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11th Jul, 2019 12:29:13 PM

Closest thing I can think of is the "Weird Al" Effect.

11th Jul, 2019 01:20:49 PM

Also Older Than They Think. The second bullet point on Fan Myopia also mentions something similar ("Failing to realize that a joke in their favorite comedy is actually a reference to something that was already famous").

12th Jul, 2019 02:00:52 PM

Seconding Older Than They Think and Fan Myopia, and adding Pop-Cultural Osmosis for references where people know something's a reference, but may not know what it's a reference to.

12th Jul, 2019 07:15:06 PM

^ That... is not really related to this, except in the most tangential sense. (say a character who originated as a side character in a largely forgotten work)

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