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28th Jun '16 5:39:01 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', a subtler example (which could reasonably be a well-crafted LeaningOnTheFourthWall -- it's left ambiguous) has Eric Idle's character saying "You'll see it's all a show… Keep 'em laughing as you go!" in the last musical number ''Always look at the bright side of life'' ([[{{Irony}} sung by Idle, Brian and all the other characters who have been sentenced to death]]).
23rd Jun '16 6:41:55 PM nombretomado
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*** There are also several moments where the cast does acknowledge that they're singing, especially during "Professional Pirate" when [[TimCurry Long John Silver]] mentions that it's his only number and tells the pirates to show that they've been practicing.

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*** There are also several moments where the cast does acknowledge that they're singing, especially during "Professional Pirate" when [[TimCurry [[Creator/TimCurry Long John Silver]] mentions that it's his only number and tells the pirates to show that they've been practicing.
22nd Jun '16 2:52:28 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the all puppet version of the Muppet show ''DogCity'', Ace finds a note from his father that contains a strange postscript, "Dum-Dum-De-Dum." When his girlfriend wonders what that is supposed to mean, they both suddenly hear the equivalent notes played out of nowhere and she realizes that it's a music cue. They suddenly realize the big reveal of the plot and suddenly, and without irony, sing along with the replayed cue, "Dum-Dum-De-Dum!"

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* In the all puppet version of the Muppet show ''DogCity'', ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', Ace finds a note from his father that contains a strange postscript, "Dum-Dum-De-Dum." When his girlfriend wonders what that is supposed to mean, they both suddenly hear the equivalent notes played out of nowhere and she realizes that it's a music cue. They suddenly realize the big reveal of the plot and suddenly, and without irony, sing along with the replayed cue, "Dum-Dum-De-Dum!"
15th Jun '16 1:18:29 AM erforce
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* Everyone always seems to forget this one. In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', after beating King K. Rool once, a set of fake credits scroll down the screen. And then he gets up and starts attacking again. First time around, most players might lose a life to this trick.

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* Everyone always seems to forget this one. In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'', after beating King K. Rool once, a set of fake credits scroll down the screen. And then he gets up and starts attacking again. First time around, most players might lose a life to this trick.
4th Jun '16 5:24:26 PM nombretomado
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* One stage in ''VideoGame/GodHand'' requires Gene to deflect cannonballs back at the ship firing them. How do you do that? Well, you have to hit the right button according to the four cannons that can fire... and incidentally the PS2 face buttons are painted onto the side of the ship, laid out just as on the controller, with each button corresponding to the cannon next to it.

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* One stage in ''VideoGame/GodHand'' requires Gene to deflect cannonballs back at the ship firing them. How do you do that? Well, you have to hit the right button according to the four cannons that can fire... and incidentally the PS2 [=PS2=] face buttons are painted onto the side of the ship, laid out just as on the controller, with each button corresponding to the cannon next to it.
28th May '16 4:47:07 PM nombretomado
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* Oh my, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''... It starts when the Arms-Tech president forgot Meryl's codec frequency, but reminds Snake that there's a screenshot on the back of the game's CD case that shows the correct number. Snake notices that the background music has stopped playing, and shortly after Psycho Mantis talks with you about the savegames on the memory card of your PlayStation. There are ''many'' more examples, like in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' when [[spoiler:Snake returns to the location of the first game.]] Otacon informs him that he has reached the point where he has to change to CD #2, but then remembers that the [=PS3=] uses Blu-Ray and changing the disc is no longer necessary.

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* Oh my, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''... It starts when the Arms-Tech president forgot Meryl's codec frequency, but reminds Snake that there's a screenshot on the back of the game's CD case that shows the correct number. Snake notices that the background music has stopped playing, and shortly after Psycho Mantis talks with you about the savegames on the memory card of your PlayStation.UsefulNotes/PlayStation. There are ''many'' more examples, like in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' when [[spoiler:Snake returns to the location of the first game.]] Otacon informs him that he has reached the point where he has to change to CD #2, but then remembers that the [=PS3=] uses Blu-Ray and changing the disc is no longer necessary.
22nd May '16 8:29:49 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/{{Metallica}} have a song titled after Creator/HPLovecraft's most famous short story, "Music/TheCallOfCthulhu", but it's spelt "The Call of Ktulu". However, the misspelling is intentional. Lovecraft wrote that saying, or even spelling out, Cthulhu's name would [[SpeakOfTheDevil draw his attention]]. Since Cthulhu is the TropeCodifier for EldritchAbomination, this is ''not'' something you want to happen. Doubles as TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou.
