->''"What better way to celebrate my return than with a festive little bloodbath? [[SequelGap After all, I have been gone for 25 years.]]"''
-->-- '''Medusa''', ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''

The Reality Subtext extends past the FourthWall to issues surrounding the production itself or on an even larger scale.

During the creation of a work, the rest of the world and its struggles go on. Maybe the author or actor is having relationship issues, or drug issues, or got pregnant, or someone close to them died. Or something major happened in the world: a disaster, a war, the death or birth of a public figure, a chaotic political climate, what have you.

Often these events have an effect on the work, but not one that is visible to the viewer or reader unless they are privy to that outside knowledge. Some subtext is only [[EpilepticTrees speculative]], and some comes from [[WordOfGod first hand sources]] such as interviews and DVDCommentary. Either way, it is either not intentionally called out within the work, or the reference is oblique except to those who are 'in on it'.

If outside events affect production in a ''visible way'', it's RealLifeWritesThePlot.

See FunnyAneurysmMoment and HilariousInHindsight for the accidental versions of this, as Reality Subtext is at least semi-intentional. Also compare EnforcedMethodActing, and ThrowItIn. May overlap with CreatorBreakdown.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki made ''PonyoOnACliffByTheSea'' partly as an apology to his son Goro, who he had publicly feuded with during the production of ''TalesFromEarthsea'', Goro's first movie. [[WordOfGod Word of Miyazaki]] is that Sosuke is modeled after young Goro and his mother after his wife, which by logic would make the father who's always away Miyazaki himself. The Morse code messages the father sends them from his ship when he tells them he's not coming home yet - "I'm sorry and I love you" - are thus meant for Miyazaki's family.
* The story in ''GraveOfTheFireflies'' was based closely on the experiences of the writer, Nosaka Akiyuki, in WorldWarII. In RealLife, Nosaka [[spoiler:watched his little sister die of starvation]] the same way the main character of the movie did. That the said main character [[spoiler:[[TakeThatMe later starves to death on the floor of JNR Sannomiya Station]] in [[HowWeGotHere the opening of the film]]]] should tell you a bit about how he still feels about that.
** The director as well put much reality subtext into the film. He was apparently annoyed that it was regarded as an anti-war film during its inital release, and in a 1988 interview in ''Animage'' Magazine, [[WordOfGod flat out stated]] that the message that he wanted to convey was not "WarIsHell" but instead "[[TakeThat look here, you little juvenile delinquent creeps -- look at what your parents or grandparents had to endure so you could be so spoiled rotten]]." He was enraged at the waves of juvenile delinquency that had gripped Japan since the '70s. This was the entire reason that late in the film, Seita and Setsuko [[spoiler:as ghosts]] look out over the modern-day city of Kobe, and then give the audience a look which seems to say "[[YouBastard you bastards.]]"
* The author of the LightNovel ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK!'' (a black comedy slice-of-life show about a hikikomori) is an actual {{hikikomori}}, and even admitted in one of his author notes that he's been living off the royalties of the book and delaying his work on other novels. Also, the dub of the anime based on the book cast Creator/ChrisPatton as the lead character. Patton has admitted to having anxiety issues (including a time in high school where he refused to leave his room). It's hard to tell if this influenced his casting or not, but it certainly helped inform his acting--his work in the show has ended up being one of his most critically praised roles in anime dubbing.
* Takotsuboya, known for his DarkFic doujins, comes from a background of soul crushing tragedy of failure after failure as he wanted to become a mangaka but failed in his dreams completely.
* ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' parallels director Creator/HideakiAnno's [[CreatorBreakdown real life battle with depression]] (hence mental illness being such a major theme of the show), as well as his growing distaste for {{Otaku}} culture. The infamous masturbation scene from ''EndOfEvangelion'' is often cited as an especially blatant [[TakeThat middle finger aimed at the audience]].
** Likewise, Anno later recovered and eventually entered into a happy marriage. It's widely believed that his new lease on life was responsible for the comparatively upbeat and optimistic tone of the first two ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* According to the introduction to the Fleischer/Aparo ''TheSpectre'' trade, the only reason the Spectre was revived as a character at all was because then-DC editor Joe Orlando was mugged and the thief got away. This left him to long for a superhero who punished the wicked after every legal recourse has failed. A little research into TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks later, he found some early Spectre stories that were just up that alley, and voila.
