->''In the future, everyone will be [[TropeNamers world-famous for 15 minutes]].''
-->--'''Creator/AndyWarhol''', predicting Website/YouTube with a surprising degree of accuracy.

->''They love you when you're on all the covers... When you're not, then they love another...''
-->--'''Music/MarilynManson''', "The Dope Show"

So, it looks like it's just going to be another one of those normal regular old days when, all of a sudden, something exciting happens! One character does something unusual enough that there's a sudden media spotlight on them- there's all this attention headed their way and they can't get enough of it!

...Until, inevitably, the media gets bored and moves onto some other bizarre story. Ah well. At least you had your fifteen minutes. Has a high chance of leading to AnAesop about being satisfied with what you have, and not to be too bummed when everybody gets bored by your one-note gag.

Note that ''what'' activity, exactly, causes the FifteenMinutesOfFame differs depending on the portrayal. More dramatic works will use a somewhat plausible act of heroism to get the point across--say, rescuing someone from a fire, or from drowning. This will be done to get a point across via CharacterDevelopment. In comedy, the act will be something unusual but ultimately ridiculous. Like eating a thousand scoops of ice cream, or shaking the hand of a celebrity. Here, the point will often be to make jokes at the expense of the media.

A character trying to keep a low profile will often let another soak in the fifteen minutes, for fear of being discovered.

See ADayInTheLimelight for this trope in the meta-sense. Often leads to AcquiredSituationalNarcissism. Compare AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted, where it is money rather than popularity that comes and goes.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Volume #11 of ''Manga/SchoolRumble''. Lala Gonzales accidentally adopts a new, very distinctive temporary look, then displays her fighting ability in Shibuya. She becomes "Queen of Shibuya", with girls aping her odd style, and for a week becomes a poster girl for cosmetics and the like. But when her CD single flops, Lala returns to her normal exchange student life.
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[[folder:Film]]
* One of the stories in the movie ''The Ten'' had a guy get stuck in the ground after a skydiving accident and wrest fifteen minutes of fame and a short-lived sitcom out of it ... until the media got bored with the story.
* The aptly-named ''15 Minutes'' (a RobertDeNiro movie) had this as the motivation for one of the murderers.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Happens in ''Literature/AudreyWait'' when Audrey's ex-boyfriend writes a hit song about his break-up with her.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', Alex and one of her friends runs across a kid trapped under a giant pipe. Her friend tries to lift it and Alex uses her powers to make it seem like he does in order to save the kid. The kid turns out to be the governor's son- which promptly puts the spotlight (and, consequently, suspicion from the main villain) on this kid who somehow manages to lift a pipe that weighs hundreds of kilograms.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', after Claire rescues a man from a fire early on, she lets Jackie lie about being the one who did it (all anyone saw was that the rescuer was wearing a cheerleader uniform), since she herself is mortified about the existence of her superpowers.
* This happens to Sally on ''[[Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From The Sun]]'' after she punches out [[StarWars Mark Hamill]] in a restaurant. When Mary tells a jealous Dick that this is Sally's "fifteen minutes of fame", he interprets it literally and is maddened by her "fifteen minutes" lasting considerably longer than that. It ends after a few days, however, causing Sally to start acting like a WhiteDwarfStarlet.
* Natalie on ''Series/{{Monk}}'' gets a ridiculous amount of fame from a brief stint as a lottery girl.
* The crew in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' does this to their mark deliberately in the aptly named episode "The Fifteen Minutes Job".
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Jefferson made a commercial and his wife didn't like the attention he got from that, his friends tried to assure her it'd be just his fifteen minutes of fame.
* In the ''Series/{{Wings}}'' episode "Just Call Me Angel", Brian becomes a media sensation when he lands a commercial flight (on which he and Joe had been passengers) when the pilots fall ill. His celebrity vanishes almost instantly when everyone becomes obsessed instead with a cat who saved her owners from a house fire. Brian is extremely depressed over this, but Joe pulls him out of it by reminding him that while the rest of the world may no longer care, everyone who was on that flight will always remember his heroism.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Sugar Ray referenced the phrase by naming their post-breakthrough album ''14:59''.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}} has a song named exactly this.
* The main thrust of [[Music/{{Eagles}} the Eagles']] "New Kid In Town" is the fleeting nature of both love and fame.
-->''"They will never forget you 'til somebody new comes along..."''
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'', the mayoress of a town and her cronies set up a "miracle" to attract pilgrims and boost the town's economy. Their plan works at first, but is complicated by a number of things. The mayoress gets it straightened out just in time to see all the pilgrims (and a couple of her cronies) rushing off to the next town over, where a new "miracle" has occurred.
** Also used in how quickly the people in the town turn from Hapgood, whose praises they were literally singing, once they heard that he was responsible for the "miracle" running dry.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* #1 of ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-emotions-invented-by-internet_p2/ 6 New Kinds of Anxiety the Internet Gave Us]] is "The Shock of Instant, Unintentional Fame".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A common plot device on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. To wit:
** Homer bowls a perfect game. The excitement the townspeople have over this is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Brockman notes how pathetic the town must be for him to be covering a story like this.
** Apu and Manjula have octuplets, which briefly results in them getting copious baby supplies from well-wishes, but leaves them in a dreadful situation once the reporters move on to a story about a couple who has ''non''uplets. ([[HypocriticalHumor "Nine babies? That's barbaric!"]])
** Bart accidentally destroys a set while on the Krusty the Klown show, and reflexively says "[[ImplausibleDeniability I didn't do it]]" to the audience. They find it incredibly amusing, and he gets promoted from being Krusty's off-screen "gofer" to having an entire sketch on the show dedicated to him. He loves it, then gets sick of the repetition, then accepts it again - only for it to become a DiscreditedMeme in-universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'': Agent X called for a TV crew from his home planet so they'd make him the star of their show. Being unable to get rid of them, Zed punished X by offering a chance to have K instead of X as the star, which they quickly accepted. As J pointed out, fame was so fickle X didn't even had fifteen minutes of it.
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