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  • There is a Cracked article describing the horrible consequences for the living wax model of Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Then it takes a jab at Ben Stiller's acting:
    "It was death or a threesome with Robin Williams and Ben Stiller. I chose well."
  • RebelTaxi's video "RebelTaxi Hates 90s KIDS Rant #PrimeTimeDCNation @CartoonNetwork" begins with a thinly veiled parody of Benthelooney exemplifying the exact thing the video addresses.
  • "Dan Green Presents Abridged 101" is six and a half solid minutes of jabs at the various other Abridged Series that sprang up after LittleKuriboh.
    • Of course, it also had a bit of self criticism added to it.
      • According to LittleKuriboh, most of the "Abridged 101" video was self criticism.
    • In a bit of a subversion, Little Kuriboh and MasakoX and Vegeta3986 seem to like taking not-really-subtle digs at each other...but they're actually almost certainly intended as Shout Outs, judging from the fact that they occasionally guest star in each other's shows: this means that at least one joke about Naruto: The Abridged Series was actually said by the guy that made it.
      • The joke in question would likely be the one in Episode 29, when Tristan decides to watch the newest episode of Naruto:TAS and proclaims it the best internet parody series ever. The clip he watches itself looks like a cooperative dig, aimed at people who think calling somebody "emo" is inherently funny.
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    • Abridged Series do this all the time, even the more obscure ones. hbi2k and Khenpoe actually justify the existence of their Berserk and Bleach series by saying they were tired of watching crappy parodies; Bennett The Sage called Code Geass a pussy abridged series; and Megami 33 proclaimed her series the only good one on YouTube.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series also delivers a well-deserved Take That to people who flag YouTube videos, as happened to the series - "I'm flagging YouTube videos to compensate for the fact that I have a very small penis!"
    • Also, what Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series would be like if Michael Bay created it.
    • The third Season Zero Abridged episode is essentially one long Take That at the numerous times YouTube took LK down for copyright violations.
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  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged opens with one at Twilight:
    Female vampire: Oh, Edward, I love you.
    Male vampire: And I love you, Bella.
    *knock at the door*
    Male vampire: Who is it?
    Alucard: Oh, you know...
    *Alucard blasts Edward to pieces for several seconds straight*
    Alucard: A real fucking vampire.
  • Street Fighter Chode, a HIDEOUS rebuttal to the much-bemoaned Newgrounds user Rina-Chan (and two of her works in particular - Street Fighter Club and Brawl Taunts).
  • The Spoony One, in a parody of a scene in Final Fantasy VIII during his review of it, dreams of an alternate version of himself tearing Final Fantasy VII a new one, one of the reasons for doing so being that he enjoys pissing off creepy fan-boys. The rest of the review alternates between reviewing the game and delivering Take Thats to the Final Fantasy VII fan-base and the majority of otakus out there.
    Spoony: I can't grudge the game for changing with the times, and I don't necessarily hate Final Fantasy VII. I just hate the people who obsess over it.
  • Limyaael commonly references works that use a trope well or not in her usual Rants, but she also devoted an entire rant to why Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind suck.
  • Uncyclopedia has a tendency for this, such as their opinion of Harry Potter or the Aeris Gainsborough Murder Trial.
  • Just about any Encyclopedia Dramatica article that isn't about something 4chan related is gleefully bashing everything and everyone. Minus Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff and Creepypasta, which they apparently love. Since the site was originally designed as an archive of Troll activity, Take Thats are inevitable.
    • It also really crosses over into "The Reason You Suck" Speech with the article titled "You".
    • Uncyclopedia, being an unofficial rival, is a big target (they pretty savagely returned fire). Given that both sites shamelessly mock the daylights out of everything, including each other, any serious 'war' is doomed to just make everyone involved look stupid.
  • In Smosh If Video Games Were Real 2. Sgt Anous shoots the dog in Duck Hunt.
