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3rd Feb '18 6:26:50 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'': [[http://www.terrariaonline.com/threads/duke-fishron-and-the-aquarian-horde.137907/ In the form of a joke post about a new boss and new invasion that came alongside it.]] This becomes {{Foreshadowing}} when it turns out the boss, Duke Fishron, is a real thing (sans the invasion). Further foreshadowing with the same boss, the April Fools post claims that Duke Fishron demands a fair fight, and will scale its HP based on how many players are in the server. In 1.3's Expert Mode, this is actually the case, where Duke Fishron's HP will increase the more players there are.
6th Jan '18 5:18:35 AM Ryulong
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* In 2017, Okawa Bkub's manga ''Hoshiiro [=GirlDrop=]'' was announced to have an anime adaptation coming later that year. Only for the official website days later to reveal Popuko tearing through the protagonist's face to reveal that ''Manga/PopTeamEpic'' would be getting the anime instead.
4th Jan '18 10:02:18 PM Arcorann
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* Numerous anime and manga franchises do April Fools' Day jokes. Anime News Network compiles a list every year (e.g. [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-04-01/anime-does-april-fool-day-part-1 2014]], [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-03-31/the-joke-on-you-anime-does-april-fool-day-part-1/.86578 2015]], [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-03-31/anime-manga-game-industry-celebrates-april-fool-day-2016/.100503 2016]], [[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-03-31/anime-manga-game-industry-celebrates-april-fool-day-2017-part-i/.114178 2017]]).



*** Discovery Family released a promo for a side series called "[[https://youtu.be/IZArPt_x0CU Apple Bloomers]]", a MagicalGirl {{anime}} {{parody}} starring the Cutie Mark Crusaders. [[note]]A focused watcher may notice that it is scheduled for release Friday April 31st, but then you realize April doesn't even have 31 days.[[/note]]

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*** Someone released a fake Discovery Family released a promo for a side series called "[[https://youtu.be/IZArPt_x0CU Apple Bloomers]]", a MagicalGirl {{anime}} {{parody}} starring the Cutie Mark Crusaders. [[note]]A focused watcher may notice that it is scheduled for release Friday April 31st, but then you realize April doesn't even have 31 days.[[/note]]



* Late in March 2015, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/KidsNextDoor'' linked to a Rainbow Monkey website that had a search bar. Various names from ''Kids Next Door'' could be entered into the search bar, which would return a single line answer. One term showed a countdown in strange alien numbers. Around the same time, a Galactic Kids Next Door video was uploaded on Website/YouTube; this video was apparently supposed to be shown when the countdown ended, but it was leaked. Strange messages from the original ''Kids Next Door'' voice actors suggested that some kind of revival was in the works. Problem was, the countdown would end on April 1st. Fans waited with baited breath to see what would happen when the countdown ended...and while a new video was released, it ended with the message "As of right now, there are no plans for a Galactic Kids Next Door Series. But...there ''should be''". It appears that the whole thing was part April Fool's joke, part ViralMarketing pitch.

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* Late in March 2015, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/KidsNextDoor'' linked to a Rainbow Monkey website that had a search bar. Various names from ''Kids Next Door'' could be entered into the search bar, which would return a single line answer. One term showed a countdown in strange alien numbers. Around the same time, a Galactic Kids Next Door video was uploaded on Website/YouTube; this video was apparently supposed to be shown when the countdown ended, but it was leaked. Strange messages from the original ''Kids Next Door'' voice actors suggested that some kind of revival was in the works. Problem was, the countdown would end on April 1st. Fans waited with baited breath to see what would happen when the countdown ended... and while a new video was released, it ended with the message "As of right now, there are no plans for a Galactic Kids Next Door Series. But... there ''should be''". It appears that the whole thing was part April Fool's joke, part ViralMarketing pitch.


