but saving our princess is higher-priority", not "Wrong fortress, bub". Yet the stock joke portrays each castle conquest before the final level as a "Shaggy Dog" Story.
    • Mario abuses Yoshi, whether it be by punching him in the head to make him eatnote  or by dropping him in a pit once he's outlived his usefulness.
    • While Luigi is occasionally a Butt-Monkey in some games, parodies tend to amp this Up to Eleven where he's completely hopeless and depressed while constantly living under Mario's shadow and being overlooked. There's also a common joke that Luigi secretly hates Mario and wants to usurp his fame. Either that or Luigi's genuinely the sweet brother he is in canon, but Mario's a Big Brother Bully that takes advantage of him.
    • Peach is using her kidnappings as a Honey Trap to get complete strangers to fight wars with the Koopa Kingdom for her.
    • "Photorealistic" fanarts of Mario consisting in a montage of Josef Stalin wearing Mario's Iconic Outfit. To be fair, Mario and Stalin both have similar appearance (short men with a thick moustache), and the prominent red colour in Mario's outfit help to associate him with communism...
    • Mario is sexually frustrated and harasses Peach to obtain sexual favors as a reward for rescuing her.
    • Super Princess Peach is a metaphor for Peach either being a Hysterical Woman or having PMS. (What this says about everyone else on Vibe Island is usually left alone.)
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • All Fire Emblem characters are Marth. No, not Moveset Clones of Marth. The actual character, with only hair dye or breasts to tell each other apart.
    • Anything associated with Fox, such as wavedashing, his "shine", or his hammy dialogue in earlier installments.
  • Touhou:
    • Meiling is a Surveillance Station Slacker and takes too many siestas on the job, leading to people getting in and Sakuya visiting her stabbity wrath upon her.
    • Sakuya has A-Cup Angst and will knife anyone who causes that feeling in her.
    • Reimu is either the greediest shrine maiden known to man or stirs up trouble for kicks.
    • Marisa is a kleptomaniac who loves to raid the Scarlet Devil Mansion's library, much to Patchy's dismay.
    • Yuyuko is an Extreme Omnivore and will eat just about anything... Or anyone.
    • Kaguya is a lazy NEET who spends most of her time surfing the internet and playing video games while holed up in her room.
    • Incompatible Orientation jokes due to the lack of romantic interest between Rinnosuke and the rest of the residents of Gensokyo. Either the one guy they all liked is gay, or Rinnosuke can't get a girlfriend because everyone else is. If both genders are portrayed as gay, Rinnosuke's friendship with Marisa is shown as Gay-Lesbian solidarity.

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    Web Original 
  • The Irate Gamer badly playing a video game on purpose and complaining about it being too difficult.

    Western Animation 

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