20th May '16 9:26:52 AM Andyroid
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----* ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' is rescued from a hopeless situation by a friend who spots a text box narrating how his rescue attempt will fail. He shoots the letters clean off it and they escape.
* ''Webcomic/DarkLegacyComics'': has [[http://www.darklegacycomics.com/411.html the midgets]] discovering the panels. They then stab, smack, and break the panels in such a way that they affect the past and future.
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* ''AVeryPotterMusical'' uses this quite a bit, ranging from characters talking about things they did while offstage, to Ron accepting a package of Twizzlers from a member of the band, to Voldemort, during the final battle, yelling at the band to change the tone of the background music.
* Similar to the ''Thumb Wars'' example above, in ''Film/ACloneApart'', the following exchange is the first dialogue we hear:
** "Did you see that? It's a bunch of [[OpeningScroll floating text]] out in the middle of space!"
** "No no no, that was a midichlorian cluster."
** "There aren't any midiclorians in space."
** "Of course there are! How else do we hear sound in space?"
* In ''Machinima/{{Smashtasm}}'', Princess H introduces herself to Super64. As soon as she does, a caption appears stating her name. She complains to TheNarrator that this is redundant, and she and TheNarrator start arguing.
* A ''Website/CollegeHumor'' parody skit of ''Series/SesameStreet'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4ZMyK9Ko74&feature=channel_video_title had the cookie monster replaced by a "pot cookie monster"]]. By the end of the video the drug's effects cause him to realize that he's just a puppet.
* Split panel fun at [[http://www.cracked.com/video_17443_answering-phone-in-movie-can-be-tricky-at-first.html Cracked.com]].
** Also, [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/ace-manheim-meta-detective...metective/ this]] Cracked column, in which the characters in a noir-style story realize they're fictional characters. They immediately start asking "WhoWritesThisCrap?!" and [[RageAgainstTheAuthor arguing with the author]]. At one point, one character's dialogue links to the author's previous noir columns to prove that he's "already sort of done the whole noir thing. Once or twice." The author is... not pleased.
* Name an AbridgedSeries. Any Abridged Series.
* In ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' they can read Nostalgia Chick's subtitles. She instructs them to when they keep commenting on the fact they can't understand her.
* ''Doctor Horrible's WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical!'' has several songs about the song. Most notably "Ten dollar solo."
* In the musical episode of ''WebVideo/TheLegendOfNeil'' the fairy, when asked to sing with him by another fairy comments "I don't like online musicals''
** Which is [[ActorAllusion made even funnier]] by the fact that the fairy who refuses to sing is played by FeliciaDay of WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvy6MjiNgl0 "You see how they condescend to us with their subtitles!"]]
* The Monkey King has godlike powers in the WhateleyUniverse, and this is apparently one of them. In the only story in which he narrates, he not only demonstrates medium awareness, he stops and makes comments at a couple regular posters on the website forums.
* Deconstructed in-universe in the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'''s description of [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-085 SCP-085]], a sapient animated drawing who learned that she is only a drawing and became depressed.
** Furthermore, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/sandrewswann-s-proposal S Andrew Swann's Proposal]] for SCP-001 is that [[spoiler:higher level staff are becoming aware that their universe is a work of fiction, going by the messed up, often contradictory backstory of the foundation and the [=SCPs=] therein.]]
* References to how [[Wiki/TVTropes this site]] is a wiki are constantly referenced.
* ''Roleplay/STOForumVersusThreadRP'':
--> '''locutusofcactus:''' The Undine captain looks down at the tracks in the sand. "Hmm... it appears that my competition is a good ten pages ahead of me."
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cro}}'': An episode involving a weird-looking machine invented by some mammoth named "Bucky" is chock-full of NoFourthWall flirting with lines like "What, another plot complication?", "I thought we were in a {{flashback}} already" (the show's main story-lines are told as flashbacks) and "This not a good place to end, how about nice rescue scene?" - at the end of the flashback portion of the ep, three of the show's characters are hanging from Bucky's machine, which has been shoved over a cliff in a literal CliffHanger.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' plays with this a lot, including things like messing with the credits of the show. Most notably at the end of "Grande Size Me" when Ron gives a fourth wall-breaking SpaceWhaleAesop [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle speech]] about the dangers of mutating your DNA while the other characters gather behind him, confusedly wonder who he's talking to.
* Squidward in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' makes frequent references to things lasting eleven minutes, the approximate length of a short.
* As do Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
-->'''Timmy:''' Where were you ten and a half minutes ago when I needed you?!
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'': VillainOfTheWeek Dr. Zygote uses a machine to "[[EvolutionaryLevels evolve towards]] [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence the infinite]]", complete with ThemeMusicPowerUp. During the process he drones "Yes...I...can hear...the music!"
