When events on a ShowWithinAShow mirror events in the "real world" of the show. This is often used by the writers to comment on the show indirectly.

Unlike CoincidentalBroadcast, those watching the show will generally not see how this relates to their situation.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''{{Genshiken}}'', the characters are at their graduation ceremony discussing what direction the manga will take now that the club president is graduating. Just when you think they've broken the FourthWall, it turns out that in fact they're just talking about recent events in ''KujibikiUnbalance''.
* Happens all the time on ''MartianSuccessorNadesico''. For instance, [[spoiler:the first time a character in ''{{Gekiganger 3}}'' is shown to die, Gai Daigouji is shot at the end of that same episode, and dies at the beginning of the next]]. Notably, ''{{Gekiganger 3}}'' has finished airing by the events of ''Nadesico'', and it is simply the order the characters themselves watch the episodes from recordings.
* Similarly, the momentary fragments of SuperRobot show ''Garban'' that Yamada watches, which are glimpsed in between the main action in ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess''.
* In LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu, somehow, the ShowWithinAShow ''Nocture Girls' School Lacrosse Club'' knows what's going on with Haruka and Yuuto.
* In episode 8 of ''LightNovel/OreNoKanojoToOsananajimiGaShurabaSugiru'', the movie Ai, Eita, and Chiwa are watching in the theater strongly correlates to what's going on with them. Chiwa encourages the childhood friend to get the hero, while Ai backs up the other girl in the movie. Masuzu hilariously mocks the hero for his indecision, then lets out Eita's name, which he manages to overhear.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Tales of the Black Freighter in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.
** Also in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', the clips of Ozymandias doing gymnastics which plays during the sex scene (complete with suggestive commentary about "mounting the bar").
** As well as the direct parallel between Jon's interview and Dan and Laurie fighting a group of muggers.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Justified in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', where he's thinking about leaving, turns on the TV and there's a song about not leaving), because everything around Truman is [[ExecutiveMeddling controlled by a TV executive]].
* The film version of ''BeingThere'' may be the grand master of this trope. Why? Well, with the exceptions of the clips of the film's President of the United States and Chance's appearance on a talk show, ''every single show or commercial'' seen on a television in the film -- and there are many because television watching is Chance's only pastime besides gardening -- not only somehow comments on the proceedings or just Chance's character (or becomes part of his actions), but is a clip of a ''real'' show, commercial, or film. [[Series/SesameStreet You'll]] [[Series/GetSmart often]] [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood need to]] [[Main/TheGongShow think]] [[Series/GreenAcres for]] [[Series/CaptainKangaroo a moment]] to figure out the connection of a clip and the action.
* Justified in ''Film/{{Amelie}}'', where the heroine is probably imagining that the black-and-white mad scientist is talking about her, and her relationships, by name. Probably.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Aldous Huxley's ''Point Counter Point'' does this with Philip Quarles, a young author who constantly takes events from his real life and thinks of how to creatively twist them into fiction. Since he's Huxley's AuthorAvatar, this gives the reader a good idea of how things are supposed to come across. (At one point, Huxley steps out of the 3rd person and starts narrating as himself, [[LampshadeHanging pointing out]] how convenient it is to have a writer as a character.)

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey is acting in a stage play when his lover comes and tells him that she's leaving for Los Angeles. Joey's heartbroken, but returns to the play... which is about an alien visitor leaving his lover to return to their home world.
** His rehearsals on the play, and developing relationship with his costar, had been recurring for several episodes at this point but his climbing onto the ladder of the spaceship (which lowers dramatically and with lots mist into the middle of the living room set) is the first and only indicator that the play is anything other than a serious piece about two people struggling with the decision to split up.
-->'''Joey''': But, you've got things you have to do now, and so do I. And so, I'm gonna get on this spaceship, and I'm gonna go to Blargon 7 in search of alternative fuels.
* Justified in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' because [[spoiler:Sam is just hallucinating the whole thing anyway.]]

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''{{Hamlet}}'' specifically chooses a play that involves the poisoning of a man by his brother in order to gauge the reaction of his EvilUncle whom he believes guilty of the very same crime.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Many of the TV shows in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', especially ''Address Unknown''.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''OctopusPie'', immediately after being forced to watch trailers for tacky SpringBreak softcore, Eve sees a number of girls casually discussing their drunk partying and promiscuity, prompting Eve to comment:
-->'''Eve''': Jesus, did they follow us out of the TV? It's like ''TheRing'' except I don't get to die.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The Itchy and Scratchy Show on ''TheSimpsons'' frequently does this. For example, just before being sent into space, Homer watches an I&S about space flight, and while Bart is home from school sick, he watches an episode where Itchy goes to the doctor.
* The ''Brown Hornet'' cartoon on ''FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'' always mirrored the main show's lesson ''du jour''.

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[[folder: Media in General ]]

* If ''RomeoAndJuliet'' is the SchoolPlay, bet the house on a couple (usually, but not necessarily, the leads in the play) be one of which [[ParentalMarriageVeto parents don't approve]]. Except that they'll probably get a happy ending. Remember, kids: [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Romeo and Juliet are the ideal of the couple in love!]]
** Similiarly, if the play is ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', there's a good chance that the actors playing the two leads were a couple, are broken up now, and are reunited through "the magic of Shakespeare". The glaring misogyny of the original play will be downplayed.
*** ''Theatre/KissMeKate'' is probably the best-known example, although in a nice twist, Frederick, the actor playing Petruchio, has to differentiate himself from the character (by not being a giant misogynist) to win back the girl. Offstage, the person who is most like Petruchio is actually Frederick's [[RomanticFalseLead romantic rival]].
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