->'''Doofenshmirtz''': This is like one of those sitcoms where somebody says something that's misconstrued and the snooty next door neighbor got the wrong package delivered after his in-laws come to visit, somebody has two dates at one night and they have to paint white lines on the middle of the room, but this isn't a sitcom, Perry the Platypus, [[LampshadeHanging this is real life.]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

The characters are talking about tropes. They're not talking about tropes from their own series, so it's not LampshadeHanging. They're not talking about tropes in a way that goes "[[BreakingTheFourthWall hey, we're aware that we're fictional]]", so it's not MetaFiction. They're not actively involving the viewer, so it's not PostModernism. They're not tearing down the tropes, so it's not {{Deconstruction}}.

They're just talking, in a SeinfeldianConversation kind of way, about conventions found in media in general. Pointing them out, going "Huh, that's interesting", idly coming up with possible reasons for them. Starting to sound real familiar, right?

Often used as a ShoutOut, in a similar vein as an AffectionateParody -- or not. Sometimes it's subtle LampshadeHanging, describing tropes that occur later in the work, or earlier, but not talking about those events. Either that, or the writers/characters just found some time to kill.

Compare DiscussedTrope, IAlwaysWantedToSayThat.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Pretty common in shows about {{Otaku}}, for obvious reasons.
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'' frequently:
** comments about how chatspeak appears to have invaded Japanese talk shows;
** asks why all the pretty girls in a DatingSim are [[EveryoneIsSingle single]] and [[TheUnwantedHarem want to be attached to the male hero]].
** One episode discussed the NecktieHeadband and carrying takeout boxes.
* ''{{Genshiken}}'' is a tad more meta about it, with the ShowWithinAShow, and then them narrating the previews when ''KujibikiUnbalance'' became its own show.
* One of the main highlights of ''SeitokaiNoIchizon''.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' has a lot of conversations like this between Yamazaki and Sato, since they're trying to make a HGame together and Sato isn't an otaku like Yamazaki. For example, one scene has Yamazaki scolding Sato for trying to write the main heroine like a realistic girl, and then discussing the "patterns" found in games like {{Victorious Childhood Friend}}s, {{Meido}}s and {{Robot Girl}}s, explaining that these all work because [[ShallowLoveInterest she has no ulterior motive and simply is devoted to serving the protagonist]]. These conversations also serve to set up Sato thinking of Misaki as something of a soft-spoken ManicPixieDreamGirl, which gets {{deconstructed}} as the series continues.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'':
** One time Nyarko catches a human cold and tells a confused Mahiro that even powerful aliens can have {{Weaksauce Weakness}}es, delivering a few {{Shout Out}}s to famous movies [[CulturalCrossReference like]] ''Film/MarsAttacks''. [[spoiler:Which becomes a ChekhovsGun later when the invading aliens have the same [[YourHeadAsplode explosive weakness]] to music that the Martians did.]]
** In the first episode of the second season, Nyarko brings up the fact that [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall all the recent sequels have the main heroine become pregnant]] before telling Mahiro [[LovableSexManiac they might as well jump on the bandwagon]]. Of course, it doesn't work.
* In ''Manga/KitakubuKatsudouKiroku'' they frequently talk about tropes. Sometimes as LampshadeHanging, sometimes BreakingTheFourthWall, but mostly they just talk about various tropes.
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "A Pokémon of a Different Color", Iris's Dragonite meets Clair's Dragonite and they immediately come into conflict. Iris and Clair are annoyed, but Cilan deduces that Clair's Dragonite is female and launches into his film buff explanation, complete with images, of exactly how their initial hatred will vanish when new conflicts test them and love will eventually blossom between the two. The girls don't buy it for a second, and despite the Dragonites getting one more scene later, his prediction doesn't come to pass.
