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* The ''WesternAnimation/GarbagePailKidsCartoon'' made use of this trope a couple of times.
** One of the "Would We Lie to You?" segments informed the audience that their hand would turn green if they changed the channel to watch any other show. We then see a man's hand spray-painted green by a hand from inside the TV set.
** A ParodyCommercial for the Automatic Tattler, a robot that tattles on children when they misbehave, ends with the Automatic Tattler telling on the audience for watching the cartoon.
-->'''Automatic Tattler:''' Mrs. Johnson, they're watching ''Garbage Pail Kids''!
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* Andres Borghi has made many creepy {{MUGEN}} characters, but [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Noroko]] is unique among them for her use of this. Her ultimate, OneHitKill special involves her beginning to cry in front of her opponent, who [[TooDumbToLive approaches her]], and then we're treated to a first-person, cinematic sequence of what said opponent sees: her revealing an eyeless, nose-less, mouth-less face and reaching out towards the screen, or alternatively opening a deformed mouth and screaming at you. After this, the hapless opponent collapses dead, presumably of sheer fright. Even straighter, if she wins the battle, you may occasionally see her hand scratching your screen, leaving trails of blood on it.

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* Andres Borghi has made many creepy {{MUGEN}} ''{{VideoGame/MUGEN}}'' characters, but [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Noroko]] is unique among them for her use of this. Her ultimate, OneHitKill special involves her beginning to cry in front of her opponent, who [[TooDumbToLive approaches her]], and then we're treated to a first-person, cinematic sequence of what said opponent sees: her revealing an eyeless, nose-less, mouth-less face and reaching out towards the screen, or alternatively opening a deformed mouth and screaming at you. After this, the hapless opponent collapses dead, presumably of sheer fright. Even straighter, if she wins the battle, you may occasionally see her hand scratching your screen, leaving trails of blood on it.
4th Mar '17 10:36:25 AM AthenaBlue
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* In the extra sections of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Hiromu Arakawa's cow avatar is often threatened by villains (such as Gluttony asking if he can eat her or Wrath ominously asking if she "likes beef bowl" with his swords drawn) and heroes alike (such as being crushed in Armstrong's flex or being punched by Edward Elric for [[HypocriticalHumor telling people not to spend all their time reading manga]]).
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Otae jumps out of the panel/screen and goes after the author of manga upon learning that his AuthorAvatar scored higher then her in a popularity poll. It ends up messing up the art style for a few pages, but things go back to normal once the author is revived as a cyborg in short order.



* In episodes 47 and 48 of the ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders'' anime, we see BigBad Dio Brando use his Stand, the World, to [[TimeStandsStill briefly stop]] the opening credits for almost exactly eleven seconds.
* [[CuteAndPsycho Nui Harime]] of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fame is known for getting pretty touchy-feely with the fourth wall, such as leaning on her own BossSubtitles. In episode 23, she takes it above and beyond by [[spoiler:hijacking the anime's credits to introduce Ragyo's Shinra-Koketsu, and her face deformed by the static is absolutely terrifying. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u3AuG_cmas See for yourself]]...]]
-->'''Nui''': ''Welcome to the runway of death!''
* Crossed with BitingTheHandHumor in ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' when the facility of P.A. Works got destroyed in an Efy Dolgh attack in one episode. Unlike most BTHH examples of this sort, this one ended up crossing into real life, with a maintenance sign outside of their facility and a real-life replica of an invoice for repair costs. Needless to say, this trope was PlayedForLaughs.
* The first episode of ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' does this in-universe; Genki's ''Monster Rancher 200X'' game starts out with Holly and Suezo being chased by Black Dinos. Suezo tries to ward them off with a spit attack, and one glob of saliva goes through the screen and hits Genki!
-->'''Genki:''' I could be wrong, but I think I just got spat on!



* In the extra sections of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Hiromu Arakawa's cow avatar is often threatened by villains (such as Gluttony asking if he can eat her or Wrath ominously asking if she "likes beef bowl" with his swords drawn) and heroes alike (such as being crushed in Armstrong's flex or being punched by Edward Elric for [[HypocriticalHumor telling people not to spend all their time reading manga]]).

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* In This is an in-universe plot point in ''Anime/PhantasyStarOnline2TheAnimation''. [[spoiler:Halfway through the extra sections series, it becomes clear that the Darkers, the EldritchAbomination hellspawn of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Hiromu Arakawa's cow avatar is often threatened by villains (such as Gluttony asking if he the universe, can eat her or Wrath ominously asking if she "likes beef bowl" with his swords drawn) and heroes alike (such as being crushed in Armstrong's flex or being punched by Edward Elric for [[HypocriticalHumor telling people not jump through [[MindScrew interdimensional links that appear to spend all be a popular video game]] to attack Earthlings; this takes the form of popping out of their time reading manga]]).[=PCs=], handheld consoles, etc. Their enemies, the ARKS, can do the same, and one of them is employed to travel to Earth and counteract the threat.]]



* The first episode of ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' does this in-universe; Genki's ''Monster Rancher 200X'' game starts out with Holly and Suezo being chased by Black Dinos. Suezo tries to ward them off with a spit attack, and one glob of saliva goes through the screen and hits Genki!
-->'''Genki:''' I could be wrong, but I think I just got spat on!
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Otae jumps out of the panel/screen and goes after the author of manga upon learning that his AuthorAvatar scored higher then her in a popularity poll. It ends up messing up the art style for a few pages, but things go back to normal once the author is revived as a cyborg in short order.
* [[CuteAndPsycho Nui Harime]] of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fame is known for getting pretty touchy-feely with the fourth wall, such as leaning on her own BossSubtitles. In episode 23, she takes it above and beyond by [[spoiler:hijacking the anime's credits to introduce Ragyo's Shinra-Koketsu, and her face deformed by the static is absolutely terrifying. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u3AuG_cmas See for yourself]]...]]
-->'''Nui''': ''Welcome to the runway of death!''



* In episodes 47 and 48 of the ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders'' anime, we see BigBad Dio Brando use his Stand, the World, to [[TimeStandsStill briefly stop]] the opening credits for almost exactly eleven seconds.
* This is an in-universe plot point in ''Anime/PhantasyStarOnline2TheAnimation''. [[spoiler:Halfway through the series, it becomes clear that the Darkers, the EldritchAbomination hellspawn of the universe, can jump through [[MindScrew interdimensional links that appear to be a popular video game]] to attack Earthlings; this takes the form of popping out of their [=PCs=], handheld consoles, etc. Their enemies, the ARKS, can do the same, and one of them is employed to travel to Earth and counteract the threat.]]
* Crossed with BitingTheHandHumor in ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' when the facility of P.A. Works got destroyed in an Efy Dolgh attack in one episode. Unlike most BTHH examples of this sort, this one ended up crossing into real life, with a maintenance sign outside of their facility and a real-life replica of an invoice for repair costs. Needless to say, this trope was PlayedForLaughs.



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' Music/TheBeatles appear in live-action photography. John Lennon looks through a spyglass pointed outward toward the audience and announces, "Newer and [[CardCarryingVillain bluer Meanies]] have been sighted within the vicinity of this theatre." (Fortunately, there's a way to defeat them: by SINGING!)



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine,'' Music/TheBeatles appear in live-action photography. John Lennon looks through a spyglass pointed outward toward the audience and announces, "Newer and [[CardCarryingVillain bluer Meanies]] have been sighted within the vicinity of this theatre." (Fortunately, there's a way to defeat them: by SINGING!)



* ''Film/{{Fallen}}'' starts with a narration from the dying protagonist, before the film tells us HowWeGotHere. By the end, it is revealed that [[spoiler: A: The narrator isn't the protagonist, it's the BigBad who is possessing the protagonist and thus has his voice. B: That the protagonist's HeroicSacrifice is for naught, and the BigBad survives. C: The BigBad mocking the audience for missing the ChekhovsGun at the start implying his survival and D: An ImpliedDeathThreat to the audience ("See you around") and ParanoiaFuel footage of streets filled with random people, any one of whom could be possessed by the BigBad.]]
* The ending of ''Film/TheWomanInBlack'', where [[spoiler: Jennett looks directly at the camera, implying that your children will die next.]]
* A splice between this and LeaningOnTheFourthWall is Kevin [=McCarthy=] near the end of the original ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956'' screaming "You're next!" at the audience.

