Created By: SonicLover on April 28, 2013 Last Edited By: maxwellsilver on May 2, 2013

Not A Simulation

Someone offers a compliment on what they thought was a simulated feature. It wasn't.

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Bob has just come out of a haunted house. He's absolutely gushing over how exciting it was. He especially liked the actor in the serial killer costume who kept coming after him. The man running the exhibit blinks, then nervously explains that there aren't any costumed actors in the haunted house. It was Not A Simulation.

Related to Your Costume Needs Work, although I'm not exactly sure how.


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  • April 28, 2013
    I'm thinking of a couple examples, but I don't know if they're correct.

    An early Sponge Bob episode had Sponge Bob join a group of elite jellyfishers who spend all their time pranking him. When they find out Sponge Bob is a better jellyfisher than their captain, Kevin the Sea cucumber, they rip off the top of his head and give it to Sponge Bob, who remarks he didn't know it was a hat. Kevin cries that it wasn't.

    Also, at the beginning of Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmerelda compliments Quazimoto on his mask, which happens to be his real face.

    Inverted in the Halloween episode of Hey Arnold! Helga's father Bob thinks the aliens are real, but Helga tries to prove that she's a fake by pulling off her mask, but it doesn't come off because Harold provided permament makeup that doesn't come off easily, further convincing Bob that the aliens are real.

    Any example where people think facial hair or some bizarre feature is fake but trying to pull it off results in it being stuck because it's real, I think that's this trope.
  • April 28, 2013
    ^ The first one is borderline. The second is a definite example. I'm not sure how to interpret the last two.
  • April 29, 2013
    Needs a Better Name. The specific phrasing as "simulation" made me think it was going to be about a whole environment or experience being mistaken for a simulation (e.g. something like the holodecks from Deep Space Nine.)

    Perhaps Your Costume Looks Great, by analogy to Your Costume Needs Work?
  • April 29, 2013
    The current description sounds a bit like All Part Of The Show.
  • April 30, 2013
  • May 1, 2013
    Okay, the Example As A Thesis is most definitely an All Part Of The Show and not the same as the examples suggested in comments.
  • May 1, 2013
    Description needs a complete reqrite, and possibly renaming.
  • May 1, 2013
    Seconding that, so far, this is All Part Of The Show.

    However, there may be a trope here for Your Costume Looks Great... but I'm pretty sure that's just covered by Mistaken For An Impostor.
  • May 2, 2013
    In an episode of Night Court Harry used his magic hobby to convince another character that he was exorcising some evil spirits, at one point using a book gimmicked to shoot flames when you open it. After it's all over, Art (the janitor) comes in saying "sorry I'm late" and gives Harry the prop burning book. So...what was up with that other book?
  • May 2, 2013
    ^ See also Real After All