* The ImageComics miniseries ''Shattered Image'' was intended to be a reverse CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, where the characters from the various studios making up Image would be briefly shunted off into separate universes, then joined back together, mostly. The original notion was that the Silvestri characters would get their own 'verse, while the Liefeld characters would stay part of the whole. Instead, due to real-world machinations, the Liefeld characters vanish without anyone noticing partway through the series (replaced by similar heroes from other 'verses), and the Silvestri characters leave in a solemn parting scene, then return suddenly in the very last panel.
* When [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] and Superman see each other, they usually end up throwing punches, much more often than is typical for LetsYouAndHimFight. This is largely a nod to their very first battle ''in court''. DC Comics sued Fawcett over Captain Marvel being too similar to the Man of Steel, and eventually got the book canceled. Comic writers have since explored this decades later by having the two of them fight one another in the panels.
* Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly created a series called ''The New York Four'', for DCComics' Minx imprint of graphic novels aimed at the teen and tween girl market that had created the mid-2000s American shoujo manga boom. The series was a SliceOfLife about [[BreakfastClub four contrasting young women]] who live together while attending university. Unfortunately, the Minx line was a commercial and critical damp squib, and was shut down before all but one of the individual titles got to more than one volume. A couple of years later, Wood and Kelly published a sequel series with VertigoComics called ''The New York Five'' in which the characters realise that they don't actually have much in common and go their separate ways, with a couple actually dropping out of university.
* {{Dwayne McDuffie}}'s final ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' arc, which saw the team struggling to stay together and ComicBook/BlackCanary questioning whether she even cared enough to continue with the group, was meant as a metaphor for [=McDuffie=]'s own deteriorating relationship with DCComics. Not too long after, he was fired for publicly speaking out against the ExecutiveMeddling his run had received.
* Way back in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' #12, Reed says that the team redesigned their Fantasticar because "fans throughout the country" had complained about how stupid it looked. This was StanLee's way of acknowledging complaints from real world fans, who had mocked the Fantasticar from its inception.
* ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'' #416 (October, 1996) included a story by Tom [=DeFalco=] where the Daily Bugle is facing financial problems and has to lay off much of its personnel. Meaning that established supporting characters such as Kate Cushing were PutOnABus, with their fates in doubt. Peter Parker himself, who had only recently returned to New York City with the promise of a permanent staff position, was among those fired and faced an unstable future. The story reportedly served as a way for [=DeFalco=] to work "through his feelings" concerning the ongoing financial difficulties of Creator/MarvelComics and a series of Marvel staff layoffs. Some were staffers which [=DeFalco=] himself had hired for Marvel, and he felt partly responsible for the company letting them go like this. Per "The Life of Reilly": "In his Daily Bugle scenes, Tom D. worked in a lot of in-jokes and references to what was going on at Marvel, all of which probably went over the heads of people on the outside, but were glaring obvious to anyone who was working (or had been working) at the company."
* The last ScroogeMcDuck story Creator/CarlBarks wrote before going into semi-retirement was ''King Scrooge the First'' (written 1966, published 1967). It is the story of an immortal man who is tired of his long life and seeks death. He describes himself as "tired, and old and lonely". The story is considered to express the 65-year-old Bark's own feelings of fatigue and decision to end a whole era of his life.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the infamous [[FanFic/MyImmortal My Immortal]], this happens to the character Willow, who is based on the author's real life friend Raven. When Tara and Raven have a falling out over a sweater and a poster of Gerard Way, Willow fails all her classes and is expelled, after which she is killed by [[PossessionSue B'loody Mary Smith]], and has her corpse raped by [[ILoveTheDead Loopin]]. When the two make up, Willow is brought back with no explanation. It's [[SoBadItsGood that kind of fic]].
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'':
** Izzy's (presumably) {{imaginary friend}} Sunshine is the alter ego of a certain Duncan fangirl, who created the character[[note]]used in LTDI with permission[[/note]] in part to be a ParodySue proxy for her fangirlism.
** The [[WordOfGod author describes]] himself and his wife as essentially a real-life Noah/Katie pair. Guess who Noah's crushing on?

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', the President of the United States is voiced by StephenColbert. Of course, Colbert was famous for launching (and dropping out of) a bid for the 2008 American presidency. The President character [[InkSuitActor even looks like Colbert]], albeit with a bigger chin and a more stylish hairdo.