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* ''Film/{{Fallen}}'' starts Used in several of the horror {{Anthology Film}}s made by Creator/AmicusProductions. ''Torture Garden'' ends with Dr. Diabolo, a narration from the dying protagonist, before the film tells us HowWeGotHere. By the end, it is revealed distinctly playful Satan, saying that [[spoiler: A: The narrator isn't the protagonist, it's only sporting to give his clients a chance of escaping his domain; "...but will YOU?" In the BigBad who is possessing the protagonist 1972 ''[[Film/ECComics Tales From The Crypt]]'', Ralph Richardson's gloomy Crypt Keeper dispatches all his unwilling guests to a FireAndBrimstoneHell, then turns to camera and thus has his voice. B: That the protagonist's HeroicSacrifice is for naught, and the BigBad survives. C: The BigBad mocking the audience for missing the ChekhovsGun at the start implying his survival and D: An ImpliedDeathThreat to the audience ("See you around") and ParanoiaFuel footage of streets filled says "Now, who's next?...Maybe - ''you''?...". ''Asylum'' ends with random people, any a triumphant psychopath welcoming a new victim and addressing us with, "Got to keep the draughts out...as - Dr. Starr - used to say..."
* In the 2015 horror {{Mockumentary}} ''The Atticus Institute'',
one of whom could be possessed by the BigBad.]]
* The ending of ''Film/TheWomanInBlack'', where [[spoiler: Jennett looks directly at the camera, implying
Institute personnel tells his interviewers that your children will die next.]]
* A splice between this and LeaningOnTheFourthWall is Kevin [=McCarthy=] near
even they, who are making the end of movie, as well as ''anyone who may watch it'', are only letting themselves get pulled into the original ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956'' screaming "You're next!" at the audience.evil force's malign sphere of influence by doing so.



* ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'' involved Freddy escaping into the "real world", so that a new movie had to be made to imprison him again. The earthquake was written into the script before it occurred for real. Robert Englund plays both a fictionalized version of himself and Freddy Krueger, who is listed as "himself" in the end credits.
* ''The Last Horror Movie'' is based around this trope. The entire premise is that a real-life serial killer has taped over the slasher movie you rented, and [[spoiler: when you finish watching the film, he's going to come and kill you, too]]. Unfortunately, the effect is spoiled somewhat if you [[FridgeLogic bought the film on DVD]].
** Although it might work somewhat if you [[TheScourgeOfGod pirate it off the internet]]
* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the Gremlins break out of the movie and assault the projectionist, forcing them to run other movies. They are eventually stopped by HulkHogan and the movie proper resumes. When the movie was released to video, the sequence was changed to the Gremlins breaking into the TV and being defeated by StockFootage of Creator/JohnWayne. The theatrical version with Hulk Hogan is restored for the DVD release.
** In the novelization, the Brain Gremlin hijacks the book to talk about the Gremlins' hopes and desires. He is cut off by the novelist, David Bischoff, managing to axe his way through the locked door of the room where he keeps his computer, and Brainy decides to git while the gitting's good.
* On [=YouTube=] there is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCzvQ2IvG0 a video]] of J-Pop group Morning Musume watching ''Film/TheRing'' in absolute horror... so when a girl with black hair and a white robe pops out from under the TV and starts lumbering towards them, they '''FLIP OUT'''. Funny stuff.
** The American remake plays with this. The movie ends with [[spoiler:Rachel guiding her son into making a copy of the tape to save his life]]. When he asks what will happen to the people who see it, the camera zooms into the video screen and forces the audience to watch the tape again, implying that it's ''us.''
** Even without that implication, one of the reasons this film was an international success is surely that it plays on the fear behind this trope: not only are these "fictional" horrors real, they're coming to get you.
** The DVD version of ''Film/TheRing'' has a special feature that lets you watch the video in its entirety. Once started, it cannot be stopped by any means whatsoever, except unplugging your DVD player. After it's finished and you return to the title screen of the DVD, [[ParanoiaFuel it plays the sound of a phone ringing.]]
** In Japan, the release of ''Sadako 3D 2'' came with a tie-in smartphone app that allowed Sadako to escape through the phone and attack the audience at various points throughout the movie.

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* ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'' involved Freddy escaping into the "real world", so that The trailer for ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' took place in a new movie had to be made to imprison him again. The earthquake was written into the script before it occurred for real. Robert Englund plays both a fictionalized version of himself and Freddy Krueger, who theater where an audience is listed as "himself" in the end credits.
* ''The Last Horror Movie'' is based around this trope. The entire premise is that a real-life serial killer has taped over the slasher movie you rented, and [[spoiler: when you finish
watching the said film, he's going this is supposed to come be our real world. Yet there is a zombie in the front row, that seemingly looks like Bub, eating popcorn. The audience left the theater. Subverted since [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything the zombie didn't attack them and kill you, too]]. Unfortunately, just went on to eating popcorn]].
* During an interview for
the effect 2016 SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} movie, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool's actor) is spoiled somewhat if you [[FridgeLogic bought talking with the film on DVD]].
** Although it might work somewhat if you [[TheScourgeOfGod pirate it off the internet]]
* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the Gremlins break out of
host about whether the movie and assault the projectionist, forcing them to run other movies. They are eventually stopped by HulkHogan and the movie proper resumes. When the movie was released to video, the sequence was changed to the Gremlins breaking into the TV and being defeated by StockFootage of Creator/JohnWayne. will be rated PG-13 ("family friendly") or R. The theatrical version with Hulk Hogan is restored for the DVD release.
** In the novelization, the Brain Gremlin hijacks the book to talk
host talks about how great it is that the Gremlins' hopes and desires. He studio is cut off by the novelist, David Bischoff, managing to axe his way through the locked door of the room where he keeps his computer, and Brainy decides to git while the gitting's good.
* On [=YouTube=] there is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCzvQ2IvG0 a video]] of J-Pop group Morning Musume watching ''Film/TheRing'' in absolute horror... so when a girl with black hair and a white robe pops out from under the TV and starts lumbering
leaning towards them, they '''FLIP OUT'''. Funny stuff.
** The American remake plays with this. The movie ends with [[spoiler:Rachel guiding her son into making a copy of
the tape to save his life]]. When he asks what will happen to the people who see it, the former and then ''Deadpool himself'' walks on camera zooms into and punches the video screen and forces the audience to watch the tape again, implying host's lights out. Considering what [[MediumAwareness Deadpool is capable of]] he should have seen that coming. [[note]] Yes, it's ''us.''
** Even without that implication, one of the reasons this film was an international success is surely that it plays on the fear behind this trope: not only are these "fictional" horrors real, they're coming to get you.
** The DVD version of ''Film/TheRing'' has a special feature that lets you watch the video
really Ryan Reynolds in its entirety. Once started, it cannot be stopped by any means whatsoever, except unplugging your DVD player. After it's finished and you return to the title screen of the DVD, [[ParanoiaFuel it plays the sound of a phone ringing.]]
** In Japan, the release of ''Sadako 3D 2'' came with a tie-in smartphone app that allowed Sadako to escape through the phone and attack the audience at various points throughout the movie.
costume [[/note]]



* At the end of ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', [[{{Satan}} Old Scratch]] is examining his book of sinners looking for a deal, rubs his chin as he ponders -- and then looks up, smiles at the viewer, and points his finger in an obvious, ''"You're next."''
* ''Film/DriveInMassacre''. Near the end a fake public address informs that the serial killer of the movie is loose in the viewer's theatre, and urges the audience to not panic as the police are on their way.
* ''Film/{{Fallen}}'' starts with a narration from the dying protagonist, before the film tells us HowWeGotHere. By the end, it is revealed that [[spoiler: A: The narrator isn't the protagonist, it's the BigBad who is possessing the protagonist and thus has his voice. B: That the protagonist's HeroicSacrifice is for naught, and the BigBad survives. C: The BigBad mocking the audience for missing the ChekhovsGun at the start implying his survival and D: An ImpliedDeathThreat to the audience ("See you around") and ParanoiaFuel footage of streets filled with random people, any one of whom could be possessed by the BigBad.]]
* In ''Film/FinalDestination4'', Janet's death [[spoiler:in the second premonition]] has her watching a 3D movie, only for an explosion in the theater under construction on the other side of the screen to destroy the theater she's in, killing her and several other moviegoers as [[PaddleballShot sharp debris literally comes flying out of the screen]]. For bonus points, it happens just as an explosion goes off in the movie she's watching. And given that ''Final Destination 4'' is itself a UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie, it also applies to the audience.
* ''Film/TheGamers'' is a film following the comical exploits of some students playing TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons in their dorm. At the end of the film, [[spoiler:their own characters come bursting into the room and slaughter them down to the last.]]
* The narrator of ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' occasionally corrects actions by the characters and even argues with them. In the sequel, one such fight ends with [[spoiler: the narrator physically removing Lyle from the story!]]



* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the Gremlins break out of the movie and assault the projectionist, forcing them to run other movies. They are eventually stopped by HulkHogan and the movie proper resumes. When the movie was released to video, the sequence was changed to the Gremlins breaking into the TV and being defeated by StockFootage of Creator/JohnWayne. The theatrical version with Hulk Hogan is restored for the DVD release.
** In the novelization, the Brain Gremlin hijacks the book to talk about the Gremlins' hopes and desires. He is cut off by the novelist, David Bischoff, managing to axe his way through the locked door of the room where he keeps his computer, and Brainy decides to git while the gitting's good.



* Used in several of the horror {{Anthology Film}}s made by Creator/AmicusProductions. ''Torture Garden'' ends with Dr Diabolo, a distinctly playful Satan, saying that it's only sporting to give his clients a chance of escaping his domain; "...but will YOU?" In the 1972 ''[[Film/ECComics Tales From The Crypt]]'', Ralph Richardson's gloomy Crypt Keeper dispatches all his unwilling guests to a FireAndBrimstoneHell, then turns to camera and says "Now, who's next?...Maybe - ''you''?...". ''Asylum'' ends with a triumphant psychopath welcoming a new victim and addressing us with, "Got to keep the draughts out...as - Dr Starr - used to say..."

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* Used in several A splice between this and LeaningOnTheFourthWall is Kevin [=McCarthy=] near the end of the horror {{Anthology Film}}s made by Creator/AmicusProductions. ''Torture Garden'' ends with Dr Diabolo, a distinctly playful Satan, saying that it's only sporting to give his clients a chance of escaping his domain; "...but will YOU?" In original ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956'' screaming "You're next!" at the 1972 ''[[Film/ECComics Tales From The Crypt]]'', Ralph Richardson's gloomy Crypt Keeper dispatches all his unwilling guests to a FireAndBrimstoneHell, then turns to camera and says "Now, who's next?...Maybe - ''you''?...". ''Asylum'' ends with a triumphant psychopath welcoming a new victim and addressing us with, "Got to keep the draughts out...as - Dr Starr - used to say..."audience.



* The end of ''Film/{{Videodrome}}''. The main character ends up in a room with a television playing a clip of him putting [[BodyHorror his gun]] to his head and pulling the trigger. As he does, [[ItMakesSenseInContext the screen explodes and intestines pour out.]] Immediately afterwards, the clip starts playing out around him. He puts the gun to his head. [[ParanoiaFuel Bang.]] Try watching this on your own television in the middle of the night. It's ''fun.''
* During one showing of ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'', whose opening features a couple stabbed to death during a preview of the ShowWithinAShow ''Stab'', a woman was stabbed by the man sitting next to her, just as in the movie.
* This trope is the basis of the plot for ''Film/StrangerThanFiction.''

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* The end entire plot of ''Film/{{Videodrome}}''. ''Film/LastActionHero'' is this.
* ''The Last Horror Movie'' is based around this trope.
The main character ends up in entire premise is that a room with a television playing a clip of him putting [[BodyHorror his gun]] to his head real-life serial killer has taped over the slasher movie you rented, and pulling [[spoiler: when you finish watching the trigger. As he does, [[ItMakesSenseInContext film, he's going to come and kill you, too]]. Unfortunately, the effect is spoiled somewhat if you [[FridgeLogic bought the film on DVD]].
** Although it might work somewhat if you [[TheScourgeOfGod pirate it off the Internet]].
* The original ending of ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' (which can be found on Website/YouTube) where [[spoiler:Audrey II crashes through
the screen explodes and intestines pour out.]] Immediately afterwards, the clip starts playing out around him. He puts the gun to his head. [[ParanoiaFuel Bang.]] Try watching this on your own television in the middle of the night. It's ''fun.''
* During one showing of ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'', whose opening features a couple stabbed to death during a preview of
film and laughs as the ShowWithinAShow ''Stab'', a woman was stabbed by the man sitting next to her, just as in the movie.
* This trope is the basis of the plot for ''Film/StrangerThanFiction.''
camera (audience) goes closer and closer into its gaping maw.]]



* The sheer nature of how ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' has evolved allows for this - while the movie plays on the screen, actors bring the story to life around you... or in the case of the bedroom scenes, on top of you.
* The original ending of ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' (which can be found on Website/YouTube) where [[spoiler:Audrey II crashes through the screen of the film and laughs as the camera (audience) goes closer and closer into its gaping maw.]]
* The movie ''Film/TheStuff'' advertised itself with "public service announcements" warning viewer that the Stuff was real, dangerous, and something to be avoided at all costs.
* Darkly true in-universe in ''Film/{{Sinister}},'' where pictures of the baddie ''are'' the baddie.
** [[spoiler: And it just so happens that right before the credits roll, the baddie ''notices you''. [[OhCrap Oh shit.]].]]



* The entire plot of ''Film/LastActionHero'' is this.
* The narrator of ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' occasionally corrects actions by the characters and even argues with them. In the sequel, one such fight ends with [[spoiler: the narrator physically removing Lyle from the story!]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': When Dorothy is trapped in the Witch's castle, she sees an image of Aunt Em looking around for her in the Witch's crystal ball. Dorothy futilely tries to call out to her, but Aunt Em fades away, only to be replaced by the Wicked Witch who mocks Dorothy and then turns to cackle '''directly at the audience''' as if to say, "You're next!"
* The trailer for ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'' took place in a movie theater where an audience is watching said film, this is supposed to be our real world. Yet there is a zombie in the front row, that seemingly looks like Bub, eating popcorn. The audience left the theater. Subverted since [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything the zombie didn't attack them and just went on to eating popcorn]].
* ''Film/{{Rubber}}'' is a MindScrew of a movie that wreaks havoc with the fourth wall... and ends with [[spoiler: all the "spectators" (the movie audience) being killed and the implication that our reality is threatened as well.]]



* ''Film/DriveInMassacre''. Near the end a fake public address informs that the serial killer of the movie is loose in the viewer's theater and urges the audience to not panick as the police are on their way.
* ''Film/TrickOrTreat''. The film's BigBad is an evil spirit of a rock musician who occasionally can reach into a TV screen and kill people in the broadcast.
* The last line of the 2013 film ''Shadow People'', about [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane possibly-imaginary]] dark entities that cause people who hear of their existence to die of fright in their sleep, strongly implies that the ''film's audience'', having now learned about these creatures from the movie, will soon expire in the same way.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', [[{{Satan}} Old Scratch]] is examining his book of sinners looking for a deal, rubs his chin as he ponders -- and then looks up, smiles at the viewer, and points his finger in an obvious, ''"You're next."''
* During an interview for the 2016 SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} movie, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool's actor) is talking with the host about whether the movie will be rated PG-13 ("family friendly") or R. The host talks about how great it is that the studio is leaning towards the former and then ''Deadpool himself'' walks on camera and punches the host's lights out. Considering what [[MediumAwareness Deadpool is capable of]] he should have seen that coming. [[note]] Yes, it's really Ryan Reynolds in costume [[/note]]
* In the 2015 horror {{Mockumentary}} ''The Atticus Institute'', one of the Institute personnel tells his interviewers that even they, who are making the movie, as well as ''anyone who may watch it'', are only letting themselves get pulled into the evil force's malign sphere of influence by doing so.
* In ''Film/FinalDestination4'', Janet's death [[spoiler:in the second premonition]] has her watching a 3D movie, only for an explosion in the theater under construction on the other side of the screen to destroy the theater she's in, killing her and several other moviegoers as [[PaddleballShot sharp debris literally comes flying out of the screen]]. For bonus points, it happens just as an explosion goes off in the movie she's watching. And given that ''Final Destination 4'' is itself a UsefulNotes/ThreeDMovie, it also applies to the audience.