* In episode 38 of ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', when discussing on the "defection" of the young Kaiser Erwin Josef II to the Free Planets Alliance, Walter von Schönkopf mentioned that enthusiasm amongst the Alliance public would be even higher if the defector was a [[EverythingsbetterwithPrincesses pretty teenage princess]] instead, and Alex Cazerne added that by fairytale conventions then, [[EvilChancellor the minister would be the evil one]].
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In Kyon and Sasaki's backstory in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', their usual conversation was about any trope Kyon could think at the moment, trope that was appropriately deconstructed by Sasaki. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife That's how Kyon's optimism and interest in the supernatural vanished in middle school]].
** Haruhi, who reads the in-universe tvtropes website, alsos lapse into this on occasion.
* There are lots of this in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episodes "Hypercube" and "Camping Trip Part 1".
* Done in the PeggySue fic ''FanFic/{{The Second Try}}'' during the post-Third Impact chapters (Examples include AdamAndEvePlot to IHatePastMe) between Shinji and Asuka. Justified, what with both being the only two people left on earth and needing to pass the time.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Hot Fuzz}}'' has the lead pair discussing various cop movie tropes, with Butterman feeling that he's missed out and Angel denying that they exist in {{Real Life}}. Of course, all of them are gloriously invoked by the end.
* In ''Film/{{Clerks}}'':
-->'''Randal Graves''': Which did you like better? ''[[Franchise/StarWars [Return of the] Jedi]]'' or ''[[Franchise/StarWars The Empire Strikes Back]]''?
-->'''Dante Hicks''': ''Empire''.
-->'''Randal''': Blasphemy.
-->'''Dante''': ''Empire'' had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader's his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that's what life is, a series of [[DownerEnding down endings]]. All ''Jedi'' had was a bunch of {{Muppet}}s.
** Other movies in the ViewAskewniverse also tend to feature this, if only a little.
** The beginning of the double-AffectionateParody, ''Trooper Clerks: The Animated One-Shot'' (which, of course, was a two-parter):
-->'''Trooper Randal''': Which did you like better: ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' or ''Film/ChasingAmy''?
-->'''Trooper Dante''': ''Chasin' Amy''.
-->'''Randal''': Blasphemy!
-->'''Dante''': ''Chasing Amy'' had the better story! Guy likes girl... girl likes girls... girl has sex with guy, then dumps guy for more girls -- it ends on a dark note. That's what life is: A series of dark notes. All ''Mallrats'' had was a bunch of... sex jokes.
* ''{{Adaptation}}''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' movie series is more or less a protracted discussion of horror movie tropes, with object lessons in each.
* ''BreakingAway'': "You know how, in cartoons, when somebody gets hit in the head with a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]], and their head ''[[AmusingInjuries looks]]'' [[AmusingInjuries like the frying pan]], with the handle and everything; then they go ''boing'', and their head goes back to normal? Wouldn't that be great?"
* ''{{Swingers}}'' features a scene where the leads are sitting around a table discussing the films of Martin Scorsese and the inherent difficulty of filming in a casino as well as their love of the one take restaurant entry shot in Film/{{Goodfellas}}. They later emulate this shot when when entering a club and one of the first parts of the film is shot in a casino.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' is practically made of this.
* ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'':
** Elijah talks about the LanternJawOfJustice and other stylistic traits and conventions.
** At the end, David and Elijah's mother talk about VillainTropes at Elijah's art gallery. She says that Elijah believes there are two main types of villains. There's the [[TheDragon soldier villain]], who fights the hero with his hands, but there's also the brilliant and evil ArchEnemy, the really dangerous one, who fights the hero with his mind. [[spoiler:Elijah is revealed to be the latter.]]
* In the opening scene of ''Film/{{Swordfish}}'', Gabriel is discussing EndingTropes with Stanley and Agent Roberts. He compares the hostage situation he is leading with the one in ''Film/DogDayAfternoon'', and argues that it would be [[RealityEnsues more realistic]] if the hostage takers in that movie would have been [[KickTheDog much more cruel]], killing multiple hostages from the start, and [[TheBadGuyWins getting away with the money]]. Stanley and Roberts argue that audiences will expect a HappyEnding, and that [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin the bad guy can't win]] to force home AnAesop that crime doesn't pay. Of course, they're trying to invoke it because they don't want Gabriel to do just that to his hostages. [[spoiler:It's all foreshadowing to this film's ending, in which Gabriel does get the money and wins.]]
