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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': The characters, Iznogoud and Wa'at Alahf especially, regularly turn to address the reader directly or have conversations with the narration or [[MediumAwareness otherwise acknowledge that they are comic book characters]]. For example, at the end of "The Caliph's Sceptre", Iznogoud is left trapped in the password-protected chamber containing the title object, unable to remember the correct password. He finally turns to the readers and asks if they remember it - "And no turning back pages!"
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* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of ComicBook/SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" -- looking straight at the reader and smiling.

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* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of ComicBook/SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, be (''ComicBook/SensationalSheHulk'', specifically), she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" -- looking straight at the reader and smiling.
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* Guy Gardner sometimes broke the Fourth Wall by making ironic comments to the reader.

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* [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Guy Gardner Gardner]] sometimes broke the Fourth Wall by making ironic comments to the reader.



* Franchise/{{Superman}} would do it from time to time during the Silver and Bronze ages by winking at the readers, especially after succeeding to protect his secret identity (an example would be the [[spoiler:final panel]] in the ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' saga).



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker breaks the fourth wall occasionally. For example, he has referenced an out-of-continuity Franchise/{{Batman}} / {{Spider-Man}}, addressed the artist of the story, and sometimes seems perfectly aware of his status as a comic book villain. He also displays a certain amount of MediumAwareness, by handling his own speech bubbles, or, in the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated series]], talking to the camera. This is likely part of the idea his insanity has allowed him to become aware of things other people don't realize.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker breaks the fourth wall occasionally. For example, he has referenced an out-of-continuity Franchise/{{Batman}} / {{Spider-Man}}, addressed the artist of the story, and sometimes seems perfectly aware of his status as a comic book villain. He also displays a certain amount of MediumAwareness, by handling his own speech bubbles, or, in the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries animated series]], talking to the camera. This is likely part of the idea his insanity has allowed him to become aware of things other people don't realize.



* Mr Mxyzptlk is also able to do this, one time even telling the Joker straight up that no one remembers that the Joker had 5th dimension reality warping powers because a) Mxy didn't want anyone to remember and b) they hadn't collected those issues into a trade paperback yet.
* One of SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s powers seems to be the ability to let him break the fourth wall (which he uses constantly). In one example, he wonders in a yellow box whether his thoughts still appear in yellow boxes, leading him to say, "I'm good" out loud and to exclaim in another yellow box "Oooh, I've ''missed'' you, little yellow boxes! What ''fun'' we shall have together!"
** In ''Comicbook/CableAndDeadpool'', he feels the need to help the 'reader' along by every once in a while delivering complicated exposition, aside from the first page. The other characters perceive this as Deadpool being crazy as usual.
** In the Britain-only special editions, this is used out of the comic, having Deadpool answering a letter on the letters page with a reference to the Marvel spotlight pages, stating that everyone else freezes during one while he takes a toilet break.
* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of ComicBook/SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, she doesn't do it that often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In her 100th issue, she is asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and she responds "No, I can't" -- looking straight at the reader and smiling.
** In another example, she actually crushes a narration box out of anger (she'd just been attacked) and tosses it out the window, nearly hitting Spider-Man!
** The covers during JohnByrne's historical run on her book are famous for loads of fourth wall breaking. The most famous are her naked using the Comics Code logo to cover herself and Volume 2 Issue 1, in which she warns the readers that, if they don't buy her book, she'll rip up all their ''Comicbook/XMen'' comics. Sixty issues later, when the run's final issue came out, [[BrickJoke an angry Shulkie tells the readers that she warned them and to hand the X-Men comics over!]]



* In ComicBook/TheBeano and [[TheDandy Dandy]] comics, the characters sometimes talk to the artist, and frequently talk to the readers. Occasionally the artist even shows up in the actual comic strip. Also, the "readers" themselves are given lines of dialogue, marked with a speech bubble coming from off panel labelled "Reader's voice".
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl breaks the fourth wall during the recaps of pretty much every issue she appears in (which isn't that unique when you think about it). However, for Monkey Joe and Tippy Toe there is NoFourthWall, so they talk directly to us readers.