* On [=YouTube=] there is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YCzvQ2IvG0 a video]] of J-Pop group Morning Musume watching ''Film/TheRing'' in absolute horror... so when a girl with black hair and a white robe pops out from under the TV and starts lumbering towards them, they '''FLIP OUT'''. Funny stuff.
** The American remake plays with this. The movie ends with [[spoiler:Rachel guiding her son into making a copy of the tape to save his life]]. When he asks what will happen to the people who see it, the camera zooms into the video screen and forces the audience to watch the tape again, implying that it's ''us.''
** Even without that implication, one of the reasons this film was an international success is surely that it plays on the fear behind this trope: not only are these "fictional" horrors real, they're coming to get you.
** The DVD version of ''Film/TheRing'' has a special feature that lets you watch the video in its entirety. Once started, it cannot be stopped by any means whatsoever, except unplugging your DVD player. After it's finished and you return to the title screen of the DVD, [[ParanoiaFuel it plays the sound of a phone ringing.]]
** In Japan, the release of ''Sadako 3D 2'' came with a tie-in smartphone app that allowed Sadako to escape through the phone and attack the audience at various points throughout the movie.
* The sheer nature of how ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' has evolved allows for this - while the movie plays on the screen, actors bring the story to life around you... or in the case of the bedroom scenes, on top of you.
* ''Film/{{Rubber}}'' is a MindScrew of a movie that wreaks havoc with the fourth wall... and ends with [[spoiler: all the "spectators" (the movie audience) being killed and the implication that our reality is threatened as well.]]
* During one showing of ''Film/{{Scream 2}}'', whose opening features a couple stabbed to death during a preview of the ShowWithinAShow ''Stab'', a woman was stabbed by the man sitting next to her, just as in the movie.
* The last line of the 2013 film ''Shadow People'', about [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane possibly-imaginary]] dark entities that cause people who hear of their existence to die of fright in their sleep, strongly implies that the ''film's audience'', having now learned about these creatures from the movie, will soon expire in the same way.
* Darkly true in-universe in ''Film/{{Sinister}},'' where pictures of the baddie ''are'' the baddie.
** [[spoiler: And it just so happens that right before the credits roll, the baddie ''notices you''. [[OhCrap Oh shit.]].]]
* This trope is the basis of the plot for ''Film/StrangerThanFiction.''
* The movie ''Film/TheStuff'' advertised itself with "public service announcements" warning viewer that the Stuff was real, dangerous, and something to be avoided at all costs.
* ''Film/TrickOrTreat''. The film's BigBad is an evil spirit of a rock musician who occasionally can reach into a TV screen and kill people in the broadcast.
* In strictly-POV movie ''Film/{{Unfriended}}'', after it's revealed that [[spoiler:Blaire was the one who posted the video that eventually caused Laura Barns to commit suicide]], Blaire's bedroom door squeaks open and two sets of fingers wrap over her laptop. [[spoiler:It's the undead body of Laura Barns, closing the laptop and lunging at the screen.]] Cue credits.



* In strictly-POV movie ''Film/{{Unfriended}}'', after it's revealed that [[spoiler:Blaire was the one who posted the video that eventually caused Laura Barns to commit suicide]], Blaire's bedroom door squeaks open and two sets of fingers wrap over her laptop. [[spoiler:It's the undead body of Laura Barns, closing the laptop and lunging at the screen.]] Cue credits.
* ''Film/TheGamers'' is a film following the comical exploits of some students playing TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons in their dorm. At the end of the film, [[spoiler:their own characters come bursting into the room and slaughter them down to the last.]]

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* In strictly-POV The end of ''Film/{{Videodrome}}''. The main character ends up in a room with a television playing a clip of him putting [[BodyHorror his gun]] to his head and pulling the trigger. As he does, [[ItMakesSenseInContext the screen explodes and intestines pour out.]] Immediately afterwards, the clip starts playing out around him. He puts the gun to his head. [[ParanoiaFuel Bang.]] Try watching this on your own television in the middle of the night. It's ''fun.''
* ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'' involved Freddy escaping into the "real world", so that a new
movie ''Film/{{Unfriended}}'', after it's revealed that [[spoiler:Blaire had to be made to imprison him again. The earthquake was written into the one script before it occurred for real. Robert Englund plays both a fictionalized version of himself and Freddy Krueger, who posted is listed as "himself" in the video that eventually caused Laura Barns to commit suicide]], Blaire's bedroom door squeaks open and two sets of fingers wrap over her laptop. [[spoiler:It's the undead body of Laura Barns, closing the laptop and lunging at the screen.]] Cue end credits.
* ''Film/TheGamers'' ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': When Dorothy is a film following trapped in the comical exploits Witch's castle, she sees an image of some students playing TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Aunt Em looking around for her in their dorm. At the end of Witch's crystal ball. Dorothy futilely tries to call out to her, but Aunt Em fades away, only to be replaced by the film, [[spoiler:their own characters come bursting into Wicked Witch who mocks Dorothy and then turns to cackle '''directly at the room and slaughter them down audience''' as if to say, "You're next!"
* The ending of ''Film/TheWomanInBlack'', where [[spoiler: Jennett looks directly at
the last.camera, implying that your children will die next.]]



* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' begins with repeated warnings from Johnny Truant ([[LiteraryAgentHypothesis the fictional editor of the book]]) ''not'' to read the book because it will scare the pants off of you and prevent you from sleeping ever again and you will find yourself noticing that the walls of your house are maybe just a tiny bit ''off''. As the book continues, Johnny Truant steadily goes insane after reading Zampanò's notes, even though he believes them to be largely fictional...
** ...Becoming unfictional when we consider the number of people who have read this book and found themselves quivering in fear as a result of the House. Just a casual peruse of the reviews on [[http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24800.House_of_Leaves Goodreads.com]] is enough to attest to its true nature as ParanoiaFuel.
** In fairness, even before the reader gets to Johnny Truant's warnings, they should have been warned off by the book's ''dedication'': @@[[spoiler:This is not for you.]]@@



* A very subtle case of this occurs in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'', as the narrator, described in the opening as "The late Francis Waylon Thurston, of Boston" (emphasis on ''late''), pleads with his own executors not to publish his manuscript, as everyone who has learned of its contents has died a sudden and mysterious death. Everyone, which now includes you.



* ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'' begins with repeated warnings from Johnny Truant ([[LiteraryAgentHypothesis the fictional editor of the book]]) ''not'' to read the book because it will scare the pants off of you and prevent you from sleeping ever again and you will find yourself noticing that the walls of your house are maybe just a tiny bit ''off''. As the book continues, Johnny Truant steadily goes insane after reading Zampanò's notes, even though he believes them to be largely fictional...
** ...Becoming unfictional when we consider the number of people who have read this book and found themselves quivering in fear as a result of the House. Just a casual peruse of the reviews on [[http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24800.House_of_Leaves Goodreads.com]] is enough to attest to its true nature as ParanoiaFuel.
** In fairness, even before the reader gets to Johnny Truant's warnings, they should have been warned off by the book's ''dedication'': @@[[spoiler:This is not for you.]]@@
* A very subtle case of this occurs in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'', as the narrator, described in the opening as "The late Francis Waylon Thurston, of Boston" (emphasis on ''late''), pleads with his own executors not to publish his manuscript, as everyone who has learned of its contents has died a sudden and mysterious death. Everyone, which now includes you.
* In Creator/LFrankBaum's ''The Magic of Oz'', the story reveals a word that causes magical transformations when uttered. The omniscient narrator says that he would dare not reveal the word to the readers if he thought the readers would be able to use it to transform themselves or others, but since no one (other than Bini Aru or Kiki Aru) had been able to pronounce the word "Pyrzqxgl" correctly, he felt safe in revealing the word to the reader.



* In Creator/LFrankBaum's ''The Magic of Oz'', the story reveals a word that causes magical transformations when uttered. The omniscient narrator says that he would dare not reveal the word to the readers if he thought the readers would be able to use it to transform themselves or others, but since no one (other than Bini Aru or Kiki Aru) had been able to pronounce the word "Pyrzqxgl" correctly, he felt safe in revealing the word to the reader.