  • Digital Ph33r's Arby n the Chief Machinima seems to exist mostly for the adolescent Master Chief to be a mouthpiece for various attitudes and practices of online gamers that he detests, while the other characters make fun of and critique his positions.
  • Occasionally crop up in A Very Potter Musical in reference to the original work; as it's an Affectionate Parody, though, they tend to be quite gentle.
  • Apparently, the makers of The Impossible Quiz are not fond of Chicken McNuggets or Sonic the Hedgehog. In particular, their opinion of said McNuggets is presented as a factual answer to the question, insofar as anything in the Quiz can be said to be a "fact".
  • Survival of the Fittest has a character do this to the users on the RP board.
    Danielle Champney: If you're watching me die right now, I hope you rot in hell. I hope you experience a fraction of the pain and fear my classmates and I have. I hope you get cancer or AIDS and I hope it fucking hurts. I hope that when Death comes for you you'll be begging for it while it takes its sweet ass time finishing you off. I fucking hope your life has been miserable and I hope it only gets worse. You're scum. You're disgusting. The kids that died here deserved the life that was wasted on you. It should be you here. Not me.
  • "Pac-Man: The Movie by Uwe Boll". Trailer is here.
  • ScrewAttack took a jab at the viewers who refuse to click a link to the daily Hard News on a Dec. 18 YouTube posting.
  • At least one of the Whateley Universe authors have it in for Twilight. The typical fourteen-year-old girls at Whateley Academy love the books and can't wait for a movie to come out; the sophisticated kids with the advanced literature backgrounds despise the books.
  • CollegeHumor:
    "The word enzyme was coined by physiologist Wilhelm Kühne, widely believed to be a total badass. (Daniel looks up) In 1908, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Mustache."
    • "Tim Burton's Secret Formula" seems to be a jab at how Tim Burton's movie formula is just the same thing recycled. You can tell that from the Dull Surprise reactions of the executives to Burton saying that the studio plans to make another film. Also, when the casting director is told "get me Johnny Depp and my wife on the phone," he says, "I can't ever not do that," and we see that the cell phone in question can only call Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
    • "Seth MacFarlane's secret" does the same thing in regards to Seth MacFarlane's creative process. All his animated series, which comprises Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show are all suspiciously similar. All three feature the same generic family unit, composed of a stupid, fat, but lovable father; an attractive, gentle mother with a naggy voice; an awkward son or daughter; a comically-sociopathic baby; and a supporting non-human character that can somehow talk. College Humor pitches more show ideas, such as Country Life, Big City Man, Suburban Family Time, Ma, Pa And Kids, and three unnamed ones. The first four characters are almost identical across the shows, but the talking non-human supporting character are respectively a stereotypically French cat, a Nazi guinea pig, a Strawman Political giant anteater, an "urban" pterodactyl, and a sassy snowman, Freddy Elf, and a blender that's also a vampire. MacFarlane didn't seem to mind though, and later showed up in "Seth MacFarlane's Rejected Pitches", poking fun at Ted, a film he directed.
  • There's a reason that the Ninth Circle of Hell has a spot for Robert McNamara... also see The Big One.
    • Now he's dead, he simply became one of the occupants. The waiting spots are now reserved for "the network executives who cancelled Firefly"
  • The Onion frequently makes use of such, particularly in headlines.
  • Darwin's Soldiers has a very unsubtle Take That aimed at Paris Hilton.
    Aisha: "Look at Paris Hilton, or better yet, don't. Famous for being famous, not because she has anything approaching talent."
  • Stuart Ashen's review of an iPhone app
    How can you tell this is an iPhone? The battery is low.
  • Bludshot the Recolour parodies the original EVILLY.
  • Godblock, a particularly audacious satire of Parental Controls.
  • There are quite a few take backs in I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC.
    Superman: Spider-Man sold his marriage to the devil? That's so... lame.
    • Poking fun at Twilight and showing why dating vampires can be very dangerous.
    • Spider-Man is about to say that losing the Transformers license was the worst decision Marvel ever made until he sees Deadpool holding his X-Men Origins: Wolverine head and alters his statement noting that it was actually the second worst.
