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2nd Apr '16 4:16:12 PM Kadorhal
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** In "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" Dr. Hibbert says that he can't solve this case, and then points at the audience and says, "Can you?" The camera changes angles to show that he's really pointing at Chief Wiggum.

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** In "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" Dr. Hibbert says that he can't solve this case, and then points at the audience and says, asks, "Can you?" The camera changes angles then pulls out slightly to show that he's really pointing at Chief Wiggum.
12th Jan '16 8:42:55 PM Angeldeb82
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Any time a character appears to be BreakingTheFourthWall, but a moment later it is [[RevealShot revealed]] that their action has a perfectly legitimate in-universe explanation; the FourthWall is in fact intact.

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Any time a character appears to be BreakingTheFourthWall, but a moment later it is [[RevealShot revealed]] {{reveal|Shot}}ed that their action has a perfectly legitimate in-universe explanation; the FourthWall is in fact intact.



Related to AsideGlance. Compare and contrast also AsideComment, where a character seems to address the audience, but no commitments about whether they really do are made either way. Not to be confused with LeaningOnTheFourthWall, wherein the fact that the characters are in a fictional work is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the dialogue.

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Related to AsideGlance. Compare and contrast also AsideComment, where a character seems to address the audience, but no commitments about whether they really do are made either way. Not to be confused with LeaningOnTheFourthWall, wherein the fact that the characters are in a fictional work is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the dialogue.



* This happens in the opening credits for the second season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. As the main cast is walking away, Rika turns around and seemingly waves to the audience. This seems appropriate after the revelation that [[OracularUrchin Rika]] [[spoiler: is the only one who [[ResetButton actually knows]] [[GroundhogDayLoop what's going on]]]]. However, after episode 13, when [[spoiler: [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Hanyuu]] finally works up the courage to go from secret observer to active participant, [[PromotionToOpeningTitles she gets an extra scene in the opening]], where it's clear that she's the one Rika was waving to.]]

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* This happens in the opening credits for the second season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. As the main cast is walking away, Rika turns around and seemingly waves to the audience. This seems appropriate after the revelation that [[OracularUrchin Rika]] [[spoiler: is the only one who [[ResetButton actually knows]] [[GroundhogDayLoop what's going on]]]]. However, after episode 13, when [[spoiler: [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Hanyuu]] finally works up the courage to go from secret observer to active participant, [[PromotionToOpeningTitles she gets an extra scene in the opening]], where it's clear that she's the one Rika was waving to.]]to]].



--> '''Bill:''' [[PostMortemOneLiner That, my friends, is the]] ''[[PostMortemOneLiner minority]]'' [[PostMortemOneLiner vote.]] Why don'tcha burn 'im, see if his ashes turn green.

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--> '''Bill:''' [[PostMortemOneLiner [[BondOneLiner That, my friends, is the]] ''[[PostMortemOneLiner ''[[BondOneLiner minority]]'' [[PostMortemOneLiner [[BondOneLiner vote.]] Why don'tcha burn 'im, see if his ashes turn green.



** Megan [[InvokedTrope invokes]] {{Fanservice}} by taking her top off, to hold the camera's attention for a rant about [[YouBastard spectator blood sports and consumers of glamorized violence directed at the viewer]].
** The slashers themselves [[EvilIsHammy ham it up for their fans]], LampShading the audience's bloodthirst.

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** Megan [[InvokedTrope invokes]] {{invoke|dTrope}}s {{Fanservice}} by taking her top off, to hold the camera's attention for a rant about [[YouBastard spectator blood sports and consumers of glamorized violence directed at the viewer]].
** The slashers themselves [[EvilIsHammy ham it up for their fans]], LampShading {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing the audience's bloodthirst.



* In the first episode of the fourth season of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', Jack turns to the camera and says "Welcome to Season 4." The camera pans away and it's revealed he's introducing people to a new, swanky restaurant named "Season 4."

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* In the first episode of the fourth season of ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack turns to the camera and says "Welcome to Season 4." The camera pans away and it's revealed he's introducing people to a new, swanky restaurant named "Season 4."



* In a season 3 episode of ''{{WEEDS}}'', Shane addresses the fourth wall and says "Yeah, it's just a bug in the system". In the next episode it is revealed that he was speaking to his late father, Judah.