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]] ends with the Weeping Angels having been defeated and everything back to normal... except then there's a creepy montage of angel statues, implying that [[ParanoiaFuel every single one of them is out to get you.]] Even more fourth-wall breaking is that the angels which [[spoiler:can only move when no humans can see them]] never move when [[spoiler:the viewer can see them, even if no on-screen characters are looking... until one of those characters passes between them and the camera.]]
*** Taken to epically scary levels in the new episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Angels can project themselves through pictures of themselves.]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjeNUhcso-o Dr Who Live at the Wembley Arena]] took this trope UpToEleven by seeming to '''interrupt''' the show for a police team "investigating an emergency". That provides the distraction needed for the [=JumboTron=] image of an Angel to become, itself, an Angel. Two, actually, which then proceed (with the aid of some well-timed pyrotechnics) do in the cops. Fiction it may be, but it's brilliantly done, and in such a way that it's spectacularly scary.
** In a similar vein, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] introduces an enemy called The Silence. Every time you lose sight of it, you forget it was ever there. Now whilst the next episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayoftheMoon "Day of the Moon"]] shows [[spoiler: the Doctor providing us with a defense to defeat them ourselves, some may have escaped]]. And now you will always be looking around you. Except you won't, because [[ParanoiaFuel you won't be aware]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia of their existence]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The
In the ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "The Tale of the Midnight Madness", the vampire escapes the movie and haunts the protagonists in the "real" world.
* ''The Basil Brush Show'' featured a narrator known as the Voice Over Man in the first few seasons. He would frequently interact with characters, and annoy them by breaking tension or interrupting conversations. He was also shown to be able to move around in the episode 'Big Bother', in which Stephen's flat becomes the set of reality show-within-a-show Big Bother (a shameless parody of Big Brother). When the show becomes long and boring, the Voice over man is heard narrating a cafe scene, and is asked by the characters why he isn't still in the Big Bother house with Stephen and Basil, who have been there for weeks, to which he responds, "Oh, I left that place ages ago!"
* The main gimmick of the CW series ''{{Cult}}'', about a CW series named ''Cult'' which is not quite as fictional as it appears.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
**
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]] ends with the Weeping Angels having been defeated and everything back to normal... except then there's a creepy montage of angel statues, implying that [[ParanoiaFuel every single one of them is out to get you.]] Even more fourth-wall breaking is that the angels which [[spoiler:can only move when no humans can see them]] never move when [[spoiler:the viewer can see them, even if no on-screen characters are looking... until one of those characters passes between them and the camera.]]
*** Taken to epically scary levels in the new episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] Angels"]], when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Angels can project themselves through pictures of themselves.]]
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjeNUhcso-o Dr Doctor Who Live at the Wembley Arena]] took this trope UpToEleven by seeming to '''interrupt''' the show for a police team "investigating an emergency". That provides the distraction needed for the [=JumboTron=] image of an Angel to become, itself, an Angel. Two, actually, which then proceed (with the aid of some well-timed pyrotechnics) do in the cops. Fiction it may be, but it's brilliantly done, and in such a way that it's spectacularly scary.
** In a similar vein, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] introduces an enemy called The the Silence. Every time you lose sight of it, you forget it was ever there. Now whilst the next episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayoftheMoon "Day of the Moon"]] shows [[spoiler: the Doctor providing us with a defense to defeat them ourselves, some may have escaped]]. And now you will always be looking around you. Except you won't, because [[ParanoiaFuel you won't be aware]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia of their existence]].



** The episode "Sleep No More", done in the style of a found-footage film, somehow manages to top this. The Doctor and his allies spend the entire episode fighting against the Sandmen, monsters created from those exposed to the Morpheus signal. However, the end of the episode has the villain reveal that [[spoiler:he encoded the signal ''into the episode itself'', and that by watching it, the viewer is now infected.]]
* Apparently, Creator/RodSerling isn't immune to this trope either. In the end of the episode "A World of His Own" in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', which featured a writer's dictation machine that would summon whatever had its description recorded and make it disappear when the corresponding tape was destroyed, Rod assured us that the episode was entirely fictional and stuff like that wouldn't happen, but the writer looks at him and says, "Rod, you shouldn't!" Then he takes out another envelope out of the safe, containing the film Rod was described on. Saying that "[Rod] shouldn't say such things as 'nonsense' and 'ridiculous,'" he tosses it into the fire. Rod says, "Well, that's the way it goes," and vanishes.
* On Discovery Kids' Channel, there was a show called ''Truth Or Scare.'' One episode was about vampires, and the final few minutes were devoted to the story of {{Dracula}}. The host, Creator/MichelleTrachtenberg, mentions it's a bit odd that a simple bowie-knife killed Dracula, and perhaps he was meant to come back. She then suddenly stares directly at the camera, leaning forward with a creepy look on her face, and monotones "Harker, ''YouFool..."''
* In ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "The Tale of the Midnight Madness", the vampire escapes the movie and haunts the protagonists in the "real" world.

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** The episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore "Sleep No More", More"]], done in the style of a found-footage film, somehow manages to top this. The Doctor and his allies spend the entire episode fighting against the Sandmen, monsters created from those exposed to the Morpheus signal. However, the end of the episode has the villain reveal that [[spoiler:he encoded the signal ''into the episode itself'', and that by watching it, the viewer is now infected.]]
* Apparently, Creator/RodSerling isn't immune to this trope either. In the end of the episode "A World of His Own" in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', which featured a writer's dictation machine that would summon whatever had its description recorded and make it disappear when the corresponding tape was destroyed, Rod assured us that the episode was entirely fictional and stuff like that wouldn't happen, but the writer looks at him and says, "Rod, you shouldn't!" Then he takes out another envelope out of the safe, containing the film Rod was described on. Saying that "[Rod] shouldn't say such things as 'nonsense' and 'ridiculous,'" he tosses it into the fire. Rod says, "Well, that's the way it goes," and vanishes.
* On Discovery Kids' Channel, there was a show called ''Truth Or Scare.'' One episode was about vampires, and the final few minutes were devoted to the story of {{Dracula}}. The host, Creator/MichelleTrachtenberg, mentions it's a bit odd that a simple bowie-knife killed Dracula, and perhaps he was meant to come back. She then suddenly stares directly at the camera, leaning forward with a creepy look on her face, and monotones "Harker, ''YouFool..."''
* In ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "The Tale of the Midnight Madness", the vampire escapes the movie and haunts the protagonists in the "real" world.
]]



* The [[BodyHorror Weinerizer]] on Nickelodeon's ''Series/{{Weinerville}}''.

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* Played for laughs in ''The Kids in the Hall'': a best-selling book's entire text is "There's a spider on your back!".
* The [[BodyHorror Weinerizer]] on Nickelodeon's ''Series/{{Weinerville}}''.''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Cigarette Burns". When ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' is shown at the end, Kirby's dead girlfriend Annie emerges from the screen covered in blood and hungry for human flesh. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out to be another hallucination.]]



* The main gimmick of the CW series ''{{Cult}}'', about a CW series named ''Cult'' which is not quite as fictional as it appears.
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Cigarette Burns". When ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' is shown at the end, Kirby's dead girlfriend Annie emerges from the screen covered in blood and hungry for human flesh. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out to be another hallucination.]]
* Played for laughs in ''The Kids in the Hall'': a best-selling book's entire text is "There's a spider on your back!".
* The Basil Brush Show featured a narrator known as the Voice Over Man in the first few seasons. He would frequently interact with characters, and annoy them by breaking tension or interrupting conversations. He was also shown to be able to move around in the episode 'Big Bother', in which Stephen's flat becomes the set of reality show-within-a-show Big Bother (a shameless parody of Big Brother). When the show becomes long and boring, the Voice over man is heard narrating a cafe scene, and is asked by the characters why he isn't still in the Big Bother house with Stephen and Basil, who have been there for weeks, to which he responds, "Oh, I left that place ages ago!"