* Many of the humor-themed animated series co-created in the 1990s by Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment were chock-full of this:
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Naturally, being explicitly about future cartoon stars in training.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': The Warner siblings, Slappy Squirrel, and her nephew Skippy were devastatingly Medium Aware. The other characters were to varying degrees, often varying from short to short; ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' usually less so than most, especially after becoming the {{Spinoff}}.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'': To the point that nearly every regular character in the series, with the distinct exception of Dexter Douglas' family, were aware they were in a TV show.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' did this in an early episode. Whenever the villain's plot was described, an ominous tune would cause the characters to look around in surprise and confusion until finally, one of them wonders aloud, "Who keeps playing that music?"
* On ''WesternAnimation/YogisTreasureHunt'', in the episode "Follow the Yellow Brick Gold", Yogi and his friends are caught in a watery DeathTrap just before a commercial break. After the break, the treasure hunters have escaped and are sitting on the roof. Huckleberry Hound says to the viewer, "If it hadn't been for that commercial break, you would have seen quite an escape!"
** Another such joke occurred in the episode "The Search for the Moaning Lisa". Right before the commercial break, Dick Dastardly cut the cords on the elevator that the gang was using, causing it to fall. Right at the start of the next act, the elevator's still falling, prompting Huckleberry to remark, "We've been fallin' for the whole commercial break!"
*** Yet another has WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw as El Kabong testifying in court about his excessive use of his guitar (or "ka-bonger"). He turns to the camera as says "Gee, kids, we're only trying to make you laugh. But don't try this at home!"
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' did this all the time. In one episode, Boris and Natasha overlook an important visual detail, but hear the Narrator ''announcing'' that they missed it. The Narrator [[InteractiveNarrator won't tell them what it was]], so they rewind the tape and watch the scene again.
** Or the episode where ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''-like agents are trying to keep Rocky and Bullwinkle from spilling the beans, and so they gag our heroes. Then, when the off-screen narrator starts the episode wrap-up, the agents hear it and gag the narrator too. The rest of the episode has nothing but "mmm mmmp mmmn" sounds from the gagged narrator.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' used this trope at least once every other episode. In their ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' [[WholePlotReference homage episode]], they replaced the line "There's no place like home" with [[ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud "Ripple-dissolve to scene 326"]].
* A vast number of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episodes have had the Eds or some other character demonstrate medium awareness:
** In "Key to My Ed", after finding that a napping Johnny is ''still'' asleep, Eddy wonders "Does this guy sleep through the whole show?"
** In "Momma's Little Ed", Eddy apologizes to Edd for an earlier outburst, blaming it on Kevin, and Edd replies "But Kevin wasn't in this show, Eddy."
** In "An Ed in the Bush", Ed cues the end of the episode's first act with the line "End of first sequence and fade to black."
** In "For Your Ed Only", Eddy's use of "Hasta la vista" and Edd's use of "C'est la vie" inspires Kevin to remark "This show needs subtitles."
** In "Cry Ed", Edd remarks after chasing Eddy around "I think I've lost about ten pounds this season!"
** At the end of "Here's Mud In Your Ed", Edd remarks "An iris in would be appropriate, don't you think?" As the cartoon ends with an iris to black, Edd can be heard saying "Thank you."
** In "Boom Boom Out Goes the Ed", when Ed thinks that Edd has vanished without a trace, Eddy protests "But it's the end of the show, Ed!"
** "1+1=Ed" takes it to the logical extreme, where the Eds get bitten by the curiosity bug and start physically deconstructing their animated world.
** In "[[TheMovie Big Picture Show]]", there's a glass case in Eddy's brother's room with the words "In case of movie, break glass." At the end of the movie, Johnny tries to get even with the kids for an earlier slight, only to be told by Plank that the movie's over and it's too late for revenge.
*** Edd also remarks on the GrandFinale nature of the movie, sarcastically claiming that it only took Eddy six seasons and a movie to finally learn how to apologize.
* The PBS computer animated series ''WesternAnimation/WordWorld'' follows this. All of the characters can not only hear the Narrator, but they even call him Mr. Narrator when they talk to him. None of them seem to be aware that they are characters in a television show though, and to be fair not much else about their world is exactly normal.
* In the 1985 ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Pound Puppies]]'' special, Violet starts telling Cooler what happened to her, only to stop, confused, when the scene starts to dissolve. Cooler blithely tells her that it's just a flashback and she continues her story.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Starvin' Marvin In Space". Starvin' Marvin finds a flying saucer, and he climbs in, turns it on, and starts flying it, with the theme music from ''Film/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' playing in the background. Later in the episode, Cartman gets in the ship, and complains "Where is that awful music coming from?" at which point [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn someone presses a button and the music turns off]].