* During the production of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', Creator/StevenSpielberg had just finished a nasty divorce with Amy Irving, voice actress of Miss Kitty. What does the film introduce Miss Kitty doing? Breaking up with Tiger.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* One of the biggest examples of this is the allegory behind ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''. The movie entails the forging of peace between long-standing enemies, {{the Federation}} and the Klingon Empire, as the Klingons face extinction following the destruction of their moon, Praxis. The film, released in 1991, bluntly parallels the ending of the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Cold War]] as tensions between the United States (The Federation) and the Soviet Union (Klingons) had subsided considering the potential damage done to Russia, one of the world's greatest superpowers, after the Chernobyl Disaster (Destruction of Praxis).
** Additionally, ''Star Trek VI'' marked the official GrandFinale for the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]]'' era of the TrekVerse and was a major final bow for the original cast, hence their signatures at the end credits. It was also the last ''Star Trek'' production that series creator Creator/GeneRoddenberry was involved in as he sadly passed away during filming.
* The reason Creator/MandyPatinkin's HeroicResolve was so convincing in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is a bit of very dedicated method acting: he thought of Rugen in that scene as being the cancer that killed Patinkin's own RealLife father.
--> "''I want my '''father''' back, you son of a bitch.''"
** Another bit is the fear in Christopher Guest's performance when he faces down Inigo. IIRC, Patinkin had accidentally injured Guest in a training exercise some time beforehand.
* ''Film/MediumCool'', a {{Mockumentary}} shot and filmed during the Chicago 1968 riots outside the Democratic National Convention. [[WordOfGod It was supposed to be]] a film about poverty and [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing media manipulation]], and it was contemplated that the finale would be MLK's planned March on Poverty, but the director had it on word from friends in Chicago that a massive demonstration was about to take place, and then MLK and RFK got assassinated during filming, which were incorporated into the plot. Oh, and the film is shot [[EnforcedMethodActing entirely on-location while events took place]].
* In the [[{{Recut}} director's cut]] of the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' film, an FBI agent offers Laurie a smoke and Laurie responds by glaring at him. In real life WarnerBros barred her character from smoking for fear of promoting the habit, much to the chagrin of fans and Laurie's actress.
* Most of the cast and crew of ''TheFront'' had been blacklisted - their dates of blacklisting are listed under their names during the end credits, including Zero Mostel and director Martin Ritt.
* Creator/RobertDeNiro alerted his friend and director Creator/MartinScorsese to boxing biopic ''Film/RagingBull'' in the hope that engaging with the project would help Scorsese address his own self destructive impulses.
* Creator/CharltonHeston appears in Tim Burton's remake of ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' as Thade's father. Heston's character, an ape on his deathbed, gives a gun to his son Thade, saying that it has "the power of a thousand swords." His last words, a nod to Heston's original role as the protagonist in the original 1968 film, were [[ActorAllusion "Damn them all to hell"]] regarding the humans[[note]]Heston's character in the original film, a human himself, said the same line in the context of cursing humans for destroying themselves and allowing the apes to replace them[[/note]]. In real life, Charlton Heston was also president of the National Rifle Association.
* Similarly, in ''Film/SoylentGreen'' the tears that Thorn sheds for Sol near the climax are real, as Charlton Heston is crying for Edward G Robinson who was dying of cancer at the time (this was Robinson's last film).
* The family's eldest daughter is entirely missing from ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide'' and ''Film/PoltergeistIII'', as Dominique Dunne, the actress who played her, had been murdered in 1982. The role was not re-cast and the absence of the character was not mentioned, almost a BrotherChuck. Ms. Dunne also appeared in an episode of ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' playing an abuse victim, but many of the bruises on her face were genuine, inflicted by her boyfriend (her eventual killer).
** The actor who played the evil preacher was actually that gaunt: he was dying of cancer and didn't need that much makeup to look like a skeleton.
** Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne, was noticeably chubby in the third movie due to the medication for her Crohn's disease. She would later die from surgical complications after filming completed in 1988 at [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth 12 years old]].
* When Tyler Durden, in his rant about ''Film/FightClub'', says "We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars," he glances at Jared Leto's character. Jared Leto had just formed his own rock band, Music/ThirtySecondsToMars, and Tyler's actor, Brad Pitt, is a "movie god" in his own right.
* In ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', Pedro Armendáriz, who played Bond's Turkish sidekick Ali Kerim Bey, was dying of cancer during the production and eventually committed suicide to stop the pain. This makes it particularly poignant when his character makes a HeroicSacrifice and disappears from the film.
