Cannot Tell Fiction From Reality YKTTW Discussion
|Cannot Tell Fiction From Reality|
A character thinks some fictional work(s) is reality.
"Jesus Christ, Joe. You've been playing way too much Skyrim, haven't you?"A character starts to be unable to tell the difference between fiction and reality. Often it's thinking a TV show is real, or thinking one is actually in the show. This trope can either be Played for Laughs or Played for Drama. The dramatic versions can often come with a moral about not watching too many shows or not thinking stuff in shows is safe to do. A Super Trope to But I Play One on TV (can't tell an actor from the role played). A Sister Trope to Daydream Believer (thinking the fiction is real but separate from our reality), Lost in Character. Compare The Tetris Effect (but people can tell they aren't in a game; they just see things as a game), Longing for Fictionland (knowing it's not real, but really wanting it to be), Loony Fan. No Real Life Examples, Please!.
- In Night Court, an elderly lady couldn't tell TV wasn't real anymore, and brought a grenade to the court to try to free a guy in jail who was a character in a soap opera.
- In The Angry Joe Show, Joe plays The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Skyrim long enough that he thinks he's a Magic Knight, and goes to slay Corporate Commander with his armor and sword, but just had a foil helmet and a broom. Commander just called security.