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28th Apr '16 6:37:14 PM theguywithanaccount
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* One storyline in ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' involved the evil Queen of Fables trapping the League in a book of old fairy tales (the original bloody ones) and forcing them to live through the stories.

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* One storyline in ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' involved the evil Queen of Fables trapping the League in a book of old fairy tales (the original bloody 💉 ones) and forcing them to live through the stories.



* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6930195/1/My_Little_Brony_Reality_vs_Fantasy My Little Brony: Reality VS Fantasy]]'' (a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic) is about a brony who ends up in Equestria. The Equestrian natives are understandably freaked out, and he's forced to go live with Zecora and Apple Bloom. His arrival, however, is just in time for him to witness one of the great laws of Equestrian apocrypha: that which states that all shall go to shit. In this case, a mad scientist wants to get rid of the ponies, but it turns out that [[Series/DoctorWho the (ponyfied) Doctor]] and his companion [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy]] [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Hooves]] are watching.

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* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6930195/1/My_Little_Brony_Reality_vs_Fantasy My Little Brony: Reality VS Fantasy]]'' (a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic) is about a brony who ends up in Equestria. The Equestrian natives are understandably freaked out, and he's forced to go live with Zecora and Apple Bloom. His arrival, however, is just in time for him to witness one of the great laws of Equestrian apocrypha: that which states that all shall go to shit.💩. In this case, a mad scientist wants to get rid of the ponies, but it turns out that [[Series/DoctorWho the (ponyfied) Doctor]] and his companion [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy]] [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Hooves]] are watching.



* In the sex comedy ''Deep in the Valley'', two friends get trapped in a world based on porn movie cliches, and find it's not all fun and games when a [[{{yandere}} lovesick stalker]] and a FairCop go after them.

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* In the sex comedy ''Deep in the Valley'', two friends get trapped in a world based on porn ***** movie cliches, and find it's not all fun and games when a [[{{yandere}} lovesick stalker]] and a FairCop go after them.



* Creator/WoodyAllen's short story ''The Kugelmass Episode'' features a man launching himself into various classic novels. It being Allen, the protagonist enters ''Madame Bovary'' and ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint'' just to fuck female characters -- though unbeknownst to him the texts change to reflect his intrusion. In the end the machine malfunctions and drops him into a Spanish textbook.

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* Creator/WoodyAllen's short story ''The Kugelmass Episode'' features a man launching himself into various classic novels. It being Allen, the protagonist enters ''Madame Bovary'' and ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint'' just to fuck 💏 female characters -- though unbeknownst to him the texts change to reflect his intrusion. In the end the machine malfunctions and drops him into a Spanish textbook.



* Creator/TomHolt took a turn in ''My Hero'', in which it's revealed that when a novel is written, a number of "actors" are hired from among the teeming population of characters and have to act it out. The actual plot is driven by a Western writer ending up trapped into his own novel, and then managing to get a message to an indifferently talented boilerplate fantasy author asking her to send the hero of her novels in to find him. The net result goes through everything from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' to ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' to ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', in much the same way that a wrecking ball goes through a brick wall. Of note, it's revealed that in-universe, there's a number of openings linking reality and fiction, including ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and - due to its massive collection of fiction - the basement of the Library of Congress, a hole which permits the fantasy author to get an autograph from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]].

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* Creator/TomHolt took a turn in ''My Hero'', in which it's revealed that when a novel is written, a number of "actors" are hired from among the teeming population of characters and have to act it out. The actual plot is driven by a Western writer ending up trapped into his own novel, and then managing to get a message to an indifferently talented boilerplate fantasy author asking her to send the hero of her novels in to find him. The net result goes through everything from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' to ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' to ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', in much the same way that a wrecking ball ####### ### goes through a brick wall. Of note, it's revealed that in-universe, there's a number of openings linking reality and fiction, including ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and - due to its massive collection of fiction - the basement of the Library of Congress, a hole which permits the fantasy author to get an autograph from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]].



* Web Cartoon example: The ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/imp.html International Moron Patrol]]'' has the dubious honor of having two episodes featuring this trope; Episode 10 centered around characters Hentai Boy and H Hog being sucked into a videogame console. The 2007 Halloween episode 2-parter had Henrik being sucked into the TV, too.