* ''MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'', a family movie made by recycling bits of footage from a horror anthology rejected by the studio, features Ernest Borgnine as a grandfather who tells his grandson stories from a horror anthology he wrote that the studio rejected.
* The scene in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' where Indy [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just shot the bad guy]] would never have happened had Creator/HarrisonFord not been suffering from a nasty case of dysentery. The exact sequence of real-life events is disputed, but the scene as finally filmed replaced an elaborate "whip vs. sword" duel that Ford wasn't up to shooting.
** According to the ''Making of Indiana Jones'' book, they did actually finish shooting the fight, but a test screening where the audience loved the shooting the swordsman bit convinced George Lucas to use it.
** ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom The Temple of Doom's]]'' darker tone was due to Lucas' and Spielberg's real-life breakups with their wives. Which explains [[LiteralMetaphor having a bad guy who rips out people's hearts]].
* Brandon Lee's [[FatalMethodActing fatal shooting with a prop gun]] during the filming of ''Film/TheCrow'' made his portrayal of a musician who was shot to death and came back from the dead for revenge very poignant. The scene in the movie where Eric Draven was killed was heavily edited to change it from an explicit view of Draven being shot to a fast cut of Funboy firing a gun at him, but it couldn't be removed completely because it was the basis of the movie's plot.
** Part of this was pragmatic, of course, to hide the double's face.
* One of the innumerable executive nightmares surrounding the production of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' was Martin Sheen having a heart attack due to the stress from filming, suspending filming of all his prominent scenes and making his brother double for him.
** Then there were the helicopters that the Philippine military lent to Coppola for the famous "air cavalry" scene against a village held by communist Viet Cong insurgents. Those were frequently taken back, interrupting filming, to do actual air cavalry work for the Philippine military units engaged in combat with real communist insurgents.
* ''InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' is often cited as a portrait of Red Scare America. Trust no one; for your neighbors, your friends, even your wife could become one of ''them''. a godless Commi--er, pod person!
** By the same token it's also a view of [=McCarthyism=], with a suspicious Hoover and the FBI keeping Americans under watch.
** Regardless of any of this, the movie actually averts the trope. WordOfGod stated repeatedly that they were just making a movie and were not going for any social/political commentary.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Heath Ledger]] is constantly twitching his tongue and licking around his lips. Most people thought this was simply one of the Clown Prince's character traits, but according to [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/29/25-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-dark-knight-saga this article]], it wasn't an idle addition:
-->"One of several reasons Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker was so mesmerising was the unnerving way the actor kept sucking at his cheeks and licking his lips. This facial tic was a result of Ledger's initial discomfort with the prosthetic scar make-up, but was eventually adopted as a character idiosyncrasy after Chris Nolan was suitably freaked out."
** Subverted in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' while Bane attacks the Stock Exchange by his comment about the stock brokers being thieves. As Bane is portrayed as a KnightTemplar, and his beliefs as overboard and deranged, his sociopolitical views are NOT in fact the ones the movie encourages.
** Speaking of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Chris Nolan seriously considered using actual footage of the Occupy Wallstreet movement, due to the fairly explicit parallels to the movie's plot. He ultimately decided not to, averting the trope.
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}: Revenge of the Fallen'' wrote in a bit where ShiaLaBeouf's character Sam gets his hand injured, due to Shia actually injuring his hand when in a car accident during filming. Considering the nature of the movie, it didn't affect filming much at all.
* ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' was to have starred HeathLedger, but he died before filming was completed. In a show of support, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell finished the film in his place with the help of a magic mirror (according to an IMDB poster, Ledger has 45 mins of screen-time (out of ~120 total), Law and Farrell 15 each, and Depp 10).
* The Farrelly Brothers had to completely rewrite the ending to ''FeverPitch'' after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years. They were able to actually film at the last game of the series because both Farrelly Brothers and star Jimmy Fallon are actual Sox fans and had personal tickets to the games. Their filming was actually caught ''live on Fox's broadcast of the actual game!''
** Then again, Fox also produced the film. People unaware of the production probably thought Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore had a thing for each other.
** This turned out to mirror the true events of Nick Hornby's book from which a directly adapted film was made; the film--made years after the events-- ends with Arsenal winning a First Division title on the last game of the season, the first in 12 years.
* The flashback at the end of ''Film/TheGodfather Part II'' where the family is together for Vito Corleone's birthday was supposed to have him enter at the end, but MarlonBrando [[AbsenteeActor couldn't be gotten back]], and instead the scene ends with an announcement that he's there and everybody but Michael rushing out to greet him offscreen. Francis Ford Coppola decided he actually liked it better with Vito remaining unseen, since it created a ghostly feeling that the family as it was then, under Vito, is gone forever.
