- Creator Backlash: In 2019, after Joe Biden launched his 2020 presidential bid, Joe Garden, who wrote the 2009 article "Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am In White House Driveway" regretting writing it, saying "Instead of viciously skewering a public figure who deserved scrutiny, we let him off easy. The joke was funny, but it didnt hit hard enough.".
- Defictionalization: Close Range is a game that consists of nothing more than shooting people in the face.
- Follow the Leader: Has spawned or inspired many similar faux-news sites. (For example, The Babylon Bee, which is basically the Christian Onion, The Hard Times, which is the Punk Rock Onion, and by extension Hard Drive, a Spin-Off which is the Video Game Onion.)
- Life Imitates Art: Several examples, but one will suffice for now. 2004: The Onion runs a faux editorial, "Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades", in which Gillette's CEO at the time, James Kilts, supposedly "announces" that the company will introduce a five-blade razor. 2005: Cue Gillette introducing the Fusion, a five-blade razor. With the real-life Kilts comparing it to a Ferrari.
- Trope Namer: Parody Newspaper Names Following Tropes:
- Unintentional Period Piece:
- "Area Man Consults Internet Whenever Possible", written in 2000, is supposed to be a satire of people who are obsessed with the Internet. Area Man uses the Internet to do things like check on movie showtimes, look up word definitions, and find food recipes. Within a short few years, people everywhere would use the internet for stuff like that all the time.
- Inevitable in articles on political figures when they're out of office, such as George W. Bush or Barack Obama.
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