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* ''Anime/JustBecause'' was originally announced through a teaser site for an unnamed "April 1st Anime" project. When further details were announced in Megami magazine the magazine made sure to point out that it was not a joke.
21st Dec '17 7:59:00 AM twilicorn
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** In 2017, [[ScheduleSlip after months of constant delays]] for the third season of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' (it was originally planned to air late 2016), Adult Swim suddenly premiered the first episode of the season and officially announced that the show would be returning in summer [[OverlyLongGag and then proceeded to rerun the same episode for five hours straight]], actually delaying the week's new episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' dub for another week, which, needless to say, pissed off many fans of the latter two, with the formers fanbase even starting a [[FandomRivalry rivalry]] with the R&M fanbase.

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** In 2017, [[ScheduleSlip after months of constant delays]] for the third season of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' (it was originally planned to air late 2016), Adult Swim suddenly premiered the first episode of the season and officially announced that the show would be returning in summer [[OverlyLongGag and then proceeded to rerun the same episode for five hours straight]], actually delaying the week's new episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017'' and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' dub for another week, which, needless to say, pissed off many fans of the latter two, with the formers former show's fanbase even starting a [[FandomRivalry rivalry]] with the R&M fanbase.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom:



* WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter does a really unique one in 2015 where his 38th Admirable is the highly requested "WesternAnimation/FoodFight!". [[spoiler: But it turns out to be a good, and even more surprisingly, modern ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode of the same name.]] Of course, those who watched his "Top 11 Things I'll Never Review" video should have at least known that he wasn't talking about the movie.

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* WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter does did a really unique one in 2015 where his 38th Admirable is subversion, where, on April Fools 2015, he posted a video that appears to be about the highly requested "WesternAnimation/FoodFight!". [[spoiler: But ''WesternAnimation/{{Foodfight}}''... [[spoiler:only for it turns out to actually be a good, and even more surprisingly, modern surprisingly good (and fairly recent at the time) ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode of episode, also named "Food Fight" (note the same name.spacing).]] Of course, those who watched his "Top 11 Things I'll Never Review" video should have at least known that he wasn't talking about the movie.movie.
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows pulled a similar trick, where he posted a One Hit Wonderland video involving the song "Float On". At first it appears to be the Music/ModestMouse song, but [[spoiler:it's actually a completely different song with that name, this one by the 70's soul group The Floaters]].
18th Dec '17 6:10:04 PM nombretomado
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* Like ''Naruto The Abridged Comedy Spoof Series Show'', ''MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'' started as an April Fools' joke for 2011 from the creators of ''WebVideo/SonicF''. It got popular enough that another episode was made.

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* Like ''Naruto The Abridged Comedy Spoof Series Show'', ''MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'' ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyCamaraderieIsSupernatural'' started as an April Fools' joke for 2011 from the creators of ''WebVideo/SonicF''. It got popular enough that another episode was made.
6th Dec '17 3:15:57 AM rjd1922
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* In 2017, Creator/ToeiCorporation released information saying that the next storyline in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' would be the "Society Survival Saga", which cast the ''Dragon Ball'' characters as white-collar office workers trying to survive during an economic recession. This was accompanied by artwork depicting Team Universe 7 from the Universe Survival Saga (the '''actual''' next storyline) [[BadassInANiceSuit wearing nice business suits]].

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* In 2017, Creator/ToeiCorporation Creator/{{Toei}} released information saying that the next storyline in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' would be the "Society Survival Saga", which cast the ''Dragon Ball'' characters as white-collar office workers trying to survive during an economic recession. This was accompanied by artwork depicting Team Universe 7 from the Universe Survival Saga (the '''actual''' next storyline) [[BadassInANiceSuit wearing nice business suits]].
1st Dec '17 7:07:37 AM mariofan1000
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* In 2007, Music/AlanisMorissette covered the Music/BlackEyedPeas' infamous "My Humps", seemingly as an April Fools joke.
26th Nov '17 9:04:56 AM StFan
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* [[FanWorks/AprilFoolsDay Fan Works]]
* [[LiveActionTV/AprilFoolsDay Live Action TV]]
* [[VideoGames/AprilFoolsDay Video Games]]
* [[WebOriginal/AprilFoolsDay Web Original]]

