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19th Feb '17 10:38:39 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' with Sombra's "Hacking" Play of the Game / Highlight intro. It starts by showing a different player's intro, complete with the player's name and Hero used, only to suddenly cut out to reveal that it's actually Sombra who got [=PotG=], giving the impression that she "hacked" her way to it.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' with Sombra's "Hacking" Play of the Game / Highlight intro. It starts by showing a different player's intro, complete with the player's name and Hero used, [[BaitAndSwitch only to suddenly cut out to reveal that it's actually Sombra who got [=PotG=], PotG]], giving the impression that she "hacked" her way to it.
19th Feb '17 10:37:45 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' with Sombra's "Hacking" Play of the Game / Highlight intro. It starts by showing a different player's intro, complete with the player's name and Hero used, only to suddenly cut out to reveal that it's actually Sombra who got [=PotG=], giving the impression that she "hacked" her way to it.
10th Feb '17 1:55:29 PM Vir
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* The 1996 television series of "Dennis the Menace and Gnasher" featured an episode including a side-story about a game of tag getting out of hand and affecting adults. The episode ends with Dennis becoming 'It' once again, immediately before tapping the fourth-wall and saying "Tag, you're it! Catch me next time, if you can."

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* The 1996 television series of "Dennis ''Dennis the Menace and Gnasher" Gnasher'' featured an episode including a side-story about a game of tag getting out of hand and affecting adults. The episode ends with Dennis becoming 'It' once again, immediately before tapping the fourth-wall and saying "Tag, you're it! Catch me next time, if you can."
7th Feb '17 11:46:36 PM HonorableBaldy
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* An unusual one in the FanFic/TaylorVarga (A Literature/{{Worm}} fanfic on Spacebattles) where one of the characters with the username Void Cowboy posted ''in the story thread itself''! This was quickly followed by several other characters such as Tin Mother (an in-story secret AI), Armsmaster and a couple of others including the story-specific Ianthe. Several of these characters have since posted on other threads, thus spreading the meta.
2nd Feb '17 3:59:23 PM BlazePfeff
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* While ''VideoGame/GodofWar3'' has some gruesome boss finishers, the killing QTE on [[spoiler: Poseidon]] takes the cake using this trope. In a first for the series at the time, the game camera goes from a third-person cinematic view to [[spoiler: the POV of the God of the Sea himself.]] The view is short, but doesn't end until Kratos [[spoiler: smashes Poseidon's head onto some rocks and pokes both of his eyes out before giving the God a NeckSnap as a parting gift.]] Just be glad you control him outside of cutscenes.
24th Jan '17 10:10:41 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''The Neverending Story'' in-universe, Sebastian [[spoiler: thinks he's just reading a book of fiction, but discovers the events in it involve him and his reality.]]

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* ''The Neverending Story'' in-universe, Sebastian ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'' has this in-universe. Bastian [[spoiler: thinks he's just reading a book of fiction, but discovers the events in it involve him and his reality.]]



* ''Film/TrickOrTreat''. The film's BigBad is an evil spirit of a rock musician who occasionaly can reach into a TV screen and kill people in the broadcast.

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* ''Film/TrickOrTreat''. The film's BigBad is an evil spirit of a rock musician who occasionaly occasionally can reach into a TV screen and kill people in the broadcast.



** In the Vampire Chronicles, Lestat has been known to out right address the readers. Given that its an autobiography series, that is not surprising. But consdiering hes a blood drinking immortal who can hear the minds and hearts of all mortals around the world, that can be a bit unnerving or inviting when he says he'd love to visit you in your bed room for a snack....and he reads his reviews too.

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** * In the Vampire Chronicles, Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'', Lestat has been known to out right address the readers. Given that its an autobiography series, that is not surprising. But consdiering hes considering he's a blood drinking immortal who can hear the minds and hearts of all mortals around the world, that can be a bit unnerving or inviting when he says he'd love to visit you in your bed room bedroom for a snack....and he reads his reviews too.