* ''Jack of Fables'', a spinoff of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', does this in every single issue to some extent -- originally, it tended to just be throwaway gags, such as Jack giving fancifully ludicrous descriptions of what (allegedly, but in reality never) would happen in the next issue, in the little box at the bottom of the last page. However, pick up the "Turning Pages" collection (aka volume 5), and you'll run across a new character, a Literal called "Eliza Wall"... a temporary narrator who addresses the audience directly, deconstructs Jack's crazy fake teaser texts, acknowledges that certain things will happen in say, "seven pages" (acknowledging the medium itself), talks about the story in actual story terms (both blatantly and slyly: "that's why no one really likes [fellow Literal character] Deux Ex Machina"), and even warns the reader that she'll have to step in shortly in order to prevent an unpleasant outcome... on top of having three (identical) brothers who are shown circling her at a picnic and failing to understand "who she's talking to" as she looks over her shoulder at the reader. In short, she's not just a fourth-wall breaker, but is, perhaps true to form, ''the personification of the very '''act''' of breaking the fourth wall''. Talk about your PostModernism...
* Despite being practically an unknown, Rick Jones has seen a lot of the Marvel Comics world. This includes everything from being the stupid teenager Bruce Banner saved, resulting in his transformation into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, to serving as replacement Bucky for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. This was brought to the forefront at the end of the 2004 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell series; while Marvel was blessed/cursed with "Cosmic Awareness", Jones, through his experiences, had acquired "Comics Awareness." It didn't usually manifest in actual fourth-wall breaking, so much as just being GenreSavvy. However, at the end of the issue, Jones calmly explained that sales weren't good enough, and the comic itself was literally rolled up in big sheets and put in storage by other out-of-print characters.
* John Constantine does this from time to time in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. The "Son of Man" arc has John Constantine speaking to the reader where narration boxes or thought bubbles would more typically be used.
* Done from time to time in the Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog comic books back in the 90's, before the onset of the title's CerebusSyndrome. For example, in [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Super Sonic Vs. Hyper Knuckles]], Tails at some point tells Sally that "Knuckles will punch Sonic on Page 7". Guess what happens...
** The first Sonic the Hedgehog annual published in the UK in 1993 featured a story where Robotnik adds a turbo booster to his Egg-O-Matic and chases Sonic throughout the Spring Yard Zone. Eventually he cranks the device to full power, and promptly crashes through the edge of the panel and out of the comic itself. Sonic then joins in the fun by talking to the reader directly!
* At the end of ''The Secret of the Unicorn'', Franchise/{{Tintin}} informs the reader (much to the surprise of Captain Haddock) that the next part of the adventure will be told in ''Red Rackham's Treasure''.
** A lot of what Snowy says in the series is breaking the fourth wall, or at least purely for the reader's benefit, since it's usually made clear that the other characters can't hear him. At one point, he looks at the reader and says "I could have told them that. But nobody would have listened to me!"
** A bizarre instance occurs in ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', when Tintin meets Sheikh Patrash Pasha. The Sheikh knew of Tintin by reading of his adventures, and he actually shows Tintin ''one of the real-world Tintin albums'', complete with cover art.

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* ''Jack of Fables'', a spinoff of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', does this in every single issue Franchise/{{Superman}}
** Mr Mxyzptlk is also able
to some extent -- originally, it tended to just be throwaway gags, such as Jack giving fancifully ludicrous descriptions of what (allegedly, but in do this, one time even telling the Joker straight up that no one remembers that the Joker had 5th dimension reality never) would happen in the next issue, in the little box at the bottom of the last page. However, pick up the "Turning Pages" collection (aka volume 5), and you'll run across a new character, a Literal called "Eliza Wall"... a temporary narrator who addresses the audience directly, deconstructs Jack's crazy fake teaser texts, acknowledges that certain things will happen in say, "seven pages" (acknowledging the medium itself), talks about the story in actual story terms (both blatantly and slyly: "that's why no one really likes [fellow Literal character] Deux Ex Machina"), and even warns the reader that she'll have to step in shortly in order to prevent an unpleasant outcome... on top of having three (identical) brothers who are shown circling her at a picnic and failing to understand "who she's talking to" as she looks over her shoulder at the reader. In short, she's not just a fourth-wall breaker, but is, perhaps true to form, ''the personification of the very '''act''' of breaking the fourth wall''. Talk about your PostModernism...
* Despite being practically an unknown, Rick Jones has seen a lot of the Marvel Comics world. This includes everything from being the stupid teenager Bruce Banner saved, resulting in his transformation into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, to serving as replacement Bucky for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. This was brought to the forefront at the end of the 2004 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell series; while Marvel was blessed/cursed with "Cosmic Awareness", Jones, through his experiences, had acquired "Comics Awareness." It
warping powers because a) Mxy didn't usually manifest in actual fourth-wall breaking, so much as just being GenreSavvy. However, at want anyone to remember and b) they hadn't collected those issues into a trade paperback yet.
** Superboy-Prime does this constantly. In fact, he is from
the end ''real world'' itself. In ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', he even buys ''Issue #4'' of the issue, Jones calmly explained that sales weren't good enough, and the comic itself was literally rolled up you are reading, in big sheets an effort to figure out the ending and put in storage by other out-of-print characters.
* John Constantine does this
avert his own demise. When he realises that ''Issue #5'' is not out yet, he even tries to murder the writers at DC Comics.
** ComicBook/LoisLane once did it [[http://www.superdickery.com/lois-dumps-superman/ literally.]]
** Superman would do it
from time to time in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. The "Son of Man" arc has John Constantine speaking to during the reader where narration boxes or thought bubbles Silver and Bronze ages by winking at the readers, especially after succeeding to protect his secret identity (an example would more typically be used.
* Done from time to time
the [[spoiler:final panel]] in the Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog comic books back ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' saga).
* Averted by ExecutiveMeddling
in an issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. Time traveler Per Degaton has been harassing the 90's, before the onset of the title's CerebusSyndrome. For example, in [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Super Sonic Vs. Hyper Knuckles]], Tails at some point tells Sally that "Knuckles will punch Sonic on Page 7". Guess what happens...
** The first Sonic the Hedgehog annual published in the UK in 1993 featured a story where Robotnik adds a turbo booster
[=JSA=], apparently just to his Egg-O-Matic and chases Sonic throughout the Spring Yard Zone. Eventually he cranks the device to full power, and promptly crashes through the edge of the panel and out of the comic itself. Sonic then joins in the fun by talking to the reader directly!
*
mess with them. At the end of ''The Secret of the Unicorn'', Franchise/{{Tintin}} informs the reader (much to the surprise of Captain Haddock) end, standing alone, he remarks that he enjoys watching the next part of heroes suffer. The last page, which was cut by the adventure will be told in ''Red Rackham's Treasure''.
** A lot of what Snowy says in the series is breaking the fourth wall, or at least purely for the reader's benefit, since it's usually made clear that the other characters can't hear him. At one point, he looks at
editors, had him turning to the reader and says "I could have told them that. But nobody would have listened to me!"
** A bizarre instance occurs in ''Cigars
saying "Just like you."
* In a Tales
of the Pharaoh'', when Tintin meets Sheikh Patrash Pasha. The Sheikh knew Unexpected backup, ''Doctor 13'' leads a group of Tintin by reading washed-up DC characters who are about to be deleted from continuity. A group of his adventures, and he actually shows Tintin ''one DC comics writers appear in the form of the real-world Tintin albums'', complete "Architects" who are rewriting the universe. They challenge the characters to prove they are interesting enough to be included in the new universe, and only have an interest in including "the hot girl" (13's daughter Traci). In the last panel, Doctor 13 realizes he exists in a comic book and begs the reader not to turn the page, as finishing the book implies the end of their existence.
* The origin of Captain Marvel Junior featured some Fourth Wall breaking. In the title Master Comics, the villain Captain Nazi beat up veteran Fawcett hero Bulletman, leaving a note to [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] warning him to "Stay in 'Whiz Comics'," and not get in his way. In the following month's "Whiz Comics", Freddie Freeman's father rescued a drowning Captain Nazi [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished who immediately killed him and crippled Freddie.]] Captain Marvel then rescued Freddie, brought him to the Rock of Eternity and,
with cover art.the wizard Shazam's help, gave Freddie powers identical to his own. He then told then newly-minted Captain Marvel Jr, "I'm sending you back to 'Master Comics' to take on Captain Nazi."
* From ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Thunderworld #1]]'':
-->'''Shazam''': Hmm, it's you again. I was just practicing my omniscient narrator voice. Come closer, please.



* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superboy-Prime]] does this constantly. In fact, he is from the ''real world'' itself. In ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', he even buys ''Issue #4'' of the comic you are reading, in an effort to figure out the ending and avert his own demise. When he realises that ''Issue #5'' is not out yet, he even tries to murder the writers at DC Comics.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' promotional comic explaining the in-universe reason why the series was cancelled then returned for the movies (available as a bonus feature with full cast voiceover on the ''Bender's Big Score'' DVD) nearly BreakingTheFourthWall becomes a RunningGag (someone mentions "episodes" only to clarify that by that they mean missions, and so on). Even the ''reruns'' are given an in-universe explanation of a time warp.
** The first episode of the series reboot had Fry mention how he felt like he'd been in limbo for years.
* In the comic continuation to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', a time-travelling Brooklyn addresses the audience in regards to his ignorance about Scottish history:
-->'''Mary''': "Don't you know what is going to happen?"
-->'''Brooklyn''': "Too much TV, too few history books. You never know when [[SpaceWhaleAesop a giant flaming magical time-travelling bird is gonna swallow you whole and spit you out in the tenth century. So hit those books, kids!]]"
* Internally breaking the fourth wall, and, it could be argued, breaking ours as well in ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', where agents of the Hand go down into a comic book in order to mine it for fantastic weapons.
* ''ComicBook/AmeliaRules'' is narrated by Amelia, who frequently speaks directly to the reader, even when her friends are present:
--> '''Reggie:''' Who are you talking to?
* Some of the characters in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' had NoFourthWall to start with, but despite addressing the reader at the end of the story, [[MadScientist Jack]] [[TeenGenius B.]] [[InsufferableGenius Quick]] isn't usually one of them. However, in his last adventure, he makes a pair of [[TimeTravel time-travelling shoes]], heading back though history as he crosses town. But it goes wrong and he passes back before the formation of life, and even the start of time, then back to his first issue until he's left drifting in a blank white void, before the comic started. As there's no panel borders to keep them apart, he can talk to the other Jack B. Quicks on the page.
* Averted by ExecutiveMeddling in an issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. Time traveler Per Degaton has been harassing the [=JSA=], apparently just to mess with them. At the end, standing alone, he remarks that he enjoys watching the heroes suffer. The last page, which was cut by the editors, had him turning to the reader and saying "Just like you."