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* The main gimmick of the CW series ''{{Cult}}'', about On Discovery Kids' Channel, there was a CW series named ''Cult'' which is not quite as fictional as it appears.
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror''
show called ''Truth or Scare''. One episode "Cigarette Burns". When ''La Fin Absolue du Monde'' is shown was about vampires, and the final few minutes were devoted to the story of {{Dracula}}. The host, Creator/MichelleTrachtenberg, mentions it's a bit odd that a simple bowie-knife killed Dracula, and perhaps he was meant to come back. She then suddenly stares directly at the end, Kirby's dead girlfriend Annie emerges from the screen covered in blood and hungry for human flesh. [[spoiler:Subverted when it turns out to be another hallucination.]]
* Played for laughs in ''The Kids in the Hall'': a best-selling book's entire text is "There's a spider on your back!".
* The Basil Brush Show featured a narrator known as the Voice Over Man in the first few seasons. He would frequently interact
camera, leaning forward with characters, a creepy look on her face, and annoy them by breaking tension or interrupting conversations. He was also shown monotones "Harker, ''YouFool..."''
* Apparently, Creator/RodSerling isn't immune
to be able to move around in this trope either. In the end of the episode 'Big Bother', "A World of His Own" in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', which Stephen's flat becomes the set of reality show-within-a-show Big Bother (a shameless parody of Big Brother). When the show becomes long and boring, the Voice over man is heard narrating featured a cafe scene, and is asked by the characters why he isn't still in the Big Bother house with Stephen and Basil, who have been there for weeks, to which he responds, "Oh, I left writer's dictation machine that place ages ago!" would summon whatever had its description recorded and make it disappear when the corresponding tape was destroyed, Rod assured us that the episode was entirely fictional and stuff like that wouldn't happen, but the writer looks at him and says, "Rod, you shouldn't!" Then he takes out another envelope out of the safe, containing the film Rod was described on. Saying that "[Rod] shouldn't say such things as 'nonsense' and 'ridiculous,'" he tosses it into the fire. Rod says, "Well, that's the way it goes," and vanishes.
* The [[BodyHorror Weinerizer]] on Nickelodeon's ''Series/{{Weinerville}}''.



* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', being BornInTheTheatre, occasionally involves gags with the audience. See that trope for details.
** However, they do manage to [[InvertedTrope invert this trope]] in one of their cartoons: WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, having just been captured by Gossamer (the large red monster with tennis shoes) points out the audience to Gossamer, who shouts "PEOPLE!" and [[ImpactSilhouette dashes through the walls, leaving imprints of itself behind]]. So, the fourth wall will not protect the monster from the audience.
** There was another short ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPWQ0xKXjco The Case of the Stuttering Pig]]) that has a similar gag. The [[JekyllAndHyde villain]] boasts at at least two points that the audience is powerless to stop him from doing away with Porky and his relatives, especially "you in the third row, you big cream puff!" Inverted, however, when "the guy in the third row" saves the pigs at the climax by throwing a chair at the villain.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' where Mojo Jojo turns the world's population into dogs, Mojo turns the effect on the Narrator about halfway through.
** Also, a body-switching episode ended with everyone back to normal... except that Bubbles and the Narrator somehow ended up switched.
** In "Insect Inside", when Roach Coach's army of cockroaches infests Townsville, the Narrator squirms as the critters find their way into the recording booth.
** Not to mention the episode where Mojo kidnapped the Narrator, took over, and made the Powerpuffs commit crimes ("Simian Says," also done in the comic book story "See You Later, Narrator").
** And once more in "[[Recap/ThePowerpuffGirlsS1E6TelephoniesToughLove Tough Love]]", wherein HIM manages to turn everyone in Townsville, including the Narrator, against the girls.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', being BornInTheTheatre, occasionally involves gags ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
** One episode had Gosalyn somehow create evil clones of herself with PersonalityPowers, who are eventually captured and [[SealedEvilInACan trapped somewhere.]] The villain, who had helped
with the audience. See capture, warns the protagonists that trope for details.
** However,
the evil clones could come back if they do manage wanted; all they'd need was a particular device. The screen fades to [[InvertedTrope invert this trope]] in one of their cartoons: WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, having just been captured by Gossamer (the large red monster with tennis shoes) points out black, and then the audience clones appear onscreen, the leader saying "Hey, kid... we need you to Gossamer, who shouts "PEOPLE!" get something for us." All three of them suddenly lean forward, giggling ''"Pretty'' pleeeaaase?" The device in question is a [[MagicalParticleAccelerator particle accelerator]], which becomes doubly funny when you get older and [[ImpactSilhouette dashes realize that [=CRTs=], found in every television set in the world back then, [[GeniusBonus are particle accelerators]].
** [=NegaDuck=] once threatens a news reporter by crawling
through the walls, leaving imprints of itself behind]]. So, the fourth wall will not protect the monster from the audience.
** There was another short ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPWQ0xKXjco The Case of the Stuttering Pig]]) that has a similar gag. The [[JekyllAndHyde villain]] boasts at at least two points that the audience is powerless to stop him from doing away with Porky and his relatives, especially "you in the third row, you big cream puff!" Inverted, however, when "the guy in the third row" saves the pigs at the climax by throwing a chair at the villain.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' where Mojo Jojo turns the world's population into dogs, Mojo turns the effect
TV he's displayed on the Narrator about halfway through.
** Also, a body-switching episode ended with everyone back to normal... except that Bubbles and the Narrator somehow ended up switched.
** In "Insect Inside", when Roach Coach's army of cockroaches infests Townsville, the Narrator squirms as the critters find their way
into the recording booth.
studio.
** Not Megavolt develops a device that allows him to mention physically reach out of a TV screen and interact with the environment immediately in front of it. This allows him to steal stuff where people least expect it, such as an electronics store where multiple copies of him reach out of a TV screen each and snatch a TV placed immediately above it.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' has The Dark Lord Chuckles, the Silly Piggy; in one episode, he kidnaps the narrator and use him to control the story. It would have worked, too, if the narrator didn't lose his voice near the start of the second act, prompting Dave and the crew to find another narrator that would help them defeat Chuckles.
* The 1996 television series of ''Dennis the Menace and Gnasher'' featured an
episode where Mojo kidnapped the Narrator, took over, and made the Powerpuffs commit crimes ("Simian Says," also done in the comic book story "See You Later, Narrator").
** And once more in "[[Recap/ThePowerpuffGirlsS1E6TelephoniesToughLove Tough Love]]", wherein HIM manages to turn everyone in Townsville,
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 Narrator, against the girls.fourth-wall and saying "Tag, you're it! Catch me next time, if you can."



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In one episode, a bully who preys on {{geek}}s and {{nerd}}s [[TakeThatAudience lunges at the viewer]] right before the show fades to black.
** Also in the "Treehouse of Horror" segment 'Attack of the 50ft Eyesores,' Kent Brockman is reporting on the advertising menace, and states that the next time you see a commercial, it could kill you and your entire family. Homer then appears and says "we'll be right back." Then there's a commercial break!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In one episode, a bully who preys on {{geek}}s
The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "The Trouble With Scribbles" has Bloo and {{nerd}}s [[TakeThatAudience lunges at the viewer]] right before only Scribble left blow raspberries at each other again and again, until Bloo shoves his face directly into the show fades to black.
** Also in
camera facing the "Treehouse viewers and blows a ''big'' raspberry.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E6LittleGiftShopOfHorrors "Little Gift Shop
of Horror" segment 'Attack Horrors"]], [[MrViceGuy Stan]] tells the viewer three stories in an attempt to coerce them into buying something from him. After the third story the viewer still won't buy anything so he offers them a potion which puts them to sleep, and the episode ends with him having turned them into an exhibit.
** When [[BigBad Bill]] is released from his dimension and performs a HostileShowTakeover, the backwards whisper CouchGag is him telling the audience "I'm watching you nerds!"
** The "Between the Pines" special has [[RealityWarper Time Baby]] imprisoning Alex Hirsch in a room and forcing him to disclose facts about the show.
** The very last shot
of the 50ft Eyesores,' Kent Brockman is reporting on GrandFinale features live-action footage of [[spoiler: a statue of Bill in some woods]]. This ended up being the advertising menace, and states setup for a ''real life'' scavenger hunt for [[spoiler:Bill's statue]] that the next time you see show's creator arranged about a commercial, it could kill you and your entire family. Homer then appears and says "we'll be right back." Then there's a commercial break!half-a-year later.



