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11th Nov '17 8:48:33 AM Cieloazul
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* RealLife is not an example of this trope, though there's actually a real life phenomenon known as "Truman Show Delusion" (a persecutory/grandoise delusion suffered by some schizophrenics) in which people think they're being watched as part of a TV show. SiblingTeam psychiatrists Joel and Ian Gold coined the term in 2008. Several of their patients have referenced the film explicitly in describing their delusion.

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* RealLife is (hopefully) not an example of this trope, though there's actually a real life phenomenon known as "Truman Show Delusion" (a persecutory/grandoise delusion suffered by some schizophrenics) in which people think they're being watched as part of a TV show. SiblingTeam psychiatrists Joel and Ian Gold coined the term in 2008. Several of their patients have referenced the film explicitly in describing their delusion.
20th Oct '17 1:12:15 PM WolfThunder
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* ''Anime/TheBraveExpressMightGaine'' mixed this with MerchandiseDriven.
28th Jul '17 8:48:35 AM xcountryguy
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* This is the plot of ''The Series/EvenStevens Movie''. The Stevens family (from the tv show of the same name, of course) win a free vacation to an island and terrible stuff starts happening to them; it turns out that they're on a new, incredibly popular, yet cruel and heartless, reality show. Things are falling apart all around them, and they don't realize that it's all a fake [[spoiler: until they do and get a chance to get back at the producer]].
* The plot of ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'', though the "viewers" in this case aren't so much RealityTV enthusiasts as they are [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination elder gods that require routine sacrifice.]]]]

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* This is the plot of ''The Series/EvenStevens Movie''. The Stevens family (from the tv show of the same name, of course) win a free vacation to an island and terrible stuff starts happening to them; it turns out that they're on a new, incredibly popular, yet cruel and heartless, reality show. Things are falling apart all around them, and they don't realize that it's all a fake [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until they do and get a chance to get back at the producer]].
* The plot of ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'', though the "viewers" in this case aren't so much RealityTV enthusiasts as they are [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination elder gods that require routine sacrifice.]]]]



* Although it predates the reality-show phenomenon, 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]].

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* Although it predates the reality-show phenomenon, Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Race Against Time'' has a similar premise: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the characters are living in a ''zoo'' for otherwise-extinct human ethnic groups and don't know it]].



* ''Series/BlackMirror'' has a predictably twisted version of this. [[spoiler: ''White Bear'' is actually a reality TV show designed to publicly punish people in an [[IronicHell ironic fashion]].]]

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' has a predictably twisted version of this. [[spoiler: ''White [[spoiler:''White Bear'' is actually a reality TV show designed to publicly punish people in an [[IronicHell ironic fashion]].]]



** FridgeBrilliance, the "Director"... [[spoiler: Is the player]].

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** FridgeBrilliance, the "Director"... [[spoiler: Is [[spoiler:Is the player]].



* 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.

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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 [[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 [[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.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Leela wonders why a pair of mutants are stalking her. One of the reasons she puts out is "some kind of [[TakeThat even more boring]] Truman Show?" [[spoiler: They're her parents, secretly watching over her.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Leela wonders why a pair of mutants are stalking her. One of the reasons she puts out is "some kind of [[TakeThat even more boring]] Truman Show?" [[spoiler: They're [[spoiler:They're her parents, secretly watching over her.]]
15th Jun '17 2:15:02 PM Sakubara
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** Chris does have a tenuous grasp of what a troll is, however he doesn't accept the idea that many of his Trolls are fake personalities and identities. While he accuses his enemies of lying quite a lot, he doesn't seem to be able come to the conclusion that their entire existence is fiction. A good example is his "Sweetheart" Bianca. While Chris did learn "she" was playing him like a harp, he doesn't realize "she" is three bored dudes on the internet.

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** Chris does have a tenuous grasp of what a troll is, however he doesn't accept the idea that many of his Trolls are fake personalities and identities. While he accuses his enemies of lying quite a lot, he doesn't seem to be able come to the conclusion that their entire existence is fiction. A good example is his "Sweetheart" Bianca. While Chris did learn "she" was playing him like a harp, he doesn't realize "she" is three bored dudes [[{{GIRL}} dudes]] on the internet.
8th Jun '17 2:37:17 AM Malachi108
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* Meta comic example: SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}.

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* Meta comic example: SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}. And also, by extension, ''Comicbook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool''.
7th Apr '17 7:48:09 PM somebob
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* The one hour special of ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'' called "Go Hollywood" has the family win a trip to Hollywood. The people involved give them an adventure, all secretly filmed. The family only learns about it when they crash land a hot air balloon on a red carpet premiere and enter to see the movie is all about their experiences in Hollywood.
5th Apr '17 10:45:41 PM Lirodon
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* Creator/ChannelFour brought an intergalactic variant of the ''Joe Schmo'' concept in 2005 with ''Series/SpaceCadets'', wherein a group of gullible "thrill seekers" were convinced that they had been selected to be Britain's first space tourists, and went through a training program in "Russia" (actually an air force base near Suffolk) in preparation for their low-Earth orbit "flight".
12th Feb '17 4:45:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Nebulous}}'', it turns out that the characters have spent the past six years trapped in a time loop, which is actually the weekend omnibus of an alien reality TV series.

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* In ''{{Nebulous}}'', ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'', it turns out that the characters have spent the past six years trapped in a time loop, which is actually the weekend omnibus of an alien reality TV series.
14th Jan '17 12:11:30 PM Monolaf317
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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'': [[spoiler:All the characters are participants in a Danganronpa reality show based off the video game series, currently in its 53rd season.]]
25th Dec '16 12:10:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. Its third-season episode "[[http://www.tv.com/the-twilight-zone-1985/special-service/episode/34418/recap.html Special Service]]" used this trope.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985''. Its third-season episode "[[http://www.tv.com/the-twilight-zone-1985/special-service/episode/34418/recap.html Special Service]]" "Special Service" used this trope.
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