This category is intended for stories and characters which directly parody, satirise, spoof, send-up, imitate, lampoon or pastiche another story, character or person. This does not include appearances by characters which are meant to be their real-world equivalents, such as Adolf Hitler or Ronald Reagan.


  • "imitation, not always at the expense of the parodied text" - Linda Hutcheon
  • "any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice" - Simon Dentith
  • "a composition in another artist's manner, without satirical intent" - John Gross
  • (imitation) "turned as to produce a ridiculous effect" - Oxford English Dictionary
  • "A Parodie, a parodie! to make it absurder than it was" - Ben Jonson, 1598
  • "the use of some elements of a prior author's composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on that author's works" Supreme Court of the United States
  • "In the evolution of each genre, there are times when its use for entirely serious or elevated objectives degenerates aand produces a comic or parodic form....And thus is produced the regeneration of the genre: it finds new possibilities and new forms" Boris Eichenbaum

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