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16th Nov '16 4:17:38 AM Andyroid
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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail179.html "pizza joint"]], Strong Bad and The Cheat try to make a fake pizza joint to pick up chicks and end up making a real pizza joint in the process.
** In the e-mail "diorama", Strong Bad notes that it used to be possible to cheat at book reports by writing them about made-up books, but the Internet means that the only way to do that is to follow this trope by making websites for the author and publisher, and then going ahead and writing the book.

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In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail179.html "pizza joint"]], Strong Bad and The Cheat try to make a fake pizza joint to pick up chicks and end up making a real pizza joint in the process.
** In the e-mail "diorama", Strong Bad notes that it used to be possible to cheat at book reports by writing them about made-up books, but the Internet means that the only way to do that is to follow this trope by making websites for the author and publisher, and then going ahead and writing the book.
6th Nov '16 10:30:19 AM Cieloazul
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This is how UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts promotion Pancrase was founded. Its creators, Wrestling/MasakatsuFunaki and Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki, had been working for years in a pro wrestling style which was made to look like real fights, and they decided to advance it and make it completely real under the same rules and format.
27th Oct '16 11:32:39 PM BURGINABC
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* [[http://www.thinkgeek.com ThinkGeek]] posts several imaginary new products every April Fool's day, some of which end up being popular enough and physically plausible enough that they [[http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/interactive/a5bf/ become real products:]]

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* [[http://www.thinkgeek.com ThinkGeek]] posts several imaginary new products every April Fool's day, some of which end up being popular enough and physically plausible enough that they [[http://www.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20111101065829/http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/interactive/a5bf/ become real products:]]
21st Sep '16 11:21:49 AM Snarf
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* This is essentially how TheMonkees got started; although all four members of the band were musicians to start with, the band itself was created purely for television, only becoming a reality when they broke free of the control of producer Don Kirschner after studio executives noted more people were buying their albums than watching the show itself.


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* This is essentially how Music/TheMonkees got started; although all four members of the band were musicians to start with, the band itself was created purely for television, only becoming a reality when they broke free of the control of producer Don Kirschner after studio executives noted more people were buying their albums than watching the show itself.
21st Sep '16 11:20:38 AM Snarf
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* This is essentially how TheMonkees got started; although all four members of the band were musicians to start with, the band itself was created purely for television, only becoming a reality when they broke free of the control of producer Don Kirschner after studio executives noted more people were buying their albums than watching the show itself.
15th Sep '16 6:12:26 AM Schnutzel
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** Another episode had George making up a charity called "The Human Fund" to avoid having to give actual Christmas gifts to his coworkers. After his boss gives George a large sum of money to donate to this fund, George contemplates starting it for real and becoming a philanthropist.
8th Sep '16 7:37:17 PM Malady
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* Creator/RaoulWalsh's ''The Bowery'' has George Raft playing a low-life thug decide to get the attention of the LoveInterest by boasting that he will jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. Plan A was to fake the jump by strategic feints, tricks and doubles and escape hatches. His romantic rival, played by Wallace Beery catches up to his plan and naturally sabotages his plan to humiliate his rival, but eventually Raft, with his reputation on the line, decides at the last minute to jump off the bridge for real...and he survives, and gets the girl anyway!

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* Creator/RaoulWalsh's ''The Bowery'' ''Film/TheBowery'' has George Raft playing a low-life thug decide to get the attention of the LoveInterest by boasting that he will jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. Plan A was to fake the jump by strategic feints, tricks and doubles and escape hatches. His romantic rival, played by Wallace Beery catches up to his plan and naturally sabotages his plan to humiliate his rival, but eventually Raft, with his reputation on the line, decides at the last minute to jump off the bridge for real...and he survives, and gets the girl anyway!



* In Creator/HBeamPiper's novel ''The Cosmic Computer'', the protagonist begins organizing a search for a [[DeusEstMachina supercomputer]] left over from a recent war, even though his investigations on Earth indicate that the computer never even existed. The search itself leads to the very economic and morale revival that people had hoped to obtain by finding the supercomputer (just as the protagonist intended). [[spoiler: It turns out that the computer exists after all. TheFederation covered it up because it had predicted that 1)the Federation was [[JustBeforeTheEnd irreversibly decaying]] and 2)the decay would [[SelfFulfillingProphecy snowball if this fact became generally known]].]]
** The "short version", ''Graveyard of Dreams'', cuts off just before the spoiler...but has a better-sounding name.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "The Critique of Impure Reason," Felix Tunny is trying to motivate an improperly imprinted robot to go on a space mission; the robot has become addicted to literature (and literary criticism) dripping with {{Wangst}}. Tunny fakes the revival of SpaceOpera, and the robot is inspired -- [[spoiler: but other people read excerpts from his (plagiarized) story, and like it, and want more....]]