** In another episode the Jackovasaurs get their own sitcom with canned audience laughter, when Cartman goes on the show he says "What was that?, who's laughing at me?"
** In "I'm A Little Bit Country", Cartman makes numerous attempts to initiate a flashback so he can complete his history assignment. One such method includes [[FlashbackEffects repeating the last words of a sentence with an echo effect]].
** In "It Hits the Fan", the guys in the bar are apparently aware of when their words get bleeped by the censor.
*** Garrison also tells them about the NWordPrivileges, saying that only he can say "fag" without being bleeped because he's gay. Then Jimbo says it without being bleeped, and people notice.
** The end of the episode about sex-ed involves Chef explaining why it's a bad idea for parents to dump TheTalk on the school:
--> '''Chef''': I know it can be hard, parents, but if you leave it up to the schools to teach sex to kids, you don't know who they're learning it from. It could be from someone who doesn't know, [''pans to Mr. Mackey''] someone who has a bad opinion of it, [''pans to Ms. Choksondik''] or even a complete pervert. [''pans to Mr. Garrison'']
--> '''Garrison''': What— why did you pan to me just now? What the hell is that supposed to mean?
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is incredibly fond of this. Carl, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, and Major Monogram use it expediently; all three seem to notice they're in a cartoon.
** In "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford", [[NameAndName the eponymous characters]] have already got a submarine built and ready to use, prompting this conversation:
-->'''Phineas:''' I can't believe how quickly we put this sub together!
-->'''Ferb:''' Yes, it usually takes us at least a montage.
** "Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!"
*** "... a Christmas special/a public service announcement/a DVD menu"
** In "Summer Belongs to You", a layover ad taking up half the screen is called out by Phineas for ruining a visual gag. Later, he also mentions there being about eleven minutes until sundown, the approximate remainder of the episode.
** In "Phineas and Ferb's Hawaiian Vacation," a slight rift of background music plays whenever Candace puts on the supposedly-cursed Tiki necklace, which she repeatedly is shown to hear.
-->"Hmm, comes with its own theme music!"
** In "The Lizard Whisperer," Ferb says that they will not give up their search for [[OneSteveLimit Steve]] after "a mere eleven minutes," which is how long the episode lasts.
** In "The Belly of the Beast", Perry the Platypus ambushes Doofenshmirtz after having been imprisoned and left behind. When Doofenshmirtz asks how he escaped, we flashback... but before anything happens, we return to the present, where Doofenshmirtz has gained the upper hand.
-->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' Ha ha, I grabbed you while you were flashing back to your escape!
** When Phineas and the gang [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext go to the moon to make ice cream,]] Baljeet has an argument with the soundtrack:
--> '''Disembodied Reggae Space Voice:''' We don't have rocky road. It's not like we don't like it, we left the marshmallows at home. I blame [[ButtMonkey Baljeet.]]
--> '''Baljeet:''' What do you mean you blame Baljeet?
--> '''DRSV:''' Well, it was clearly your responsibility to bring them.
--> '''Baljeet:''' Where are you getting your information from, Disembodied Reggae Space Voice?
--> '''DRSV:''' Hey, I have a name you know!
--> '''Baljeet:''' Oh yeah well what is it?
--> '''DRSV:''' Well, it's Disembodied Reggae Space Voice, but you didn't know that!
--> '''Baljeet:''' Look who is sensitive all of a sudden! Besides, Buford could have brought them!
--> '''Phineas:''' Baljeet, would you please stop arguing with the soundtrack?
--> '''Baljeet:''' He started it!
** In "Doof Dynasty", when Perry goes all "ripply", the other characters recognize that he's segueing into a flashback... but they don't actually get to see it.
** At the end of "Agent Doof", after her mom and several of the Fireside Girls get turned into infants by the Babe-inator, Candace quips "[[SnapBack This had better wear off before the next episode...]]"
** In "Phineas' Birthday Clip-o-Rama", Doof's plan is implausible even by his own standards. He acknowledges this to Perry, saying, "What, you think I'm gonna waste my good stuff on a clip show?"
** In "Make Play," Major Monogram comments on Candace's [[IdenticalStranger striking resemblance to the princess]], only for Carl to [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade on it]]:
--> '''Major Monogram:''' Oh, wow, what are the odds?
--> '''Carl:''' Well, it is a cartoon, sir.
--> '''Major Monogram:''' What did I tell you about BreakingTheFourthWall, Carl?
--> '''Carl:''' Sorry sir.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter remarks that everyone is in Hollywood, where "[[QuipToBlack Someone always says something funny just before the commercial break!]]" [[SubvertedTrope He then pauses before looking disappointed. Fade to commercial.]]