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* In a season 3 episode of ''{{WEEDS}}'', ''Series/{{WEEDS}}'', Shane addresses the fourth wall and says "Yeah, it's just a bug in the system". In the next episode it is revealed that he was speaking to his late father, Judah.



* [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] does this in his ending in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. Talking [[spoiler:to ComicBook/GhostRider.]]

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* [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] VideoGame/{{D|evilMayCry}}ante does this in his ending in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. Talking [[spoiler:to ComicBook/GhostRider.]]ComicBook/GhostRider]].



* ''LunarSilverStarStory'' has an inversion. [[spoiler:After capturing the White Dragon]], the Magic Emperor states that he will need a queen, [[spoiler:just as the camera pans down at Luna's back, and just as she's standing before him. The camera then switch's to Luna's ''[[HeroicBSOD horrified]]'' face, complete with an extreme close up. We all know that she's staring at the Magic Emperor, but the fact that it looks as if she's looking directly at us increases the tension, not to mention making that particular scene even more creepy.]]

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* ''LunarSilverStarStory'' ''VideoGame/LunarSilverStarStory'' has an inversion. [[spoiler:After capturing the White Dragon]], the Magic Emperor states that he will need a queen, [[spoiler:just as the camera pans down at Luna's back, and just as she's standing before him. The camera then switch's to Luna's ''[[HeroicBSOD horrified]]'' ''{{h|eroicBSOD}}orrified'' face, complete with an extreme close up. We all know that she's staring at the Magic Emperor, but the fact that it looks as if she's looking directly at us increases the tension, not to mention making that particular scene even more creepy.]]



* In one of the ''JimmyNeutron''/''{{WesternAnimation/The Fairly OddParents}}'' CrossOver specials this was a RunningGag. Sheen would ask, seemingly no one in particular, "Do you know what this means?! Do you?" He would then lean directly at the camera, asking "Do ''yoooouuu?"'' We then switch angles and zoom out to see that each time, he's asking Libby, who exasperatedly tells him to back off.

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* In one of the ''JimmyNeutron''/''{{WesternAnimation/The Fairly OddParents}}'' CrossOver ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]]''/''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' {{Crossover}} specials this was a RunningGag. Sheen would ask, seemingly no one in particular, "Do you know what this means?! Do you?" He would then lean directly at the camera, asking "Do ''yoooouuu?"'' We then switch angles and zoom out to see that each time, he's asking Libby, who exasperatedly tells him to back off.
6th Nov '15 5:05:38 PM ultimomant
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** In "Fall Weather Friends", Spike keeps narrating the race. Twilight keeps asking, "Who are you talking to!?" and then he'd point to other characters who were off screen until that moment.
22nd Sep '15 8:35:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* This happens in the opening credits for the second season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. As the main cast is walking away, Rika turns around and seemingly waves to the audience. This seems appropriate after the revelation that [[OracularUrchin Rika]] [[spoiler: is the only one who [[ResetButton actually knows]] [[GroundhogDayLoop what's going on]]]]. However, after episode 13, when [[spoiler: [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Hanyuu]] finally works up the courage to go from secret observer to active participant, [[PromotionToOpeningTitles she gets an extra scene in the opening]], where it's clear that she's the one Rika was waving to.]]

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* This happens in the opening credits for the second season of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''.''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. As the main cast is walking away, Rika turns around and seemingly waves to the audience. This seems appropriate after the revelation that [[OracularUrchin Rika]] [[spoiler: is the only one who [[ResetButton actually knows]] [[GroundhogDayLoop what's going on]]]]. However, after episode 13, when [[spoiler: [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Hanyuu]] finally works up the courage to go from secret observer to active participant, [[PromotionToOpeningTitles she gets an extra scene in the opening]], where it's clear that she's the one Rika was waving to.]]
15th Sep '15 3:56:17 AM narm00
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* Zigzagged by Bernkastel in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' often addresses 'the audience', but in Ep7 she's speaking specifically to an audience of witches, Featherine among them, giving them rhetorical statements it sounds like she would make to the audience of readers. So which fourth wall is she breaking, the one within the medium or beyond it?

