History BreakingTheFourthWall / Fanfiction

6th Aug '13 4:52:27 PM Elbruno
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* Danny J's ''Human'' is full of it. The villain is an animator for ''MyLittlePony'', and Celestia learns to defeat the villain by becoming a main character. Google it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' fanfic ''FanFic/TotalSiblingRivalry'', after the author's self-insertion, Chris wonders about buying a new fourth wall.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' fanfic features Mordecai and Rigby jumping out of the show using a "Cartoon Leaper 3000". They even proclaim that "This show is getting boring anyway!"
* In the Hetalia fanfic ''Fanfic/ItsASmallWorldAfterAll'', the characters warn each other not to break the Fourth Wall often so that [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the fangirls reading the story (including the author) can't get in]]. However, a lot of the characters (usually Japan) end up breaking the Fourth Wall in the middle of the story (via looking up at the ceiling and [[WhoWritesThisCrap complaining to the author]]) and cause a war in the author's note over 'keeping the Fourth Wall up'. Fangirls [[NoKillLikeOverkill obliterate]] the Fourth Wall and take over the fanfic for a chapter, after which everyone agrees on inserting a [[SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness Fourth Wall with a door.]]
* In the ''CastawaysOfTheFlyingDutchman'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4900100/1/A_Spoof_from_the_Castaways_of_the_Flying_Dutchman A Spoof from the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman]]'', the author spoofs the story in an entertaining way using SelfInsert and brutally honest--sometimes exaggerated or downright made up--ways of depicting the events occurring, all the while beating the shit out of the fourth wall as they move the story along.
-->'''Ben:''' Oh look, a note! (Reads note) Oh fun, I get to sneak out tomorrow. Maybe something interesting will happen in this story.
-->'''Me:''' You mean like a faster update? Like that will ever happen.
* A common source of humour in the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries''; often it's the author doing the forth wall breaking with random comments.
* In the ''StarWars''/''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' crossover ''FanFic/LarryBoyAndTheLittleManOfPurpleness'', the trailer ends with these lines:
-->'''Han:''' Excuse me as I break character here: To the author: About this dialogue, are you on some form of illegal substance?\\
'''Wedge:''' And could we please have some?
** [[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
* In chapter 6 of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1451/The-Monster-Mash The Monster Mash]], this is played for a mixture of drama and dark comedy with side orders of GoMadFromTheRevelation and HumansAreCthulhu.
** Pinkie Pie breaking the fourth wall to acknowledge or even directly address the readers and/or the author is something of a RunningGag in [=FiM=] fanfiction in general. Sometimes other characters get in on the act, more often it's waved off as her [[CloudCuckooLander just being Pinkie]].
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' parody [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6988840/1/bBring_b_bMe_b_bAll_b_bYour_b_bElderly_b Bring Me All Your Elderly]], the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Animated!Characters]] not only are aware that they are animated (and discuss it very casually), they also leave the Animated!Universe to enter the Movie!Universe, generally blame all unexplained events either on the [[WhoWritesThisCrap fanfic author]] or Creator/MNightShyamalan, read their own fanfic and comments straight off the internet, and basically suffer severe existential crises as a result. The fourth wall itself actually makes a brief appearance at one point in the story, along with a sign that says "fragile."
-->'''Mai:''' But for future reference, guys - try to be careful about breaking the fourth wall around Zuko, okay? He doesn't know, and it tends to freak him out a little.
-->'''Zuko:''' Fourth wall? What wall? Someone broke a wall?
-->'''Mai:''' Nothing, Zuko. Just don't worry about it.
* In the Naruto "Quiet" fanfiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2610647/MaliceArchangela MaliceArchangela]], partway through the first story [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6474349/1/Quiet_on_the_Golf_Course Quiet on the Golf Course]], Itachi Uchiha starts routinely breaking the fourth wall, speaking with the author to the point that the breaking happens every chapter, and allows reviewers to communicate with Uchiha.
* One [[StarOcean Star Ocean]] fanfic titled [[HighSchoolAU Aquios High]] has one memorable scene where Cliff, under the influence of some sort of drug (I can't remember, think it might have been alcohol), explains to everyone about the authoress responsible for everything. Since the author decided to turn the fic into an actual book, it might not be online anymore.
* The thrid ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' "Toward the World's End" fanfic "Mission Fail" has the protagonist Arthur talking to the reader, including saying things like "But you already know that"
* Happens often in the ''FanFic/CalvinAtCamp'' series, especially when [[TheHauntedMansion the Hitchhiking Ghosts]] are involved.
* In [[Fanfic/SweetiesMansion Sweetie's Mansion]] Pinkie Pie still has this ability even as a [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] ghost that is out to kill Sweetie Belle. [[spoiler:Upon catching her, Sweetie gains this ability as well and unintentionally calls the author out for the direction the story is going when she's in LotusEaterMachine.]]
* In Chapter 13 of Part 2 in ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', after giving a eulogy to [[spoiler: Smithy, Dimentio mentions to the audience about how he will "satisfy their desire for entertainment.]] Of course, [[{{FridgeHorror}} when one takes into consideration his powers]] and that beyond the computer screen [[{{FridgeBrilliance}} would probably qualify]] [[{{OhCrap}} as another dimension for him...]]
* Utilized by AdventCrossoverCrisis; the author gets [[MarvelComics SheHulk and DeadPool]], two renowned fourth wall breakers, to address the audience directly in the opening to explain the fic in greater detail.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] gets a few of these moments, as it's usually done with her. She even [[ReadingAheadInTheScript had read some of the script beforehand]] to have an idea of what to do while investigating.
* At the end of ''FanFic/PaperMarioX 2: The Thousand Year Door'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] puts out a velved box out of his bag. Inside includes a ring which he uses to propose to Zelda. The very last line is Link addressing to the audience: "Can you guess what I'm going to do?"
* In ''The Best Most Awesome Radical Character EVER!'', Pinkie and Twilight defeats Raven Tw’light-Moon by breaking through the fourth wall and MSTing the story until the sheer abuse causes her to (literally) break character.
* Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis: In a rare totally serious example, [[PhysicalGod Yukari]] inadvertently weaponizes this against [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Yuuka]]]] when she reaches into her soul and generally rips things apart. [[spoiler: This leads to Yuuka periodically taking over the narration and speaking directly to the reader, as well as adjusting her myriad plans to manipulate the established narrative.]]
** The first hint towards this comes in a memorable MadnessMantra ("It can't be. Just words on a page. It's all paper. And not even real paper.") which [[spoiler: Yuuka]] keeps muttering to herself while ignoring being pummelled into the dust by Yukari.
* Around 2005/2006(ish), there was a trend in the Literature/HarryPotter fandom to write fics in which the characters eventually started arguing with the narrator about what they were supposed to be doing or saying. It was even more common to not break the fourth wall in the actual fic, but instead have the characters butt in with comments in the Author's Note section at the beginning or end of the chapter.
* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has as its central concept the idea that various ponies are commenting on comics and answering questions. That's not this trope. What is this trope is when a reader pointed out to Gilda her blog had been hijacked by a mysterious "mod" person, resulting in the two having a bit of a tussle.
* In FanFic/ANewOrder Helios does this when speaking with the ghost of Queen Serenity. He and she both know the secret of the Time Gates (him because he read her mind) but he asks her to explain it anyway because the people on the fourth wall don't know.