** There have been plenty of other indications that the ''Family Guy'' cast is completely aware they are on an animated TV show. For instance, Stewie tried to introduce a CutawayGag and found out there was no clip, acknowledged it and moved on. Other characters have waited for the fake laugh-track to end before continuing lines. Lois suspected that insulting the network would result in their budget being cut, and the animation becoming choppy. They even know [[Creator/{{FOX}} which network they work for.]]
** Or when Cleveland told Quagmire that he was moving to a spin-off soon. How much more medium aware do you need to be?
** And another episode had a CutawayGag that showed Quagmire mistakenly thinking he was the one getting the spin-off, making a SoLongSuckers speech complete with "Enjoy your [[OverlyLongGag chicken fights and your Conway Twitty!]]"
** And in ''Family Guy'' itself:
--->'''Peter:''' Connie's unconscious! I'd better lie on top of her to see if she's breathing! ''(looks at the viewer)'' Oh, shut up! IT'S A CARTOON!
** In a "Road to" episode, Brian and Stewie go back in time to the series pilot. There's a point where they watch their former selves setting up a cutaway gag, then just waiting there, motionless, until the gag ends. Then Stewie comments how things evolved, and shows that today they engage in more "idle" activities during the gags, like texting, doing make-up and smoking.
** In one episode, a (fake) network ad pops up while Peter's talking, and he stops and yells at it for interrupting him and distracting from the show.
** At the beginning of "Jesus, Mary and Joseph", while the producers' credits are appearing along the bottom of the screen, Peter takes apart the letters that make up the name "Cherry Chevapravadumrong" and rearranges them into "Chemotherapy vanguard [=vCr=]".
-->'''Lois:''' It's something, but you still got a leftover "r".
-->'''Peter:''' This was hard! I did this for you!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' has a paper-thin (technically glass) fourth wall, so it runs into this trope at times.
** One example ends with Gazpacho using window cleaner to fix a scribble on the screen. Chowder asks if he can also clean up "that other thing". He pokes the Cartoon Network logo and says "That? That doesn't come off. I've tried." After the Creator/CartoonNetwork logo changed, it's very noticeable during reruns.
** In another episode, Chowder starts a fire in Mung Daal's kitchen, and Mung complains "Now the animators are gonna have to draw all this fire!"
** There's also the time where they go on a shopping spree and spend all their money. Upon realizing this Mung exclaims that there's no more money for animation, at which point the scene switches to the four main voice actors trying to figure out how to fix this (long story short, they have a car wash).
** To top all that off, Chowder eats enough brain food in one episode to become hyper-intelligent, enough to realize that he's in a cartoon. Most of the characters retain this knowledge after the episode ends (with Chowder literally throwing his brain on the floor. Followed by a giant mallet).
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' was very fond of these.
-->'''Fang:''' What makes you think this plan will work!
-->'''Dave:''' It's got to, we're at the end of the episode!
* At the end of the first episode of the second season of the ''WesternAnimation/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' cartoon, Dr. Gangrene has achieved his goal of ''[[TakeOverTheWorld world conquest]]''! Not only does he laugh gleefully over his victory, but he declares, "And this isn't a two part episode, IT'S A ONE-PARTER!" to which the heroes respond "You may have won this episode, but you'll never win the series!"
* One of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' {{couch gag}}s had the Simpsons sit on their couch to watch TV when Homer noticed the TV station logo in the corner of the screen. (This was back when these logos were first starting to appear.) He lunged to his feet, [[BitingTheHandHumor ripped it apart and threw it on the floor]] where the rest of the family joined him in stomping it.
** Another couch gag had Marge, after sitting down, finding Creator/MattGroening's signature on the floor, to look to the viewer like a signed piece of artwork. Marge cleans it up, whereupon Groening himself appears and resigns the floor.
** Another episode took place around when ''Joe Millionaire'' had rather annoying logos going at the bottom of the screen. One goes by and Homer proceeds to eat it commenting "Mmm, promos", and then spitting something out with a "Bleh, Fox!"
** The beginning of one of the "TreehouseOfHorror" episodes begins with Marge talking about something while banners for other shows run across the bottom of the screen. Being a Treehouse of Horror, Marge proceeds to kill them.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', the FOX banner pops up to advertise shows and says "that's right, we advertise in MOVIES now, too!", making this a very rare case of REVERSE Medium Awareness - the network advert is aware it's in the movie!
** In the episode "Homer Loves Flanders"
--->'''Lisa:''' Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make an occasional smart-alec quip, and by next week we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure.
--->'''Bart:''' Ay, caramba!
