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Marc Summers: In Encino Man, what actor plays the caveman?
Every so often a TV Series, Film, or even radio talk show will make a reference to another one, usually in the same market niche or genre. Most of the time it's just a simple Shout-Out or a Homage, and if it's a Comedy Series, you can expect at least a little spoofing.
But sometimes it's a bit more mean-spirited than that. Whether it's because of a perceived rivalry, jealousy, bitterness or Pride, the mention will be derogatory and boastful. More often than not, rather than be a "Take that!" to the disparaged show, it'll reflect even worse on the joker, it'll actually make a good production turn sour, and it makes a bad production look like a monumental act of hubris. It can be especially jarring (and often hilarious for reasons the producers didn't intend) if the show being mocked goes on to win popular and / or critical acclaim, awards, and respect from its audience, while the show doing the mocking becomes widely reviled or forgotten.
"Take That" is something you hear a lot on DVD commentaries. Whenever the show gets to a gag that's at the expense of some real-life group(s), the commentator says, "Take that, celebrity / studio / organization / other target!"
It is more likely to occur if the creators of the work are relatively confident they won't suffer any significant backlash from the insult; for example, someone who has Protection From Editors, or the writer of a Fan Work or Web Comic.
Often, a Take That will be aimed at someone or something related to the work itself:
- Armed with Canon: Take That, Other Creator On This Franchise!
- Biting the Hand Humor: Take That, Employers!
- Take That, Audience!
- Take That, Critics!
- Take That, Scrappy!
- Self-Deprecation: Take That, Me!
This trope is sometimes known as a "potshot" in normal parlance.
- Cable-Satellite Mudslinging
- Take That/Anime
- Take That/Comic Books
- Take That/Commercials
- Take That/Fanfic
- Take That/Film
- Take That/Literature
- Take That/Live Action TV
- Take That/Music
- Take That/New Media
- Take That/Newspaper Comics
- Take That/Playing With
- Take That/Professional Wrestling
- Take That/Real Life
- Take That/Video Games
- Take That/Web Comics
- Take That/Western Animation
- Take That (band)
- Take That (band)/Laconic
- Take That (band)/Playing With
- Take That (band)/Quotes