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* Danny J's ''Human'' is full of it. The villain is an animator for ''MyLittlePony'', and Celestia learns to defeat the villain by becoming a main character. Google it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' fanfic ''FanFic/TotalSiblingRivalry'', after the author's self-insertion, Chris wonders about buying a new fourth wall.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' fanfic features Mordecai and Rigby jumping out of the show using a "Cartoon Leaper 3000". They even proclaim that "This show is getting boring anyway!"
* In the Hetalia fanfic ''Fanfic/ItsASmallWorldAfterAll'', the characters warn each other not to break the Fourth Wall often so that [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the fangirls reading the story (including the author) can't get in]]. However, a lot of the characters (usually Japan) end up breaking the Fourth Wall in the middle of the story (via looking up at the ceiling and [[WhoWritesThisCrap complaining to the author]]) and cause a war in the author's note over 'keeping the Fourth Wall up'. Fangirls [[NoKillLikeOverkill obliterate]] the Fourth Wall and take over the fanfic for a chapter, after which everyone agrees on inserting a [[SlidingScaleOfFourthWallHardness Fourth Wall with a door.]]
* In the ''CastawaysOfTheFlyingDutchman'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4900100/1/A_Spoof_from_the_Castaways_of_the_Flying_Dutchman A Spoof from the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman]]'', the author spoofs the story in an entertaining way using SelfInsert and brutally honest--sometimes exaggerated or downright made up--ways of depicting the events occurring, all the while beating the shit out of the fourth wall as they move the story along.
-->'''Ben:''' Oh look, a note! (Reads note) Oh fun, I get to sneak out tomorrow. Maybe something interesting will happen in this story.
-->'''Me:''' You mean like a faster update? Like that will ever happen.
* A common source of humour in the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries''; often it's the author doing the forth wall breaking with random comments.
* In the ''StarWars''/''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' crossover ''FanFic/LarryBoyAndTheLittleManOfPurpleness'', the trailer ends with these lines:
-->'''Han:''' Excuse me as I break character here: To the author: About this dialogue, are you on some form of illegal substance?\\
'''Wedge:''' And could we please have some?
** [[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
* In chapter 6 of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1451/The-Monster-Mash The Monster Mash]], this is played for a mixture of drama and dark comedy with side orders of GoMadFromTheRevelation and HumansAreCthulhu.
** Pinkie Pie breaking the fourth wall to acknowledge or even directly address the readers and/or the author is something of a RunningGag in [=FiM=] fanfiction in general. Sometimes other characters get in on the act, more often it's waved off as her [[CloudCuckooLander just being Pinkie]].
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' parody [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6988840/1/bBring_b_bMe_b_bAll_b_bYour_b_bElderly_b Bring Me All Your Elderly]], the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Animated!Characters]] not only are aware that they are animated (and discuss it very casually), they also leave the Animated!Universe to enter the Movie!Universe, generally blame all unexplained events either on the [[WhoWritesThisCrap fanfic author]] or Creator/MNightShyamalan, read their own fanfic and comments straight off the internet, and basically suffer severe existential crises as a result. The fourth wall itself actually makes a brief appearance at one point in the story, along with a sign that says "fragile."
-->'''Mai:''' But for future reference, guys - try to be careful about breaking the fourth wall around Zuko, okay? He doesn't know, and it tends to freak him out a little.
-->'''Zuko:''' Fourth wall? What wall? Someone broke a wall?
-->'''Mai:''' Nothing, Zuko. Just don't worry about it.
* In the Naruto "Quiet" fanfiction by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2610647/MaliceArchangela MaliceArchangela]], partway through the first story [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6474349/1/Quiet_on_the_Golf_Course Quiet on the Golf Course]], Itachi Uchiha starts routinely breaking the fourth wall, speaking with the author to the point that the breaking happens every chapter, and allows reviewers to communicate with Uchiha.
