In my next project I plan to poke fun at a particular series of RPG. A common running gag will be characters making observations they wouldn't otherwise make. For example upon meeting the emperor who's ambiguously evil (as in not clear if he's really evil or not) having a character question 'Are you SURE you're not being controlled by a demon' with the answer being 'please just follow the script' It won't happen often, but possibly often enough that it (might) annoy a genre savvy reader. Granted I intend to make it perfectly clear that the tale is satirical in nature on outset. The story description will explain that it is not meant to be taken seriously at any point. Though I'm still working out how to word that so that it doesn't disengage the reader instantly. I also plan to use chapter names like "Backstory Prologue that unexpectedly becomes Relevant at the End" And yes, I'm aware of the Cringe in that, but that's kind of ribbing I intend to do. Another chapter will be called "Inciting Incident Festival" and the joke here is that nothing horrible happens despite a character jokingly referring to the festival in this manner. (It's a pretty common trope in RPG's, especially square Enix) Basically what I'm asking, how self aware could I make the characters before it gets annoying.