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10th Aug '16 8:11:59 PM kaos42
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* Joey of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had to deal with a fan who thought he was actually Dr. Drake Ramoray, the character he played on ''Days of Our Lives''.

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* Joey of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had to deal with a fan (played by Brooke Shields) who thought he was actually Dr. Drake Ramoray, the character he played on ''Days of Our Lives''.
25th May '16 10:58:21 AM MikeW
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* An episode of ''Series/CSICyber'' has the team tracking down some hackers who are pulling off crimes inspired by the first-person shooter video games they play. One tries to escape by leaping across a roof and falls hard, breaking his legs. The team realize the guy was so used to pulling the move in the game that he honestly thought it would work in real life as well and that the rest of the gang had come to see shooting people are just "gaining points."
21st May '16 5:28:14 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Prince George believes that the actor in ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar' is about to be killed and says "Look out, Mr. Caesar!"

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* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Prince George believes that the actor in ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar' is about to be killed and says "Look out, Mr. Caesar!"Caesar!" He later mistakes an actual assassination attempt for AllPartOfTheShow in an unrelated incident.
15th May '16 7:31:49 AM WarriorsGate
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** ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' (for a given definition of "fiction", since Eco was an atheist): the killer is driven by religious fervor to carry out murders resembling the circumstances of the Book of Revelation, while around him the monastery bickers about highly esoteric Christian minutae, such as whether Jesus Christ owned his own clothes or not, to feed their politicized agendas by pointing to the Bible for evidence. The hero is a Franciscan friar who tries -- and fails -- to teach people it's okay to be skeptical about the things we read in books.

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** ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' (for a given definition of "fiction", since Eco was an atheist): the killer is driven by religious fervor to carry out murders resembling the circumstances of the Book of Revelation, while around him the monastery bickers about highly esoteric Christian minutae, such as whether Jesus Christ owned his own clothes or not, to feed their politicized agendas by pointing to the Bible for evidence. The hero is a Franciscan friar who tries -- and often fails -- to teach people it's okay to be skeptical about the things we read in books.
15th May '16 7:31:09 AM WarriorsGate
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** ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' (for a given definition of "fiction", since Eco was an atheist): the killer is driven by religious fervor to carry out murders resembling the circumstances of the Book of Revelation, while around him the monastery bickers about highly esoteric Christian minutae, such as whether Jesus Christ owned his own clothes or not, to feed their politicized agendas by pointing to the Bible for evidence.

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** ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' (for a given definition of "fiction", since Eco was an atheist): the killer is driven by religious fervor to carry out murders resembling the circumstances of the Book of Revelation, while around him the monastery bickers about highly esoteric Christian minutae, such as whether Jesus Christ owned his own clothes or not, to feed their politicized agendas by pointing to the Bible for evidence. The hero is a Franciscan friar who tries -- and fails -- to teach people it's okay to be skeptical about the things we read in books.
15th May '16 7:28:57 AM WarriorsGate
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* Creator/UmbertoEco:
** ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' (for a given definition of "fiction", since Eco was an atheist): the killer is driven by religious fervor to carry out murders resembling the circumstances of the Book of Revelation, while around him the monastery bickers about highly esoteric Christian minutae, such as whether Jesus Christ owned his own clothes or not, to feed their politicized agendas by pointing to the Bible for evidence.
** ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'': The main characters, Milanese book editors who cook up a scheme to publish crowd-sourced occult manuscripts, start to believe their own bullshit as coincidences pile up and the seductive allure of their made-up plan makes too much sense.
** ''The Island of the Day Before'': Roberto, a 17th century man marooned on a deserted ship, starts writing a book about how his secret twin (whom he made up) has been toying with him his entire life, but the loneliness and isolation to drive him to believe that his secret twin is real and is responsible for his current situation.
26th Jan '16 8:30:02 AM JBK405
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* Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' is often accused of this trope. However, mostly he can distinguish TV from reality, but uses TV as a filter to understand reality.

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* Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' is often accused of this trope. trope, with several characters questioning whether or not he can recognize what is or is not real. However, mostly throughout most of the series he ''can'' can distinguish TV from reality, but uses TV as a filter to understand reality.''understand'' reality. In gets weird in the final season when it seems that he does completely succumb and lose his grip on reality, culminating in "Basic RV Repair and Palmistry". Though it is not referred to as such, Abed has a psychotic break and believes that he literally can change the past by having a "flashback" to earlier events. This puts himself and others in actual danger, and they need to resolve the situation by playing into his delusion, claiming that the present '''is''' a flashback from the future.
6th Jan '16 8:40:40 AM thatmadork
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* Just a single aspect of [[BigBad Annie Wilkes]]'s whole insane mindset in ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. Many fans can relate the to the nightmare of having their favourite fictional character being KilledOffForReal, but when Annie reads a a draft of Paul's final Misery story and learns of the character's [[DeathByChildbirth ultimate fate]], Annie basically freaks her shit and attacks him, almost reacting as if he just murdered a real person.
12th Dec '15 8:40:43 PM ultimomant
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* On ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', Astral briefly had this problem, thinking the science-fiction program ''DD Esper Star Robin'' was real. (He can be excused, being an [[InnocentAliens Innocent Alien]] at the time.) Later, however, Fuya Okudaira (the star of the show) develops this problem after [[ClingyMacGuffin being corrupted by a Number]], [[LostInCharacter believing he actually is the character he portrays]].

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* On ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Astral briefly had this problem, thinking the science-fiction program ''DD Esper Star Robin'' was real. (He can be excused, being an [[InnocentAliens Innocent Alien]] at the time.) Later, however, Fuya Okudaira (the star of the show) develops this problem after [[ClingyMacGuffin being corrupted by a Number]], [[LostInCharacter believing he actually is the character he portrays]].
1st Sep '15 1:43:57 PM Arachnos
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* In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wsxBMkllVY Foxy's Tale]]", a fan song for ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', Foxy the Pirate Fox, an animatronic for entertaining kids designed after a pirate, suffers from a delusional belief that he really used to be a pirate in the past. This belief slowly drove him mad, causing him to attack someone (possibly referring to the Bite of 87).
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