  • The Defrosters do this pretty much ever episode in reference to World of Warcraft, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Harry Potter, and everything else they can think of. The World of Warcraft player also justified playing Dungeons & Dragons by saying she was playing 4th edition.
  • The Nostalgia Chick takes quite a few potshots at Disney in her videos. So much so that in her overview of Disney Princesses that a ninja was sent to silence her at the end.
    • During her review of Spice World, there was an affectionate (she loves Monty Python and Ricky Gervais) Take That to British Comedy: "I think they're trying to make this funny. I'm not sure, they are British."
    • She really hates Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. Her Teen Witch review asks the lead to get the former impeached and her most rage-filled review says it was worse than seven holocausts and Nixon rubbing his taint on a camera for ninety minutes.
  • In the Chaos Timeline, Berlin is an uninteresting medium city. And Japan is a poor, undeveloped protectorate of China.
  • During his Let's Play of The Force Unleashed, when he comes to the Boss Battle with Darth Maul, General Secura goes on a rant about how Darth Maul is the Creator's Pet of the Star Wars franchise. And that General Grievous was way cooler than him.
  • The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness, when not making fun of itself, has been known to take the occasional jab at others. One memorable example is when the main characters are sent to Hell, only to discover that the whole place is run by Activision and Bobby Kotick is Satan.
    • Also, the only movie available to watch in Hell is High School Musical.
    • Eddie Cohen, being an not-so-affectionate parody of another fictional vampire, is chock full of these. Sarah, the closest thing to a love interest Eddie has, could also count, seeing as her independence and ability to fend for herself effectively makes her the "anti-Bella".
  • Akinator has no opinions on his own on the characters, real and fictional, he's guessing; but since his knowledge base is made up of contributions by millions of people worldwide, his questions tend to betray the sympathies of the Internet at large. So, when you're trying to guess George W. Bush, Akinator will innocently base his guess off questions such as "Is your character arrogant?" or "Is your character generally disliked?"
    • Also, the picture for the character "You" (the player) depicts an ape.
  • Network Executives are NOT well liked on the Nerdist Podcast
    Chris: Sorry, I'm an executive, I don't have an imagination, so you're going to have to explain everything to me in great detail.
  • White phosphorus was described as "a chemical which was used by some bad guys" in Chaos Fighters II-Chemical siege, a thinly veiled take that against usage of it in warfare, specifically Israel.
  • Epic Meal Time: "Am I right, hater? STOP HATIN'!"
    • In "Epic Meat Salad":
    "What'you know about health? 'Salad'? **** SALAD!!!"
  • Clan of the Gray Wolf 16-Bit Gems Aladdin review gave a take that to The Irate Gamer for his negative review and this quote in the beginning even says it:
    You know. There are lot of people who are just irate. Gamers who are so busy nitpicking all the bad games out there that they won't know a good one if it let up squeezed the life out of them or threw apples at their heads... I forgot my transition here but the punchline here is Aladdin.
  • Chuggaaconroy made a similar Take That to IG's negative review of Kirby's Epic Yarn in his Let's Play of the game.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall
    • In part of an April Fool's special, Linkara brutally parodies The Irate Gamer videos. Basically his video sums up nearly every complaint people make about the IG, such as getting information wrong, acting like things were overly difficult, and bald-faced dishonesty, among other things.
    • Kamandi: At World's End has Kamandi tasked with killing Superman. When Kamandi says that Superman deserved to die, Linkara says "I mean didn't you even see Man of Steel?"
    • His review of Marville, he says the source of the comic's name, Smallville, was "a show that lasted ten years too long".
  • In this Random Crap with Homestar Runner video, Strong Bad watches TV. At one point, he comes across My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, then screams and chants "MAKE IT STOP! MAKE IT STOP! MAKE IT STOP!"
  • Team Starkid's musical Starship has the Galactic League of Extraterrestrial Exploration.
    Up: Damn that G.L.E.E.! They're always making twisted abominations of everything!