* The film "Film/{{Love and Other Disasters}}" is frequently punctuated by the cast discussing romance tropes, without noticing how they might apply to their present situations.
* Early in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Xavier is giving a lecture at the school where he discusses the morality of [[GrandTheftMe telepathically taking over someone's body]] to avoid dying, if the person losing their body is brain dead. [[spoiler:Doubles as Foreshadowing, as Xavier pulls exactly this in TheStinger.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey''.
* Almost every fantasy novel ever written has a protagonist who, when cold and wet and hungry and exhausted, will reflect on how his favourite stories never said anything about the heroes having to put up with this.
** Which begs the question, what stories did he read?
** Same with mystery stories, the protagonist being kidnapped and transported by vehicle, and reflecting that counting the number of turns the car takes is harder than in detective novels.
* It's possible to do this without LampshadeHanging and still accidentally discuss your own story. In a {{thriller}} novel entitled ''Beauty'', the love interest talks about how all the fish in her fish tank were chosen because they reminded her of characters in a book, then adds that she originally planned to use fish for {{Lolita}} and Humbert Humbert but changed her mind. The hero goes into an aside about how ''{{Lolita}}'' is his favorite book, because of its skillful use of an UnreliableNarrator who seems nice at first but is in fact evil. Said "hero" is a plastic surgeon trying to sculpt the perfect face, so you can guess where this is going.
* One of Literature/TheDresdenFiles novels has a discussion of which member of the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Fellowship]] everyone is. Harry objects to not being assigned Gandalf, until it is explained that Sam is the real hero of the story. And there's a throwaway line about a certain person being Boromir--said person later betraying the group.
** When Harry sends a young man to Father Forthill for some food, a shower, and new clothes, Forthill casually asks the man to get any PedophilePriest jokes out of the way early on.
* Literature/WhenItHappensToYou has a short discussion of RockStarParking in Kojak.
* Happens quite a bit in Literature/{{Discworld}}. For example, Glenda in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' talks (albeit to herself) about how preposterous and formulaic her romance novels are.
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* On ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', the characters discuss when characters are driving away in a car, but their conversation doesn't get quieter. Of course, they're in a car, driving away, and they stay loud and clear.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** In "Orpheus," Carter picks apart the poor planning on the part of the aliens in ''Film/{{Signs}}''.
** In "200," she calls ''[[ShowWithinAShow Wormhole X-Treme!]]'' creator Martin Lloyd on a particularly absurd use of UnrealisticBlackHole.
* In one scene from ''DeadLikeMe'', George, the viewpoint character for the series, informs her fellows of the roles play they in the [[{{Ensembles}} ensemble cast]]. Later in the episode, the oldest and wisest of the troupe casually "breaks trope", much to George's surprise.
* Boone and Locke discuss {{Red Shirt}}s in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues".
** In "Some Like It Hoth", Hurley presents his thoughts on ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Ewoks suck, dude". This is far from the only ''Star Wars'' discussion in the series.
* ''{{Warehouse 13}}'' also discusses {{Red Shirt}}s. When Myka feels that Artie's secrecy about their current mission could prove life-threatening for them.
-->'''Myka''': He thinks we're...
-->'''Pete''': Redshirts?
-->'''Myka''' (nodding sadly): Yeah.
-->'''Pete''': First of all, we're not redshirts. And second of all... It's ''so'' cool that you knew what I meant!
** Also this dialog in Season 3 Episode 3
-->'''New Agent Jinx ''(after missing during Tesla Target practice):''''' "Firing a Ray Gun isn't as easy as it looks in the movies."
