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21st Feb '18 5:48:50 AM C2
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* The ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "D & DD" (or "Siblings and Sorcery") begins with a fantasy-type adventure involving a swordsman, a magician and an archer. When they're attacked by a wizard, one of them cries out "cheater!" It's revealed that it's Dexter and three of his friends playing a Dungeons and Dragon-type game, which is the focus of the episode.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "D & DD" (or "Siblings and Sorcery") begins with a fantasy-type adventure involving a swordsman, a magician and an archer. When they're attacked by a wizard, one of them cries out "cheater!" It's revealed that it's Dexter and three of his friends playing a Dungeons and Dragon-type Dragons-type game, which is the focus of the episode.
21st Feb '18 5:48:06 AM C2
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** The episode "Cartoon Wars, Part II" opened with a screen saying that the conclusion to Part I "will not be seen tonight" and would instead be replaced by a Terrance and Phillip cartoon. This made reference to the premiere of season 2, which aired on April Fool's Day and was in fact an entire episode devoted to the show-within-a-show, rather than the promised conclusion to season 1's cliffhanger ending. (To add insult to injury, at one point Terrance and Phillip started watching the "real" ''South Park'' season premiere on TV, but changed the channel before the cliffhanger resolution could happen.) This time, however, the Terrance and Phillip episode only lasted for about a minute before the prophet Muhammad showed up, though the visual of the actual character is censored out by the HBC network (the censorship of Muhammad is the point of conflict in the Cartoon Wars episode). Terrance and Phillip then get into an argument with the network president, who tells them, "Your show has become [[VerySpecialEpisode so preachy and full of messages]] that you've forgotten how to be funny!" The duo then argue that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is going to show an episode with Mohammed uncensored, but the president says that someone might be on their way to FOX Network to get that episode pulled. At that point the actual episode began.

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** The episode "Cartoon Wars, Part II" opened with a screen saying that the conclusion to Part I "will not be seen tonight" and would instead be replaced by a Terrance and Phillip cartoon. This made reference to the premiere of season 2, which aired on April Fool's Day and was in fact an entire episode devoted to the show-within-a-show, rather than the promised conclusion to season 1's cliffhanger ending. (To add insult to injury, at one point Terrance and Phillip started watching the "real" ''South Park'' season premiere on TV, but changed the channel before the cliffhanger resolution could happen.) This time, however, the Terrance and Phillip episode only lasted for about a minute before the prophet Muhammad showed up, though the visual of the actual character is censored out by the HBC network (the censorship of Muhammad is the point of conflict in the Cartoon Wars episode). Terrance and Phillip then get into an argument with the network president, who tells them, "Your show has become [[VerySpecialEpisode so preachy and full of messages]] that you've forgotten how to be funny!" The duo then argue that ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is going to show an episode with Mohammed uncensored, but the president says that someone might be on their way to FOX Network the Fox network to get that episode pulled. At that point the actual episode began.
4th Feb '18 9:54:31 AM mariofan1000
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* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' begins with Ganta Igarashi in his middle school talking with his friends and potential love intrest as they wait for their homeroom to start... and then Wretched Egg appears and everything goes downhill for there.

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* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' begins with Ganta Igarashi in his middle school talking with his friends and potential love intrest interest as they wait for their homeroom to start... and then Wretched Egg appears and everything goes downhill for there.


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* The ''Manga/PopTeamEpic'' anime starts off as a parody of generic idol anime called ''Hoshiiro Girldrop''. After the intro and title card, however, Popuko rips through it, shouts "Not!" and the real, [[WidgetSeries considerably weirder]], show starts. Strangely, the "Next Episode" segments at the very end of each episode are still for fictional episodes of ''Hoshirro Girldrop''.
** This is a reference to the manga, which took this trope to its ''[[ExaggeratedTrope logical extreme:]] The author said the series was cancelled to work on ''Hoshiiro Girldrop''. He spent four months advertising it, coming up with character bios, etc. When it came out, it seemed to be a fairly straightforward generic SliceOfLife anime...until the very end, where the main character ripped off her face to reveal [[TrollingCreator that it Popuko, and that Pop Team Epic was coming back.]]
3rd Feb '18 2:48:20 PM AdelePotter
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* ''Film/TragedyGirls'' looks like a typical SlasherMovie at the start, with the pretty blonde girl's boyfriend getting murdered by a mysterious killer, her running away, and the killer chasing after her... until he's suddenly captured by the pretty blonde and her best friend, who set the whole thing up as a trap, and promptly knock him out. Turns out, we're in a PerspectiveFlip of the typical slasher flick, and these are our {{Villain Protagonist}}s.
2nd Feb '18 1:26:50 AM Tuomas
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Contrast with InMediasRes or ActionPrologue (e.g., ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films) - they still fit the milieu and draw you ''in'' to the action. Also contrast BaitAndSwitchCredits. If the opening sequence never gets thematically tied to the story proper ''at all'', it becomes a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.