  • Skippy's List has examples:
    8. Not allowed to add pictures of officers I don’t like to War Criminal posters.
  • TV Trash: From Chris "Rowdy" Moore's review of "Road To The Multiverse", after seeing a really disturbing scene referencing Walt's rumored Anti-Semitism, and going on a long rant against the show for including the joke, he declares that he would quit the episode, but "unlike the Miami Heat, I DON'T QUIT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER!"
  • In the Lasagna Cat episode "08/18/1978" (a parody of Final Fantasy VI), Jim Davis joins the party after the battle. When the menu appears, Jim has horrible stats even for Level 99 and no skills.
  • The Music Video Show in episode 1.
    "We don't need a Meg White, we need someone who can play the drums."
    • Episode 5
    "So, one of the guys is dressed as The Phantom of the Opera. Hey, he's no Gerard Butler but, at least he can sing."
    • Episode 7
    "If I wanted to be in pain and misery, I'd go see an Irate Gamer video.
    "You guys aren't destroying Nickelback products, you're destroying products from a band that can kind of write music."
    • Episode 15 is nothing but Take That jokes against Kevin Federline.
    • Episode 17 has one against Windows Vista.
    "At some point, the video freezes. This has been brought to you by Windows Vista."
    • There is a jab at Madonna in episode 18.
    "Gwen Stefani is trying to be hip for the kids, she's alienating everyone who liked her in the first place...she's trying to be Madonna...please don't be Madonna...otherwise, the midlife crisis will last for decades."
    • "Now, Eddie Murphy could do something he couldn't for most of the 90s and funny."
    • Episode 62.
    "Would you guys shut up?! I'm trying to watch Heartbreaker!" -cue scene from Donald Trump's victory speech- "I wanted to watch something with a self involved diva...and I got it.
    • When the video starts, a car pulls up to a movie theatre, with the sign saying "Heartbreaker". "Looks like they're going to watch The Phantom Menace."
    • Episode 63.
    Woman: What do you want a Barbie?
    Laine: He would have something fake and plastic but he wouldn't meet Kim Kardashian for at least another decade.
    Pete Wentz: "You call yourselves hunters?
    Laine: That depends. You call yourself a bassist?
    • Episode 123 is a seven minute long middle finger to Drake. A literal wordless seven minute middle finger.
    • Episode 130 is one long Take That! against the Paul Brothers and their fans.
    • From Episode 204: "Why doesn't Eminem go bitch about [your bad reviews] on Twitter like everyone else? Oh have talent."
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  • On the Valentine's Day Special of Oddity Archive, Ben Minnotte tapes a piece of paper reading "HAPPY NOW, BLIP???" onto the cardboard box. Blip didn't take this joke very lightly, and it lead to the series' suspension from it.
  • CinemaSins does this a lot in general (even to works they actually like), since their whole bit is pointing out things that are wrong with movies. On a more specific note, in their Self-Deprecation video ("Everything Wrong With CinemaSins"), they take a dig at the Catholic Church:
    CinemaSins Narrator: Like Catholicism, our sins can be very minor things.
  • The Yogscast have had many a Take That over the years, often targeting films they dislike. One of their more blatant ones, however, would be in their Shadow Of Israphel Animated videos, specifically this one, in which Israphel tries bypassing Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane, in this case acting as guards for Arstotzka. After initially being rejected for not having a matching passport, he tries disguising himself as GameChap note . He immediately gets laughed at and denied entry for being "a creepy bastard". It is worth noting in this case that while the Yogscast did not design the animation for the sketch (a fan did that, with Trott and Ross adding their own dialogue later), they did upload it on their channel, thus approving it.
  • Achievement Hunter have had their share over the years. However, one of the more blatant ones would be Jack Patillo, noticing the coincidental, if morbid, trend of a celebrity being mentioned in a video and dying shortly after being mentioned (before the video gets released, shortly after, etcetera). Jack attempts to invoke this by naming his entire team in a game of Worms after conservative talk show hosts.
