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A PaintingTheMedium and MediumAwareness trope, where characters interact with the confines of the scene. For example, interacting with borders around comic strip panels by crashing through the side or falling out the bottom. In live action media, it might be implied that two characters are in two completely different locations, only to subvert this by having one of them reach into the other scene.

A SubTrope of OddShapedPanel and NinjaProp.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In an early ''Manga/DragonBall'' chapter, Goku hits Yamcha so hard he flies into the top frame of the page and cracks it.
* Obligatory ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' example: Negi, BlueWithShock, holds on to the frame in a "Kilroy was here" pose when he contemplates what Evangeline's going to do to him for losing the ring she gave him.
* When a character is formally introduced in ''Manga/OnePiece'', they often stand outside the panel, overlapping it.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/SheHulk did it once or twice in her GenreSavvy days. One issue of ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' has her ripping through two pages of ads to go after a villain.
* ComicBook/AmbushBug once jumped back several ''pages'' to rescue Cheeks.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winsor_McCay#Early_life "Little Sammy Sneeze"]] by Winsor [=McCay=] used this as early as the 1900's.
* [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Kitty Pryde]], in some comics, can [[IntangibleMan phase]] through panels.
* An issue of ComicBook/{{Superboy}} had Doomsday [[spoiler: actually a clone of him]] smash through the entire bottom half of a page in attacking Superboy, destroying the frames in the process.
* Has been used in ''TheBeano'' a number of times and in the Beano Video as well.
* In part 10 of the ''[[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide Worlds Collide]]'' crossover, [[spoiler:Duo]] does this when he flies off to fight [[spoiler:the Chaos Devil.]]
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' used this on occasion. In [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display/417 one strip]], Flip tears off the bottom frame of a panel and uses it to knock down letters from the comic's logo.
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' does this fairly often, sometimes the characters sit on the top of the panels, sometimes the panels are tilted, causing issues in-strip, as well as "Panel Walking" into other comics.
** ''Pearls'' occasionally has jokes that work best if the comics page happens to be laid out just right:
*** ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' had Billy denying that he was spilling sunflower seeds in the kitchen. The ''Pearls'' strip that day had Rat throwing sunflower seeds down and out of the panel. When positioned directly above ''The Family Circus'', Rat's abuse of the long-running comic became apparent.
*** Another has Rat comment about being able to see up Blondie's skirt. Obviously the joke worked best when Pearls was immediately beneath ''{{Blondie}}''.
* Every so often a character in ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' would literally lean on the fourth wall this way (or at least against the frame border); on occasion Albert would use it to strike a match for his trademark cigars.
* ''ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows'' occasionally featured things like Ralph trying to hold onto the panel borders while Brandy drags him off to therapy. *SNAP* "Stupid cheap panel borders!"
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' animation had a ComicBook superhero bouncing off the walls of his panel in an attempt to escape.
* Quiz show ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' always shows the two teams in split-screen, one above the other (in reality they're sitting at desks next to each other). This was parodied on ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' when its characters appeared on the show, and Vyvyan kicked through the "floor" to attack the opposing team.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' makes use of this trope, as it takes place ''in a comic book''. Not a comic book world, the actual pages.
* ''JumpSuperStars'': You can punch through the "panels" and then [[RingOut do extra damage by hitting enemies out of the "comic"]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The sprite comic ''Double-U Tea F'' features [[AuthorAvatar King Lyger]] jumping into frame and kicking Mikau through the outer panel. A few issuess later, Mikau collides with the outside frame, which [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall startles the characters in the comic]].
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=6 comic #6]].
* Only the outsiders of ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'' break panel to show that they aren't [[RealityWarper bound by reality.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' plays with this sometimes. Haley gets knocked into the next strip in the fight with Tsukiko. (The strip in question is called "At Least It Wasn't the FourthWall This Time.")
* In the ArtShift [[http://www.webtoonlive.com/webtoon/Welcome%20to%20the%20Convenience%20Store/ch78/ chapter]] of ''Webcomic/WelcomeToTheConvenienceStore''.
* In [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=310 this]] [[{{Mezzacotta}} Square Root of Minus Garfield]], Garfield breaks through all the panels to get a cookie jar that's [[JustOneSecondOutOfSync just two seconds out-of-sync]].
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' has a few examples:
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1676/ In this]] strip a [[IncrediblyLamePun blow-up]] doll explodes and breaks the frame.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/483/ And another shown above]] where a [[FatBastard fat guy]] breaks the limits.
** Interestingly enough another fat guy has one [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1320/ here]]
** And more recently [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2123/ here]]
* ''Webcomic/TheBookOfBiff'': [[thebookofbiff.com/2010/04/12/1000-grow/ One panel]] and all the others that [[IndexOfTheWeek same week]] have Biff end up as a giant who towers above the comic panel.