* "Wild Cards," an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', is presented (sans opening and ending) as a real-life television program hijacked by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who has planted a number of bombs on the UsefulNotes/LasVegas Strip and will detonate them unless the Justice League can stop him and his Royal Flush Gang henchmen. [[spoiler:It's then revealed this is a BatmanGambit designed to trick as many people as possible into watching, because one of the Gang is a telepath whose gaze - even through the screen - can drive people insane. [[MoodWhiplash And while the Joker explains all of this to you and his corny TV music ends to be replaced by ominous chords]], ''her eyes are still staring at you from the top of the screen''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
** One episode had Gosalyn somehow create evil clones of herself with PersonalityPowers, who are eventually captured and [[SealedEvilInACan trapped somewhere.]] The villain, who had helped with the capture, warns the protagonists that the evil clones could come back if they wanted; all they'd need was a particular device. The screen fades to black, and then the clones appear onscreen, the leader saying "Hey, kid... we need you to get something for us." All three of them suddenly lean forward, giggling ''"Pretty'' pleeeaaase?" The device in question is a [[MagicalParticleAccelerator particle accelerator]], which becomes doubly funny when you get older and realize that [=CRTs=], found in every television set in the world back then, [[GeniusBonus are particle accelerators]].
** [=NegaDuck=] once threatens a news reporter by crawling through the TV he's displayed on into the studio.
** Megavolt develops a device that allows him to physically reach out of a TV screen and interact with the environment immediately in front of it. This allows him to steal stuff where people least expect it, such as an electronics store where multiple copies of him reach out of a TV screen each and snatch a TV placed immediately above it.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' has The Dark Lord Chuckles, the Silly Piggy; in one episode, he kidnaps the narrator and use him to control the story. It would have worked, too, if the narrator didn't lose his voice near the start of the second act, prompting Dave and the crew to find another narrator that would help them defeat Chuckles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', the Chaos Bringer [[BiggerBad Unicron]] makes an EarlyBirdCameo. He doesn't do much, but he's staring straight at you. Sweet dreams.
** Just about any time he's not looking at characters in the show, he's staring directly at the audience. Considering that Unicron consumes worlds, it's likely he can ''see ours''.
** An [[PlayedForLaughs amusing in-universe version]] occurs in [[Recap/TransformersPrimeS2E24Patch "Patch"]]: While Megatron is judging [[TheStarscream Starscream]] from [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind his memories and actions against Megatron]], Knock Out is monitoring them on a viewscreen. When Knock Out is brought up as an accessory to Starscream, Megatron delivers a DeathGlare at him ''through the viewscreen.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' at the end of the second season finale [[spoiler:Megatron on the orders from the Original Megatron fires on the Original Optimus Prime at point blank with everything he has.]] As one of the most overly [[LargeHam ham-tastic]] speeches ever is given, his camera angle and steadily magnifying mugshot make him look like he is also talking to the audience itself, giving the impression that even they are not safe from what he had just done.
-->'''Megatron''': "The Autobots ''lose'', evil '''TRIUMPHS''', and you... YOU NO LONGER EXIST!"

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* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'''s ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' delves into this as the event continues, with the bumpers slowly going from "Red Alert" flashing and minor video interference as an alarm goes off, to heavily saturated with a red tint with sound distortions to [[spoiler: weeks 4 and 5 with nothing but garbled red text after the Intruder rips out SARA's core and the alarm starts to fail (Tellingly, week 4 was a ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' marathon). Week 6's bumpers have error messages after the ''Absolution'' blows up. The event ends this with new bumpers as TOM uploads SARA onto a new base.]]
* "Wild Cards," Cards", an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', is presented (sans opening and ending) as a real-life television program hijacked by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who has planted a number of bombs on the UsefulNotes/LasVegas Strip and will detonate them unless the Justice League can stop him and his Royal Flush Gang henchmen. [[spoiler:It's then revealed this is a BatmanGambit designed to trick as many people as possible into watching, because one of the Gang is a telepath whose gaze - even through the screen - can drive people insane. [[MoodWhiplash And while the Joker explains all of this to you and his corny TV music ends to be replaced by ominous chords]], ''her eyes are still staring at you from the top of the screen''.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'':
** One episode had Gosalyn somehow create evil clones of herself
''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', being BornInTheTheatre, occasionally involves gags with PersonalityPowers, who are eventually captured and [[SealedEvilInACan trapped somewhere.]] The villain, who had helped with the capture, warns the protagonists that the evil clones could come back if they wanted; all they'd need was a particular device. The screen fades to black, and then the clones appear onscreen, the leader saying "Hey, kid... we need you to get something for us." All three of them suddenly lean forward, giggling ''"Pretty'' pleeeaaase?" The device in question is a [[MagicalParticleAccelerator particle accelerator]], which becomes doubly funny when you get older and realize that [=CRTs=], found in every television set in the world back then, [[GeniusBonus are particle accelerators]].
** [=NegaDuck=] once threatens a news reporter by crawling through the TV he's displayed on into the studio.
** Megavolt develops a device that allows him to physically reach out of a TV screen and interact with the environment immediately in front of it. This allows him to steal stuff where people least expect it, such as an electronics store where multiple copies of him reach out of a TV screen each and snatch a TV placed immediately above it.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' has The Dark Lord Chuckles, the Silly Piggy; in one episode, he kidnaps the narrator and use him to control the story. It would have worked, too, if the narrator didn't lose his voice near the start of the second act, prompting Dave and the crew to find another narrator that would help them defeat Chuckles.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', the Chaos Bringer [[BiggerBad Unicron]] makes an EarlyBirdCameo. He doesn't do much, but he's staring straight at you. Sweet dreams.
** Just about any time he's not looking at characters in the show, he's staring directly at
the audience. Considering See that Unicron consumes worlds, it's likely he can ''see ours''.
trope for details.
** An [[PlayedForLaughs amusing in-universe version]] occurs However, they do manage to [[InvertedTrope invert this trope]] in [[Recap/TransformersPrimeS2E24Patch "Patch"]]: While Megatron is judging [[TheStarscream Starscream]] from [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind his memories and actions against Megatron]], Knock Out is monitoring them on a viewscreen. When Knock Out is brought up as an accessory to Starscream, Megatron delivers a DeathGlare at him ''through the viewscreen.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' at the end of the second season finale [[spoiler:Megatron on the orders from the Original Megatron fires on the Original Optimus Prime at point blank with everything he has.]] As
one of the most overly [[LargeHam ham-tastic]] speeches ever is given, his camera angle and steadily magnifying mugshot make him look like he is also talking to their cartoons: WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, having just been captured by Gossamer (the large red monster with tennis shoes) points out the audience itself, giving to Gossamer, who shouts "PEOPLE!" and [[ImpactSilhouette dashes through the impression walls, leaving imprints of itself behind]]. So, the fourth wall will not protect the monster from the audience.
** There was another short ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPWQ0xKXjco The Case of the Stuttering Pig]])
that even they are not safe has a similar gag. The [[JekyllAndHyde villain]] boasts at at least two points that the audience is powerless to stop him from what he had just done.
-->'''Megatron''': "The Autobots ''lose'', evil '''TRIUMPHS''',
doing away with Porky and you... YOU NO LONGER EXIST!"his relatives, especially "you in the third row, you big cream puff!" Inverted, however, when "the guy in the third row" saves the pigs at the climax by throwing a chair at the villain.



* The first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' reveals that the TriggerPhrase to activate the mole is [[spoiler: "Broken Arrow]]", which puts [[spoiler:Red Arrow]] into a trance where his handler can retrieve information and plant subconscious instructions. This phrase ''also works on the audience'': After it was uttered, the show cut to a commercial and returned after the counter-command was given, leaving the audience unaware of what had transpired, and ignorant even of the fact that anything had happened at all.