--->'''Lisa:''' That's the spirit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987''
** The plot of one episode dawdles for about 20 minutes without progressing towards any sort of resolution. With a couple minutes left to go in the episode, one of the Turtles (Leonardo?) says to his colleagues, "We'd better come up with something quick, or we're going to have our first two-part episode."
** In "The Great Baldini," a priceless artifact is stolen during a magic show, which the Turtles are watching. The police cordon off the spectators and begin searching everyone. Donatello nervously asks if this is going to be a strip search, and Raphael responds, "I hope not. This is a family show!"
** Raphael does this constantly in the 80's cartoon. And it even carries over to the animated crossover movie, ''TurtlesForever''. In a RunningGag, Hun (from the 2003 series) has no idea who he is talking to when he continuously [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]].
** Shredder gets in on it too, sort of. At the start of one episode, Shredder is apparently explaining his scheme for that episode to Krang, who complains that he already knows what Shredder is planning. Shredder points directly at the viewer, exclaiming, "I was explaining it to them!" However, it turns out he was pointing at Beebop and Rocksteady.
** In another episode, April is being arrested by a robot who [[DisproportionateRetribution confers massive]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor punishments for]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking minor crimes]]. As it's about to haul her away, it asks if she has anything she'd like to say. She responds she does, but she can't use such language on television.
* One episode of Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' had the heroes trapped with a deadline at the end of the first half. When the time got short something on the lines of "I knew we shouldn't have sat around doing nothing during the commercial break" was said. This was somewhat bizarre in the German version - animated series aimed at children are not interrupted by commercial breaks.
* The ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' two-part episode "The Ugliest Weenie" was bridged, as normal, by an episode of ''IAmWeasel''. The Red Guy recaps the events of part 1...
--> '''Red Guy''': "So get ready for Part 3 of The Ugliest Weenie!"
--> '''Voice''': "Hey, what happened to Part 2? Was that Weasel thing Part 2?"
--> '''Red Guy''': "Yes, that was Part 2 of our show! This is Part 3 of the show, which is Part 2 of The Ugliest Weenie!"
* Frequently in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' - The Warners and Slappy were the most frequent to indulge in this, though it was hardly exclusive to them.
* A particularly notable use of the subtitle variant of this trope is used in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' during a conversation in the episode "The Prank Call of Cthulhu".
-->'''Mandy:''' Ugh, this isn't working.
-->'''Grim:''' He said, 'If you're talking about the new interns, you can find them in the cafeteria.'
-->'''Mandy:''' You understood him?
-->'''Grim:''' No, but I'm pretty good at reading subtitles backwards.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' episode "Eurobeavers", Norbert proceeds to speak with such a heavy accent that subtitles appear on the bottom of the screen. Daggett can see them, and eventually grabs one to throw it offscreen, where it can be heard shattering.
** And the unaired final episode that caused the show to get canceled by {{Nickelodeon}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPP4zUDuo4c Seen here.]]
* The British series ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' is built on this trope: characters get into arguments with the Narrator, the hero knows what 'C.H.M.F.F.G.' stands for because "I read the script", a villain plans to cripple the heroes by depriving them of their ubiquitous background music, and so on.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScaryGodmother: The Revenge of Jimmy'' has the Scary Godmother commenting about dramatic music whenever it comes on.
* In a lot of the old theatrical shorts it wasn't uncommon for the cartoon characters to interact with a silhouetted member of the audience, perhaps to ask them for help or tell them to be quiet. Bugs Bunny once pulled out a gun and shot an audience member who wouldn't stop coughing.
* Naturally this happens all the time to WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and his fellow ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' characters. Example; in the cartoon ''Rabbit Punch'', a lengthy bout between Bugs and a dimwitted boxer ends with the boxer tying Bugs to a railroad track. We see the train barrelling down on Bugs, then the image flickers, then the film breaks, leaving a white screen. Bugs then walks onto the screen and announces, "Ladies and gentlemen, due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to finish this picture." Leaning toward the camera and holding up a pair of scissors, he whispers, "And, uh, confidentially, the film didn't exactly break."
** Perhaps the ultimate ''Looney Tunes'' example would be the famous short "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck" in which Daffy has a continued conversation and interaction with his animator.
** Creator/TexAvery was quite fond of these types of gags. For example there's the old gag where the character will stop everything to pluck a hair that's apparently stuck in the projector. In one of Avery's shorts while the main characters are chasing their victim the screen suddenly goes from color to black and white; when they stop running and walk back they find a border between color and black and white with a sign which says "Technicolor ends here".