* In a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, Calvin's Dad does this by his intention to read Calvin a bedtime story about a severed hand that strangles people. Calvin faints around the point Calvin's Dad sticks a hand through the neck hole of his own shirt and grabs his own throat, screaming. This proves to be the most effective way of getting Calvin quiet and into bed.

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* In a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, Calvin's Dad does this by his intention to read Calvin a bedtime story about a severed hand that strangles people. Calvin faints around the point Calvin's Dad dad sticks a hand through the neck hole of his own shirt and grabs his own throat, screaming. This proves to be the most effective way of getting Calvin quiet and into bed.



* In the Swedish horrorplay "''Wärdshuset''", the fourth wall does not ''exist"! The audience is lead into a hall and with a clear cue the play starts as if it's a conversation between the employees. As the play goes on and the behaviour of the actors become more and more insettling the actors lead the audience into a smaller room with a square of chairs to sit in. The room is completely dark. The play continues but with no light except a flashlight and a lighter and the room is filled with Silent Hill-esque monsters that touch the audience. When the play "ends" the audience is lead out by the villian into the hall which is dark and filled with the monsters and is simply lead out. The whole play is played as if it was happening and the audience just ended up there by accident.

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* In the Swedish horrorplay horror play "''Wärdshuset''", the fourth wall does not ''exist"! The audience is lead into a hall and with a clear cue the play starts as if it's a conversation between the employees. As the play goes on and the behaviour of the actors become more and more insettling the actors lead the audience into a smaller room with a square of chairs to sit in. The room is completely dark. The play continues but with no light except a flashlight and a lighter and the room is filled with Silent Hill-esque monsters that touch the audience. When the play "ends" the audience is lead out by the villian into the hall which is dark and filled with the monsters and is simply lead out. The whole play is played as if it was happening and the audience just ended up there by accident.



* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', [[AudienceSurrogate Desmond]] is creeped out when [[spoiler: Minerva looks at ''him'' instead of Ezio and [[ExpositionFairy warns about the impending apocalypse]]. Ezio meanwhile is left in utter confusion as to who Desmond is for the rest of his life.]] However this isn't stated immediately. [[spoiler: A first-time player could be forgiven for thinking Minerva was speaking directly to ''the player''.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', [[AudienceSurrogate Desmond]] is creeped out when [[spoiler: Minerva looks at ''him'' instead of Ezio and [[ExpositionFairy warns about the impending apocalypse]]. Ezio meanwhile Ezio, meanwhile, is left in utter confusion as to who Desmond is for the rest of his life.]] However this isn't stated immediately. [[spoiler: A first-time player could be forgiven for thinking Minerva was speaking directly to ''the player''.]]