* Apelad's ''[[http://apelad.blogspot.com/ Laugh-Out-Loud Cats]]''.
** Pushing or pulling on the frame: [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/11/laugh-out-loud-cats-523.html #523]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2008/06/laugh-out-loud-cats-865.html #865]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2009/08/laugh-out-loud-cats-1210.html #1210]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2009/10/laugh-out-loud-cats-1256.html #1256]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2010/02/laugh-out-loud-cats-1359.html #1359]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2011/03/laugh-out-loud-cats-1645.html #1645]].
** Outside the frame: [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/10/laugh-out-loud-cats-350.html #350]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/11/laugh-out-loud-cats-504.html #504]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2009/07/laugh-out-loud-cats-1197.html #1197]].
** Frame destruction: [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/10/laugh-out-loud-cats-402.html #402]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/11/laugh-out-loud-cats-495.html #495]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/12/laugh-out-loud-cats-616.html #616]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2010/05/laugh-out-loud-cats-1416.html #1416]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2010/09/laugh-out-loud-cats-1508.html #1508-1510]] [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2011/03/laugh-out-loud-cats-1651.html #1651]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2011/03/laugh-out-loud-cats-1654.html #1654]].
* From ''KeychainOfCreation'': [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0240.html Nemen Yi]] is a master of InfiniteCanvas Style. High-level {{Exalted}} are just ''that good''. Including using part of the frame [[ImprobableWeaponUser as throwing knife]].
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''
** A more subtle variant with a [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=678 little incident]].
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=809 A massive fire spreads]] beyond the panel borders, and even onto the following page (an effect that will presumably be more impressive in the print version).
* ''[[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/ Rock, Paper, Cynic]]''
** Panel-breaking is used as a version of two-dimensional time travel in the comic, "[[http://rockpapercynic.com/index.php?date=2009-03-10 Time Travel]]".
** We see a similar trick in "[[http://rockpapercynic.com/index.php?date=2009-01-15 Free]]", where a stickman tries to dig his way out of the frame.
* ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' does this. A lot. Looking at previous and future panels, climbing between panels, and even pulling a section out of a panel are common occurrences.
* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'' may provide the most triumphant example. Faerie pirates cast a spell that lets them fire a ''cannon'' [[http://footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=350 through the side of the panel and into the next]].
* The aliens in the webcomic ''One Small Step'' grab the corners of the panel so they can pull apart from being stuck.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' likes to show characters leaning into frame and holding onto the panel borders.
* ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}''
** In ''xkcd'', frame breaks ''[[http://www.xkcd.com/82/ you]]''!
** A FourthWallPsych: http://xkcd.com/475/
* ''Webcomic/TallyHo'': paws on the frame to [[http://www.rhjunior.com/TH/00178.html address us]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unbound}}'', events sometimes spill over the sides of the comic. In one case a fire spreads to the 'paper' of the website's background, leaving it blackened once the fire is out.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', weird supernatural stuff--like certain fires, or metaphorical snake skeletons--extend off the page. When the characters walk through a dark tomb, the entire webpage is darkened.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. During the ''VideoGame/MegaMan5'' parody, the protagonists split up and the comic began running two strips per day so the plots for both groups could update concurrently. After about a month of these updates, the characters in the bottom strip began wondering how their allies were doing, so they climbed into the strip above them to ask.
* In ''Webcomic/MixedMyth'', Tamit learns the secret of TimeTravel, and it involves seeing the comic panels. She then demonstrates her mastery by reaching through time (i.e. across the panel borders) to poke someone in an adjacent panel.
* In [[http://www.out-at-home.com/archives/2197/ a strip ]] of ''Webcomic/OutAtHome'', Penny bats a speech balloon from one frame to another.
* Gavin, the main villain of ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'', [[http://fancyadventures.com/2011/12/02/page-349 here]] tries to trap the titular hero in a shrinking panel frame, and Jack has to break it to escape.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-09-03 flashback panel]] featured Grace holding onto the "pop-up" panel she's coming out of in one instance and pointing at the flashback in another instance.
* Done beautifully by Caliborn in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/007395/ See here.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''[='s=] [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS7E19 Top 11 Best]] ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episodes, Creator/DanteBasco punches the Critic out of the video player and down into the video comments section below.
-->'''Critic:''' Ow.\\
'''Dante:''' Your fourth wall jokes won't save you!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', when Timmy magically goes into the Crimson Chin comic book, he's able to jump from frame to frame (and time travel by doing so).
* In the intro of ''TheBeano Video'' we see numerous instances of this including Teacher being used by the Bash Street Kids as a battering ram.
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