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25th Jul '17 6:25:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' starts with a scene of the Monkey King fighting a bunch of {{mooks}}, which looks something like "''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' [[XMeetsY meets]] WireFu", so it's easy to guess it's fake. It's actually a dream of the protagonist, but ironically it appears to be of events that have actually happened -- though the whole similar "fights mooks" flashback later serves no purpose in the backstory being told other than a backdrop for saying the Monkey King was not defeated by mooks (duh). Thankfully the other fights in the movie look a ''lot'' better.

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* ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' starts with a scene of the Monkey King fighting a bunch of {{mooks}}, which looks something like "''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] WireFu", so it's easy to guess it's fake. It's actually a dream of the protagonist, but ironically it appears to be of events that have actually happened -- though the whole similar "fights mooks" flashback later serves no purpose in the backstory being told other than a backdrop for saying the Monkey King was not defeated by mooks (duh). Thankfully the other fights in the movie look a ''lot'' better.
15th Jun '17 7:43:44 AM erforce
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* The ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie. It's not the opening scene of the film, but when Johnny Cage's is introduced, he's seen entering a warehouse, is approached by several sinister looking men, and they engage in a fight. He downs all of them and while fighting the last one, punches him several times. After being hit, the other man reacts as though nothing has happened. An irritated Cage looks at him and says "This is where you fall down." The man then falls back very unconvincingly. Cage turns around and yells "Where do you get these guys?" It's then revealed that he's on a movie set, and the fight was a scene being filmed.
12th May '17 3:22:51 PM NoxSky12599
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* The "unofficial" James Bond film ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'' opens with Bond infiltrating a tropical compound to rescue a hostage (a beautiful woman tied to a bed, naturally). After taking out the guards, he starts untying the hostage, not noticing as she discreetly pulls out a knife. He looks away for a second, she stabs him in the chest... and he fails the training exercise (the knife was fake).
3rd Feb '17 4:35:52 PM SaiyamanMS
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* TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuziha: Episode 1's first two minutes has you thinking this is an over-the-top, Gainax-level action fantasy parody. Then it sinks to a boring slice-of-life with supernatural periods.
14th Jan '17 11:20:30 PM JackG
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* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E18HollywoodBabylon "Hollywood Babylon"]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', a woman is left alone in the woods looking for her sister when she hears a noise and screams. It is then revealed that she is an actor on the set of a horror movie.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
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In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E18HollywoodBabylon "Hollywood Babylon"]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Babylon"]], a woman is left alone in the woods looking for her sister when she hears a noise and screams. It is then revealed that she is an actor on the set of a horror movie.movie.
** "Goodbye Stranger" has a nasty one where a {{brainwashed}} Castiel is shown [[SuperDickery apparently killing Dean Winchester]], which doesn't get any less shocking after the ProsceniumReveal when we see he's in a warehouse [[ExpendableClone full of murdered Dean simulations]].
5th Dec '16 2:19:49 PM Morgenthaler
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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]].

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* A ''[[MickeyMouseComicUniverse ''[[ComicBook/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]].
5th Dec '16 2:19:32 PM Morgenthaler
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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 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.

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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 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 badass they're acting like in the imaginary prologue.
26th Jul '16 11:54:13 PM kome360
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* TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuziha: Episode 1's first two minutes has you thinking this is an over-the-top, Gainax-level action fantasy parody. Then it sinks to a boring slice-of-life with supernatural periods.
30th Jun '16 10:31:12 PM ConMan1226
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* Disney/{{Zootopia}} opens with a tense scene out in the wilderness where an innocent rabbit is about to be eaten by a jaguar... only to reveal that we are watching a pageant, where grade-school students are acting out what it was like ''before'' [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals animals evolved]].
30th Jun '16 10:31:12 PM ConMan1226
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