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* [[FanWorks/AprilFoolsDay Fan Works]]
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* [[LiveActionTV/AprilFoolsDay Live Action TV]]
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* [[VideoGames/AprilFoolsDay Video Games]]
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* [[WebOriginal/AprilFoolsDay Web Original]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* In 2011, Creator/TheCriterionCollection announced that after years of releasing prestigious films on [=DVDs=], [[http://www.chud.com/45898/were-getting-criterioned/ the next release would be the notorious]] BMovie ''Film/{{CHUD}}''.
** In 2012, they announced the same thing would be done for ''Film/KindergartenCop''.
* In 2013, Creator/{{Pixar}} launched a website to promote ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' that resembled the website of real colleges. On April 1st of that year, the site appeared to have been hijacked and vandalized by rival college Fear Tech.
* In 2016, Toho announced a crossover movie between Godzilla and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''... which turned out to be a promotional stunt for ''Film/GodzillaResurgence'' (which makes sense, considering [[Creator/HideakiAnno who's directing that movie]]).

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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In 2011, Creator/TheCriterionCollection announced that after years of releasing prestigious films on [=DVDs=], [[http://www.chud.com/45898/were-getting-criterioned/ 1997, several comic artists swapped strips, producing such oddities as a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic in the next release would be style of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' (which ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' author Scott Adams described as one of the notorious]] BMovie ''Film/{{CHUD}}''.
** In 2012, they announced
signs of the same thing would be done for ''Film/KindergartenCop''.
Apocalypse).
** Kevin Fagan was unable to find another cartoonist to trade ''Drabble'' with, so he [[StylisticSuck drew it with his left hand]].
* In 2013, Creator/{{Pixar}} launched 2005, several comics including ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', and ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', did identical comics where one character plays with a website Ouija Board and uses it as an excuse to promote ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' that resembled hit another, eliciting the website of real colleges. On April 1st of that year, response "Somehow I imagined the site appeared to have been hijacked and vandalized by rival college Fear Tech.
* In 2016, Toho announced a crossover movie between Godzilla and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''... which turned out
afterlife to be a promotional stunt for ''Film/GodzillaResurgence'' (which makes sense, considering [[Creator/HideakiAnno who's directing that movie]]).more peaceful place."



[[folder:Literature]]
* In 2012, weeks after the final book for ''Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi'' was released, Suvudu published [[http://star-wars.suvudu.com/2012/04/post-star-wars-fate-of-the-jedi-news-and-exclusive-epilogue-by-timothy-zahn.html a fake epilogue by Timothy Zahn]], claiming [[spoiler:it was Luke's clone who survived the events of ''The Last Command'', not the real Luke]]. Also, there's a revelation that [[spoiler:Grand Admiral Thawn's master plan was to collect a complete set of clones, and almost all of the characters may or may not be clones]], marking the launch of an unending ''Star Wars'' series called [[spoiler:''Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2'']].
* ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'' was first published on April 1, 1876.

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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In 2012, weeks after 2013, Creator/{{Pixar}} launched a website to promote ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' that resembled the final book for ''Star Wars: Fate website of the Jedi'' was released, Suvudu published [[http://star-wars.suvudu.com/2012/04/post-star-wars-fate-of-the-jedi-news-and-exclusive-epilogue-by-timothy-zahn.html a fake epilogue by Timothy Zahn]], claiming [[spoiler:it was Luke's clone who survived the events of ''The Last Command'', not the real Luke]]. Also, there's a revelation that [[spoiler:Grand Admiral Thawn's master plan was to collect a complete set of clones, and almost all of the characters may or may not be clones]], marking the launch of an unending ''Star Wars'' series called [[spoiler:''Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2'']].
* ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'' was first published on
colleges. On April 1, 1876.1st of that year, the site appeared to have been hijacked and vandalized by rival college Fear Tech.




