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11th May '16 5:17:31 AM StarTropes
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* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Way of the Warrior" starts with half the main cast and several {{RedShirt}}s hunting a changeling infiltrator--who turns out to be Odo acting as the infiltrator for a drill.
10th May '16 3:51:22 AM VVK
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* A ''[[MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse]]'' comic that has Mickey as a professional detective solving a mystery in the superhero comics industry starts with two pages of a reptilian SuperHero fighting a MadScientist and his MechaMooks. Since it was already said the story is about superhero comics, you can probably guess what that really is.

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* A ''[[MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse]]'' comic that has Mickey as a professional detective solving a mystery in the superhero comics industry starts with two pages of a reptilian SuperHero fighting a MadScientist and his MechaMooks. Since it was already said the story is about superhero comics, you can probably guess [[ShowWithinAShow what that really is.is]].
10th May '16 3:50:23 AM VVK
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* A ''[[MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse]]'' comic that has Mickey as a professional detective solving a mystery in the superhero comics industry starts with two pages of a reptilian SuperHero fighting a MadScientist and his MechaMooks. Since it was already said the story is about superhero comics, you can probably guess what that really is.
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19th Apr '16 12:51:52 PM erforce
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has one in the episode ''The Trial of the Monarch.'' Hank and Dean are dressed as IndianaJones and [[Series/MagnumPI Thomas Magnum]], exploring an ancient ruin. They then transform into "Mecha Shiva" to fight the Monarch, but it all turns out to be a story they are making up while on the witness stand.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has one in the episode ''The Trial of the Monarch.'' Hank and Dean are dressed as IndianaJones Franchise/IndianaJones and [[Series/MagnumPI Thomas Magnum]], exploring an ancient ruin. They then transform into "Mecha Shiva" to fight the Monarch, but it all turns out to be a story they are making up while on the witness stand.
9th Mar '16 9:27:41 PM DrFraud
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* ''Boutalles'' starts with a party of four going off to confront [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Great Evil Sorcerer]] for a comedic HopelessBossFight. This turns out to be main character Blanc trying to demonstrate her new tabletop game idea with the aid of a reluctant Plumm, who insisted on having his character artificially boosted so that he could jump straight to the FinalBoss encounter.

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* ''Boutalles'' starts with a party of four going off to confront [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Great Evil Sorcerer]] for a comedic HopelessBossFight. This turns out to be main character Blanc trying to demonstrate promote her new tabletop game idea with the aid of to a reluctant Plumm, who insisted on having his character artificially boosted so that he could jump straight to the FinalBoss encounter.
9th Mar '16 9:25:44 PM DrFraud
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* ''Boutalles'' starts with a party of four going off to confront [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Great Evil Sorcerer]] for a comedic HopelessBossFight. This turns out to be main character Blanc trying to demonstrate her new tabletop game idea with the aid of a reluctant Plumm, who insisted on having his character artificially boosted so that he could jump straight to the FinalBoss encounter.
17th Jan '16 11:05:36 AM nombretomado
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'': ''Obscene'' begins with a police dog being brought to follow a scent in a crime scene. It ignores it, prompting the "victim" and a film crew to say that the dog has ruined the take. However, the dog goes straight to a trailer car, where the actual victim of the episode is.

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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'': ''Obscene'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': "Obscene" begins with a police dog being brought to follow a scent in a crime scene. It ignores it, prompting the "victim" and a film crew to say that the dog has ruined the take. However, the dog goes straight to a trailer car, where the actual victim of the episode is.
27th Dec '15 2:50:55 PM eroock
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Somewhat similar to FakeOutOpening but distinct, this is when the story starts with what appears to be a probably over-the-top ActionPrologue, but after it's been going on for a while, maybe PlayedForLaughs, it's cut short. It's then [[ProsceniumReveal revealed]] that this sequence was AllJustADream, a [[FantasySequence daydream]], a ShowWithinAShow, [[DangerRoomColdOpen a simulated test]], or similar. Whatever the case, the beginning is revealed not to have been real, and the actual story now begins on a more restrained note. May be used among other things for when the main character is a loser who only dreams of becoming the kind of BadAss they're acting like in the imaginary prologue.