** One Roadrunner cartoon ends with Will E. Coyote falling and he holds up a sign that says "How about ending this cartoon before I hit?", as it begins to IrisOut he holds up a sign that says "thank you".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', Ren is president of Stimpy's fan club and answers his fan mail, bitterly telling one child in a letter that Stimpy isn't real and he's just a cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'''s Henry and June.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', Cosgrove finds out that Freakazoid was right all along and Cosgrove's girlfriend really ''is'' a monster. She plans to drain Freakazoid's essence and use it to maintain her youth and power. When she offers to share it with Cosgrove, a tremulous choir starts up on the soundtrack, singing "What will Cosgrove do? ''What will Cosgrove do?'' '''''What will Cosgrove doooo?'''''" He turns, points to the camera, and says in typical deadpan manner, "Cut it out." They do.
** Pretty well everyone in ''Freakazoid!'' knows about their cartoon status. One of the pitfalls of living in a '90s WarnerBros. show.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' both the titular heroine and the villain, The Hooded Claw, seem to be aware of the narrator most of the time. Though this begs the question of why the narrator never tells Penelope that The Hooded Claw is really [[spoiler: her guardian Sylvester Sneekly]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Fear of a Bot Planet", Leela comments "What a difficult decision, if only I had two or three minutes to think about it!" and then cuts to commercials.
** The first movie parodies this. Such as when Leela states "but what of our many fans?" only for there to be a lot of actual fans behind her.
* In the stop-motion paper figure Creator/AdultSwim comedy ''WesternAnimation/MaryShelleysFrankenhole'', Jesus calls Dr Victor Frankenstein "Paperface".
* In ''WesternAnimation/RexTheRunt'', a claymation series, the fact that the characters are made of plasticine is regularly played with. An example is one episode where Rex gets accidentally put through a mincer, but survives the experience and is eventually squashed back together into one piece.
* Several characters in ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', most notably Principal Pixiefrog, seem to be aware that they are characters in a cartoon.
* Interesting example in the ChristmasEpisode of ''Literature/CharlieAndLola'', which is animated to match the books; the characters are [[StylisticSuck childish drawings]] and the backgrounds are collages. Christmas grinds to a halt because Santa's elves have run out of paper to wrap the presents. As Charlie and Lola head home depressed, Lola notices that the starry sky ''is made of wrapping paper'', and they tear it off and give it to the elves, thus SavingChristmas.
* Though it's still FanWank at the moment, Pinkie Pie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has shown signs that she is aware of her status as a cartoon character. She is the only pony to utilize OffscreenTeleportation, BehindAStick, pushing on an IrisOut, and other classic cartoon abilities In a strange case of reversal, in the episode ''Putting Your Hoof Down'', the minotaur Iron Will [[AsideGlance stares out at the audience at one point]], whereas Pinkie and Rarity stare at the audience confusedly, as if they can't see it.
** The IDW Comic Series, however, has shown moments of her being aware. Such as when [[spoiler:Evil!Celestia hits Evil!Luna with a powerful attack]], where she screams "You can't do that! This is a kid's comic!"
** Spike takes on this role in the Season 2 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]" when he pushes or pops all of Twilight's {{Imagine Spot}}s away.
*** Like Pinkie, a FanWank justification for this being one of Spike's in-universe abilities is him being Twilight's magical familiar and therefore able to interact with her subconscious illusionary magic conjurings.
** Also, SpontaneousChoreography and [[TheMusical Singing]] seem to be perfectly normal everyday activities in Equestria, and other characters [[LampshadeHanging like to comment on it...]] [[RunningGag a lot]].
-->''*Pinkie starts a song number out of nowhere*''\\
'''Twilight:''' Tell me she's not...\\
'''Rarity:''' She is.

-->''*While discussing the musical "Hinny of the Hills"*''\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Ponies just bursting into song in random places at the drop of a hat? Who does that?\\
''*Rarity starts to sing*''

-->''*Attempting to hide from Applejack as she continued to coddle Applebloom*''\\
'''Applebloom:''' I gotta feeling this might just work! "We're gonna make my sister see/I don't need her watchin' over me--"\\
'''Scootaloo:''' Stop! No time for a song! Applejack's coming!

-->''*Rainbow Dash references "The Failure Song", which she didn't even witness*''\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' I ''do not'' get "all freaked out" about tests!\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' Uh, seriously? Your freak outs are so epic, you sing whole freak-out arias about freaking out.\\
''*In fact, ''none'' of the mane cast aside from Twilight and Spike were present for "The Failure Song", yet the rest of the Mane Six use ''exactly the same melody'' for its TriumphantReprise as "The Success Song".*''
** The DVDCommentary for the series premiere leaves little doubt regarding Pinkie's awareness. One of the producers mentions that Pinkie, as an {{expy}} of Surprise from the original series, had wings in Faust's original vision for the series; another says something along the lines of "who needs wings when you can break the fourth wall?"