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* Web Cartoon example: The ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/imp.html International Moron ***** Patrol]]'' has the dubious honor of having two episodes featuring this trope; Episode 10 centered around characters Hentai Boy and H Hog being sucked into a videogame console. The 2007 Halloween episode 2-parter had Henrik being sucked into the TV, too.



* Rather savagely deconstructed in ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'', somewhat surprisingly considering the tone of the comic. In [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus125.html this]] strip, minus brings [[VictimizedBystander a random boy]] into a [[StoryWithinAStory book]] for some reason, and, like with most Self-Insert characters, the boy makes himself into a {{God Mode S|ue}}tu, [[MagnificentBastard playing both the story's hero and villain like a violin]] [[OmnicidalNeutral without regard for the sake of the world]]. It's all fun and games until he realizes that he can't return to his own world, at which point he goes somersaulting over the DespairEventHorizon and [[OffscreenInertia is implied]] to [[RocksFallEveryoneDies destroy the world and everyone in it]], including [[DrivenToSuicide himself]].

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* Rather savagely deconstructed in ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'', somewhat surprisingly considering the tone of the comic. In [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus125.html this]] strip, minus brings [[VictimizedBystander a random boy]] into a [[StoryWithinAStory book]] for some reason, and, like with most Self-Insert characters, the boy makes himself into a {{God Mode S|ue}}tu, [[MagnificentBastard [[Magnificent🙇 playing both the story's hero and villain like a violin]] [[OmnicidalNeutral without regard for the sake of the world]]. It's all fun and games until he realizes that he can't return to his own world, at which point he goes somersaulting over the DespairEventHorizon and [[OffscreenInertia is implied]] to [[RocksFallEveryoneDies destroy the world and everyone in it]], including [[DrivenToSuicide himself]].



* In ''Webcomic/Homestuck'',John asks his Nanna if this is the case when he enters the Medium. It is not.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' did it with classic (and handily public-domain) ''books'' in one episode: ''Tom Sawyer'', ''Moby Dick'' and ''Pride and Prejudice''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' did it with classic (and handily public-domain) ''books'' in one episode: ''Tom Sawyer'', ''Moby Dick'' 🌭'' and ''Pride and Prejudice''.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the episode "Dimension Twist" Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken and Shego are pulled into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Shows they visit: ''Series/{{Friends}}'', rendered as ''Pals'', ''Space Passage'', a ''Star Trek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt, ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' - in the Arctic, a kids' puppet show reminiscent of ''Teletubbies'', a ''Tom and Jerry''-style cartoon, ''Series/FearFactor'', ''Series/{{Alias}}''[[note]]which KP has been accused of ripping off[[/note]], ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy'', a supervillain's version of ''Queer Eye For The Straight Guy'', ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode, ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' with triangles (which oddly enough seems reminiscent of ''Series/{{Battlestars}}'' from the [[Creator/MerrillHeatter same producer]], though they likely didn't know of that show), a commercial for Ron's favorite restaurant, "Bueno Nacho", Professional Wrestling, a cooking show, with Rufus as the secret ingredient; a talk show, and ''Animal Planet'', rerendered as ''Ape Island'', which is hell for Ron.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the episode "Dimension Twist" Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken and Shego are pulled into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Shows they visit: ''Series/{{Friends}}'', rendered as ''Pals'', ''Space Passage'', a ''Star Trek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt, ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' - in the Arctic, a kids' puppet show reminiscent of ''Teletubbies'', a ''Tom and Jerry''-style cartoon, ''Series/FearFactor'', ''Series/{{Alias}}''[[note]]which KP has been accused of ripping off[[/note]], ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy'', a supervillain's version of ''Queer ''***** Eye For The Straight Guy'', ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode, ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' with triangles (which oddly enough seems reminiscent of ''Series/{{Battlestars}}'' from the [[Creator/MerrillHeatter same producer]], though they likely didn't know of that show), a commercial for Ron's favorite restaurant, "Bueno Nacho", Professional Wrestling, a cooking show, with Rufus as the secret ingredient; a talk show, and ''Animal Planet'', rerendered as ''Ape Island'', which is hell for Ron.
26th Apr '16 6:23:41 AM themisterfree
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the episode "Dimension Twist" Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken and Shego are pulled into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Shows they visit: ''Series/{{Friends}}'', rendered as ''Pals'', ''Space Passage'', a ''Star Trek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt, ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' - in the Arctic, a kids' puppet show reminiscent of ''Teletubbies'', a ''Tom and Jerry''-style cartoon, ''Series/FearFactor'', ''Series/{{Alias}}''[[note]]which KP has been accused of ripping off[[/note]], ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy'', a supervillain's version of ''Queer Eye For The Straight Guy'', ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode, ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', a commercial for Ron's favorite restaraunt, "Bueno Nacho", Professional Wrestling, a cooking show, with Rufus as the secret ingredient; a talk show, and ''Animal Planet'', rerendered as ''Ape Island'', which is hell for Ron.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the episode "Dimension Twist" Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken and Shego are pulled into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Shows they visit: ''Series/{{Friends}}'', rendered as ''Pals'', ''Space Passage'', a ''Star Trek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt, ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' - in the Arctic, a kids' puppet show reminiscent of ''Teletubbies'', a ''Tom and Jerry''-style cartoon, ''Series/FearFactor'', ''Series/{{Alias}}''[[note]]which KP has been accused of ripping off[[/note]], ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy'', a supervillain's version of ''Queer Eye For The Straight Guy'', ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode, ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' with triangles (which oddly enough seems reminiscent of ''Series/{{Battlestars}}'' from the [[Creator/MerrillHeatter same producer]], though they likely didn't know of that show), a commercial for Ron's favorite restaraunt, restaurant, "Bueno Nacho", Professional Wrestling, a cooking show, with Rufus as the secret ingredient; a talk show, and ''Animal Planet'', rerendered as ''Ape Island'', which is hell for Ron.
12th Mar '16 11:18:20 AM nombretomado
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* Happens to ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', when hes sucked into his TV by villain The Channel Surfer, a former tv fanatic mutated by the combined radiation from a wall of televisions falling on him. Once inside, The Mask is exposed to sights that not even he can stand, such as a nauseating CareBears parody, a [[DeaderThanDisco Best Hits of the 70s CD ad]], complete with The Mask freaking out over now wearing a polyester leisure suit, and GilligansIsland.