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* The first season finale 2013 WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'' has Mickey literally being knocked out of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' reveals that the TriggerPhrase to activate the mole is [[spoiler: "Broken Arrow]]", which puts [[spoiler:Red Arrow]] movie screen and into the theater by Pete. This cartoon then inverts this trope with Mickey then controlling the screen itself and thus the action onscreen to defeat Pete.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': in the episode "One Bad Apple", during
a trance music sequence a gigantic Babs Seed shows up on a movie theater screen, then steps out of the screen to attack Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo. Although, being part of a music sequence, it probably doesn't have to be taken too seriously.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
where his handler can retrieve information and plant subconscious instructions. This phrase ''also works Mojo Jojo turns the world's population into dogs, Mojo turns the effect on the audience'': After it was uttered, the show cut Narrator about halfway through.
** Also, a body-switching episode ended with everyone back
to a commercial and returned after the counter-command was given, leaving the audience unaware of what had transpired, and ignorant even of the fact normal... except that anything had happened at all.Bubbles and the Narrator somehow ended up switched.
** In "Insect Inside", when Roach Coach's army of cockroaches infests Townsville, the Narrator squirms as the critters find their way into the recording booth.
** Not to mention the episode where Mojo kidnapped the Narrator, took over, and made the Powerpuffs commit crimes ("Simian Says," also done in the comic book story "See You Later, Narrator").
** And once more in "[[Recap/ThePowerpuffGirlsS1E6TelephoniesToughLove Tough Love]]", wherein HIM manages to turn everyone in Townsville, including the Narrator, against the girls.



* The 2013 WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'' has Mickey literally being knocked out of the movie screen and into the theater by Pete. This cartoon then inverts this trope with Mickey then controlling the screen itself and thus the action onscreen to defeat Pete.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "The Trouble With Scribbles" has Bloo and the only Scribble left blow raspberries at each other again and again, until Bloo shoves his face directly into the camera facing the viewers and blows a ''big'' raspberry.

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* The 2013 WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'' has Mickey literally being knocked out ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In one episode, a bully who preys on {{geek}}s and {{nerd}}s [[TakeThatAudience lunges at the viewer]] right before the show fades to black.
** Also in the "Treehouse of Horror" segment 'Attack
of the movie screen 50ft Eyesores,' Kent Brockman is reporting on the advertising menace, and into states that the theater by Pete. This cartoon next time you see a commercial, it could kill you and your entire family. Homer then inverts this trope with Mickey then controlling the screen itself appears and thus the action onscreen to defeat Pete.
says "we'll be right back." Then there's a commercial break!
* The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob|SquarePants}}'s driving is so bad one episode "The Trouble With Scribbles" has Bloo and had him run over the only Scribble left blow raspberries at each other again and again, until Bloo shoves his face directly into the camera facing the viewers and blows a ''big'' raspberry. narrator.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': in the episode "One Bad Apple", during a music sequence a gigantic Babs Seed shows up on a movie theater screen, then steps out of the screen to attack Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo. Although, being part of a music sequence, it probably doesn't have to be taken too seriously.
* 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."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E6LittleGiftShopOfHorrors "Little Gift Shop of Horrors"]], [[MrViceGuy Stan]] tells the viewer three stories in an attempt to coerce them into buying something from him. After the third story the viewer still won't buy anything so he offers them a potion which puts them to sleep, and the episode ends with him having turned them into an exhibit.
** When [[BigBad Bill]] is released from his dimension and performs a HostileShowTakeover, the backwards whisper CouchGag is him telling the audience "I'm watching you nerds!"
** The "Between the Pines" special has [[RealityWarper Time Baby]] imprisoning Alex Hirsch in a room and forcing him to disclose facts about the show.
** The very last shot of the GrandFinale features live-action footage of [[spoiler: a statue of Bill in some woods]]. This ended up being the setup for a ''real life'' scavenger hunt for [[spoiler:Bill's statue]] that the show's creator arranged about a half-a-year later.
* WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob|SquarePants}}'s driving is so bad one episode had him run over the narrator.
* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'''s ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' delves into this as the event continues, with the bumpers slowly going from "Red Alert" flashing and minor video interference as an alarm goes off, to heavily saturated with a red tint with sound distortions to [[spoiler: weeks 4 and 5 with nothing but garbled red text after the Intruder rips out SARA's core and the alarm starts to fail (Tellingly, week 4 was a ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' marathon). Week 6's bumpers have error messages after the ''Absolution'' blows up. The event ends this with new bumpers as TOM uploads SARA onto a new base.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': in In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', the episode "One Bad Apple", during a music sequence a gigantic Babs Seed shows up on a movie theater screen, then steps out of the screen to attack Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo. Although, being part of a music sequence, it probably Chaos Bringer [[BiggerBad Unicron]] makes an EarlyBirdCameo. He doesn't have to be taken too seriously.
* The 1996 television series of ''Dennis the Menace and Gnasher'' featured an episode including a side-story
do much, but he's staring straight at you. Sweet dreams.
** Just
about a game of tag getting out of hand any time he's not looking at characters in the show, he's staring directly at the audience. Considering that Unicron consumes worlds, it's likely he can ''see ours''.
** An [[PlayedForLaughs amusing in-universe version]] occurs in [[Recap/TransformersPrimeS2E24Patch "Patch"]]: While Megatron is judging [[TheStarscream Starscream]] from [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind his memories
and affecting adults. The episode ends actions against Megatron]], Knock Out is monitoring them on a viewscreen. When Knock Out is brought up as an accessory to Starscream, Megatron delivers a DeathGlare at him ''through the viewscreen.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' at the end of the second season finale [[spoiler:Megatron on the orders from the Original Megatron fires on the Original Optimus Prime at point blank
with Dennis becoming 'It' once again, immediately before tapping everything he has.]] As one of the fourth-wall most overly [[LargeHam ham-tastic]] speeches ever is given, his camera angle and saying "Tag, you're it! Catch me next time, if you can."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E6LittleGiftShopOfHorrors "Little Gift Shop of Horrors"]], [[MrViceGuy Stan]] tells the viewer three stories in an attempt to coerce them into buying something from him. After the third story the viewer still won't buy anything so he offers them a potion which puts them to sleep, and the episode ends with
steadily magnifying mugshot make him having turned them into an exhibit.
** When [[BigBad Bill]]
look like he is released from his dimension and performs a HostileShowTakeover, the backwards whisper CouchGag is him telling also talking to the audience "I'm watching you nerds!"
**
itself, giving the impression that even they are not safe from what he had just done.
-->'''Megatron''': "The Autobots ''lose'', evil '''TRIUMPHS''', and you... YOU NO LONGER EXIST!"
*
The "Between first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' reveals that the Pines" special has [[RealityWarper Time Baby]] imprisoning Alex Hirsch in a room and forcing him TriggerPhrase to disclose facts about activate the show.
** The very last shot of the GrandFinale features live-action footage of
mole is [[spoiler: "Broken Arrow"]], which puts [[spoiler:Red Arrow]] into a statue of Bill in some woods]]. trance where his handler can retrieve information and plant subconscious instructions. This ended up being phrase ''also works on the setup for a ''real life'' scavenger hunt for [[spoiler:Bill's statue]] that audience'': After it was uttered, the show's creator arranged about show cut to a half-a-year later.
* WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob|SquarePants}}'s driving is so bad one episode had him run over the narrator.
* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'''s ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' delves into this as the event continues, with the bumpers slowly going from "Red Alert" flashing
commercial and minor video interference as an alarm goes off, to heavily saturated with a red tint with sound distortions to [[spoiler: weeks 4 and 5 with nothing but garbled red text returned after the Intruder rips out SARA's core counter-command was given, leaving the audience unaware of what had transpired, and ignorant even of the alarm starts to fail (Tellingly, week 4 was a ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' marathon). Week 6's bumpers have error messages after the ''Absolution'' blows up. The event ends this with new bumpers as TOM uploads SARA onto a new base.]]fact that anything had happened at all.
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* In ''Webcomic/DoctorWhoRegenerated'' Daisy makes a drawing of a [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping Angel]]. Then, in blissful ignorance, she [[spoiler: uploads it into the Internet, where it apparently takes on a life of its own, as images of the Angels are wont to do]]. [[NightmareFuel Sleep tight]].
23rd Feb '17 7:29:05 PM BillyMT
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* ''Lamers'' is a ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' parody where a group of Lemming-like humans are running toward a computer (turning and building stairs where necessary), and the player has to kill them with various weapons. On the last level they start shooting the player instead.

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* ''Lamers'' ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWESX0FR5NI Lamers]]'' is a ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' parody where a group of Lemming-like humans are running toward a computer (turning and building stairs where necessary), and the player has to kill them with various weapons. On the last level [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWESX0FR5NI&t=6m21s they start shooting the player instead.]]
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."
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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.
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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.
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