** ''VideoGame/{{Tales From The Borderlands}}'' has this when Rhys first meet [[spoiler: Shade]]. Rhys and Vaughn walk down a hallway with [[DeadGuyOnDisplay a group of corpses]] [[CallBack of bosses and characters who died in the previous games]] including Bewm, Shade, Professor Nakayama and Commandant Steele before having to turn back since the door is locked. [[spoiler:Those who played the Captain Scarlet DLC of Borderlands 2 will remember that Shade didn't die at the end of the DLC and, unlike the others, wasn't a boss. Sure enough, when you get that far Shade is missing...]] [[JumpScare before he gets into your face]]. Not Rhys's, your face! The camera doesn't redirect when his Character Intro appears on screen. Luckily, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Rhys can slap him for the scare]].
** The Claptastic Voyage DLC for the Pre-Sequel features a side mission where you track down and kill an EarWorm for claptrap. Teh Earworm is almost guaranteed to be stuck in YOUR head by the end of the mission.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Tales From The Borderlands}}'' ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' has this when Rhys first meet [[spoiler: Shade]]. Rhys and Vaughn walk down a hallway with [[DeadGuyOnDisplay a group of corpses]] [[CallBack of bosses and characters who died in the previous games]] including Bewm, Shade, Professor Nakayama and Commandant Steele before having to turn back since the door is locked. [[spoiler:Those who played the Captain Scarlet DLC of Borderlands 2 will remember that Shade didn't die at the end of the DLC and, unlike the others, wasn't a boss. Sure enough, when you get that far Shade is missing...]] [[JumpScare before he gets into your face]]. Not Rhys's, your face! The camera doesn't redirect when his Character Intro appears on screen. Luckily, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Rhys can slap him for the scare]].
** The Claptastic Voyage ''Claptastic Voyage'' DLC for the Pre-Sequel features a side mission where you track down and kill an EarWorm for claptrap. Teh Earworm is almost guaranteed to be stuck in YOUR head by the end of the mission.
20th Jan '17 9:35:28 PM dasuberkaiser
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* ''Webcomic/TheBongcheonDongGhost'' [[spoiler:controls your computer]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Lord English not only somehow enters author Andrew Hussie's house but ''kills him as well''.]]
** Subsequently, a character encounters a tower broadcasting the story and beats it with a time crowbar, ''breaking the website''.
*** Said character also interrupts the narrative.
*** Not to mention said character [[spoiler: is in fact a younger version of the aforementioned Lord English.]]
** A subtle example in the massive fan project "Let's Read Homestuck": [[SatanicArchetype Doc Scratch]] is aware of the change between comic and video format. This implies that he's aware of the fourth wall. Which in turn implies ''that he's aware of us''. Just a reminder, this guy is a malevolent, omniscient, reality bending HumanoidAbomination.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/Tlxzc.jpg The Abimor.]]
** We're sorry. We had to list this example. He's coming. RUN.
* But Crowley from ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' is the most terrifying of them all! [[FelonyMisdemeanor He drinks the author's (and readership's)]] '''[[Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld beer]]'''!
* Remarkably, ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' actually features an ''[[InvertedTrope inversion]]'' of this trope: the fourth wall will not protect the ''characters''. CloudCuckooLander Kiel's PowerBornOfMadness makes her aware of the audience, allowing her to address them directly. (To the rest, she's just talking into thin air.) After the TimeSkip, she gains the ability to actually summon her fans as LivingShadow minions.
* The main cast of ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' all seem to die, with the leader Mori last, having been sucked into a black void. A demon devours Mori's life story (taking on her appearance in the process) and watches her sink into oblivion. [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/the-end-page-11 Then it turns to the reader and starts addressing them]], saying that by doing this it's attacking everyone who ever had the idea of "Mori" in every universe, including the readers of this very webcomic.
* This trope actually provides the karmic punishment for a denizen of hell in the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}''. A soldier in life who had been ordered to massacre women and children, the central character of a story arc spent the entire storyline narrating what it was like in hell, as well as repeatedly insisting to other characters that he wasn't responsible, that it was all fate and he couldn't be blamed for his own actions. At the end of the story arc the Devil finally has the damned soul collected from his misadventures and brought in for a personal interview -- and to show off the lovely comic the Devil has been drawing. The very last few panels are of the fool asking, "but if this is just a comic, who's been reading...?" And then slowly, with horror suffused features, turning to look over his shoulder...
* [[spoiler: Dark Star]] from ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' started to insult the readers in the comment section after becoming an author. Then he got into ''multiple'' flame wars with one of the other authors. After being defeated, he would occasionally comment on the stupidity of the story or (rudely) respond to the reader's posts.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'':