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!!Marvel
* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superboy-Prime]] does this constantly. One of SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s powers seems to be the ability to let him break the fourth wall (which he uses constantly). In fact, one example, he is wonders in a yellow box whether his thoughts still appear in yellow boxes, leading him to say, "I'm good" out loud and to exclaim in another yellow box "Oooh, I've ''missed'' you, little yellow boxes! What ''fun'' we shall have together!"
** In ''Comicbook/CableAndDeadpool'', he feels the need to help the 'reader' along by every once in a while delivering complicated exposition, aside
from the ''real world'' itself. first page. The other characters perceive this as Deadpool being crazy as usual.
**
In ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', he even buys ''Issue #4'' the Britain-only special editions, this is used out of the comic you are reading, in an effort to figure out the ending and avert his own demise. When he realises that ''Issue #5'' is not out yet, he even tries to murder the writers at DC Comics.
* In
comic, having Deadpool answering a ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' promotional comic explaining the in-universe reason why the series was cancelled then returned for the movies (available as a bonus feature with full cast voiceover letter on the ''Bender's Big Score'' DVD) nearly BreakingTheFourthWall becomes letters page with a RunningGag (someone mentions "episodes" only reference to clarify the Marvel spotlight pages, stating that by everyone else freezes during one while he takes a toilet break.
* Breaking the fourth wall is also one of ComicBook/SheHulk's super-powers, though whether she gets it from [[ILoveNuclearPower gamma radiation]] is anyone's guess. Since her own title isn't as much of a GagSeries as it used to be, she doesn't do it
that they mean missions, and so on). Even often, but one memorable scene in an early '00s run has her address the ''reruns'' are given an in-universe explanation of a time warp.
** The first episode of the series reboot had Fry mention how he felt like he'd been in limbo for years.
*
narrator while her supporting cast watches her apparently talk to herself. In the comic continuation to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', a time-travelling Brooklyn addresses the audience in regards to his ignorance about Scottish history:
-->'''Mary''': "Don't you know what
her 100th issue, she is going to happen?"
-->'''Brooklyn''': "Too much TV, too few history books. You never know when [[SpaceWhaleAesop a giant flaming magical time-travelling bird is gonna swallow you whole and spit you out in the tenth century. So hit those books, kids!]]"
* Internally breaking
asked whether she really can see through the fourth wall, and, it could be argued, breaking ours as well in ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', where agents of and she responds "No, I can't" -- looking straight at the Hand go down into reader and smiling.
** In another example, she actually crushes
a comic narration box out of anger (she'd just been attacked) and tosses it out the window, nearly hitting Spider-Man!
** The covers during JohnByrne's historical run on her
book in order to mine it are famous for fantastic weapons.
loads of fourth wall breaking. The most famous are her naked using the Comics Code logo to cover herself and Volume 2 Issue 1, in which she warns the readers that, if they don't buy her book, she'll rip up all their ''Comicbook/XMen'' comics. Sixty issues later, when the run's final issue came out, [[BrickJoke an angry Shulkie tells the readers that she warned them and to hand the X-Men comics over!]]
* ''ComicBook/AmeliaRules'' ComicBook/SquirrelGirl breaks the fourth wall during the recaps of pretty much every issue she appears in (which isn't that unique when you think about it). However, for Monkey Joe and Tippy Toe there is narrated by Amelia, who frequently speaks NoFourthWall, so they talk directly to the reader, even when her friends are present:
--> '''Reggie:''' Who are you talking to?
us readers.
* Some Despite being practically an unknown, Rick Jones has seen a lot of the characters in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' had NoFourthWall to start with, but despite addressing Marvel Comics world. This includes everything from being the reader stupid teenager Bruce Banner saved, resulting in his transformation into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, to serving as replacement Bucky for ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. This was brought to the forefront at the end of the story, [[MadScientist Jack]] [[TeenGenius B.]] [[InsufferableGenius Quick]] isn't 2004 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell series; while Marvel was blessed/cursed with "Cosmic Awareness", Jones, through his experiences, had acquired "Comics Awareness." It didn't usually one of them. manifest in actual fourth-wall breaking, so much as just being GenreSavvy. However, in his last adventure, he makes a pair at the end of [[TimeTravel time-travelling shoes]], heading back though history as he crosses town. But it goes wrong the issue, Jones calmly explained that sales weren't good enough, and he passes back before the formation of life, and even the start of time, then back to his first issue until he's left drifting in a blank white void, before the comic started. As there's no panel borders to keep them apart, he can talk to the itself was literally rolled up in big sheets and put in storage by other Jack B. Quicks on the page.
* Averted by ExecutiveMeddling in an issue of ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. Time traveler Per Degaton has been harassing the [=JSA=], apparently just to mess with them. At the end, standing alone, he remarks that he enjoys watching the heroes suffer. The last page, which was cut by the editors, had him turning to the reader and saying "Just like you."
out-of-print characters.



* In ''Duncan and Mallory: The Bar None Ranch'' the main characters take turns ''tearing up'' the fourth wall.
* Comicbook/{{Empowered}} talks about how annoying it can be in one volume.