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* Happens to ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', when hes sucked into his TV by villain The Channel Surfer, a former tv TV fanatic mutated by the combined radiation from a wall of televisions falling on him. Once inside, The Mask is exposed to sights that not even he can stand, such as a nauseating CareBears Franchise/CareBears parody, a [[DeaderThanDisco Best Hits of the 70s CD ad]], complete with The Mask freaking out over now wearing a polyester leisure suit, and GilligansIsland.''Series/GilligansIsland''.
7th Mar '16 2:30:09 PM Adept
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* ''{{Smosh}}: TheMovie'' revolves around Anthony and Ian finding [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube an embarrassing YouTube video of one of themselves]] they want removed, resulting in them going to [=YouTube=] headquarters and asking Steve [=YouTube=] to remove it. He then suggests that the two "change the video from the inside", resulting in them travelling through various videos.

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* ''{{Smosh}}: ''WebVideo/{{Smosh}}: TheMovie'' revolves around Anthony and Ian finding [[InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube an embarrassing YouTube video of one of themselves]] they want removed, resulting in them going to [=YouTube=] headquarters and asking Steve [=YouTube=] to remove it. He then suggests that the two "change the video from the inside", resulting in them travelling through various videos.
24th Feb '16 5:52:11 AM rafi
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* The final season of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' added the capability to travel into TV shows, movies, and literature to the guys' time-travelling phone booth, leading to a series of cheap thinly-veiled pop-culture parodies. (This was also used once in the following [[RecycledTheSeries live-action series]], see the "Live Action TV" section)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has the episode "Game Over", where Ben and Gwen get stuck in Ben's Sumo Slammer video game due to an accident with Upgrade and [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]].
* The cartoon ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' used a variation of this as its premise; California teenager Kevin Keene was trapped in Videoland, whose reality encompassed pretty much every Nintendo-licensed NES game.
* The first half of the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode [[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E40TwitchingChannels "Twitching Channels"]] follows this plot, as Darkwing chases his [[PsychoElectro electricity-themed enemy]] Megavolt through the fictional universes of many [[ShowWithinAShow TV shows]]. The second half of the episode becomes a WelcomeToTheRealWorld plot, as Darkwing and Megavolt both discover that they themselves are just TV show characters in our universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' did a MadeForTVMovie, titled "Channel Chasers", wrapped around a combination of this trope (most examples being stuff you probably grew up with in the 90s) and TimeTravel. Some of the shows parodied in "Channel Chasers" include ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (complete with a blackboard gag: "This is the sincerest form of flattery"), ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}''; however the episode was more centered on a parody show named "Maho Mushi", which was inspired by many anime shows such as ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' did it with classic (and handily public-domain) ''books'' in one episode: ''Tom Sawyer'', ''Moby Dick'' and ''Pride and Prejudice''.
** Also, in a comic, the main characters end up in a ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' comic. Both shows have the same creators.
* One [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' featured this plot, involving him mostly travelling through various commercials; at the end, it was AllJustADream ([[OrWasItADream although he kept the scarf of the shopping channel]]...). Another episode featured a variant on this, where Garfield woke up to find he was in the [[NoFourthWall wrong cartoon]], an odd cross between ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''{{Transformers}}''; eventually, he was shot into a forest of ''Bambi''-esque forest animals, and ran off into the distance, shouting that [[TastesLikeDiabetes he wanted the giant robots back.]]