** The [[spoiler:X-ray skeleton]] looks directly at the audience and makes a "sshh" motion before attacking Fern.
** The Double Doors vandalize actual reader comments. [[spoiler:a hidden link in the next update reveals that the commenters trolled him right back, successfully enough to release Fern from his influence.]]
** According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler:the in-universe beings who the readers and commentators represent influence humans in our world, as in ''us'', as well, it's just a lot less noticeable here.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheBongcheonDongGhost'' [[spoiler:controls your computer]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Lord English not only somehow enters author Andrew Hussie's house but ''kills him as well''.]]
** Subsequently, a character encounters a tower broadcasting the story and beats it with a time crowbar, ''breaking the website''.
*** Said character also interrupts the narrative.
*** Not to mention said character [[spoiler: is in fact a younger version of the aforementioned Lord English.]]
** A subtle example in the massive fan project "Let's Read Homestuck": [[SatanicArchetype Doc Scratch]] is aware of the change between comic and video format. This implies that he's aware of the fourth wall. Which in turn implies ''that he's aware of us''. Just a reminder, this guy is a malevolent, omniscient, reality bending HumanoidAbomination.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/Tlxzc.jpg The Abimor.]]
** We're sorry. We had to list this example. He's coming. RUN.
* But Crowley from ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' is the most terrifying of them all! [[FelonyMisdemeanor He drinks the author's (and readership's)]] '''[[Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld beer]]'''!
* Remarkably, ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' actually features an ''[[InvertedTrope inversion]]'' of this trope: the fourth wall will not protect the ''characters''. CloudCuckooLander Kiel's PowerBornOfMadness makes her aware of the audience, allowing her to address them directly. (To the rest, she's just talking into thin air.) After the TimeSkip, she gains the ability to actually summon her fans as LivingShadow minions.
* The main cast of ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' all seem to die, with the leader Mori last, having been sucked into a black void. A demon devours Mori's life story (taking on her appearance in the process) and watches her sink into oblivion. [[http://dragondoctors.dhscomix.com/archives/comic/the-end-page-11 Then it turns to the reader and starts addressing them]], saying that by doing this it's attacking everyone who ever had the idea of "Mori" in every universe, including the readers of this very webcomic.
* This trope actually provides the karmic punishment for a denizen of hell in the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}''. A soldier in life who had been ordered to massacre women and children, the central character of a story arc spent the entire storyline narrating what it was like in hell, as well as repeatedly insisting to other characters that he wasn't responsible, that it was all fate and he couldn't be blamed for his own actions. At the end of the story arc the Devil finally has the damned soul collected from his misadventures and brought in for a personal interview -- and to show off the lovely comic the Devil has been drawing. The very last few panels are of the fool asking, "but if this is just a comic, who's been reading...?" And then slowly, with horror suffused features, turning to look over his shoulder...
* [[spoiler: Dark Star]] from ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' started to insult the readers in the comment section after becoming an author. Then he got into ''multiple'' flame wars with one of the other authors. After being defeated, he would occasionally comment on the stupidity of the story or (rudely) respond to the reader's posts.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'':
** The [[spoiler:X-ray skeleton]] looks directly at the audience and makes a "sshh" motion before attacking Fern.
** The Double Doors vandalize actual reader comments. [[spoiler:a hidden link in the next update reveals that the commenters trolled him right back, successfully enough to release Fern from his influence.]]
** According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler:the in-universe beings who the readers and commentators represent influence humans in our world, as in ''us'', as well, it's just a lot less noticeable here.]]
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12th Jan '17 7:47:25 AM TheUltimateTroper
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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] technically ended with neither killing the other, but realizing both can break the fourth wall and going around annoying people in past videos, until Wade decided to pay a visit to the staff of Website/ScrewAttack for the whole thing, with Pinkie whisking Deadpool off to throw him a birthday party after he mentions it's his birthday before he could hurt the staff.

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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] technically ended with neither killing the other, but realizing both can break the fourth wall and going around annoying people in past videos, until Wade decided to pay a visit to the staff of Website/ScrewAttack for the whole thing, with Pinkie whisking Deadpool off to throw him a birthday party after he mentions it's his birthday before he could hurt the staff. The whole thing leaves Wiz and Boomstick, the hosts, completely and utterly confused.
9th Jan '17 5:09:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* "Future Shock", from {{Stratovarius}}' 1989 independent debut ''Fright Night''[[note]]and in re-recorded form as a b-side to their 1996 single "Father Time"[[/note]], contains such a line at the end of the second verse:

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* "Future Shock", from {{Stratovarius}}' Music/{{Stratovarius}}' 1989 independent debut ''Fright Night''[[note]]and in re-recorded form as a b-side to their 1996 single "Father Time"[[/note]], contains such a line at the end of the second verse:
6th Jan '17 11:46:13 PM foxley
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* ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'': The Balladeer gets attacked by the assassins. And, at the end of the play, the assassins point their guns at the audience and fire.
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