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22nd May '17 5:26:39 AM Tuomas
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* One episode of the ''Series/TheDeadZone'' had Johnny bump into a woman in a bar. He sees various visions which snap back to him bumping into her in the bar. He avoids all the visions by calling his friend the sheriff and asking him to wait outside for the woman's future murderers.

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* One episode of the ''Series/TheDeadZone'' had Johnny bump into a woman in a bar. He sees various visions which snap back to him bumping into her in the bar. He avoids all the visions by [[spoiler: calling his friend the sheriff and asking him to wait outside for the woman's future murderers.]]
22nd May '17 5:23:03 AM Tuomas
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The majority of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]] takes place in the latest of many computer simulations created by the Prophets of Truth in preparation for their invasion of Earth. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole that we see for most of the episode are simulacrums in this virtual reality. ''This'' time, however, the simulated Doctor manages to send the real one an email with his memory-print of the last several hours, alerting him to what's going on. Most of the episode is just that -- the real Doctor watching the recording.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The majority of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]] takes place in the [[spoiler:the latest of many computer simulations created by the Prophets of Truth in preparation for their invasion of Earth. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole that we see for most of the episode are simulacrums in this virtual reality. ]] ''This'' time, however, the [[spoiler:the simulated Doctor Doctor]] manages to send the [[spoiler:the real one one]] an email with his memory-print of the last several hours, alerting him to what's going on. Most of the episode is just that -- the real Doctor watching the recording.
22nd May '17 12:40:48 AM AthenaBlue
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* After his HeroicSacrifice, [[TheHero Emmet]] and the audience learn that the events of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' up to that point have been [[spoiler:a game played by a young boy using his father's Lego set, with the central conflict mirroring his relationship with the father.]] PlayedWith in that Emmet remains aware in the real world, and with great effort [[spoiler:is able to move to get the boy's attention, inspiring him to return him to the story.]]
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* The [[spoiler:second half]] of ''Film/{{Next}}'' is this, being revealed to be [[spoiler:a precognition of what would have happened has the protagonist taken a different action]].
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' falls somewhere between this trope and AllJustADream. The events of the first story (and possibly [[spoiler:the whole movie]]) are revealed to be a dream, but unlike with a typical AllJustADream scenario, most of the characters know they're within a fictional story, since they're the ones who created it. Also the events in the dream are in the same continuity, with the characters' interactions carrying over.



* The ending of ''[[Film/TheHousemaid1960 The Housemaid]]'' reveals that the whole film, a dark tale of adultery and murder centering around a man who sleeps with his maid, is actually [[spoiler:a hypothetical story that the man tells his wife.]] She is not amused.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' falls somewhere between this trope and AllJustADream. The events of the first story (and possibly [[spoiler:the whole movie]]) are revealed to be a dream, but unlike with a typical AllJustADream scenario, most of the characters know they're within a fictional story, since they're the ones who created it. Also the events in the dream are in the same continuity, with the characters' interactions carrying over.



* After his HeroicSacrifice, [[TheHero Emmet]] and the audience learn that the events of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' up to that point have been [[spoiler:a game played by a young boy using his father's Lego set, with the central conflict mirroring his relationship with the father.]] PlayedWith in that Emmet remains aware in the real world, and with great effort [[spoiler:is able to move to get the boy's attention, inspiring him to return him to the story.]]
* The ending of ''[[Film/TheHousemaid1960 The Housemaid]]'' reveals that the whole film, a dark tale of adultery and murder centering around a man who sleeps with his maid, is actually [[spoiler:a hypothetical story that the man tells his wife.]] She is not amused.

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* After his HeroicSacrifice, [[TheHero Emmet]] and the audience learn that the events The [[spoiler:second half]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' up ''Film/{{Next}}'' is this, being revealed to that point have been be [[spoiler:a game played by a young boy using his father's Lego set, with precognition of what would have happened has the central conflict mirroring his relationship with the father.]] PlayedWith in that Emmet remains aware in the real world, and with great effort [[spoiler:is able to move to get the boy's attention, inspiring him to return him to the story.]]
* The ending of ''[[Film/TheHousemaid1960 The Housemaid]]'' reveals that the whole film,
protagonist taken a dark tale of adultery and murder centering around a man who sleeps with his maid, is actually [[spoiler:a hypothetical story that the man tells his wife.]] She is not amused.different action]].



