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16th Feb '17 12:14:52 PM astaroth911
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* Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' is often accused of this trope, with several characters questioning whether or not he can recognize what is or is not real. However, throughout most of the series he ''can'' distinguish TV from reality, but uses TV as a filter to ''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.

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* Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' is often accused of this trope, with several characters questioning whether or not he can recognize what is or is not real. However, throughout most of the series he ''can'' distinguish TV from reality, but uses TV as a filter to ''understand'' reality. In It 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.
16th Feb '17 12:14:01 PM astaroth911
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* Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' is often accused of this trope, with several characters questioning whether or not he can recognize what is or is not real. However, throughout most of the series he ''can'' can distinguish TV from reality, but uses TV as a filter to ''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.

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* Abed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' is often accused of this trope, with several characters questioning whether or not he can recognize what is or is not real. However, throughout most of the series he ''can'' can distinguish TV from reality, but uses TV as a filter to ''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.
22nd Jan '17 12:22:05 PM Skywatcher
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* One episode of ''Series/BarneyMiller'' features a lady asking the detectives for a welfare check on some neighbors, but the "neighbors" turn out to be SoapOpera characters in her TV.

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* One episode of ''Series/BarneyMiller'' features a lady asking the detectives for a welfare check on some neighbors, but the "neighbors" turn out to be SoapOpera characters in her TV. Although not written by Reinhold Weege, this episode may have been the inspiration for the above ''Series/NightCourt'' episode.
22nd Jan '17 12:16:37 PM Skywatcher
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* One episode of ''Series/BarneyMiller'' features a lady asking the detectives for a welfare check on some neighbors, but the "neighbors" turn out to be SoapOpera characters in her TV.
4th Dec '16 10:34:35 AM unokkun
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* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels and anime have a downplayed case (sorta) in "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya". The titular character, who [[LockedOutOfTheLoop unbeknownst to her]] is a RealityWarper, is creating and directing an ([[SoBadItsGood awful]]) amateur movie about the supernatural. And though she can consciously tell fiction from reality, she's affecting the world to resemble the movie, including making Asakura shoot incredibly destructive eye beams on the set, or making a cat playing a {{Familiar}} into an actual TalkingAnimal that can wax philosophical about how the sounds he's making may be taken by humans as appropriate responses. Also, at one point in the shooting she loses it and actually expects Asakura to shoot eye beams in reality. At the end everything is resolved by having Haruhi read the ThisIsAWorkOfFiction disclaimer a few times for good measure.
18th Sep '16 5:21:08 PM foxley
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* In ''Red Diamond, Private Eye'' and its sequels by Mark Schorr, cab driver Simon Jaffe suffers a complete breakdown after his wife sells his previous collection of pulp magazines and he starts believing that he is a pulp detective called Red Diamond. As part of his delusion, he believes that many other fictional detectives are real and friends of his.

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* In ''Red Diamond, Private Eye'' and its sequels by Mark Schorr, cab driver Simon Jaffe suffers a complete breakdown after his wife sells his previous precious collection of pulp magazines and he starts believing that he is a pulp detective called Red Diamond. As part of his delusion, he believes that many other fictional detectives are real and friends of his.
13th Sep '16 12:04:06 AM BreadBull
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* AndYouThoughtItWasReal: The character mistakes a fictional object or situation as being real.
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.
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