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23rd Jun '16 10:49:03 AM Pilomotor
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* There's that episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' where Stewie apparently kills Lois and goes onto be PresidentEvil, but at the end of the second episode it turns out that [[spoiler:Stewie was just running a virtual reality simulation to see what would happen if he killed Lois.]] The use of this trope is {{Lampshaded}} by Brian, who comments that anyone who were "watching" [[spoiler:the simulation]] and found out at the end it didn't happen would feel like they'd been given a "giant middle finger".

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* There's that two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' called ''Stewie Kills Lois'' and ''Lois Kills Stewie'' where Stewie apparently kills Lois and goes onto be PresidentEvil, tries to kill Lois, then tries to [[PresidentEvil take over the world]] when he realizes she survived, then she tries to stop him by any means necessary, but at the end of the second episode it turns out that [[spoiler:Stewie was just running a virtual reality simulation to see what would happen if he killed finally tried to kill Lois.]] The use of this trope is {{Lampshaded}} by Brian, who comments that anyone who were "watching" [[spoiler:the simulation]] and found out at the end it didn't happen would feel like they'd been given a "giant middle finger".



* Exagerated in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. One episode has Lisa tell a story while the family is trapped in a cave, which turns into a series of stories within stories. As she finishes all the events from her story come together to have Burns, the rich Texan, Moe, and Snake all trying to steal gold hidden near by. When the story concludes it turns out the whole thing was [[spoiler:Bart explaining to the principal why he hadn't been able to do his homework.]]

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* Exagerated Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. One episode has Lisa tell a story while the family is trapped in a cave, which turns into a series of stories within stories. As she finishes all the events from her story come together to have Burns, the rich Texan, Moe, and Snake all trying to steal gold hidden near by.nearby. When the story concludes it turns out the whole thing was [[spoiler:Bart explaining to the principal why he hadn't been able to do his homework.]]
23rd Jun '16 10:16:04 AM Korados
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Nested Story Reveal is a subtrope of NestedStory where the audience thinks they are witnessing "real" events (real within the fictional universe, that is), but later on these events are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be a piece of fiction within an outer story that [[FramingDevice frames]] the inner nested story. Usually this is done by starting the plot with the inner story and not revealing the FramingDevice until later on.

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Nested Story Reveal is a subtrope of NestedStory where the audience thinks they are witnessing "real" events (real within the fictional universe, that is), but later on these events are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be a piece of fiction within an outer story that [[FramingDevice frames]] the inner nested story. Usually this is done by starting the plot with the inner story and not revealing the FramingDevice Framing Device until later on.



For a work to qualify as an example of Nested Story Reveal, it needs to tell a full story, or at least a large chunk of it, before switching to the FramingDevice. If the switch comes after only one scene, it's a FakeOutOpening. If the reveal doesn't happen in the work itself, but in one of its sequels, or in another work set in the same universe, we're dealing with RecursiveCanon. If the plot starts with a framing device where a character is telling a supposedly true story, but later on the story is revealed to be (at least partially) fictional, it's a case of an UnreliableNarrator.

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For a work to qualify as an example of Nested Story Reveal, it needs to tell a full story, or at least a large chunk of it, before switching to the FramingDevice.Framing Device. If the switch comes after only one scene, it's a FakeOutOpening. If the reveal doesn't happen in the work itself, but in one of its sequels, or in another work set in the same universe, we're dealing with RecursiveCanon. If the plot starts with a framing device where a character is telling a supposedly true story, but later on the story is revealed to be (at least partially) fictional, it's a case of an UnreliableNarrator.
9th May '16 5:50:17 PM lavendermintrose
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* ''Anime/LoveLive'' has a ColdOpen in season 2 with a scene that's half this and half AllJustADream - the girls are around the computer, waiting for the results of the recent preliminary competition. The results come in, and after a few "almost"s ("Mi...Mi... Midnight Cats! Mi... Myu... Myu... Mutant Girls!"), they aren't on the list of teams that made it. Cut to Honoka saying, "And that was the dream I had!", to which the rest of the team reacts along with the audience.
5th May '16 1:36:31 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The ending to ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' reveals that the repeating time loop is actually Toya Hachijo's attempt to [[spoiler:recreate and speculate on the events of Rokkenjima 1986 by writing mystery novels based on the two original message bottles (''Legend'' and ''Turn of the Golden Witch'').]]