* In a Tales of the Unexpected backup, ''Doctor 13'' leads a group of washed-up DC characters who are about to be deleted from continuity. A group of DC comics writers appear in the form of the "Architects" who are rewriting the universe. They challenge the characters to prove they are interesting enough to be included in the new universe, and only have an interest in including "the hot girl" (13's daughter Traci). In the last panel, Doctor 13 realizes he exists in a comic book and begs the reader not to turn the page, as finishing the book implies the end of their existence.
* The origin of Captain Marvel Junior featured some Fourth Wall breaking. In the title Master Comics, the villain Captain Nazi beat up veteran Fawcett hero Bulletman, leaving a note to [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] warning him to "Stay in 'Whiz Comics'," and not get in his way. In the following month's "Whiz Comics", Freddie Freeman's father rescued a drowning Captain Nazi [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished who immediately killed him and crippled Freddie.]] Captain Marvel then rescued Freddie, brought him to the Rock of Eternity and, with the wizard Shazam's help, gave Freddie powers identical to his own. He then told then newly-minted Captain Marvel Jr, "I'm sending you back to 'Master Comics' to take on Captain Nazi."
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' had a story where Fat Freddy is alarmed to find themselves in a comic book. Phineas ponders the metaphysical implications - "We could be erased at any moment!". Franklin gets them to change their look so they won't be associated with those losers. Then, after their transformations, they're chagrined to find themselves in a bar holding a Freak Brothers lookalike contest.
* ComicBook/ScottPilgrim breaks the fourth wall every now and then. Kim Pine, one of Scott's friends, is told several times to "read the book" when she asks about plot points that have happened previously, and when Ramona and Scott are discussing past jobs, Scott says that he'd like to save the story of his last job for a later volume.
** A major plot point in the final book relies on a ChekhovsGun that Scott picked up in a previous volume. Just in case readers forgot, Scott's sister Stacy calls their mother, mom then mentions Scott got the item in volume four.
* Done several times in ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'', once to explain using the word "noogie" to replace [[TWordEuphemism "the N-Word"]], and a second time at the end of issue #17 when the comic was abruptly canceled.
* ComicBook/LoisLane once did it [[http://www.superdickery.com/lois-dumps-superman/ literally.]]



* At the end of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #3, both Flax Seed and Rarity pull this.
-->'''Flax Seed:''' Like, the end!
-->'''Rarity:''' (Appearing from behind a rolled up comic page) Peace out!
** Unsurprisingly, Pinkie Pie does this fairly regularly in the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW Pony comics.]] During the "Reflections" arc, she chastises Twilight Sparkle for trying to make sense of an AlternateUniverse by saying that their ''own'' reality doesn't make sense and that continuity is overrated. Later, during a battle between two other characters, she admonishes them for doing something not allowed in a children's comic book.
* In the French-Belgian comic ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'', the fourth wall is regularly broken. In the one-page gags it's more a case of NoFourthWall and MediumAwareness, as the title character gives conferences on how to be a comic book character, but the full book stories tend to break the wall regularly. One example is a story interrupted every 4 pages or so by the chief accountant advertising the other books of the series, and ending up with the whole cast chasing him at the end.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Regularly and recurrently, sometimes bordering on NoFourthWall.
* The [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian Comic]] {{ComicBook/Philemon}} does this regularly. The position of individual panels is frequently abused and manipulated for its surreal effect, such as a character climbing down from one panel to another or liquid pouring out of the frame onto panels below.
** An extreme example occurs in during Volume 6 when the plot fails to progress forward and the protagonist can't figure out why they keep passing the same tree over and over again. Turns out the panel containing the next sequence has fallen over and needs to be straightened.
* From ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Thunderworld #1]]'':
-->'''Shazam''': Hmm, it's you again. I was just practicing my omniscient narrator voice. Come closer, please.




!!Vertigo
* John Constantine does this from time to time in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. The "Son of Man" arc has John Constantine speaking to the reader where narration boxes or thought bubbles would more typically be used.
* ''Jack of Fables'', a spinoff of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', does this in every single issue to some extent -- originally, it tended to just be throwaway gags, such as Jack giving fancifully ludicrous descriptions of what (allegedly, but in reality never) would happen in the next issue, in the little box at the bottom of the last page. However, pick up the "Turning Pages" collection (aka volume 5), and you'll run across a new character, a Literal called "Eliza Wall"... a temporary narrator who addresses the audience directly, deconstructs Jack's crazy fake teaser texts, acknowledges that certain things will happen in say, "seven pages" (acknowledging the medium itself), talks about the story in actual story terms (both blatantly and slyly: "that's why no one really likes [fellow Literal character] Deux Ex Machina"), and even warns the reader that she'll have to step in shortly in order to prevent an unpleasant outcome... on top of having three (identical) brothers who are shown circling her at a picnic and failing to understand "who she's talking to" as she looks over her shoulder at the reader. In short, she's not just a fourth-wall breaker, but is, perhaps true to form, ''the personification of the very '''act''' of breaking the fourth wall''. Talk about your PostModernism...

