Created By: Olaf_Merchant on October 26, 2012 Last Edited By: Olaf_Merchant on October 26, 2012
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Talking with the TV

The TV show suddenly engages in a discussion with the protagonist as a mild Mind Screw.

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While enjoying a quiet evening at home, Bob just decides to leave the TV on while doing something else- until suddenly, his attention is drawn to the tv screen. Did that newscaster just call out his name? It wasn't just his imagination- now the TV show is directly addressing him and replying to his questions. Cue the creepy music.

Can be the caused by Gaslighting and Sinister Surveillance or the character just being a genuine Cloudcuckoolander.


Examples:

Comics

Film
  • The Game: Done by the Consumer Recreation Services- the Newscaster lays down some ground rules of the Game to Nicholas van Orton. Bonus Points for actually hiring the regular newsanchor.

Live-Action Television
  • Used a few times in Being Human (UK); it appears to be justified by the souls of the dead being able to use television screens as a medium to communicate with the world of the living.
  • In Farscape episode John Quixote there are several instances of this, with a double of John himself and Stark providing clues to Chrichton on how to win the game.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "Michael Ellis". While Chris Quinn is watching the television program "University of the Air", the surgeon hosting the program talks directly to him.
    • Done as well in the 'Exploding Penguin' sketch.

Video Games

Western Animation


"And that concludes our program for the day. Don't forget to turn your TV off, Bob..."
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • October 26, 2012
    Astaroth
    • Used a few times in Being Human; it appears to be justified by the souls of the dead being able to use television screens as a medium to communicate with the world of the living.
  • October 26, 2012
    dvorak
  • October 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Monty Pythons Flying Circus episode "Michael Ellis". While Chris Quinn is watching the television program "University of the Air", the surgeon hosting the program talks directly to him.

    By the way, this should also include audience members talking with characters in a movie.
  • October 26, 2012
    Olaf_Merchant
    I'm a bit unsure of adding the audience bit, since I think that falls more along the lines of breaking the fourth wall?
  • October 26, 2012
    Chabal2
    Several SCPs use this, including a Depraved Kids Show Host Monster Clown, what appears to be a demonic KKK summoner (he doesn't talk, the video just reads I SEE YOU) and an evil personal fitness trainer.
  • October 26, 2012
    Duncan
    Happened frequently with Opus in Bloom County.
  • October 26, 2012
    MrRuano
    Not sure if it qualifies, but Jojos Bizarre Adventure has an example in Stardust Crusaders when Joseph uses his stand on a TV, allowing him to hear a message proclaiming that Kakyoin is a traitor. The truth is that Kakyoin was actually impersonated by another Stand User.
  • October 26, 2012
    StarSword
    Film:
    • George Of The Jungle at one point thinks the TV meteorologist is talking to him (telling him to get out of the house, specifically), though that's mostly because he's never seen a TV before.
  • October 26, 2012
    GymQuirk
  • October 26, 2012
    DracMonster
    Aye, The Television Talks Back already includes this.
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