** Garfield being trapped in a TV was also the main plot of the Sega Genesis video game ''GarfieldCaughtInTheAct'', which brought him through stages themed after Horror, Pirates, the Stone Age, a FilmNoir, an Egyptian pyramid, and the final level being called the "Season Finale".



* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' [[InvertedTrope inverts]] this trope by having Johnny use his sisters' [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Invention of the Week]] to bring two eerily similar in-universe cartoon characters to their reality. The cartoon characters are completely invincible and think they're still in the show, which happened to be an episode about Zombies. Johnny has to put them back into TV Land before they nuke the town.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In the episode "Dimension Twist" Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken and Shego are pulled into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Shows they visit: ''Series/{{Friends}}'', rendered as ''Pals'', ''Space Passage'', a ''Star Trek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt, ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' - in the Arctic, a kids' puppet show reminiscent of ''Teletubbies'', a ''Tom and Jerry''-style cartoon, ''Series/FearFactor'', ''Series/{{Alias}}''[[note]]which KP has been accused of ripping off[[/note]], ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy'', a supervillain's version of ''Queer Eye For The Straight Guy'', ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode, ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', a commercial for Ron's favorite restaraunt, "Bueno Nacho", Professional Wrestling, a cooking show, with Rufus as the secret ingredient; a talk show, and ''Animal Planet'', rerendered as ''Ape Island'', which is hell for Ron.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' did this in the episode "Spins a Web", where the class entered a [[TheFifties Fifties]] SciFi flick about a town being terrorized by a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50 Foot]] praying mantis. Oddly enough, the Topic of the Week was spiders.
* Happens to ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', when hes sucked into his TV by villain The Channel Surfer, a former tv fanatic mutated by the combined radiation from a wall of televisions falling on him. Once inside, The Mask is exposed to sights that not even he can stand, such as a nauseating CareBears parody, a [[DeaderThanDisco Best Hits of the 70s CD ad]], complete with The Mask freaking out over now wearing a polyester leisure suit, and GilligansIsland.
-->'''The Mask''': Youve been here for 30 years. [[LampshadeHanging Youve built a nuclear reactor out of coconuts.]] For the love of God, man! [[JustEatGilligan FIX THE HOLE IN THE BOAT!!]]
* The Ralph Bakshi-era ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' had him stuck in a tv, going from one parody cartoon show to another at the whim of a bored kid constantly changing channels.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the ponies end up sucked into the comic book world of ''The Power Ponies'' and have to face the [[EvilIsHammy over-the-top]] villainess The Mane-Iac. Oddly enough, in Equestria the industry of selling comics that can do this seems to be a completely normal and even thriving industry.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' gives us the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E2BTV B-TV]]", which involves Bogus getting trapped in the television set, as part of an elaborate plan devised by Baddus and his Meteor Goons, Ratty and Mole, and Jake and Butch to take their revenge out on Bogus, for all the times that he's defeated them.
* One of the syndicated episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' had the team sucked into a cartoon dimension that, reasonably enough, ran on ToonPhysics.
* Has happened a couple times on ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', most notably in "Go Viral", with the protagonists bing pulled in as punishment trying to create one.
* A variation is used in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Kid TV": When the television set breaks, the babies climb into a cardboard box and make their own shows, which they're randomly running in and out of by the end: a game show, a soap opera, a PerfumeCommercial, a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque show commercial, the news, and a COPS spoof.
* A segment of one of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horrors]]" episodes used this plot, with Bart and Lisa sucked into ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show''. At one point they changed channels, appearing in a ''live action'' snippet of ''LiveWithRegisAndKathieLee''.
** Also worth mentioning is an episode where the trope gets inverted, as Homer is transported into the third dimension.
** And the HypocriticalHumor of having Chief Wiggum mock [[TheAhnold Rainier Wolfcastle]] for an obvious parody of ''Film/LastActionHero.''
--> '''Chief Wiggum''': "Magic ticket ''my ass'', [=McBain=]"



