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Basic Trope: Some form of entertainment takes a potshot at some other form of entertainment.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob, a sitcom, makes fun of the plotlines of Troperz, another sitcom, in one episode.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob do two jokes against Troperz, but that's it.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Bob and Troperz air on different networks but compete for the same demographic, so there's some rivalry between the producers.
    • The producers of the two shows are friends who enjoy a little good-natured ribbing now and again.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob makes fun of Troperz, but Alice tells him his opinion is dumb.
  • Double Subverted: Then Alice is shown to have bad opinions, making Bob's one to be correct.
  • Parodied: After a while, Alice and Bob starts to make fun of how much it makes fun of other shows.
  • Zig Zagged: At the end of one episode, Bob insults Troperz. He apologizes in the next episode ... then insults Troperz AGAIN. He apologizes at the end of that episode. He's sorry for real.
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  • Averted: Alice and Bob don't take potshots at the competition.
  • Enforced: "Hey, we're competing with Troperz, so let's make fun of them all the time ... that'll show them!"
  • Lampshaded: "Wow, we've been making fun of them a lot, haven't we?"
  • Invoked: A writer from Troperz takes a potshot at Alice and Bob, so a war of Take Thats is started.
  • Exploited: The network airing Alice and Bob decides to use the war to boost its ratings.
  • Defied: Despite many opportunities to do so, the writers of Alice and Bob decide to take the high road and avoid making fun of their competitors.
  • Discussed: "If we were characters on a TV sitcom, how would we while away our spare time?" "Ridiculing our inferior, yet inexplicably more popular, competition?" "My thoughts exactly."
  • Conversed: "I used to like Alice and Bob, but they aren't even trying to come up with original and creative ideas. They're just jealous that Troperz has become the highest-rated show in Tropendom and want to cut the competition down rather than build themselves up. That's not a substitute for being funny!"
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  • Implied: Larry, a character on Troperz, mentions feeling mortally wounded when he saw last night's new episode of Alice and Bob.
  • Deconstructed: The fans of Troperz aren't laughing. The producers of Troperz decide to sue and they win in court. Alice and Bob is cancelled. (The last episode ends with one of the main characters saying "FUCK YOU, TROPERZ!" while blowing up a statue of the protagonist of Troperz.)
    • Alice & Bob quickly Jumped the Shark after the episode airing the episode making fun of Troperz, making 'them the mockery-target of audiences instead.
  • Reconstructed: The fans of Troperz find it very funny and start regularly tuning in, building a new audience.
  • Played For Laughs: The writers of Alice and Bob cook up 3,718 different Take Thats at Troperz (72 of which are aired), and the producers of Troperz do not notice any of them.
  • Played For Drama: A group of fans of Troperz beat up the writers of Alice and Bob for making fun of their favorite show. This starts a literal war between Alice and Bob and Troperz. As the conflicts between the two shows begin to increase, the network airing Alice and Bob and the network airing Troperz start taking desperate measures to keep the peace, all of which fail.
  • Played For Horror: The "Troperz sucks" gag involves the protagonists of Alice and Bob charging into the set of Troperz to literally Rape, Pillage, and Burn with no real attempt to censor it. The reaction from all of those who see the episode is "why the hell did they thought that would be funny?"

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