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Simian Says" (as well as the comic book story "See You Later, Narrator") has Mojo kidnapping the narrator and replacing his script with one that has the Powerpuff Girls incapable of saving the day.
* When [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents Timmy Turner]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy Neutron]] end up in each others' universes in the first ''JimmyTimmyPowerHour'', both are aware of the changes in animation style:
--> '''Jimmy''': My arms! My legs! My depth!
--> '''Timmy''': Why is everything so bulgy?
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'' episode Snorkerella, Casey's Fairy Snork Mother appears and acknowledges that they're in a cartoon.
* The little Italian mouse in the WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry cartoon "Neapolitan Mouse" suddenly recognizes the two after he rescues Tom from being bullied by three dogs ("Tom... Jerry... funny cartoons!")
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' special bridging the first two seasons, [[CirclingBirdies birds circle Courtney's head]] after she slams into a camouflaged wall. She shoos the birds away, prompting one of them to angrily chirp back at her.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': Many characters are aware that they are in a cartoon. Taking to its (il)logical extreme in "Retakes Not Included", which consists largely of Bull Gator pointing out the shoddy production values and amateurish direction of this particular episode. And its hilarious.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'': The victim is reading a book called "Who Killed Who? [[LogicBomb (From the cartoon of the same name)]]". This is also how he learns of his impending murder.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In "Sea Tunt, Part 1", Cheryl can hear the background music, which her brother uses to support his theory that she's crazy.
** In "The Papal Chase", the Vatican bishops express surprise at ISIS' plan to switch the Pope with a double. Archer says, "I know, right? Trope alert!"
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': In a fourth-season episode, the semi-villainous Brotherhood members begin causing dangerous situations so they can save people and be celebrated as heroes. Once media interest starts to wane, Toad is panicked that their fifteen minutes of fame are ending: "That didn't feel like fifteen minutes! More like five! Maybe ten." He says this line roughly ten minutes into the episode, not counting main titles and commercials.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' "[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Smurf]][[{{Film/Avatar}} atar]]" sketch, Gargamel sees Smurfette bathing in a lake with her chest pixelated. He turns to the camera to ask why her chest needs to be censored when Smurfs don't have nipples, and the pixel bar goes away to reveal that she indeed does not have nipples.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' once had the title character playing around with a marker until he accidentally drew on the screen. Gazpacho then said he needed to clean that up, and kept telling the camera to move around until he could reach it, saying it was "too far" with a wide shot, and cleaned it up when he got a close-up. When Chowder said he missed one (the Cartoon Network screen bug), Gazpacho informed him he'd tried before and it doesn't come off.
** This become especially bizarre with re-runs after the network logo changed, as the old logo suddenly re-appears (along with the new one) when Gazpacho taps it, but disappears right after he said it wouldn't go away.
** Another episode had Mung tired of Chowder singing, so he had Schnitzel skip to the next scene, physically switching the screen out.
** And in the first episode, Schnitzel cleans the kitchen by shaking the film frame clean.
* One of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' many [[CouchGag couch gags]] had the family running right off the frame into empty space in their race to the couch. Unfortunately, it was replaced in syndication.
** Another episode had Homer grabbing a promo for ''Series/JoeMillionaire'', eating it, and then [[BitingTheHandHumor spitting out the "FOX" in the promo]].
** In one episode, Lisa directly looks at the fourth wall and asks if you can help her solve a riddle. It turns out that she actually asked Milhouse, and it was just shown from his perspective. (By the way, said episode seems to be spoofing Creator/DanBrown's novels. It would have been [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] if Robert Langdon actually did something like this in one of the movie adaptions...)
** This was used earlier in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part I)":
-->'''Dr. Hibbert''': Well, I can't solve this mystery. ''[points at the screen]'' Can ''you?'' ''[the camera changes, revealing that he's pointing at Chief Wiggum]''
-->'''Wiggum:''' Yeah, I'll give it a shot, I mean, you know, it's my job, right?
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'': Homer calls everyone watching The Itchy and Scratchy movie a "giant sucker" for "paying to see somthing they can watch at home for free" and starts pointing at a random theater audience member... only for the camera to swivel around so that Homer's finger is pointed directly at the fourth wall while he says "Especially YOU!"
* The fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' opens with Control Freak talking directly to the viewer, or so it seems until the camera zooms out from the screen of the Titans' television.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' episode "I Want To Hold Your Hand" has the boys chastising the episode's narrator for giving away their hiding places aboard a cruise ship (they were being chased by excited female fans).
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', [[spoiler:Handsome Jack's AI]] calls attention to the "Character will remember this" dialogue often used in Telltale games.
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