"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.
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