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Somewhat similar to FakeOutOpening but distinct, this is when the story starts with what appears to be a probably over-the-top ActionPrologue, but after it's been going on for a while, maybe PlayedForLaughs, it's cut short. It's then [[ProsceniumReveal revealed]] that this sequence was AllJustADream, a DreamIntro, a [[FantasySequence daydream]], a ShowWithinAShow, [[DangerRoomColdOpen a simulated test]], or similar. Whatever the case, the beginning is revealed not to have been real, and the actual story now begins on a more restrained note. May be used among other things for when the main character is a loser who only dreams of becoming the kind of BadAss they're acting like in the imaginary prologue.
24th Oct '15 5:43:56 PM Naram-Sin
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* ''LawAndOrderSVU'': ''Obscene'' begins with a police dog being brought to follow a scent in a crime scene. It ignores it, prompting the "victim" and a film crew to say that the dog has ruined the take. However, the dog goes straight to a trailer car, where the actual victim of the episode is.
27th Sep '15 10:46:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[SullivansTravels Sullivan's Travels]]'' starts with an exciting action sequence involving two men fighting on top of a train. One man [[DisneyVillainDeath falls off the train to his death]]. TheEnd pops up. It turns out that the movie is actually about a Hollywood movie director, and the train sequence is the end to his latest film.
* ''X-Men III -- The Last Stand''. After two false starts (one a flash back and another to do with [[spoiler: a future X-man named Archangel]]) we finally see the team assembled. [[spoiler:The sentinel's head came of of the smoke]] but it was merely [[spoiler:a danger room simulation]].

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* ''[[SullivansTravels Sullivan's Travels]]'' In the ''Toy Story'' sequels:
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' has a beginning sequence which turns out to be a video game.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'',
starts with an exciting action sequence involving two men fighting on top of a train. One man [[DisneyVillainDeath falls off the train to his death]]. TheEnd pops up. It turns out [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvinesque]] FantasySequence that [[ContinuityNod calls back]] to the movie is actually about a Hollywood movie director, and playtime scenario in the train sequence is the end to his latest film.
* ''X-Men III -- The Last Stand''. After two false starts (one a flash back and another to do with [[spoiler: a future X-man named Archangel]]) we finally see the team assembled. [[spoiler:The sentinel's head came of of the smoke]] but it was merely [[spoiler:a danger room simulation]].
original ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.



* Sort of half used in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', which starts out looking like a typical girl-meets-dog story that suddenly turns into a [[Creator/MichaelBay Michael Bay-esque]] action film about an AnimalSuperhero. It all turns out to be a ShowWithinAShow, which Bolt believes is real. His gradual realization that everything he knows is wrong, and his need to understand what reality actually is, drive the film's plot.
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* ''Film/SullivansTravels'' starts with an exciting action sequence involving two men fighting on top of a train. One man [[DisneyVillainDeath falls off the train to his death]]. TheEnd pops up. It turns out that the movie is actually about a Hollywood movie director, and the train sequence is the end to his latest film.
* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. After two false starts (one a flash back and another to do with [[spoiler: a future X-man named Archangel]]) we finally see the team assembled. [[spoiler:The sentinel's head came of of the smoke]] but it was merely [[spoiler:a danger room simulation]].



* The beginning of the third ''Film/AustinPowers'' film, which is actually [[ShowWithinAShow a movie being made about Austin Powers in the movie]].
* In the ''Toy Story'' sequels:
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' has a beginning sequence which turns out to be a video game.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', starts with a [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvinesque]] FantasySequence that [[ContinuityNod calls back]] to the playtime scenario in the original ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.

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* The beginning of the third ''Film/AustinPowers'' film, ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'', which is actually [[ShowWithinAShow a movie being made about Austin Powers in the movie]].
* In the ''Toy Story'' sequels:
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' has a beginning sequence which turns out to be a video game.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', starts with a [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvinesque]] FantasySequence that [[ContinuityNod calls back]] to the playtime scenario in the original ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
movie]].



* Sort of half used in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', which starts out looking like a typical girl-meets-dog story that suddenly turns into a [[Creator/MichaelBay Michael Bay-esque]] action film about an AnimalSuperhero. It all turns out to be a ShowWithinAShow, which Bolt believes is real. His gradual realization that everything he knows is wrong, and his need to understand what reality actually is, drive the film's plot.



* The director's first vision for ''Film/WayOfTheGun'' was for the first sequence to be filmed like an action-packed, cliche-filled trailer for a movie starring the two main characters and detailing their backstories, then move on to the actual film's more realistic setting.

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* The director's first vision for ''Film/WayOfTheGun'' ''Film/TheWayOfTheGun'' was for the first sequence to be filmed like an action-packed, cliche-filled trailer for a movie starring the two main characters and detailing their backstories, then move on to the actual film's more realistic setting.
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