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* In Creator/HBeamPiper's novel ''The Cosmic Computer'', ''Literature/TheCosmicComputer'', the protagonist begins organizing a search for a [[DeusEstMachina supercomputer]] left over from a recent war, even though his investigations on Earth indicate that the computer never even existed. The search itself leads to the very economic and morale revival that people had hoped to obtain by finding the supercomputer (just as the protagonist intended). [[spoiler: It turns out that the computer exists after all. TheFederation covered it up because it had predicted that 1)the Federation was [[JustBeforeTheEnd irreversibly decaying]] and 2)the decay would [[SelfFulfillingProphecy snowball if this fact became generally known]].]]
** The "short version", ''Graveyard of Dreams'', ''Literature/GraveyardOfDreams'', cuts off just before the spoiler...but has a better-sounding name.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "The Critique of Impure Reason," ''Literature/TheCritiqueOfImpureReason'', Felix Tunny is trying to motivate an improperly imprinted robot to go on a space mission; the robot has become addicted to literature (and literary criticism) dripping with {{Wangst}}. Tunny fakes the revival of SpaceOpera, and the robot is inspired -- [[spoiler: but other people read excerpts from his (plagiarized) story, and like it, and want more....]]



* In ''Son of Interflux'' by Creator/GordonKorman, the protagonist uses student government funds to buy a patch of land that his father's corporation needs for a building project (as a joke). When the student government figures it out, he pretends he did it for the environment, and a real environmental movement grows up around it.

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* In ''Son of Interflux'' ''Literature/SonOfInterflux'' by Creator/GordonKorman, the protagonist uses student government funds to buy a patch of land that his father's corporation needs for a building project (as a joke). When the student government figures it out, he pretends he did it for the environment, and a real environmental movement grows up around it.



* Not exactly TV, since it was a direct-to-video special, but in ''ChouNinjaTaiInazuma'' the main character, a TV producer from 2076, starts out trying to make three losers from the Edo period think they're superheroes, but when actual monsters start attacking she has to make them into real superheroes.

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* Not exactly TV, since it was a direct-to-video special, but in ''ChouNinjaTaiInazuma'' ''Series/ChouNinjaTaiInazuma'' the main character, a TV producer from 2076, starts out trying to make three losers from the Edo period think they're superheroes, but when actual monsters start attacking she has to make them into real superheroes.



* On ''ItsYourMove'', Matt invented a fake band, the Dregs of Humanity, when Eli accidentally lost the money to hire a band for a school dance. The band actually consists of four skeletons from the biology department, but somehow they not only make it big, but are sued by several people, from a man who claims to be their original manager to a woman who claims one of them is the father of her baby.
* ''OffCenter'' had an episode where Chau, creates a fake band ("The Chau Project") in order to get girls. He gets carried away and ends up booking a gig despite him only having had one guitar lesson and none of the other band members knowing anything about music. However in the end it was revealed said lesson was a ''really'' good one...

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* On ''ItsYourMove'', ''Series/ItsYourMove'', Matt invented a fake band, the Dregs of Humanity, when Eli accidentally lost the money to hire a band for a school dance. The band actually consists of four skeletons from the biology department, but somehow they not only make it big, but are sued by several people, from a man who claims to be their original manager to a woman who claims one of them is the father of her baby.
* ''OffCenter'' ''Series/OffCenter'' had an episode where Chau, creates a fake band ("The Chau Project") in order to get girls. He gets carried away and ends up booking a gig despite him only having had one guitar lesson and none of the other band members knowing anything about music. However in the end it was revealed said lesson was a ''really'' good one...



* Website/CollegeHumor made a trailer for a ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' gritty action movie. It was so popular, fans insisted they make an actual film. So they did.

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* Website/CollegeHumor ''Website/CollegeHumor'' made a trailer for a ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' gritty action movie. It was so popular, fans insisted they make an actual film. So they did.
11th Aug '16 7:29:25 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', Miles invents the "Dendarii Free Mercenaries" out of whole cloth as a quick cover story. Then the new "provisonal members" start to inadvertently PullTheThread , so he adds more detail. The sound doctrine means they win battles, which leads to people joining. By the end of the novel there actually IS a Dendarii Free Mercenaries, uniform, field manual, hidden government backing, and all. The majority of what defined the Dendarii was essentially made up on the spot by 3 terribly overworked people.

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''The Warrior's Apprentice'', ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Miles invents the "Dendarii Free Mercenaries" out of whole cloth as a quick cover story. Then the new "provisonal members" start to inadvertently PullTheThread , PullTheThread, so he adds more detail. The sound doctrine means they win battles, which leads to people joining. By the end of the novel there actually IS ''is'' a Dendarii Free Mercenaries, Mercenaries -- uniform, field manual, hidden government backing, and all. The majority of what defined the Dendarii was essentially made up on the spot by 3 terribly overworked people.
21st Jul '16 4:44:59 AM Andyroid
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* The town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agloe,_New_York Agloe, NY]] started as a copyright trap (a fake town or landmark put on maps), but after a general store was built there it started getting listed on maps, even for years after the store closed.

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* The town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agloe,_New_York Agloe, NY]] started as a copyright trap (a fake town or landmark deliberately put on maps), maps as a way to detect plagiarism), but after a general store was built there it started getting listed on maps, maps for real, even for years after the store closed.
20th Jul '16 8:56:57 PM Andyroid
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* The town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agloe,_New_York Agloe, NY]] started as a copyright trap (a fake town or landmark put on maps), but after a general store was built there it started getting listed on maps, even for years after the store closed.
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