!!Other
* In the French-Belgian comic ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'', the fourth wall is regularly broken. In the one-page gags it's more a case of NoFourthWall and MediumAwareness, as the title character gives conferences on how to be a comic book character, but the full book stories tend to break the wall regularly. One example is a story interrupted every 4 pages or so by the chief accountant advertising the other books of the series, and ending up with the whole cast chasing him at the end.
* ''ComicBook/AmeliaRules'' is narrated by Amelia, who frequently speaks directly to the reader, even when her friends are present:
--> '''Reggie:''' Who are you talking to?
* In ComicBook/TheBeano and [[TheDandy Dandy]] comics, the characters sometimes talk to the artist, and frequently talk to the readers. Occasionally the artist even shows up in the actual comic strip. Also, the "readers" themselves are given lines of dialogue, marked with a speech bubble coming from off panel labelled "Reader's voice".
* In ''Duncan and Mallory: The Bar None Ranch'' the main characters take turns ''tearing up'' the fourth wall.
* Comicbook/{{Empowered}} talks about how annoying it can be in one volume.
* ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' had a story where Fat Freddy is alarmed to find themselves in a comic book. Phineas ponders the metaphysical implications - "We could be erased at any moment!". Franklin gets them to change their look so they won't be associated with those losers. Then, after their transformations, they're chagrined to find themselves in a bar holding a Freak Brothers lookalike contest.
* Internally breaking the fourth wall, and, it could be argued, breaking ours as well in ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', where agents of the Hand go down into a comic book in order to mine it for fantastic weapons.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' promotional comic explaining the in-universe reason why the series was cancelled then returned for the movies (available as a bonus feature with full cast voiceover on the ''Bender's Big Score'' DVD) nearly BreakingTheFourthWall becomes a RunningGag (someone mentions "episodes" only to clarify that by that they mean missions, and so on). Even the ''reruns'' are given an in-universe explanation of a time warp.
** The first episode of the series reboot had Fry mention how he felt like he'd been in limbo for years.
* In the comic continuation to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', a time-travelling Brooklyn addresses the audience in regards to his ignorance about Scottish history:
-->'''Mary''': "Don't you know what is going to happen?"
-->'''Brooklyn''': "Too much TV, too few history books. You never know when [[SpaceWhaleAesop a giant flaming magical time-travelling bird is gonna swallow you whole and spit you out in the tenth century. So hit those books, kids!]]"



* [[MadScientist Brainstorm]] in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' invented a Metafictional Bomb that causes anyone exposed to it to believe that they're just a fictional character, ultimately causing them to lose the will to live. When Swerve was exposed to it, he immediately began breaking the fourth wall (for example, stating that he must have activated the bomb off-panel). The other characters were only able to save him by convincing him that he was one of the main characters.

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* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'':
** At the end Issue #3, both Flax Seed and Rarity pull this.
-->'''Flax Seed:''' Like, the end!
-->'''Rarity:''' (Appearing from behind a rolled up comic page) Peace out!
** Unsurprisingly, Pinkie Pie does this fairly regularly in the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW Pony comics.]] During the "Reflections" arc, she chastises Twilight Sparkle for trying to make sense of an AlternateUniverse by saying that their ''own'' reality doesn't make sense and that continuity is overrated. Later, during a battle between two other characters, she admonishes them for doing something not allowed in a children's comic book.
* The [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian Comic]] {{ComicBook/Philemon}} does this regularly. The position of individual panels is frequently abused and manipulated for its surreal effect, such as a character climbing down from one panel to another or liquid pouring out of the frame onto panels below.
** An extreme example occurs in during Volume 6 when the plot fails to progress forward and the protagonist can't figure out why they keep passing the same tree over and over again. Turns out the panel containing the next sequence has fallen over and needs to be straightened.
* Done several times in ''ComicBook/QuantumAndWoody'', once to explain using the word "noogie" to replace [[TWordEuphemism "the N-Word"]], and a second time at the end of issue #17 when the comic was abruptly canceled.
* ComicBook/ScottPilgrim breaks the fourth wall every now and then. Kim Pine, one of Scott's friends, is told several times to "read the book" when she asks about plot points that have happened previously, and when Ramona and Scott are discussing past jobs, Scott says that he'd like to save the story of his last job for a later volume.
** A major plot point in the final book relies on a ChekhovsGun that Scott picked up in a previous volume. Just in case readers forgot, Scott's sister Stacy calls their mother, mom then mentions Scott got the item in volume four.
* Done from time to time in the Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog comic books back in the 90's, before the onset of the title's CerebusSyndrome. For example, in [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Super Sonic Vs. Hyper Knuckles]], Tails at some point tells Sally that "Knuckles will punch Sonic on Page 7". Guess what happens...
** The first Sonic the Hedgehog annual published in the UK in 1993 featured a story where Robotnik adds a turbo booster to his Egg-O-Matic and chases Sonic throughout the Spring Yard Zone. Eventually he cranks the device to full power, and promptly crashes through the edge of the panel and out of the comic itself. Sonic then joins in the fun by talking to the reader directly!
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Regularly and recurrently, sometimes bordering on NoFourthWall.
* At the end of ''The Secret of the Unicorn'', Franchise/{{Tintin}} informs the reader (much to the surprise of Captain Haddock) that the next part of the adventure will be told in ''Red Rackham's Treasure''.
** A lot of what Snowy says in the series is breaking the fourth wall, or at least purely for the reader's benefit, since it's usually made clear that the other characters can't hear him. At one point, he looks at the reader and says "I could have told them that. But nobody would have listened to me!"
** A bizarre instance occurs in ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', when Tintin meets Sheikh Patrash Pasha. The Sheikh knew of Tintin by reading of his adventures, and he actually shows Tintin ''one of the real-world Tintin albums'', complete with cover art.
* Some of the characters in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' had NoFourthWall to start with, but despite addressing the reader at the end of the story, [[MadScientist Jack]] [[TeenGenius B.]] [[InsufferableGenius Quick]] isn't usually one of them. However, in his last adventure, he makes a pair of [[TimeTravel time-travelling shoes]], heading back though history as he crosses town. But it goes wrong and he passes back before the formation of life, and even the start of time, then back to his first issue until he's left drifting in a blank white void, before the comic started. As there's no panel borders to keep them apart, he can talk to the other Jack B. Quicks on the page.
* [[MadScientist Brainstorm]] in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' invented a Metafictional Bomb that causes anyone exposed to it to believe that they're just a fictional character, ultimately causing them to lose the will to live. When Swerve was exposed to it, he immediately began breaking the fourth wall (for example, stating that he must have activated the bomb off-panel). The other characters were only able to save him by convincing him that he was one of the main characters.characters.
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** A bizarre instance occurs in ''Cigars of the Pharaoh'', when Tintin meets Sheikh Patrash Pasha. The Sheikh knew of Tintin by reading of his adventures, and he actually shows Tintin ''one of the real-world Tintin albums'', complete with cover art.
25th Sep '16 4:02:18 AM jormis29
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** The ''DC Heroes'' tabletop RPG from Mayfair Games had an adventure centered around Ambush Bug (''Don't ask!'') Of course he is completely aware that he is in a roleplaying game scenario and that the player characters are just that.