* One [[StarOcean Star Ocean]] fanfic titled [[HighSchoolAU Aquios High]] has one memorable scene where Cliff, under the influence of some sort of drug (I can't remember, think it might have been alcohol), explains to everyone about the authoress responsible for everything. Since the author decided to turn the fic into an actual book, it might not be online anymore.
* The thrid ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' "Toward the World's End" fanfic "Mission Fail" has the protagonist Arthur talking to the reader, including saying things like "But you already know that"
* Happens often in the ''FanFic/CalvinAtCamp'' series, especially when [[TheHauntedMansion the Hitchhiking Ghosts]] are involved.
* In [[Fanfic/SweetiesMansion Sweetie's Mansion]] Pinkie Pie still has this ability even as a [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] ghost that is out to kill Sweetie Belle. [[spoiler:Upon catching her, Sweetie gains this ability as well and unintentionally calls the author out for the direction the story is going when she's in LotusEaterMachine.]]
* In Chapter 13 of Part 2 in ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'', after giving a eulogy to [[spoiler: Smithy, Dimentio mentions to the audience about how he will "satisfy their desire for entertainment.]] Of course, [[{{FridgeHorror}} when one takes into consideration his powers]] and that beyond the computer screen [[{{FridgeBrilliance}} would probably qualify]] [[{{OhCrap}} as another dimension for him...]]
* Utilized by AdventCrossoverCrisis; the author gets [[MarvelComics SheHulk and DeadPool]], two renowned fourth wall breakers, to address the audience directly in the opening to explain the fic in greater detail.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] gets a few of these moments, as it's usually done with her. She even [[ReadingAheadInTheScript had read some of the script beforehand]] to have an idea of what to do while investigating.
* At the end of ''FanFic/PaperMarioX 2: The Thousand Year Door'', [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] puts out a velved box out of his bag. Inside includes a ring which he uses to propose to Zelda. The very last line is Link addressing to the audience: "Can you guess what I'm going to do?"
* In ''The Best Most Awesome Radical Character EVER!'', Pinkie and Twilight defeats Raven Tw’light-Moon by breaking through the fourth wall and MSTing the story until the sheer abuse causes her to (literally) break character.
* Fanfic/ImperfectMetamorphosis: In a rare totally serious example, [[PhysicalGod Yukari]] inadvertently weaponizes this against [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Yuuka]]]] when she reaches into her soul and generally rips things apart. [[spoiler: This leads to Yuuka periodically taking over the narration and speaking directly to the reader, as well as adjusting her myriad plans to manipulate the established narrative.]]
** The first hint towards this comes in a memorable MadnessMantra ("It can't be. Just words on a page. It's all paper. And not even real paper.") which [[spoiler: Yuuka]] keeps muttering to herself while ignoring being pummelled into the dust by Yukari.
* Around 2005/2006(ish), there was a trend in the Literature/HarryPotter fandom to write fics in which the characters eventually started arguing with the narrator about what they were supposed to be doing or saying. It was even more common to not break the fourth wall in the actual fic, but instead have the characters butt in with comments in the Author's Note section at the beginning or end of the chapter.
* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has as its central concept the idea that various ponies are commenting on comics and answering questions. That's not this trope. What is this trope is when a reader pointed out to Gilda her blog had been hijacked by a mysterious "mod" person, resulting in the two having a bit of a tussle.
* In FanFic/ANewOrder Helios does this when speaking with the ghost of Queen Serenity. He and she both know the secret of the Time Gates (him because he read her mind) but he asks her to explain it anyway because the people on the fourth wall don't know.
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17th Jun '13 11:16:17 AM ASHDEVIL
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* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has as its central concept the idea that various ponies are commenting on comics and answering questions. That's not this trope. What is this trope is when a reader pointed out to Gilda her blog had been hijacked by a mysterious "mod" person, resulting in the two having a bit of a tussle.

