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16th Mar '17 1:50:09 PM Bryx
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* ''Webcomic/MarcoandMarty'' has Puzzle Rat the Puzzle Fink. He only appears to ask the audience to help the Title Characters solve scavenger hunt clues, and refers to himself as a plot convenience. Marco(a cat) finally gets fed up and eats him, leading him to come back as a ghost.
13th Mar '17 10:48:08 AM arkholt
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* ''Webcomic/TheBirdFeeder'' has Darryl.
** The [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/characters#item-2 characters page]] states, "He is the only character that actually knows hes in a comic strip."
** In [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/207 #207]], "Vacation" he mentions the fourth wall by name.
** TheRant for [[http://thebirdfeeder.com/comic/399 #399]], "Another Apology," reiterates this point.
5th Mar '17 7:49:10 PM nombretomado
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} carries his MediumAwareness into video games with him. You fight him in ''MarvelUltimateAlliance 2'' because he declares that it's time for an "obligatory [[MiniBoss mini-boss]] fight". In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' he [[{{Nerdgasm}} geeks out]] over meeting ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' characters (and thinks that [=KOing=] them means he gets the cover of ''Street Fighter V''), makes "[[VideoGame/XMen Welcome to Die]]!" and "[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Curleh mustache]]" jokes upon seeing Magneto, criticizes [[VideoGame/BionicCommando Spencer's]] [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesign]], beats opponents with their own health bars, grabs the camera to address the player... long story short, he knows he's in a video game. And wait until you see what he gets up to in [[VideoGame/{{Deadpool}} his own video game]]...

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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} carries his MediumAwareness into video games with him. You fight him in ''MarvelUltimateAlliance 2'' ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance2'' because he declares that it's time for an "obligatory [[MiniBoss mini-boss]] fight". In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' he [[{{Nerdgasm}} geeks out]] over meeting ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' characters (and thinks that [=KOing=] them means he gets the cover of ''Street Fighter V''), makes "[[VideoGame/XMen Welcome to Die]]!" and "[[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Curleh mustache]]" jokes upon seeing Magneto, criticizes [[VideoGame/BionicCommando Spencer's]] [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesign]], beats opponents with their own health bars, grabs the camera to address the player... long story short, he knows he's in a video game. And wait until you see what he gets up to in [[VideoGame/{{Deadpool}} his own video game]]...
2nd Mar '17 11:53:41 PM pinkdalek
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* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is at least a minor example. One of his victory quotes is [[ThemeTuneCameo humming the famous victory tune]], and he [[AsideGlance briefly looks at the camera]] and addresses the audience in at least one {{cutscene}}.

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Kefka]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is at least a minor example. One of his victory quotes is [[ThemeTuneCameo humming the famous victory tune]], and he [[AsideGlance briefly looks at the camera]] and addresses the audience in at least one {{cutscene}}.


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**For a more minor example, Prompto in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' also sings background music from time to time and comments on the game mechanics.
2nd Mar '17 9:53:22 AM rafi
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} of Creator/MarvelComics is known for being able to see through the fourth wall and snap it in two if he wants to. The reasoning is because he's a very special kind of insane, which occasionally allows him to perceive things others cannot. From being able to see the yellow boxes that he thinks in, to referring to the last time he showed up by issue number, Deadpool's odd observations are even occasionally plot points; for example, Deadpool is unaffected by Marvel's recent massive {{retcon}} of the past twenty years of Franchise/SpiderMan's history, leaving some fans to speculate it was put there as an editorial escape plan if necessary.

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* ''Creator/MarvelComics'':
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SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} of Creator/MarvelComics is known for being able to see through the fourth wall and snap it in two if he wants to. The reasoning is because he's a very special kind of insane, which occasionally allows him to perceive things others cannot. From being able to see the yellow boxes that he thinks in, to referring to the last time he showed up by issue number, Deadpool's odd observations are even occasionally plot points; for example, Deadpool is unaffected by Marvel's recent massive {{retcon}} of the past twenty years of Franchise/SpiderMan's history, leaving some fans to speculate it was put there as an editorial escape plan if necessary.



** [[WordOfGod Word of God]] had previously stated that She-Hulk's fourth wall vision was somewhat fluid in terms of canon-- if she was using it, then she had it in that storyline, if she wasn't using it, it wasn't something she ever had. In her third series, in which she works at a law firm that studies actual issues of Marvel Comics as legal documents, an issue of her second series was read in-universe, and she was asked if she really thought there was an audience watching, she replied no-- but said it to the fourth wall.