* ''Literature/CloudAtlas.'' Each story cuts off halfway through to jump to another. All the stories are "real" but the protagonist of each story only has access to half of the previous story. After the final story this is reversed, with the second half of each story being presented in reverse order as each protagonist finds the rest of the previous story.
* The Hildegunst von Mythemetz/Optimus Yarnspinner novels by Creator/WalterMoers can be a bit confusing to keep track of. In the opening, the author Walter Moers claims to be a translator who is also called Walter Moers, who had made this translation of a book by the Zamonian author Hildegunst von Mythemetz. The author Hildegunst is also the narrator of the story he is telling in his novels, while often mentioning and referencing his own life as a Zamonian author during breaks in the story. To make things worse, the ''City of Dreaming Books'' novels are also autobiographical, which makes Hildegunst also the main character. And being a series about writing and storytelling, characters in the story are also telling each other stories, extending the nesting to five levels, if one includes the real world author Walter Moers as the first one, and still four levels if not.
* SophiesWorld



* ''Literature/CloudAtlas'': Each story cuts off halfway through to jump to another. All the stories are "real" but the protagonist of each story only has access to half of the previous story. After the final story this is reversed, with the second half of each story being presented in reverse order as each protagonist finds the rest of the previous story.



* The Hildegunst von Mythemetz/Optimus Yarnspinner novels by Creator/WalterMoers can be a bit confusing to keep track of. In the opening, the author Walter Moers claims to be a translator who is also called Walter Moers, who had made this translation of a book by the Zamonian author Hildegunst von Mythemetz. The author Hildegunst is also the narrator of the story he is telling in his novels, while often mentioning and referencing his own life as a Zamonian author during breaks in the story. To make things worse, the ''City of Dreaming Books'' novels are also autobiographical, which makes Hildegunst also the main character. And being a series about writing and storytelling, characters in the story are also telling each other stories, extending the nesting to five levels, if one includes the real world author Walter Moers as the first one, and still four levels if not.
%%* ''Literature/SophiesWorld''



* In the season 2 finale of ''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 ''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.]]
* One episode of the ''Series/TheDeadZone'' had Johnny bump into a woman in a bar. He sees various visions which snap back to him bumping into her in the bar. He avoids all the visions by calling his friend the sheriff and asking him to wait outside for the woman's future murderers.



* One episode of the ''Series/TheDeadZone'' had Johnny bump into a woman in a bar. He sees various visions which snap back to him bumping into her in the bar. He avoids all the visions by calling his friend the sheriff and asking him to wait outside for the woman's future murderers.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The majority of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E6Extremis "Extremis"]] takes place in the latest of many computer simulations created by the Prophets of Truth in preparation for their invasion of Earth. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole that we see for most of the episode are simulacrums in this virtual reality. ''This'' time, however, the simulated Doctor manages to send the real one an email with his memory-print of the last several hours, alerting him to what's going on. Most of the episode is just that -- the real Doctor watching the recording.
* In one episode of ''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.]]
* In the season 2 finale of ''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.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake" seems to be a pure GenderFlip AlternateRealityEpisode, then makes a sudden right-turn at the end to reveal [[spoiler:everything was [[TakeThatAudience Ice King's fanfiction]] read allowed while Finn and Jake weren't listening.]]



