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11th May '15 11:45:52 AM nombretomado
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* Prophet, a supervillain from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' believes he sees personalized signs and omens that are directly referential to himself and his plans in ''everything.'' The shape of clouds, traffic patterns, the sound his rice crispies make when the milk hits them... ''everything''. Most of the heroes think he's crazy... most of them.

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* Prophet, a supervillain from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' believes he sees personalized signs and omens that are directly referential to himself and his plans in ''everything.'' The shape of clouds, traffic patterns, the sound his rice crispies make when the milk hits them... ''everything''. Most of the heroes think he's crazy... most of them.
9th Aug '13 9:33:01 PM Someoneman
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* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': One of Nozomu Itoshiki's many, many rants revolves around how painful it is to be notified about virtually anything in the Information Age, so he tries going out into the woods where no news can reach him. Unfortunately for him, this trope kicks in, and he struggles to block out information relayed to him from the strange movements of animals, the odd motion of sunspots, and of course, CropCircles.

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* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': ''Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': One of Nozomu Itoshiki's many, many rants revolves around how painful it is to be notified about virtually anything in the Information Age, so he tries going out into the woods where no news can reach him. Unfortunately for him, this trope kicks in, and he struggles to block out information relayed to him from the strange movements of animals, the odd motion of sunspots, and of course, CropCircles.



* Pretty much the plot of ''TheNumber23''.

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* Pretty much the plot of ''TheNumber23''.''Film/TheNumber23''.



* In GoingBovine Cameron is suppose to look at various kinds of advertisements and find clues for where to go next in a manner similar to this.

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* In GoingBovine ''Literature/GoingBovine'' Cameron is suppose to look at various kinds of advertisements and find clues for where to go next in a manner similar to this.



* In ''ControlAltDelete'', Ethan insists that his spam emails are [[RobotBuddy Zeke]] trying to contact him after he leaves.
* {{Sonichu}} is a webcomic that is actually ''written'' by one of these people.

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* In ''ControlAltDelete'', ''Webcomic/ControlAltDelete'', Ethan insists that his spam emails are [[RobotBuddy Zeke]] trying to contact him after he leaves.
* {{Sonichu}} Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} is a webcomic that is actually ''written'' by one of these people.



* An episode of ''TheSimpsons'' has Homer discovering messages sent to him through newspaper articles. Subverted in that it turns out he's right.

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* An episode of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Homer discovering messages sent to him through newspaper articles. Subverted in that it turns out he's right.
4th Aug '13 8:46:12 AM fhtagn
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* {{Sonichu}} is a webcomic that is actually ''written'' by one of these people.
4th Aug '13 8:44:45 AM fhtagn
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** Similarly when Bart thinks Major League Baseball has been spying on him after getting addicted to a BlandNameProduct version of Ritalin.
23rd Oct '12 4:53:04 AM Telcontar
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* One of the symptoms the main character suffered in ''ABeautifulMind'' was seeing government conspiracies everywhere. He posted them on the wall in his [[RoomFullOfCrazy Shed Full of Crazy]].

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* One of the symptoms the main character suffered in ''ABeautifulMind'' ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' was seeing government conspiracies everywhere. He posted them on the wall in his [[RoomFullOfCrazy Shed Full of Crazy]].
25th Jun '12 12:20:53 PM OldManHoOh
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* For HighOctaneNightmareFuel, see CharlesManson's understanding of [[TheBeatles the White Album]], and what came afterward.

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* For HighOctaneNightmareFuel, see CharlesManson's understanding of [[TheBeatles the White Album]], and what came afterward.
23rd Jun '12 8:45:42 AM FELH2
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* Pretty much the plot of ''{{The Number 23}}''.

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* Pretty much the plot of ''{{The Number 23}}''.''TheNumber23''.



* The TropeNamer comes from VladimirNabokov's short story "Signs and Symbols". It follows an elderly couple whose son suffers from Referential Mania, in which "the patient imagines that everything happening around him is a veiled reference to his personality and existence." Of course, the story has so much random and bizarre imagery that in the end, it makes one question the difference between symbolism and all-out paranoia.

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* The TropeNamer comes from VladimirNabokov's Creator/VladimirNabokov's short story "Signs and Symbols". It follows an elderly couple whose son suffers from Referential Mania, in which "the patient imagines that everything happening around him is a veiled reference to his personality and existence." Of course, the story has so much random and bizarre imagery that in the end, it makes one question the difference between symbolism and all-out paranoia.
20th Apr '12 11:41:28 AM mzytryck
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink", this is done with DVD {{Easter egg}}s.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink", this is done with DVD {{Easter egg}}s.
egg}}s. Note that on this occasion, it really ''is'' a message, and it's not particularly subtle; it quite clearly consists of the Doctor having a conversation with someone, [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat but only his side of it can be heard.]] Many in-universe film nerds found it and tried to decipher it, but couldn't without the relevant context.
14th Jan '12 10:16:51 AM igordebraga
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* For HighOctaneNightmareFuel, see Charles Manson's understanding of [[TheBeatles the White Album]], and what came afterward.

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* For HighOctaneNightmareFuel, see Charles Manson's CharlesManson's understanding of [[TheBeatles the White Album]], and what came afterward.
1st Jan '12 1:37:39 PM MangaManiac
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Do you see the text on this page? All the silly, innocent tropes listed one after another, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife wasting your time]] and occasionally making reference to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''{{XKCD}}''. It's just a bunch of bored guys on the internet flaunting their cultural prowess, right? It's all in the name of entertainment, right?

'''[[BigWrong WRONG!]]'''

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Do you see the text on this page? All the silly, innocent tropes listed one after another, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife wasting your time]] and occasionally making reference to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''{{XKCD}}''.''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. It's just a bunch of bored guys on the internet flaunting their cultural prowess, right? It's all in the name of entertainment, right?

'''[[BigWrong WRONG!]]'''
'''WRONG!'''
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