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** *** [[WordOfGod Word of God]] had previously stated that She-Hulk's fourth wall vision was somewhat fluid in terms of canon-- if she was using it, then she had it in that storyline, if she wasn't using it, it wasn't something she ever had. In her third series, in which she works at a law firm that studies actual issues of Marvel Comics as legal documents, an issue of her second series was read in-universe, and she was asked if she really thought there was an audience watching, she replied no-- but said it to the fourth wall.



** There's also ComicBook/SquirrelGirl and her squirrels, FunPersonified.
*** When Deadpool and Squirrel Girl team up in a [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers GLA]] special, the Fourth Wall doesn't so much break as slink away quietly with its tail between its legs. Rather than explain to her in detail what happened to her boyfriend Speedball, Deadpool just hands a copy of the relevant comic to Squirrel Girl and lets her read it.

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** There's also ComicBook/SquirrelGirl and her squirrels, FunPersonified.
FunPersonified. In the [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers GLA]] she was only allowed to break the fourth wall during the recaps. But Monkey Joe and Tippy-Toe didn't sign any contract (why would they?), so for them, there is no fourth wall.
*** When Deadpool and Squirrel Girl team up in a [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers GLA]] GLA special, the Fourth Wall doesn't so much break as slink away quietly with its tail between its legs. Rather than explain to her in detail what happened to her boyfriend Speedball, Deadpool just hands a copy of the relevant comic to Squirrel Girl and lets her read it.



** And of the villain category, there is the Purple Man (at least in his Alias appearences).



* While SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is occasionally like this in normal comics as well, in the ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' storyline, where he gains 99% of [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyzptlk's]] powers, he becomes one of these big time, occasionally making references to the comic and the industry, which the other characters usually ignore. Among the best of these that he did was sticking a "Why Didn't Anyone Call In To Save Me" sign on Jason Todd's skeleton (a reference to the fact that DC used a phone-in poll to decide whether he would live or die), and, faced with the fact that he couldn't erase Batman from existence due to his obsessions, yells at the artist to stop redrawing him.
** Mxyzptlk himself is Fourth Wall Savvy. In a recent issue of ComicBook/SupermanBatman:

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** In issue 66 of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', Whitman Knapp becomes one of these for the length of the issue, treating the writer with sarcasm. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a delusion created by the Dreamqueen.]]
** The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' used to pal around with a group of super-powered do-gooders called ''The Pantheon''. Except Paris wasn't quite the do-gooder they thought. In addition to causing outright chaos, he speaks to the reader, is aware when the end of the book is coming up and at one point, turns the book OFF. Creepy.
** Rick Jones, long-time superhero sidekick, has developed 'comics awareness' as detailed in ''[[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] #60''.[[note]]The ability is a parody of Captain Marvel's own "cosmic awareness" superpower.[[/note]] He does not seem fully aware he is in a comic book, but he can clearly see the forest for the trees. Years of dealing with cosmic beings who can rewrite reality on a whim has made him the most genre-savvy of the entire Marvel Universe. He recognizes when it is time for the wacky adventures to stop for now. It's not perfect, mind, he accepts the comforting delusion that his wife had a pleasing lesbian affair due to telepathic influence, not because she was bi and the marriage was on the rocks.
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While SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is occasionally like this in normal comics as well, in the ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' storyline, where he gains 99% of [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyzptlk's]] powers, he becomes one of these big time, occasionally making references to the comic and the industry, which the other characters usually ignore. Among the best of these that he did was sticking a "Why Didn't Anyone Call In To Save Me" sign on Jason Todd's skeleton (a reference to the fact that DC used a phone-in poll to decide whether he would live or die), and, faced with the fact that he couldn't erase Batman from existence due to his obsessions, yells at the artist to stop redrawing him.
** Mxyzptlk himself is Fourth Wall Savvy. In a recent an issue of ComicBook/SupermanBatman:



* In a ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' Hallowe'en story, after multiple alien invasions and random people spending several panels ranting about conspiracy theories, Sideshow Bob turns up to tell the Truth -- they're "all merely pen and ink creations trapped in a juvenile comic book!" He gets laughed at at first, but proves his case by pointing out the comic book panels and then forcing everyone to look at the reader.
* The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' used to pal around with a group of super-powered do-gooders called ''The Pantheon''. Except Paris wasn't quite the do-gooder they thought. In addition to causing outright chaos, he speaks to the reader, is aware when the end of the book is coming up and at one point, turns the book OFF. Creepy.
* In issue 66 of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', Whitman Knapp becomes one of these for the length of the issue, treating the writer with sarcasm. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a delusion created by the Dreamqueen.]]
* Again with the Hulk. Rick Jones, long-time superhero sidekick, has developed 'comics awareness' as detailed in 'Captain Marvel #60'.[[note]]The ability is a parody of Captain Marvel's own "cosmic awareness" superpower.[[/note]] He does not seem fully aware he is in a comic book, but he can clearly see the forest for the trees. Years of dealing with cosmic beings who can rewrite reality on a whim has made him the most genre-savvy of the entire Marvel Universe. He recognizes when it is time for the wacky adventures to stop for now. It's not perfect, mind, he accepts the comforting delusion that his wife had a pleasing lesbian affair due to telepathic influence, not because she was bi and the marriage was on the rocks.
* Flint Dartson of ''Webcomic/ALoonaticsTale'' is renowned for constantly breaking the fourth wall. While he may not make it known to the other characters, he continually acts knowing that there is a script and author causing the events around them.
* An interesting case in ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' in which the Dajjal was talking out loud while the narrator was also making an ApocalypticLog. Since he is TheOmniscient, then he is probably aware of the fourth wall.

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* ** In a ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' Hallowe'en story, after multiple alien invasions and random people spending several panels ranting about conspiracy theories, Sideshow Bob turns up to tell the Truth -- they're "all merely pen and ink creations trapped in a juvenile pre-New 52 ''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn'' comic book!" He gets laughed at at first, but proves his case by pointing out solo, usually an imaginary Harley comments to viewers on events in the comic book panels and then forcing everyone to look at the reader.
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* The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' used to pal around with a group of super-powered do-gooders called ''The Pantheon''. Except Paris wasn't quite the do-gooder they thought. In addition to causing outright chaos, he speaks to the reader, is aware when the end of the book is coming up and at one point, turns the book OFF. Creepy.
* In issue 66 of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight'', Whitman Knapp becomes one of these for the length of the issue, treating the writer with sarcasm. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a delusion created by the Dreamqueen.]]
* Again with the Hulk. Rick Jones, long-time superhero sidekick,
''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' story "Future Tense" (Cartoon Network Block Party #36) has developed 'comics awareness' as detailed in 'Captain Marvel #60'.[[note]]The ability is a parody of Captain Marvel's own "cosmic awareness" superpower.[[/note]] He does not seem fully aware he is in a comic book, but Grim saying he can clearly see the forest for the trees. Years of dealing use his scythe to find out what Nostradamus is saying about his future, with cosmic beings who can rewrite reality on a whim has made him the most genre-savvy of the entire Marvel Universe. He recognizes when Mandy finding it is time for the wacky adventures to stop for now. It's not perfect, mind, he accepts the comforting delusion that his wife had a pleasing lesbian affair due to telepathic influence, not because too convenient: "Doesn't this comic have ''any'' standards?" she was bi and the marriage was on the rocks.
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* Flint Dartson of ''Webcomic/ALoonaticsTale'' is renowned for constantly breaking the fourth wall. While he may not make it known to the other characters, he continually acts knowing that there is a script and author causing the events around them.
* An interesting case in ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' in which the Dajjal was talking out loud while the narrator was also making an ApocalypticLog. Since he is TheOmniscient, then he is probably aware of the fourth wall.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' story "Future Tense" (Cartoon Network Block Party #36) has Grim saying he can use his scythe to find out what Nostradamus is saying about his future, with Mandy finding it too convenient: "Doesn't this comic have ''any'' standards?" she asks.



* Unsurprisingly, Pinkie Pie does this fairly regularly in the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW Pony comics.]] During the "Reflections" arc, she chastises Twilight Sparkle for trying to make sense of an AlternateReality by saying that their ''own'' reality [[MST3KMantra doesn't make sense and that continuity is overrated]]. Later, during a battle between two other characters, she admonishes them for doing something not allowed in a children's comic book.

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* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'':
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Unsurprisingly, Pinkie Pie does this fairly regularly in the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW IDW Pony comics.]] regularly. During the "Reflections" arc, she chastises Twilight Sparkle for trying to make sense of an AlternateReality by saying that their ''own'' reality [[MST3KMantra doesn't make sense and that continuity is overrated]]. Later, during a battle between two other characters, she admonishes them for doing something not allowed in a children's comic book.