* In the first "Anthology of Interest" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Professor invents a Fing-Longer (a glove with an extended index finger), which leads the crew to discover his What-If machine. The rest of the episode is a series of shorts played out on the What-If machine based on questions that the others ask it. At the very end of the episode [[spoiler: there's a cut to the Professor watching the What-If machine alone, and he says "So that's what things would be like if I'd invented the Fing-Longer."]]
* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story": Lisa tells a story while the family is trapped in a cave, [[NestedStory 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 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.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake" seems to be a pure GenderFlip AlternateRealityEpisode, then makes a sudden right-turn at the end to reveal [[spoiler:everything was [[TakeThatAudience Ice King's fanfiction]] read allowed while Finn and Jake weren't listening.]]
* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story": Lisa tells a story while the family is trapped in a cave, [[NestedStory 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 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.]]
* In the first "Anthology of Interest" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Professor invents a Fing-Longer (a glove with an extended index finger), which leads the crew to discover his What-If machine. The rest of the episode is a series of shorts played out on the What-If machine based on questions that the others ask it. At the very end of the episode [[spoiler: there's a cut to the Professor watching the What-If machine alone, and he says "So that's what things would be like if I'd invented the Fing-Longer."]]
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* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake" seems to be a pure GenderFlip AlternateRealityEpisode, then makes a sudden right-turn at the end to reveal [[spoiler:everything was [[TakeThatAudience Ice King's fanfiction]] read allowed while Finn and Jake weren't listening.]]
* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story": Lisa tells a story while the family is trapped in a cave, [[NestedStory 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 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.]]
* In the first "Anthology of Interest" episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the Professor invents a Fing-Longer (a glove with an extended index finger), which leads the crew to discover his What-If machine. The rest of the episode is a series of shorts played out on the What-If machine based on questions that the others ask it. At the very end of the episode [[spoiler: there's a cut to the Professor watching the What-If machine alone, and he says "So that's what things would be like if I'd invented the Fing-Longer."]]
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17th Jan '17 11:22:30 PM Tuomas
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* 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.
16th Jan '17 10:55:59 PM thatother1dude
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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 and a massive Main/TakeThat towards fanfiction writers.]]
* 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 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.]]

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* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', the most hyped The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode yet, a GenderFlip episode called "Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake", [[spoiler: turns out Cake" seems to have been just be a fanfiction by pure GenderFlip AlternateRealityEpisode, then makes a sudden right-turn at the end to reveal [[spoiler:everything was [[TakeThatAudience Ice King King's fanfiction]] read allowed while Finn and a massive Main/TakeThat towards fanfiction writers.Jake weren't listening.]]
* Exaggerated in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. One ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s episode has "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story": Lisa tell tells a story while the family is trapped in a cave, [[NestedStory which turns into a series of stories within stories.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 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.]]
4th Nov '16 10:54:16 PM rjd1922
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* The [[spoiler:ending]] of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' is usually interpreted as this, though ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' {{retcon}}s it so that everything was real after all.
** 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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* The [[spoiler:ending]] [[spoiler:[[GainaxEnding ending]]]] of ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'' is usually interpreted as this, though ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' {{retcon}}s it so that everything was real after all.
** However, series creator Creator/RonGilbert had no involvement in the series after [=LeChuck=]'s Revenge ''[=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 Creator/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.
30th Oct '16 9:15:23 AM Tuomas
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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel ''VisualNovel/OneThousandLies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character, Ciaran.]]

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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel KineticNovel ''VisualNovel/OneThousandLies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character, Ciaran.]]
26th Oct '16 9:59:48 PM Fireofearth
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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel ''VisualNovel/OneThousandLies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character.]]

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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel ''VisualNovel/OneThousandLies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character.character, Ciaran.]]
26th Oct '16 9:59:13 PM Fireofearth
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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel ''One Thousand Lies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character.]]

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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel ''One Thousand Lies'' ''VisualNovel/OneThousandLies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character.]]
26th Oct '16 9:58:08 PM Fireofearth
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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel ''VisualNovel/One Thousand Lies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character.]]

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* The entire premise to the Kinetic Novel ''VisualNovel/One ''One Thousand Lies'' reveals is that the prologue and conclusion were in fact, what actually happened, while the entire main story, the "One Thousand Lies," [[spoiler:was actually a story penned by the main character.]]
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