* At the end of ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner'', Spencer Tracy's character says, "...there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you feel for each other that I didn't feel for Christina.... the memories are still there, and they'll be there if I live to be a hundred and ten... and if it's half of what we felt, it's everything." The tears in Katharine Hepburn's eyes are real - Spencer Tracy was dying, and she and Tracy had been together for twenty-five years. He died soon after, and she never saw the finished film, saying that the memories of Tracy were too painful.
* ''Film/SpaceJam'': The subplot with Michael Jordan playing baseball is based very loosely on his real life semi-retirement. It's essential to the plot because it means the aliens don't think to steal his basketball skills and this incident in turn leads to him returning to basketball which he also did in real life making this a sort-of fictional autobiographical account. They even go so far as to acknowledge in film that Jordan is a subpar baseball player and is only being indulged because of his celebrity.
** And for those wondering why the hell Bill Murray is in the film trying to play basketball? That's actually a reference to the series of promo ads Murray did for the league circa 1995 claiming he was going to play NBA ball.
* In ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', Norma Desmond, a forgotten silent film star is played by Gloria Swanson, a forgotten silent film star herself. Her butler, Max, who was a leading director in the silent film era, is played by Erich von Stroheim, who was a leading director in the silent film era. For bonus points, the StockFootage of a younger Swanson chosen to represent Norma Desmond as she was as a silent film star was from the obscure feature ''Queen Kelly'', which was directed by von Stroheim. Norma also used to work with Creator/CecilBDeMille, who appears in the film playing himself; in real life, he did work with Swanson several times.
* A major backstory in ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' involves CorruptCorporateExecutive Joh Fredersen seducing and marrying Hel, the wife of his best friend [[MadScientist Rotwang]]. Much has been made of this subplot in light of the fact that Thea von Harbou (the scriptwriter) had an affair with and then married Creator/FritzLang (the director), divorcing then-husband Rudolf Kelin-Rogge (the actor who plays Rotwang) in the process. That said, Lang and Klein-Rogge reportedly remained good friends for years after the incident, and Lang repeatedly denied that his films reflected his personal life.
* The scene in ''[[TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back]]'' where Luke is attacked by a Wampa was created solely to explain the scars on MarkHamill's face from a bad car accident Hamill was in towards the end of filming ''[[ANewHope Star Wars: A New Hope]]''.
* It is believed that following 9/11, an entire scene was cut from the first ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'' film where Spidey strings a huge web in between the World Trade towers. There was a trailer composed of this scene (which was, obviously, pulled after the attacks), but whether this scene was from the movie or created specifically for the trailer is less certain.
** Likewise the scene where the New Yorkers help out Spidey against Green Goblin as he tries to save a tram of school kids and Mary Jane i.e: The citizens of the city banding together.
* When Al Michaels reprised his RealLife role as the broadcaster of the US-Soviet Union hockey game in ''Film/{{Miracle}}'', most of his lines were scripted. However, the last seconds of the game featured the RealLife call from 1980 on the belief that Michaels could never duplicate that same emotion.
* ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'' features a subplot about Alferd Packer and his horse, Liane, who runs away and, he later learns, has been ridden by every man in town. The movie was made by Trey Parker shortly after he found out his fiancee Liane had cheated on him.
* The Oracle in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' had to be played by a different actor during the last movie, as the previous actor died from complications of diabetes. Hence that strange scene right before she sends the main characters to the Merovingian.
* Both the first and last ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' films mirror SylvesterStallone's story of making them quite movingly. He had over 30 failed screenplays to his name before United Artists took a chance on ''Rocky'', and he was instantly catapulted to fame and fortune. Then when Stallone tried to make ''Rocky Balboa'', it was at a time when he was a laughingstock after several poor career moves, and no one thought the film could be anything but a disaster. Yet when the film was released, the fans all trumpeted it as a worthy conclusion to the story.
* In ''The Train'', it was necessary to add a scene where Burt Lancaster's character was shot and injured while crossing a bridge because the actor had injured his knee playing golf and could only walk with a limp.
* [[HeartwarmingInHindsight Coincidentally]] (it is the exact citation from book, but in the original it may be connected with WWI) this exchange in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship Of The Ring'', which came out in November 2001:
--> '''Frodo:''' I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.\\
'''Gandalf:''' So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil.