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** The ''DC Heroes'' ''TabletopGame/DCHeroes'' tabletop RPG from Mayfair Games had an adventure centered around Ambush Bug (''Don't ask!'') Of course he is completely aware that he is in a roleplaying game scenario and that the player characters are just that.
31st Jul '16 9:58:19 AM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' from Creator/{{DC|Comics}}/Creator/{{Vertigo|Comics}} found out near the end of his Creator/GrantMorrison run in a rare ''completely serious'' fourth wall breach that he was a comic book character. He didn't take it well.

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* ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' from Creator/{{DC|Comics}}/Creator/{{Vertigo|Comics}} Creator/{{DC|Comics}}[=/=]Creator/{{Vertigo|Comics}} found out near the end of his Creator/GrantMorrison run in a rare ''completely serious'' fourth wall breach that he was a comic book character. He didn't take it well.



* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', another serious moment out of DCComics. Alexander Luthor, a separate entity from the classic ComicBook/LexLuthor, is looking for a preferred reality out of uncountable thousands that lie spread before him. He finds it...ours. He turns straight towards the reader, gazing up and out of the comic page and...GRABS FOR THE READER. Alexander's plans are stopped.

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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', another serious moment out of DCComics.Creator/DCComics. Alexander Luthor, a separate entity from the classic ComicBook/LexLuthor, is looking for a preferred reality out of uncountable thousands that lie spread before him. He finds it...ours. He turns straight towards the reader, gazing up and out of the comic page and...GRABS FOR THE READER. Alexander's plans are stopped.
14th Jul '16 12:54:30 AM PaulA
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** Unsurprisingly, Pinkie Pie does this fairly regularly in the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW Pony comics.]] During the "Reflections" arc, she chastises Twilight Sparkle for trying to make sense of an AlternateReality by saying that their ''own'' reality doesn't make sense and that continuity is overrated. Later, during a battle between two other characters, she admonishes them for doing something not allowed in a children's comic book.

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** Unsurprisingly, Pinkie Pie does this fairly regularly in the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW Pony comics.]] During the "Reflections" arc, she chastises Twilight Sparkle for trying to make sense of an AlternateReality AlternateUniverse by saying that their ''own'' reality doesn't make sense and that continuity is overrated. Later, during a battle between two other characters, she admonishes them for doing something not allowed in a children's comic book.
19th Jun '16 10:31:32 PM Kirayoshi
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* ComicBook/LoisLane once did it [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=975%3Alois-dumps-superman&Itemid=32 literally.]]

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* ComicBook/LoisLane once did it [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=975%3Alois-dumps-superman&Itemid=32 [[http://www.superdickery.com/lois-dumps-superman/ literally.]]
28th Feb '16 7:45:43 PM nombretomado
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* Despite being practically an unknown, Rick Jones has seen a lot of the Marvel Comics world. This includes everything from being the stupid teenager Bruce Banner saved, resulting in his transformation into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, to serving as replacement Bucky for CaptainAmerica. This was brought to the forefront at the end of the 2004 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell series; while Marvel was blessed/cursed with "Cosmic Awareness", Jones, through his experiences, had acquired "Comics Awareness." It didn't usually manifest in actual fourth-wall breaking, so much as just being GenreSavvy. However, at the end of the issue, Jones calmly explained that sales weren't good enough, and the comic itself was literally rolled up in big sheets and put in storage by other out-of-print characters.