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* The ending to ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' reveals that the repeating time loop is actually Toya Hachijo's attempt to [[spoiler:recreate and speculate on the events of Rokkenjima 1986 by writing mystery novels based on the two original message bottles (''Legend'' and ''Turn of the Golden Witch'').]]
6th Feb '16 11:12:05 PM nombretomado
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* In the season 2 finale of ''{{Roseanne}}'', Dan builds Roseanne an office in which she can realize her dream of becoming a writer. In the final episode, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the entire series has been based on a semi-autobiographical story she's been writing in the office. In the story, she's changed a number of details about her life that she didn't like, while in reality, Dan actually died from his heart attack during Darlene's wedding; Darlene actually married Mark, while Becky married David; her sister, rather than her mother, was a lesbian; and Roseanne didn't win the lottery.]]
* In one episode of ''{{Frasier}}'', the eponymous doctor is seriously doubting whether he should help strangers in need. While driving his car, he sees a woman standing in the rain, and decides to give her a ride. The woman turns out to be [[spoiler:a transgender prostitute, and Frasier soon gets arrested by the police, who mistakenly think he's soliciting for her services.]] The whole event ends up being publicized in the media, making Frasier a laughing stock. Just before the episode ends, [[spoiler:it cuts back to the scene with Frasier in the car and the woman standing in the rain. Turns out everything that happened was just a worst-case scenario Frasier had been considering in his head. He gives the woman a ride anyway.]]

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* In the season 2 finale of ''{{Roseanne}}'', ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', Dan builds Roseanne an office in which she can realize her dream of becoming a writer. In the final episode, it's revealed that [[spoiler:the entire series has been based on a semi-autobiographical story she's been writing in the office. In the story, she's changed a number of details about her life that she didn't like, while in reality, Dan actually died from his heart attack during Darlene's wedding; Darlene actually married Mark, while Becky married David; her sister, rather than her mother, was a lesbian; and Roseanne didn't win the lottery.]]
* In one episode of ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', the eponymous doctor is seriously doubting whether he should help strangers in need. While driving his car, he sees a woman standing in the rain, and decides to give her a ride. The woman turns out to be [[spoiler:a transgender prostitute, and Frasier soon gets arrested by the police, who mistakenly think he's soliciting for her services.]] The whole event ends up being publicized in the media, making Frasier a laughing stock. Just before the episode ends, [[spoiler:it cuts back to the scene with Frasier in the car and the woman standing in the rain. Turns out everything that happened was just a worst-case scenario Frasier had been considering in his head. He gives the woman a ride anyway.]]



* Frequently used as a ColdOpen on Franchise/StarTrek: events up to and including fatalities are revealed to be a holodeck simulation just before the opening credits.

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* Frequently used as a ColdOpen on Franchise/StarTrek: ''Franchise/StarTrek'': events up to and including fatalities are revealed to be a holodeck simulation just before the opening credits.
1st Feb '16 12:42:34 PM Pseudoname
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iduflTRZRcg This]] video by Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness.
14th Jan '16 3:03:07 AM BNSF1995
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* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', the most hyped episode yet, a GenderFlip episode called "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake", [[spoiler: turns out to have been just a fanfiction by the Ice King.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', the most hyped episode yet, a GenderFlip episode called "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake", [[spoiler: turns out to have been just a fanfiction by the Ice King.King and a massive Main/TakeThat towards fanfiction writers.]]
5th Dec '15 2:03:51 AM iLikeTheUDK
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5th Dec '15 2:03:35 AM iLikeTheUDK
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** However, series creator Creator/RonGilbert had no involvement in the series after [=LeChuck=]'s Revenge (aside from minor, early story advice on VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland[[spoiler:, which was still part of the continuity created by the third game]]), having left LucasArts a year after it was released, and he said that the reveal in Curse wasn't what he had in plan for the story, so it might be a nested story after all.

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** However, series creator Creator/RonGilbert had no involvement in the series after [=LeChuck=]'s Revenge (aside from minor, early story advice on VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland[[spoiler:, ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland''[[spoiler:, which was still part of the continuity created by the third game]]), having left LucasArts a year after it was released, and he said that the reveal in Curse wasn't what he had in plan for the story, so it might be a nested story after all.
5th Dec '15 2:03:06 AM iLikeTheUDK
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** However, series creator Creator/RonGilbert had no involvement in the series after LeChuck's Revenge (aside from minor, early story advice on VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland[[spoiler:, which was still part of the continuity created by the third game]]), having left LucasArts a year after it was released, and he said that the reveal in Curse wasn't what he had in plan for the story, so it might be a nested story after all.

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** However, series creator Creator/RonGilbert had no involvement in the series after LeChuck's [=LeChuck=]'s Revenge (aside from minor, early story advice on VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland[[spoiler:, which was still part of the continuity created by the third game]]), having left LucasArts a year after it was released, and he said that the reveal in Curse wasn't what he had in plan for the story, so it might be a nested story after all.
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