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* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has as its central concept the idea that various ponies are commenting on comics and answering questions. That's not this trope. What is this trope is when a reader pointed out to Gilda her blog had been hijacked by a mysterious "mod" person, resulting in the two having a bit of a tussle.tussle.
* In FanFic/ANewOrder Helios does this when speaking with the ghost of Queen Serenity. He and she both know the secret of the Time Gates (him because he read her mind) but he asks her to explain it anyway because the people on the fourth wall don't know.
9th Jun '13 8:56:38 AM Masterweaver
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* Around 2005/2006(ish), there was a trend in the Literature/HarryPotter fandom to write fics in which the characters eventually started arguing with the narrator about what they were supposed to be doing or saying. It was even more common to not break the fourth wall in the actual fic, but instead have the characters butt in with comments in the Author's Note section at the beginning or end of the chapter.

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* Around 2005/2006(ish), there was a trend in the Literature/HarryPotter fandom to write fics in which the characters eventually started arguing with the narrator about what they were supposed to be doing or saying. It was even more common to not break the fourth wall in the actual fic, but instead have the characters butt in with comments in the Author's Note section at the beginning or end of the chapter.chapter.
* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has as its central concept the idea that various ponies are commenting on comics and answering questions. That's not this trope. What is this trope is when a reader pointed out to Gilda her blog had been hijacked by a mysterious "mod" person, resulting in the two having a bit of a tussle.
8th Jun '13 12:40:30 PM Mr.Pseudonym
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** [[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.

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** [[NeverTrustATrailer **[[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
8th Jun '13 12:40:27 PM Mr.Pseudonym
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** [[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.

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** [[NeverTrustATrailer **[[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
8th Jun '13 12:40:26 PM Mr.Pseudonym
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** [[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.

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** [[NeverTrustATrailer **[[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
8th Jun '13 12:40:26 PM Mr.Pseudonym
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** [[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.

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** [[NeverTrustATrailer **[[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
8th Jun '13 12:40:25 PM Mr.Pseudonym
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** [[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.

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** [[NeverTrustATrailer **[[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
8th Jun '13 12:40:24 PM Mr.Pseudonym
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* DannyJ's Human is full of it. The villain is an animator for My Little Pony, and Celestia learns to defeat the villain by becoming a main character. Google it.

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* DannyJ's Human Danny J's ''Human'' is full of it. The villain is an animator for My Little Pony, ''MyLittlePony'', and Celestia learns to defeat the villain by becoming a main character. Google it.



::[[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.

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::[[NeverTrustATrailer **[[NeverTrustATrailer In context]], however, Han's only breaking the fourth wall in a play they're rehearsing.
2nd Jun '13 2:30:45 PM Elbruno
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* Of course, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] is a prime example of this in ''FanFic/TurnaboutStorm'': she even ''[[ReadingAheadInTheScript reads ahead in the script]]'' to find out what to do next.

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* Of course, ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] is gets a prime example few of this in ''FanFic/TurnaboutStorm'': she these moments, as it's usually done with her. She even ''[[ReadingAheadInTheScript reads ahead in [[ReadingAheadInTheScript had read some of the script]]'' script beforehand]] to find out have an idea of what to do next.while investigating.
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