  • Super Bunnyhop's Critical Close-Up of Dark Souls has one towards controversial Let's Player Darksyde Phil.
    George: It's a system that is carefully balanced to allow ANYONE to beat the game. (Shows clip of DSP's Dark Souls Let's Play.) And I do mean anyone.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has a 30 minute long one of these with "Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan". Besides mocking those who obsess with Power Levels (something they have done since reaching the infamous "OVER 9000!" scene), the entire movie is a Take That towards Broly, whom Team Four Star hate with a passion. In this movie, Vegeta's Heroic BSoD isn't over how powerful Broly is, but how stupid such a cool looking character has such an inane reason for being a villain. Even more, after Broly puts Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks and Piccolo through a Curb-Stomp Battle, the five spend a few minutes wishing they could fight any of the previous movie villains instead of Broly.
  • Mario, from Supermarioglitchy4's Super Mario 64 Bloopers, took a bunch of shots at PewDiePie, Elsagate, MLG, Reaction Videos, SMG4 himself, and the fact that no one can spell or space sentences like these correctly.
  • The Happy Video Game Nerd: In the stinger to his Final Fantasy Mystic Quest video, he deliberately pronounces "NES" as both "Enn-ee-ess" and "Ness" just to "piss everyone off".
    HVGN: "What are you gonna do about that, haters?"
  • Ultra Fast Pony
    • The series takes a couple of jabs at Friendship is Witchcraft. In the comment section below "The Penny and Clyde Show", Wacarb clarifies that he does it out of professional rivalry rather than actual ill will. "If you're wondering what I feel about FiW, they are ok, I only really make fun of them because they are the most popular competition."
      • In "One Joke To Rule Them All", Twilight, as a "new joke", takes up saying "Talk about eye candy!" at random occasions. Which nobody finds funny.
      • "I stole all these jokes from Friendship Is Witchcraft. And by that I mean there are no jokes this episode". The episode in question indeed contains no jokes (see Out-of-Genre Experience).
      • "Pega, Please" has one that's either much more subtle or just a coincidence. Twilight says that the dragon is "dragone", which Spike finds incredibly lame. ("Dragone Baby Gone" is the title of another Friendship is Witchcraft episode.)
    • In "Pega Please!" Pinkie encourages Fluttershy to think of "that famous basketball player" to help her jump across the ravine.
    Fluttershy: Shaquille O'Neal!
    Pinkie Pie: No, not that one!
    Twilight: Never, ever, that one, Fluttershy.
    • In "Little Miss Montage", DJ Scratch Vinyl 3-Pones plays "Hamster Dance", which prompts Hoity Toity to comment, "Oh, now that's just poor taste in music. Still better than dubstep, though."
    • In "The Best Episode Ever":
    Spike, as narrator: And so they all left, with nothing at all being achieved. Making the meeting about as effective as the United Nations.
    Pinkie Pie: Time to make Little Kuriboh proud! "Shut up and take my money!"
    [The crowd has a good laugh at this.]
    Random pony: Your low standards of humor are why no one tries to make legitimate comedy anymore!
    • In "The Longest Engagement", Fluttershy introduces a bird she befriended, a bird who sings with the voice of Nicki Minaj.
    Twilight: For the love of Celestia, make it stop!
    Fluttershy: Sorry. Some birds just ain't cut out for singing.
    Celestia: Marriages are like abridged series. They're usually offensive and don't last very long.
    • In the video description for "UFP sings Take On Me", wacarb writes "I'm better at butchering the classics than George Lucas."
    • In a few season 3 episodes, Wacarb's treatment of the source material gets more bluntly negative than usual. His video description for "Join the Club" reads, "Hey, at least things couldn't get worse. I'm not kidding this time, this is the actual pits." In "Wolfenspike 3D", Twilight attributes a specific plot hole to laziness, and Applejack replies, "I frickin' hate season 3." And in "Discord and Me", Celestia defends a plot hole by saying "It's season 3, Twilight, try not to think too much about it. The writers certainly didn't!"