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* Despite being practically an unknown, Rick Jones has seen a lot of the Marvel Comics world. This includes everything from being the stupid teenager Bruce Banner saved, resulting in his transformation into the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, to serving as replacement Bucky for CaptainAmerica.ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. This was brought to the forefront at the end of the 2004 ComicBook/CaptainMarVell series; while Marvel was blessed/cursed with "Cosmic Awareness", Jones, through his experiences, had acquired "Comics Awareness." It didn't usually manifest in actual fourth-wall breaking, so much as just being GenreSavvy. However, at the end of the issue, Jones calmly explained that sales weren't good enough, and the comic itself was literally rolled up in big sheets and put in storage by other out-of-print characters.
25th Feb '16 2:14:20 PM margdean56
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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', another serious moment out of DCComics. Alexander Luthor, a separate entity from the classic ComicBook/LexLuthor, is looking for a preferred reality out of uncountable thousands that lay spread before him. He finds it...ours. He turns straight towards the reader, gazing up and out of the comic page and...GRABS FOR THE READER. Alexander's plans are stopped.
* ''Jack of Fables'', a spinoff of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', does this in every single issue to some extent - originally, it tended to just be throwaway gags, such as Jack giving fancifully ludicrous descriptions of what (allegedly, but in reality never) would happen in the next issue, in the little box at the bottom of the last page. However, pick up the "Turning Pages" collection (aka volume 5), and you'll run across a new character, a Literal called "Eliza Wall"... a temporary narrator who addresses the audience directly, deconstructs Jack's crazy fake teaser texts, acknowledges that certain things will happen in say, "seven pages" (acknowledging the medium itself), talks about the story in actual story terms (both blatantly and slyly: "that's why no one really likes [fellow Literal character] Deux Ex Machina"), and even warns the reader that she'll have to step in shortly in order to prevent an unpleasant outcome... on top of having three (identical) brothers who are shown circling her at a picnic and failing to understand "who she's talking to" as she looks over her shoulder at the reader. In short, she's not just a fourth-wall breaker, but is, perhaps true to form, ''the personification of the very '''act''' of breaking the fourth wall''. Talk about your PostModernism ...

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* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', another serious moment out of DCComics. Alexander Luthor, a separate entity from the classic ComicBook/LexLuthor, is looking for a preferred reality out of uncountable thousands that lay lie spread before him. He finds it...ours. He turns straight towards the reader, gazing up and out of the comic page and...GRABS FOR THE READER. Alexander's plans are stopped.
* ''Jack of Fables'', a spinoff of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', does this in every single issue to some extent - -- originally, it tended to just be throwaway gags, such as Jack giving fancifully ludicrous descriptions of what (allegedly, but in reality never) would happen in the next issue, in the little box at the bottom of the last page. However, pick up the "Turning Pages" collection (aka volume 5), and you'll run across a new character, a Literal called "Eliza Wall"... a temporary narrator who addresses the audience directly, deconstructs Jack's crazy fake teaser texts, acknowledges that certain things will happen in say, "seven pages" (acknowledging the medium itself), talks about the story in actual story terms (both blatantly and slyly: "that's why no one really likes [fellow Literal character] Deux Ex Machina"), and even warns the reader that she'll have to step in shortly in order to prevent an unpleasant outcome... on top of having three (identical) brothers who are shown circling her at a picnic and failing to understand "who she's talking to" as she looks over her shoulder at the reader. In short, she's not just a fourth-wall breaker, but is, perhaps true to form, ''the personification of the very '''act''' of breaking the fourth wall''. Talk about your PostModernism ...PostModernism...



* Some of the characters in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' had NoFourthWall to start with, but despite addressing the reader at the end of the story, [[MadScientist Jack]] [[TeenGenius B.]] [[InsufferableGenius Quick]] isn't usually one of them. However, in his last adventure, he makes a pair of [[TimeTravel time-travelling shoes]], heading back though history as he crosses town. But it goes wrong and he passes back before the formation of life, and even the start of time, then back to his first issue until he's left drifting on a blank white void, before the comic started. As there's no panel borders to keep them apart, he can talk to the other Jack B. Quicks on the page.

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* Some of the characters in Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' had NoFourthWall to start with, but despite addressing the reader at the end of the story, [[MadScientist Jack]] [[TeenGenius B.]] [[InsufferableGenius Quick]] isn't usually one of them. However, in his last adventure, he makes a pair of [[TimeTravel time-travelling shoes]], heading back though history as he crosses town. But it goes wrong and he passes back before the formation of life, and even the start of time, then back to his first issue until he's left drifting on in a blank white void, before the comic started. As there's no panel borders to keep them apart, he can talk to the other Jack B. Quicks on the page.
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