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* In 2011, Creator/TheCriterionCollection announced that after years of releasing prestigious films on [=DVDs=], [[http://www.chud.com/45898/were-getting-criterioned/ the next release would be the notorious]] BMovie ''Film/{{CHUD}}''.
* In 2012, they announced the same thing would be done for ''Film/KindergartenCop''.
* In 2016, Toho announced a crossover movie between Godzilla and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''... which turned out to be a promotional stunt for ''Film/GodzillaResurgence'' (which makes sense, considering [[Creator/HideakiAnno who's directing that movie]]).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In 2012, weeks after the final book for ''Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi'' was released, Suvudu published [[http://star-wars.suvudu.com/2012/04/post-star-wars-fate-of-the-jedi-news-and-exclusive-epilogue-by-timothy-zahn.html a fake epilogue by Timothy Zahn]], claiming [[spoiler:it was Luke's clone who survived the events of ''The Last Command'', not the real Luke]]. Also, there's a revelation that [[spoiler:Grand Admiral Thawn's master plan was to collect a complete set of clones, and almost all of the characters may or may not be clones]], marking the launch of an unending ''Star Wars'' series called [[spoiler:''Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2'']].
* ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'' was first published on April 1, 1876.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In April Fools Day 2015, {{Music/Brentalfloss}} released the song everyone has been requesting for over 7 years... the overworld theme of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' with lyrics. There's just one catch though... the lyrics he sings are in Japanese. (''Accurate'' Japanese, mind you, Brent had a translator working on it.) Like Brent himself said, BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
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[[folder: Music]]
* In April Fools Day 2015, {{Music/Brentalfloss}} released the song everyone has been requesting for over 7 years... the overworld theme of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' with lyrics. There's just one catch though... the lyrics he sings are in Japanese. (''Accurate'' Japanese, mind you, Brent had a translator working on it.) Like Brent himself said, BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In 1997, several comic artists swapped strips, producing such oddities as a ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic in the style of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' (which ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' author Scott Adams described as one of the signs of the Apocalypse).
** Kevin Fagan was unable to find another cartoonist to trade ''Drabble'' with, so he [[StylisticSuck drew it with his left hand]].
* In 2005, several comics including ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', and ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', did identical comics where one character plays with a Ouija Board and uses it as an excuse to hit another, eliciting the response "Somehow I imagined the afterlife to be a more peaceful place."
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* ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'', the house organ for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, would usually dedicate their April issues to sillier fare. For example:
** One issue had a series of mixed up spells like 'Find Terrain' for which the 'somatic' component was to fall forward, at which you have just 'found the terrain'.
** Another issue had on its cover a chubby warrior holding flowers up to a beholder which had on makeup and flowers...[[StealthPun "Beauty is in the eye of the...Oh nevermind!"]]
*** Another time, they packaged the April Fools material in one section of the magazine, with a cover page that parodied the heroes-steal-giant-demon-statue-eyes cover of the 1E ''Player's Handbook''. Exact same scene, except the demonic statue and gem thieves are all teddy bears.

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* ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'', the house organ for TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', would usually dedicate their April issues to sillier fare. For example:
** One issue had a series of mixed up spells like 'Find Terrain' "Find Terrain" for which the 'somatic' "somatic" component was is to fall forward, at which you have just 'found "found the terrain'.
terrain".
** Another issue had on its cover a chubby warrior holding flowers up to a beholder which had on makeup and flowers... [[StealthPun "Beauty is in the eye of the...the... Oh nevermind!"]]
*** ** Another time, they packaged the April Fools material in one section of the magazine, with a cover page that parodied the heroes-steal-giant-demon-statue-eyes cover of the 1E ''Player's Handbook''. Exact same scene, except the demonic statue and gem thieves are all teddy bears.



** The parody songs of "Bard On The Run".

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** The parody songs of "Bard On The on the Run".



** The 2013 TabletopGame/BattleTech release is an 'Experimental Technical Readout'. It's titled ''XTRO:1945'', and details a range of units from ''World War 2'', complete with the gear they need to fight a [[HumongousMecha BattleMech]]. They ''are'' playable units, and incredibly deadly to each other. Against '''Mechs'' is another matter.

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** The 2013 TabletopGame/BattleTech ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' release is an 'Experimental Technical Readout'. It's titled ''XTRO:1945'', and details a range of units from ''World War 2'', complete with the gear they need to fight a [[HumongousMecha BattleMech]]. They ''are'' playable units, and incredibly deadly to each other. Against '''Mechs'' is another matter.