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* In a ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' Hallowe'en story, after multiple alien invasions and random people spending several panels ranting about conspiracy theories, Sideshow Bob turns up to tell the Truth -- they're "all merely pen and ink creations trapped in a juvenile comic book!" He gets laughed at at first, but proves his case by pointing out the comic book panels and then forcing everyone to look at the reader.
* An interesting case in ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' in which the Dajjal was talking out loud while the narrator was also making an ApocalypticLog. Since he is TheOmniscient, then he is probably aware of the fourth wall.
28th Feb '17 7:19:37 AM Kyrillion
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* A lot of people break an imaginary fourth wall when talking to themselves, sometimes because explaining something to someone else (or pretending to do so) resolves the problem or crystalises the issue in our own minds. Since the rise of documentary style comedies, a meme has developed of people descibing a real-life frustrating or weird conversation or situation and them 'looking at the amera like in The Office'. Perhaps it's equivalent to 'casting your eyes to heaven' - we've always selectively imagined a sympathetic oberver to our lives and reactions, only now we tend to imagine the camera rather than a deity.

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* A lot of people break an imaginary fourth wall when talking to themselves, sometimes because explaining something to someone else (or pretending to do so) resolves the problem or crystalises the issue in our own minds. Since the rise of documentary style comedies, a meme has developed of people descibing a real-life frustrating or weird conversation or situation and them 'looking at the amera camera like in on The Office'. Perhaps it's equivalent to 'casting your eyes to heaven' - we've always selectively imagined a sympathetic oberver to our lives and reactions, only now we tend to imagine the camera rather than a deity.
28th Feb '17 7:00:24 AM Kyrillion
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* A lot of people break an imaginary fourth wall when talking to themselves, sometimes because explaining something to someone else (or pretending to do so) resolves the problem or crystalises the issue in our own minds. Since the rise of documentary style comedies, a meme has developed of people descibing a real-life frustrating or weird conversation or situation and them 'looking at the amera like in The Office'. Perhaps it's equivalent to 'casting your eyes to heaven' - we've always selectively imagined a sympathetic oberver to our lives and reactions, only now we tend to imagine the camera rather than a deity.
16th Jan '17 4:32:49 PM Ninja857142
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* Pinkie Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She seems to have awareness of the fourth wall, but her friends put this off as "Pinkie just being Pinkie". Also, she frequently abuses ToonPhysics, and appears to be capable of greatly stretching her body, [[RuleOfFunny as long as it's funny]].
** Discord, from the same series, is a milder example. He shows MediumAwareness with his mischief, and may give the odd AsideGlance or two, but never directly breaks the fourth wall.

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Pinkie Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Pie. She seems to have awareness of the fourth wall, and has interrupted the IrisOut multiple times and even [[CameraAbuse shaken the camera]], but her friends put this off tend to dismiss her as "Pinkie just being Pinkie". Also, she frequently abuses ToonPhysics, and appears to be capable of greatly stretching her body, [[RuleOfFunny as long as it's funny]].
** Discord, from the same series, Discord is a milder example. He shows MediumAwareness with his mischief, and may give the odd AsideGlance or two, but never directly breaks the fourth wall.
3rd Jan '17 9:13:09 AM NateTheGreat
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-->'''Joker:''' (''while preparing to throw a bolo over the wall of Arkham Asylum in order to snag a passing truck and escape'') Don't try this at home, kiddies!

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-->'''Joker:''' (''while preparing to throw a bolo over the wall of Arkham Asylum in order to snag a passing truck and escape'') [[DontTryThisAtHome Don't try this at home, home]], kiddies!
26th Dec '16 11:00:22 AM KingLyger
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* Pinkie Pie in "WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic". She seems to have awareness of the fourth wall, her friends put this off as "Pinkie Pie just being Pinkie Pie"
** Discord is another example.

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* Pinkie Pie in "WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic". ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. She seems to have awareness of the fourth wall, but her friends put this off as "Pinkie Pie just being Pinkie Pie"
Pinkie". Also, she frequently abuses ToonPhysics, and appears to be capable of greatly stretching her body, [[RuleOfFunny as long as it's funny]].
** Discord Discord, from the same series, is another example.a milder example. He shows MediumAwareness with his mischief, and may give the odd AsideGlance or two, but never directly breaks the fourth wall.
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