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23rd Aug '16 12:55:04 AM MisterCPC
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* An issue of ComicBook/TheSimpsons book features this where Homer is filmed by a TV crew because of all the bumbling he does, creating a ratings smash. However, Homer eventually gets wise to the fact that he's being filmed and refuses to do anything but lie in bed out of paranoia. In order to save the show, the producers confess the truth to Homer, who decides to help them out. Unfortunately for them, Homer tries to be intentionally funny, and ends up being so irritating to everyone that the show ends up getting cancelled anyway.
16th Jul '16 7:17:11 PM Sark0TAG
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* Invoked by Guildmaster Kadish in ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}: Path of the Shell'', using a huge rotating set of spheres in the Age of Ahnonay, [[spoiler: plus an unfinished fourth one that's programmed to be skipped]], designed to trick the D'ni people into believing that Kadish is the Grower, by using the rotation of each sphere to give the appearance of TimeTravel when a person Links to the Age. This trope plays even straighter when you manage to break the system and reveal the backgrounds of one of its spheres to be mere paintings, and that you can disable the ocean's current.
* Two locations in the ''VideoGame/{{Submachine}}'' series, specifically the beginning area of ''Submachine Zero'' [[spoiler: and the ending of ''Submachine One'']] appear as if they are on the surface, outside in the real world. But returning to them in later titles reveal signs of huge painted scenery props and spotlights, set up inside empty, black cavernous areas. This is one of many signs in the series that [[NothingIsScarier you're being watched by someone]], as proven by floating security cameras in other areas.
10th Jul '16 11:12:48 PM Caps-luna
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*Christian Weston Chandler (of WebComic/{{Sonichu}} fame) leads a life bordering on this trope. Unfortunate Chris-Chan, as he is called, has a perfect cocktail of minor mental illnesses and major personality flaws the leave him both with a slippery grasp on reality and extreme gullibility. Chris is a repeat victim of internet Trolls posing under various fake identities who then easily manipulate him for entertainment. Chris has been living like this for nearly ten years and has ignored literally hundreds of E-mails sent to him explaining that a large part of his life is a lie.
17th Mar '16 9:05:41 PM TheCuza
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cancelled" reveals that [[spoiler:the entire planet Earth is one of these, set up by aliens]]. Originally the intended 100th episode,[[spoiler:it was a callback to the first episode and explains why Cartman had an anal probe to begin with]]. Incidentally, [[spoiler:this episode was produced during ''Hit & Run'''s production, but aired about six months before the game came out]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cancelled" reveals that [[spoiler:the entire planet Earth is one of these, set up by aliens]]. aliens. Every different species on Earth, including different races of humans, actually originated from different planets and were all thrown onto the same planet to see what would happen. When the inhabitants of Earth discover this, they start fame-whoring it up and end up getting the show cancelled because of it ("cancelled" in this case meaning the total destruction of Earth). Eventually the boys were able to blackmail the producers of the show to simply wipe everyone's memories instead]]. Originally the intended 100th episode,[[spoiler:it episode, [[spoiler:it was a callback to the first episode and explains why Cartman had an anal probe to begin with]].with (it was one of many anal probes that transmit recorded footage back to the aliens)]]. Incidentally, [[spoiler:this episode was produced during ''Hit & Run'''s production, but aired about six months before the game came out]].
23rd Dec '15 12:07:11 AM Doug86
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* Meta comic example: Self-Demonstrating/{{Deadpool}}.

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* Meta comic example: Self-Demonstrating/{{Deadpool}}.SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}.
23rd Dec '15 12:06:23 AM Doug86
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* One episode of ''BoyMeetsWorld'' invokes not just this plot but ''TheTrumanShow'' itself, with Eric in the Christof role and Rachel in the Truman role (complete with phobia from childhood preventing escape).

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* One episode of ''BoyMeetsWorld'' ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' invokes not just this plot but ''TheTrumanShow'' ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' itself, with Eric in the Christof role and Rachel in the Truman role (complete with phobia from childhood preventing escape).



* In, ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging'' you play as an AI who was trained in "how to be human"' via this method, and then suddenly forced out on its 20th birthday.

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* In, In ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging'' you play as an AI who was trained in "how to be human"' via this method, and then suddenly forced out on its 20th birthday.
6th Nov '15 5:48:32 PM nombretomado
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* A rather bizarre variant was featured in the ''RaveMaster'' manga. In one chapter, the team comes across an island with a popular manga that's suspiciously similar to their adventures. After finding out that the whole thing was a coincidence, they entertain the idea of being watched constantly before finally just deciding that the whole thing was a coincidence and laugh it off. [[spoiler:Then it's strongly implied that the strange gingerbread-like creature who often appears in the background is actually some kind of monitoring device-creature that exists to record their lives for the author.]]

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* A rather bizarre variant was featured in the ''RaveMaster'' ''Manga/RaveMaster'' manga. In one chapter, the team comes across an island with a popular manga that's suspiciously similar to their adventures. After finding out that the whole thing was a coincidence, they entertain the idea of being watched constantly before finally just deciding that the whole thing was a coincidence and laugh it off. [[spoiler:Then it's strongly implied that the strange gingerbread-like creature who often appears in the background is actually some kind of monitoring device-creature that exists to record their lives for the author.]]
16th Oct '15 3:07:56 PM nombretomado
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* Although it predates the reality-show phenomenon, PiersAnthony's ''Race Against Time'' has a similar premise: [[spoiler: the characters are living in a ''zoo'' for otherwise-extinct human ethnic groups and don't know it]].

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* Although it predates the reality-show phenomenon, PiersAnthony's Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Race Against Time'' has a similar premise: [[spoiler: the characters are living in a ''zoo'' for otherwise-extinct human ethnic groups and don't know it]].
2nd Aug '15 6:46:15 AM SvartiKotturinn
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* Actually done (for a short while) on an Israeli TV show, ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385446/ The Steve Show]]'', back in 2003. It started off with a budding actor calling his wife, for whom he had a unique nickname (‘Livluvít’[[labelnote:Hebrew]]לבלובית[[/labelnote]], roughly ‘Blossomette’), to tell her he’d failed an audition; Yig'al Shilon, most famous for being the host of ''Fisfusím'', an Israeli ''Series/{{Punkd}}''-style show, heard the interesting nickname and devised a RealityTV show based on this trope, getting him ‘accepted’ and following him around with 10 cameras and actual famous actors ‘working’ with him, pretending it’s all for real, and putting him in awkward positions to see how he’d react (e.g. actress [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gila_Almagor Gila Almagor]] pretended she was a [[StickyFingers kleptomaniac]]). It lasted for a just under a month before they finally told him; despite being very surprised, he took it rather well.
20th Jun '15 2:02:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* RobertRankin's ''Armageddon: The Musical'' is another one where the entire Earth is a reality show for aliens.

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* RobertRankin's Creator/RobertRankin's ''Armageddon: The Musical'' is another one where the entire Earth is a reality show for aliens.



* The end of {{Goosebumps}}' original ''[=HorrorLand=]'' book.

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* The end of {{Goosebumps}}' Literature/{{Goosebumps}}' original ''[=HorrorLand=]'' book.
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