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[[folder:Film]]
* The [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/03/31/leonard-nimoy-transformers-dark-of-the-moon/ casting]] of Creator/LeonardNimoy as the voice of Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' was announced near April 1st. Extra skepticism points thanks to Nimoy's retirement from acting (which clearly didn't stick as he continued to act right until his passing in 2015).

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[[folder:Film]]
* The [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/03/31/leonard-nimoy-transformers-dark-of-the-moon/ casting]] of Creator/LeonardNimoy as the voice of Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' was announced near April 1st. Extra skepticism points thanks to Nimoy's retirement from acting (which clearly didn't stick as he continued to act right until his passing in 2015).
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* The announcement that Creator/HideakiAnno [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-03-31/evangelion-hideaki-anno-is-new-japanese-godzilla-film-chief-director-writer/.86598 would be directing]] ''Film/ShinGodzilla'' film. It was announced on March 31st, but due to timezones it was April 1st in Japan.
* The digital release of ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens'' was on April 1st, 2016.
* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' documentary ''Street Gang'', adapted from the 2008 book of the same name, was announced on April 1, 2016.



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The [[http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/03/31/leonard-nimoy-transformers-dark-of-the-moon/ casting]] of Creator/LeonardNimoy as the voice of Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' was announced near April 1st. Extra skepticism points thanks to Nimoy's retirement from acting (which clearly didn't stick as he continued to act right until his passing in 2015).

* The announcement that Creator/HideakiAnno [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-03-31/evangelion-hideaki-anno-is-new-japanese-godzilla-film-chief-director-writer/.86598 would be directing]] ''Film/ShinGodzilla'' film. It was announced on March 31st, but due to timezones it was April 1st in Japan.
* The digital release of ''Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens'' was on April 1st, 2016.
* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' documentary ''Street Gang'', adapted from the 2008 book of the same name, was announced on April 1, 2016.
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* Announced on April 1st 2012, ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird: Enter the Dominatrix'' was thought to be an April Fools Joke until it was later revealed to be a real standalone companion game retailing for $30. Triply subverted as development on the game got so ambitious that it got revamped into ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', and ''then'' the first ''Saints Row IV'' mission DLC is called wait for it ''Enter the Dominatrix''.

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* Announced on April 1st 2012, ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird: Enter the Dominatrix'' was thought to be an April Fools Joke until it was later revealed to be a real standalone companion game retailing for $30. Triply subverted as development on the game got so ambitious that it got revamped into ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', and ''then'' the first ''Saints Row IV'' mission DLC is called -- wait for it -- ''Enter the Dominatrix''.



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17th Nov '17 4:17:32 AM LinTaylor
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* In 2017, Creator/ToeiCorporation released information saying that the next storyline in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' would be the "Society Survival Saga", which cast the ''Dragon Ball'' characters as white-collar office workers trying to survive during an economic recession. This was accompanied by artwork depicting Team Universe 7 from the Universe Survival Saga (the '''actual''' next storyline) [[BadassInANiceSuit wearing nice business suits]].
30th Oct '17 5:49:26 PM Someoneman
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* Creator/RoosterTeeth, having been founded on April 1st 2003, has as a corporate policy to ''not'' to do any sort of pranks and usually uses the day to introduce trailers for new series and new seasons for existing series.. However, they ''do'' admit that it's amusing that fans will tend to claim one or more trailers are fake and are actually shocked when it turns out that it actually exists, despite that other fans will tell them that RT doesn't do April Fool's pranks.

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* Creator/RoosterTeeth, having been founded on April 1st 2003, has as a corporate policy to ''not'' to do any sort of pranks and usually uses the day to introduce trailers for new series and new seasons for existing series.. However, they ''do'' admit that it's amusing that fans will tend to claim one or more trailers are fake and are actually shocked when it turns out that it actually exists, despite that other fans will tell them that RT doesn't do April Fool's pranks. For example, take ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' an extremely LighterAndSofter spin-off of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', made extra silly-sounding by the fact that it was announced shortly after [[CerebusSyndrome the extremely dark]] Volume 3.
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