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Contrast with InMediasRes or ActionPrologue (e.g., ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films) - they still fit the milieu and draw you ''in'' to the action. Also contrast BaitAndSwitchCredits. If the opening sequence never gets thematically tied to the story proper ''at all'', it becomes a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
BigLippedAlligatorMoment. NestedStoryReveal is a similar trope where the fake-out continues for much longer than just one scene.
27th Jan '18 8:31:54 PM AjWargo
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* The opening of the Sega CD game ''VideoGame/KeioFlyingSquadron'' starts out with some historical garbage before going into the plot proper, with the game even stating that it is "Completly unrelated to these historical proceedings."
27th Jan '18 8:23:24 PM AjWargo
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* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokurochan'' opens with a lighted hearted junior high drama as some kids walk back home from school. Once Sakura makes it home, he finds Dokuro naked in his room, who reacts by partially decapitating him with her club.

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* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokurochan'' opens with a lighted hearted junior high drama as some kids walk back home from school. Once Sakura makes it home, he finds Dokuro naked wearing only panties in his room, who reacts by partially decapitating him with her club.
19th Jan '18 4:53:42 PM Andyroid
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** 'WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck' starts out with Daffy Duck in a swashbuckling adventure -- and then goes completely off the rails.

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** 'WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck' starts out with Daffy Duck in a swashbuckling adventure -- and then goes completely off the rails.rails when Daffy realizes there's no background.
14th Jan '18 11:01:09 AM nombretomado
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* Oh yes, and who could forget the flamboyantly tasteless one introducing ''WWF Invasion'' (the landmark show in which WWE wrestlers fought WCW and ECW wrestlers), which opened with newsreel footage of UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt announcing in 1939 (1941?) that "I have failed to prevent the invasion" - followed immediately by Stephanie [=McMahon=] maniacally screaming "Nothing can stop the Invasion!" and a wacked-out montage of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and so forth juxtaposed with KurtAngle, Diamond Dallas Page, and all the other WWE, WCW, and ECW wrestlers? Especially gauche in that the pay-per-view was held in 2001 - the year that marked the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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* Oh yes, and who could forget the flamboyantly tasteless one introducing ''WWF Invasion'' (the landmark show in which WWE wrestlers fought WCW and ECW wrestlers), which opened with newsreel footage of UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt announcing in 1939 (1941?) that "I have failed to prevent the invasion" - followed immediately by Stephanie [=McMahon=] maniacally screaming "Nothing can stop the Invasion!" and a wacked-out montage of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and so forth juxtaposed with KurtAngle, Wrestling/KurtAngle, Diamond Dallas Page, and all the other WWE, WCW, and ECW wrestlers? Especially gauche in that the pay-per-view was held in 2001 - the year that marked the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
11th Oct '17 6:15:27 AM jormis29
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* At the behest of Alfred Hitchcock himself, audiences were not allowed to enter ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' after the film began, as to not spoil the twists. One of which being the fact that the character we spend the entire first part of the film with is replaced with an entirely new one, despite the fact Janet Leigh was promoted as the star on all the advertising.

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* At the behest of Alfred Hitchcock Creator/AlfredHitchcock himself, audiences were not allowed to enter ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' after the film began, as to not spoil the twists. One of which being the fact that the character we spend the entire first part of the film with is replaced with an entirely new one, despite the fact Janet Leigh Creator/JanetLeigh was promoted as the star on all the advertising.
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