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16th May '17 12:46:17 AM TheCuza
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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the Thermians have no concept of deceit or fiction, believing everything they see and hear as fact. They think that the Galaxy Quest episodes they found in Earth's transmissions are "historical documents" of an actual space crew traveling the galaxy. When the crew tries to explain this to them and mentions ''Series/GilligansIsland'', the aliens simply murmur sadly "those poor people". Their enemies, on the other hand, have no such problem and had exploited it to wipe out almost the entire Thermian race by the time of the movie (and their leader thinks the confusion with the show is funny as hell).

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* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the Thermians have no concept of deceit or fiction, believing everything they see and hear as fact. They think that the Galaxy Quest ''Galaxy Quest'' episodes they found in Earth's transmissions are "historical documents" of an actual space crew traveling the galaxy. When the crew tries to explain this to them and mentions ''Series/GilligansIsland'', the aliens simply murmur sadly "those poor people". Their enemies, on the other hand, have no such problem and had exploited it to wipe out almost the entire Thermian race by the time of the movie (and their leader movie. Once the BigBad watches the "historical documents" for himself, he knows ''exactly'' what they really are and thinks the confusion with the show whole mix-up is funny as hell).hell.
13th May '17 9:13:36 AM StFan
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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."
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': In the superhero episode, Mr. Potato Head, acting as the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe fictional superhero]] "Spudman", tried to use his character's powers to fight a world-destroying demon. Bizarrely, he was able to fire EyeBeams, even backstage, though he lost a BeamOWar with the demon.

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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."
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': In the superhero episode, Mr. Potato Head, acting as the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe fictional superhero]] "Spudman", tried to use his character's powers to fight a world-destroying demon. Bizarrely, he was able to fire EyeBeams, even backstage, though he lost a BeamOWar with the demon.
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* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': In the superhero episode, Mr. Potato Head, acting as the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe fictional superhero]] "Spudman", tried to use his character's powers to fight a world-destroying demon. Bizarrely, he was able to fire EyeBeams, even backstage, though he lost a BeamOWar with the demon.
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* In ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'' (pictured), Joe plays ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' long enough that he thinks he's a MagicKnight, and goes to slay [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corporate Commander]] with his armor and sword, but just had a foil helmet and a broom. Commander just called security.

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* In ''WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow'' (pictured), Joe plays ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' long enough that he thinks he's a MagicKnight, and goes to slay [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corporate Commander]] with his armor and sword, but just had has a foil helmet and a broom. Commander just called calls security.



* In one episode, WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo got set up with some VR equipment advertised to be so good the user wouldn't be able to tell the game from reality. Cue Johnny going on a rampage through town as he plays the game. Eventually the VR game batteries run out... only for Pops to charge them up with jumper cables as the madness was getting pretty amusing.

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* In one episode, WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo got ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' gets set up with some VR equipment advertised to be so good the user wouldn't won't be able to tell the game from reality. Cue Johnny going on a rampage through town as he plays the game. Eventually the VR game batteries run out... only for Pops to charge them up with jumper cables as the madness was is getting pretty amusing.



24th Apr '17 12:30:17 PM longWriter
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* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': In the superhero episode, Mr. Potato Head, acting as the [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe fictional superhero]] "Spudman", tried to use his character's powers to fight a world-destroying demon. Bizarrely, he was able to fire EyeBeams, even backstage, though he lost a BeamOWar with the demon.
13th Apr '17 10:11:10 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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'''Buzz:''' Where!?

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'''Buzz:''' Where!?Where!?\\
'''Woody:''' ''(loses it)''
4th Apr '17 8:47:04 PM Nadim
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* [[Bolt]] has the titular character believe the tv show he stars in is real.[[spoiler: until he accidentally escaped the film set and got lost]].

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* [[Bolt]] *{{Bolt}} has the titular character believe the tv show he stars in is real.[[spoiler: until he accidentally escaped the film set and got lost]].
4th Apr '17 8:46:17 PM Nadim
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* ''Western Animation/Bolt'' has the titular character believe the tv show he stars in is real. [[Spoiler: until he accidentally escaped the film set and got lost]].

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* ''Western Animation/Bolt'' [[Bolt]] has the titular character believe the tv show he stars in is real. [[Spoiler: real.[[spoiler: until he accidentally escaped the film set and got lost]].
4th Apr '17 8:44:58 PM Nadim
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*''Western Animation/Bolt'' has the titular character believe the tv show he stars in is real. [[Spoiler: until he accidentally escaped the film set and got lost]].
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.
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