-->'''Pete:''' "Hey, No. It is very hard to fire ray guns in the movies. How many times have you seen a [[ImperialStormTrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Storm Trooper]] hit what he's firing at? Not once.
** Pete also admonishes himself for missing an obvious video game trope [[OneOfUs (even using the term "trope")]] when he and Claudia are trapped in a virtual reality world.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has this happen with, [[CaptainObvious of course]], Hiro, the series' AscendedFanboy. He even goes so far as to point out to his SideKick Ando where in the story he is at certain crucial moments. Hiro firmly believes himself to be the most GenreSavvy guy around, he just doesn't quite realise he's [[WrongGenreSavvy not actually living in the genre he's an expert on]]. It's more than a little adorable.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': "How come there ain't no Puerto Ricans on ''Franchise/StarTrek''?! They got every race and life-form in the galaxy, except for Puerto Ricans! What's up with that?!"
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' does this a lot with ScienceFiction tropes.
* Since comic book evil (and other things) exist in the world of ''TheMiddleMan'' a lot of conversations revolve around tropes and [[OurTropesAreDifferent how their in-universe equivalents deviate from them]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' does this a bit in general, but when the Trio become the villains in season six, their conversations almost solely consist of this.
* In one episode of ''{{Eureka}}'', Vincent and Fargo are fairly GenreSavvy while watching a "reality show" [[spoiler:that is actually a live feed from a biosphere experiment at Global Dynamics]]. Unfortunately, the GenreSavvy doesn't apply to their own crazy town.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has little side-jokes about this sometimes. In one episode, Chandler discusses {{Half Dressed Cartoon Animal}}s with Phoebe.
* Everyone on ''Series/{{Community}}'', especially Abed.
* About 25% of the total runtime of ''FreaksAndGeeks'' consists of either the "freaks" group discussing music or the "geeks" talking comedy or sci-fi.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
-->'''Tony''': Ah, let me guess... You're that person in horror movie that decides that since [[FinalGirl all your friends are dead]], you really need to go check out the demonic, breathing noise down in the [[CreepyBasement basement]].
-->'''Kate''': Well, it beats being the girl who twists her ankle and gets everybody else killed.
* Occurs in Series H "History" on ''{{QI}}'' with Stephen, Alan, David Mitchell, Sandi Toksvig, and Rob Brydon digitally edited into a photo of a combat squad. David (whose face was in a somewhat goofy expression) mused that he would be [[{{Redshirt}} killed off early]], while Sandi supposed she would be the woman brought along [[MissionControl just to work the radio]], but gets [[ActionSurvivor forced into flying a plane]]. Stephen would be [[ShellshockedSenior the hero]] [[OldSoldier from]] the First World War, Rob gets [[{{Retirony}}killed off right before the end]] (just when you think he'll make it), and Alan [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OFXL0jIMR4 survives the whole thing.]]
* After Tuvok and Paris escape from the ShowWithinAShow holodeck program ''Insurrection Alpha'' in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' following Seska's evil alterations of it, they and the rest of the senior staff chat about the program in the mess hall, including Captain Janeway's use of DeusExMachina to rescue them.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' frequently discusses the ways his snowmen demonstrate ArtTropes. He and Hobbes also discuss ComicBooks, as in this iconic dialogue, which named a trope:
-->'''Calvin''': Mom doesn't understand comic books. She doesn't realize that comic books deal with [[WeAreStillRelevantDammit serious issues of the day]]. [[DarkerAndEdgier Today's superheroes]] face tough [[MoralDilemma moral dilemmas]]. Comic books aren't just [[{{Escapism}} escapist]] fantasy. They're [[AnAesop sophisticated social critiques]].
-->'''Hobbes''': Is [[MostCommonSuperPower Amazon Girl's super power]] the ability to squeeze that figure [[TropeNamer into that suit]]?"
-->'''Calvin''': [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder Nah]], they all can do that.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Characters in ''VideoGame/TrinityUniverse'' are fond of this. Especially the prinnies and Etna.