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* Zigzagged by Bernkastel in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''; she often addresses 'the audience', but in Ep7 she's speaking specifically to an audience of witches, Featherine among them, giving them rhetorical statements it sounds like she would make to the audience of readers. So which fourth wall is she breaking, the one within the medium or beyond it?
13th Aug '15 10:00:08 AM Generality
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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' observes this trope as closely as possible without a screen: it begins with [[TheGrimReaper Death]] witnessing the fatal collision of his apprentice Mort and his wife. After this, he turns around, seemingly to no one, and comments, "[[AC: Yes. I could have done something.]]" Much later, the scene is shown OnceMoreWithClarity to reveal that Death was actually talking to his granddaughter Susan, who had used the power of Death's domain to go back in time.
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26th Jul '15 3:36:07 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* In one [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2051 strip]] of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd appears to be commenting on a stupid mistake that Elliot made despite not being around to witness it. However, he is quickly revealed to instead be commenting on a similar situation in the sitcom that he was watching, meaning that he was merely LeaningOnTheFourthWall rather than breaking it.
21st Jul '15 11:38:42 AM pinkdalek
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* Series/CountArthurStrong - From time to time, Arthur adresses an imaginary audience. He has no idea there really ''is'' an audience, he's just acting out a fantasy.[[/folder]]

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* Series/CountArthurStrong - From time to time, Arthur adresses an imaginary audience. He has no idea there really ''is'' an audience, he's just acting out a fantasy.fantasy.
* At the beginning of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Face of Evil", the Doctor exits the TARDIS chatting to camera about how lost he is and asks us if there's anything else he's forgotten. In-universe he's actually just talking to himself (a quirk of his that's been established from the very beginning) and doesn't know we're looking at him. [[FourthWallObserver Probably.]]
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18th Jul '15 6:37:30 PM nombretomado
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* [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] does this in his ending in ''MarvelVsCapcom3''. Talking [[spoiler:to ComicBook/GhostRider.]]

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* [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] does this in his ending in ''MarvelVsCapcom3''.''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. Talking [[spoiler:to ComicBook/GhostRider.]]
7th Mar '15 4:13:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''GangsOfNewYork'', Bill the Butcher points directly at the camera after [[KickTheDog assassinating]] newly elected [[KnightInSourArmor Sheriff Monk]] with a meat cleaver. Based on context, we find out he's talking to the (unseen) clients in Monk's barber shop.

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* In ''GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', Bill the Butcher points directly at the camera after [[KickTheDog assassinating]] newly elected [[KnightInSourArmor Sheriff Monk]] with a meat cleaver. Based on context, we find out he's talking to the (unseen) clients in Monk's barber shop.



* In the theatrical version of ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', at one point Rosencrantz shouts "Fire!"--in a crowded theater, of course--and then seemingly watches the audience with contempt as they stay in their seats, and mutters "They should burn to death in their shoes." But in context, he's just referring to the other characters in the play.

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* In the theatrical version of ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', ''Film/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', at one point Rosencrantz shouts "Fire!"--in a crowded theater, of course--and then seemingly watches the audience with contempt as they stay in their seats, and mutters "They should burn to death in their shoes." But in context, he's just referring to the other characters in the play.



* ''MrAndMrsSmith'' features a scene where Jane is frisking John for weapons on a dance floor. At one point, the scene is framed so that you only see them from the shoulders up, face to face, when [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Jane lowers her head below the frame]]. John turns to the camera and winks, at which point cuts to show that he's winking at an elderly couple, also dancing.
* One scene of ''BrooklynsFinest'' has [[DonCheadle Tango]] doing this, though it was clearly shown who he was speaking to before this.

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* ''MrAndMrsSmith'' ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'' features a scene where Jane is frisking John for weapons on a dance floor. At one point, the scene is framed so that you only see them from the shoulders up, face to face, when [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Jane lowers her head below the frame]]. John turns to the camera and winks, at which point cuts to show that he's winking at an elderly couple, also dancing.
* One scene of ''BrooklynsFinest'' ''Film/BrooklynsFinest'' has [[DonCheadle Tango]] doing this, though it was clearly shown who he was speaking to before this.
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