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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.]]
26th Oct '16 9:57:19 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.]]
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.
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