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Episode "Dimension Twist". Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken and Shego are pulled into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Show parodies they visit:
** ''Series/{{Friends}}'' rendered as ''Pals''
** ''Space Passage'', a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt.
** ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' - in the Arctic
*** But then the contestants can't walk around buck naked! No fair!
** A kids' puppet show reminiscent of ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''
** A ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''-style cartoon rendered as ''Scamper and Bitey''
** ''Series/FearFactor''
** ''Series/{{Alias}}'', which KP has been accused of ripping off
** ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show''
*** "Eric, you dumbass, you better not be a warlock or else I'll stuff my foot in your ass!"
** ''Series/{{ER}}''
** ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy,'' a supervillain's version of ''Series/QueerEyeForTheStraightGuy''
** ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode
** ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''
** A commercial for Ron's favorite restaraunt, "Bueno Nacho"
** ProfessionalWrestling
*** She could team up with Chyna and Tori to make an all-female version of the New World Order.
** A CookingShow, with Rufus as the secret ingredient
** A TalkShow
** AnimalPlanet, rerendered as ''Ape Island'', which is [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes hell for Ron]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has the science fiction nerd/supervillain Control Freak (who is oddly enough ''not'' a ControlFreak) design a piece of tech to do this intentionally. Beast Boy was the couch potato/cliché expert. Shows they visit include:

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Episode "Dimension Twist". Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken ''Series/StrangeHillHigh'': In "Health & Safety", Mitchell, Becky and Shego are pulled Templeton get trapped inside an old safety film.
* The 70s ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' did it at least twice. In one episode the Legion of Doom put them
into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Show parodies they visit:
** ''Series/{{Friends}}'' rendered as ''Pals''
** ''Space Passage'', a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt.
** ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' -
random fairy tales, in the Arctic
*** But then the contestants can't walk around buck naked! No fair!
** A kids' puppet show reminiscent
other Mr. Mxyzptlk puts them in "The Wizard of ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''
** A ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''-style cartoon rendered as ''Scamper and Bitey''
** ''Series/FearFactor''
** ''Series/{{Alias}}'', which KP has been accused of ripping off
** ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show''
*** "Eric, you dumbass, you better not be a warlock or else I'll stuff my foot in your ass!"
** ''Series/{{ER}}''
** ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy,'' a supervillain's version of ''Series/QueerEyeForTheStraightGuy''
** ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode
** ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''
** A commercial for Ron's favorite restaraunt, "Bueno Nacho"
** ProfessionalWrestling
*** She could team up
Oz" with Chyna and Tori to make an all-female version of the New World Order.
** A CookingShow, with Rufus
Aquaman as the secret ingredient
** A TalkShow
** AnimalPlanet, rerendered
Scarecrow, Supes as ''Ape Island'', which is [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes hell for Ron]]
the Tinman, and Wonder Woman as the Cowardly Lion.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has the science fiction nerd/supervillain Control Freak (who is oddly enough ''not'' a ControlFreak) design a piece of tech to do this intentionally. Beast Boy was the couch potato/cliché expert. Shows they visit include:



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' did it with classic (and handily public-domain) ''books'' in one episode: ''Tom Sawyer'', ''Moby Dick'' and ''Pride and Prejudice''.
** Also, in a comic, the characters of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' end up in a ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' comic. Both shows have the same creators.
* One [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' featured this plot, involving him mostly travelling through various commercials; at the end, it was AllJustADream ([[OrWasItADream although he kept the scarf of the shopping channel]]...). Another episode featured a variant on this, where Garfield woke up to find he was in the [[NoFourthWall wrong cartoon]], an odd cross between ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''{{Transformers}}''; eventually, he was shot into a forest of ''Bambi''-esque forest animals, and ran off into the distance, shouting that [[TastesLikeDiabetes he wanted the giant robots back.]]
** Garfield being trapped in a TV was also the main plot of the Sega Genesis video game ''GarfieldCaughtInTheAct'', which brought him through stages themed after Horror, Pirates, the Stone Age, a FilmNoir, an Egyptian pyramid, and the final level being called the "Season Finale".
* A segment of one of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horrors]]" episodes used this plot, with Bart and Lisa sucked into ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show''. At one point they changed channels, appearing in a ''live action'' snippet of ''LiveWithRegisAndKathieLee''.
** Also worth mentioning is an episode where the trope gets inverted, as Homer is transported into the third dimension.
** And the HypocriticalHumor of having Chief Wiggum mock [[TheAhnold Rainier Wolfcastle]] for an obvious parody of ''Film/LastActionHero.''
--> '''Chief Wiggum''': "Magic ticket ''my ass'', [=McBain=]"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' did a MadeForTVMovie, titled "Channel Chasers", wrapped around a combination of this trope (most examples being stuff you probably grew up with in the 90s) and TimeTravel. Some of the shows parodied in "Channel Chasers" include ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (complete with a blackboard gag: "This is the sincerest form of flattery"), ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}''; however the episode was more centered on a parody show named "Maho Mushi", which was inspired by many anime shows such as ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.



* The cartoon ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' used a variation of this as its premise; California teenager Kevin Keene was trapped in Videoland, whose reality encompassed pretty much every Nintendo-licensed NES game.
* A variation is used in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Kid TV": When the television set breaks, the babies climb into a cardboard box and make their own shows, which they're randomly running in and out of by the end: a game show, a soap opera, a PerfumeCommercial, a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque show commercial, the news, and a COPS spoof.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' did this in the episode "Spins a Web", where the class entered a [[TheFifties Fifties]] SciFi flick about a town being terrorized by a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50 Foot]] praying mantis. Oddly enough, the Topic of the Week was spiders.
* The first half of the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode [[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E40TwitchingChannels "Twitching Channels"]] follows this plot, as Darkwing chases his [[PsychoElectro electricity-themed enemy]] Megavolt through the fictional universes of many [[ShowWithinAShow TV shows]]. The second half of the episode becomes a WelcomeToTheRealWorld plot, as Darkwing and Megavolt both discover that they themselves are just TV show characters in our universe.
* The 70s ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' did it at least twice. In one episode the Legion of Doom put them into random fairy tales, in the other Mr. Mxyzptlk puts them in "The Wizard of Oz" with Aquaman as the Scarecrow, Supes as the Tinman, and Wonder Woman as the Cowardly Lion.
* The final season of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' added the capability to travel into TV shows, movies, and literature to the guys' time-travelling phone booth, leading to a series of cheap thinly-veiled pop-culture parodies. (This was also used once in the following [[RecycledTheSeries live-action series]], see the "Live Action TV" section)
* The Ralph Bakshi-era ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' had him stuck in a tv, going from one parody cartoon show to another at the whim of a bored kid constantly changing channels.
* Happens to ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', when hes sucked into his TV by villain The Channel Surfer, a former tv fanatic mutated by the combined radiation from a wall of televisions falling on him. Once inside, The Mask is exposed to sights that not even he can stand, such as a nauseating CareBears parody, a [[DeaderThanDisco Best Hits of the 70s CD ad]], complete with The Mask freaking out over now wearing a polyester leisure suit, and GilligansIsland.
-->'''The Mask''': Youve been here for 30 years. [[LampshadeHanging Youve built a nuclear reactor out of coconuts.]] For the love of God, man! [[JustEatGilligan FIX THE HOLE IN THE BOAT!!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' [[InvertedTrope inverts]] this trope by having Johnny use his sisters' [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Invention of the Week]] to bring two eerily similar in-universe cartoon characters to their reality. The cartoon characters are completely invincible and think they're still in the show, which happened to be an episode about Zombies. Johnny has to put them back into TV Land before they nuke the town.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has the episode "Game Over", where Ben and Gwen get stuck in Ben's Sumo Slammer video game due to an accident with Upgrade and [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' gives us the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E2BTV B-TV]]", which involves Bogus getting trapped in the television set, as part of an elaborate plan devised by Baddus and his Meteor Goons, Ratty and Mole, and Jake and Butch to take their revenge out on Bogus, for all the times that he's defeated them.
* One of the syndicated episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' had the team sucked into a cartoon dimension that, reasonably enough, ran on ToonPhysics.
* ''Series/StrangeHillHigh'': In "Health & Safety", Mitchell, Becky and Templeton get trapped inside an old safety film.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the ponies end up sucked into the comic book world of ''The Power Ponies'' and have to face the [[EvilIsHammy over-the-top]] villainess The Mane-Iac. Oddly enough, in Equestria the industry of selling comics that can do this seems to be a completely normal and even thriving industry.
* Has happened a couple times on ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', most notably in "Go Viral", with the protagonists bing pulled in as punishment trying to create one.
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* In S3EP2 of ''[[WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures]]'', Mario attempts to go back to his home dimension after accidentally ending up in an AlternateUniverse, and along the way, he meets [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Dora]], [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob]] and [[ShowWithinAShow Charleyyy]] in their respective dimensions.