    • The video description for "Ponyville Noire" reads "A video of still images, monotone voice work and slowly decreasing quality of humor? What is this, the Mentally Advanced Series?"
    • In "Saturday Morning Ponies", the video description reads "Some of the worst synth music you'll ever hear. Still better than Scootatrix at least."
    • In "On Your Mark", Sweetie Belle says "Yeah, Applebloom, scooter trick sucks". This was a response to a "Take That!" from Scootertrix.
    • The entire Season 4 Finale is essentially a long series of affectionate "Take That!"s between Wacarb and Jack Getchman (the creator of Scootertrix the Abridged, who voices Tirek in UFP), and, naturally, a lot of Self-Deprecation.
  • Psychiatrist blogger Scott Alexander said, in his post Beware the Man of One Study:
    Do not trust websites which are obviously biased (eg Free Republic, Daily Kos, Dr. Oz) when they tell you they’re going to give you “the state of the evidence” on a certain issue, even if the evidence seems very stately indeed. This goes double for any site that contains a list of “myths and facts about X”, quadruple for any site that uses phrases like “ingroup member uses actual FACTS to DEMOLISH the outgroup’s lies about Y”, and octuple for RationalWiki.
  • StacheBros:
    • In "Episode 1-5 - Good VS Evil" of "Mario & Luigi! Stache Bros", Toadsworth yells at Hannah Montana on his TV and tries to change the channel with the mind control remote thinking it's a broken TV remote.
    • In "The Year Luigi Stopped Believing In Santa Claus!":
    Toadsworth: Our story begins in a low-budget superstore. That's right, Walmart!
    • Another jab at Walmart comes from "Mario's Suckish Valentines" when Mario is forced to buy poor quality flowers from the aforementioned store after Bowser takes the box of chocolates Mario planned to give to Peach.
    • In "Episode 2-6 - Petey Piranha Strikes Back" of "Mario & Luigi! Stache Bros", Petey makes a jab at America's bad habit of littering when he finds a stray cardboard box while trying to find a way off Yoshi's Island.
    Petey Piranha: Who knew that the lack of etiquette in our bilingual nation and laziness of our burger-infested citizens would pull off to give me this tasteful box-boat?
    Luigi: So what do you think this game's like, anyway?
    Mario: Probably exactly like what we've been through these past few days.
    Luigi: Oh, so a relatively fun action-adventure with a completely undeveloped predictable story that goes nowhere and serves more to remind us that despite the improved gameplay mechanics, our favorite characters aren't treated with the love and respect they got a decade ago?
    Mario: No, I think it's about printers, man.
    Luigi: Oh, OK, me, too.
  • Jontron:
    • During his "Plug and Play Consoles" episode, he mentions bottom-of-the-bin terrible games that end up in bargain bins and shows a picture of a "$15 and under" value bin in Walmart... with a 4 foot tall stack of copies of Max Payne 3 photoshopped into it.
    • During "Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Skull Vodka" he needs to call one of the Ghostbusters to bust the Ghost of Late Night Television that's haunting his house. He figures Bill Murray won't bother to show, knows Harold Ramis obviously won't pick up, assumes Ernie Hudson is still mad about Jon farting in the pudding at his Bar Mitzvah, and really really doesn't want to call Dan Aykroyd. He wishes there were some other Ghostbusters he could call, then remembers that there are others he could call and quickly decides Dan will do.
    • When dunking on Gwyneth Paltrow's "Goop" business, he asks why it won't stay where it belongs: the cesspool under his house. When the camera cuts down to show what else is in there there's a lot of human waste, a broken furby, and a copy of Les Misérables.
  • Quite a bit of the humor in Tim Rogers' Action Button reviews comes from his rather deadpan comments on games he didn't particularly care for:
    Tim: If The Last of Us is The Sopranos of video games, that'd make BioShock Infinite The Wire of video games, in a parallel universe where The Wire isn't good.