** That's a carry over and logical extension of things from Etna's original series, Disgaea. Characters in those games love to lampshade gameplay mechanics and poke fun at expected tropes (Like the ability to save before a boss fight). They also discuss their own levels and character titles so it's hard to tell at times if it's just them breaking the fourth wall or this is normal topics of conversation for people in their situations (Etna's [[BagOfSpilling drop to level one from 1000]] due to a summoning gone bad for example is a plot point in the second game and her entire motivation for being a playable character). Also the Episode previews, which is nothing but parodies and playing with tropes (despite the next episodes rarely ever matching them) originate here.
* ''VisualNovel/SweetFuseAtYourSide'' is a visual novel set entirely in a theme park in which all of the attractions are based on video games, in which the seven main characters are obligated to participate in "games" that have been made from the attractions. As a result, there's a ''lot'' of discussion about video game tropes, especially in scenes featuring Meoshi, a video game otaku.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2859#comic this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'', a son and father analyse the trope MechaMooks. Well, the father does anyway. Turns out the son actually just wants a robot toy for his birthday.
* Kiwi Blitz:
--> '''Blitz''': "So what's your schtick? Do you have a [[DarkAndTroubledPast Dark Past that's driven you mad!?"]]
--> '''Gear''': "Unfortunately, no. [[AllergicToRoutine I'm just here for the same reason you are."]]
--> '''Blitz''': "Oh? [[NotSoDifferent Is this the we're-both-the-same card already?"]]
--> '''Gear''': "Something wrong with that?"
--> '''Blitz''': "Only one thing... that's more of a line for my [[ArchEnemy Arch Rival.]] [[ShadowArchetype And my rival would have a Mech!"]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* TVTropes [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/topics.php has a forum]].
* The Trope of the Week series ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' does this rather often, which is to be expected in a series ''about tropes''.
* TV Tropes have a podcast ''On the Tropes''. Every week one trope is discussed extensively and the hosts talk about their favourite examples.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' has a pair of [[{{Mook}} mooks]] discuss the [[StockScream Wilhelm Scream]]. While trying to imitate it, they fail until Vegeta kills them, which makes them do it for real.
* In episode 21 of ''WebVideo/PrincessTutuAbridged'', this is the only way Autor speaks, leading Fakir to the conclusion that he's crazy. He's really crazy.
* Team Kimba in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is a group of mutants with superpowers who go to a SuperheroSchool and live in a world with superheroes and supervillains. Plus they're GenreSavvy. Naturally they do this, sometimes in the middle of a superhero fight. In the battle against superpowered ninjas during Parents' Day, Generator (half-Japanese) tropes all over her battle with a Japanese ninja who is a gravity Warper.
* In Q&A #1 of ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'', Adele mentions she's learning about opera ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'' and that everybody dies at the end, KillEmAll style. Then she sings an aria. She's brilliant if bit weirdly over-educated. She likes showing off her knowledge.
* The LetsPlay group ''LetsPlay/SpoilerWarning'' once discussed the ShinyNewAustralia trope during the climax of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''FamilyGuy'' often makes use of it for the sake of {{Take That}}s or NonSequitur humor. So far, they've managed to touch on everything from classic literature to [[Film/SupermanII "What's the deal with Superman throwing that cellophane 'S'?"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', this is pretty much the basis of the characters 21 and 24. They're also very GenreSavvy.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', Michaelangelo does this all the time. In "Night of Sh'okanabo", he lists a bunch of horror movies tropes, marking him as a "scholar" of film (the [[IdiotHero only kind]] of scholar he is). He also discussed horror tropes in season 1's three-parter "Notes from the Underground".
* In PhineasAndFerb, Doofenshmirtz rambles about the JackassGenie in "The Lake Nose Monster".
** Happens fairly often, especially when Doofenshmirtz is explaining his plans or motivations for said plans.
* Every installment of the WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} series following the original series does every few episodes.
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