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* In S3EP2 [=S3EP2=] of ''[[WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures]]'', Mario attempts to go back to his home dimension after accidentally ending up in an AlternateUniverse, and along the way, he meets [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Dora]], [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob]] and [[ShowWithinAShow Charleyyy]] in their respective dimensions.
4th Feb '16 12:10:07 PM MeerkatMario
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* In an episode of ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'', Mario had to fix the pipes in Peach's Castle and ended up having a bad accident that lead him to a land full of Series/{{Teletubbies}}. [[spoiler:Turns out at the end that it was AllJustADream]].
* In S3EP2 of ''[[WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan Mario and Luigi's Stupid and Dumb Adventures]]'', Mario attempts to go back to his home dimension after accidentally ending up in an AlternateUniverse, and along the way, he meets [[WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer Dora]], [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob]] and [[ShowWithinAShow Charleyyy]] in their respective dimensions.
4th Feb '16 6:41:23 AM MeerkatMario
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** A ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''-style cartoon

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** A ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''-style cartooncartoon rendered as ''Scamper and Bitey''
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* The first half of the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Twitching Channels" follows this plot, as Darkwing chases his [[PsychoElectro electricity-themed enemy]] Megavolt through the fictional universes of many [[ShowWithinAShow TV shows]]. The second half of the episode becomes a WelcomeToTheRealWorld plot, as Darkwing and Megavolt both discover that they themselves are just TV show characters in our universe.

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* The first half of the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode [[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E40TwitchingChannels "Twitching Channels" Channels"]] follows this plot, as Darkwing chases his [[PsychoElectro electricity-themed enemy]] Megavolt through the fictional universes of many [[ShowWithinAShow TV shows]]. The second half of the episode becomes a WelcomeToTheRealWorld plot, as Darkwing and Megavolt both discover that they themselves are just TV show characters in our universe.



* ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Ben10}} Ben 10]]'' has the episode "Game Over", where Ben and Gwen get stuck in Ben's Sumo Slammer video game due to an accident with Upgrade and [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]].

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* ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Ben10}} Ben 10]]'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has the episode "Game Over", where Ben and Gwen get stuck in Ben's Sumo Slammer video game due to an accident with Upgrade and [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]].
29th Jan '16 3:43:01 PM Adept
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* ''{{Gumby}}'' is a {{downplayed|trope}} example. Many episodes involve him and his friends walking into books and interacting with the characters, but Gumby & co. can leave at will.

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* ''{{Gumby}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}'' is a {{downplayed|trope}} example. Many episodes involve him and his friends walking into books and interacting with the characters, but Gumby & co. can leave at will.



** ''{{Friends}}'' rendered as ''Pals''

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** ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' rendered as ''Pals''



** ''FearFactor''

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** ''FearFactor''''Series/FearFactor''



** ''That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show''

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** ''That70sShow'', ''Series/That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show''
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