* The Music/JohnnyCash biopic ''Film/WalkTheLine'' starts out with the tragic death of Johnny's older brother when he was a kid. Creator/JoaquinPhoenix, who played the adult Cash, said it was very hard to film scenes that dealt with this, because of [[Creator/RiverPhoenix his own brother's]] death years earlier.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Push}}'', Creator/DakotaFanning plays a girl with psychic precognitive powers. What makes this particularly funny is Ms. Fanning's apparent extreme intelligence which has led to some jokes about her having actual "powers".
* The famous Marseillaise scene in ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' features a close up of a woman crying while singing. The film was produced during WorldWarII. Many of the actors, including that woman, were forced to flee Europe due to the German invasion. The emotion in that scene was not faked.
* In ''[[TheAbominableDrPhibes Dr. Phibes Rises Again]]'', Creator/VincentPrice and Robert Quarry play antagonists. According to insiders, the enmity onscreen was not fake: this was Price's last film for API, as he was being pushed aside for a younger actor. His replacement? Robert Quarry.
* The interest in masked characters (i.e. [[Film/VForVendetta V]], [[Film/SpeedRacer Racer X]]) in the Wachowski siblings' films might have something to do with their reclusiveness and Lana having to live most of her life as Larry.
** When they returned to the public with ''Film/CloudAtlas'', with its actors and actresses playing different genders and races, you can see it as a parallel to Lana's life.
* The classic 1947 film ''Film/GentlemansAgreement'' has a scene of a meeting where the merits of having the hero pose as a Jewish man to learn first-hand about antisemitism is discussed with senior staff of the magazine. Much of the dialog came directly from meetings of senior executives of Fox Studios discussing the merits of adapting the novel into a film. (It was both a commercial and critical hit and likely was partly the inspiration for John Howard Griffin to pose as a black man in real life in 1959 to learn about racism again blacks, which was the basis of the book and film BlackLikeMe.)
* In ''Film/TheKidsAreAllRight'', Mark Ruffalo incorporated many of his younger brother's personality traits into his performance. His brother had been shot to death in an unsolved homicide a few years prior, and Ruffalo has stated he regarded the character as a way to pay tribute to his brother.
* The violent murder of Macduff's wife and children in Creator/RomanPolanski's 1971 film adaptation of ''Film/{{Macbeth}}'' is somewhat difficult to watch due to this trope, as Polanski's pregnant wife Sharon Tate was violently murdered along with four others by followers of the UsefulNotes/MansonFamily.
* For ''Film/TheAvengers'', Mark Ruffalo has stated he was extremely hesitant about taking the role of Bruce Banner. He called Robert Downey Jr. for advice, who convinced him to take the part. Ruffalo ended up kicking ass as Banner/Hulk. This is amusingly similar to their characters' relationship in the movie.
* The Mandarin is often considered a controversial character in a modern context, as he was a YellowPeril villain created back when Asians were considered AcceptableTargets because of the ColdWar. ''Film/IronMan3'' acknowledged this and subverted it by revealing that [[spoiler: the Mandarin is actually a DecoyLeader created by the real villain, who is a white American. It turns out he literally crafted the Mandarin as an over-the-top character to act as a scapegoat for his crimes]].
* In ''Film/ASimpleWish'', Annabel and her father have a close relationship following the death of Annabel's mother. This deeply ridiculous movie suddenly becomes a TearJerker with the reality subtext: MaraWilson, who played Annabel, was still recovering from the death of her own mother halfway through the filming of {{Matilda}}. She really does adore her father, who single-handedly raised Wilson and her brothers while managing his daughter's film career, thus doing a much better job than Annabel's father.
* In-universe example in MoulinRouge; the plot of the ShowWithinAShow mirrors the romance of Christian and Satine with the looming threat of the Duke. The Duke does not take it well when this is pointed out to him.
* ''Film/AfterEarth'': Several reviewers have noted the (possibly unintentional) parallel between Cypher pushing his son Kitai to perform in a situation he is ill-prepared for, and Will Smith having his son Jaden in his pet project.
* TylerPerry has discussed in several interviews that his movies are based on his RagsToRiches life story. Some examples include the prevalence of RapeAsBackstory in his movies, relating to his childhood when he was molested several times.
* A major theme in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' is the concept of a second chance in the face of the mutant race's impending extinction. This could be seen as a nod to the fact that the movie is seen by some as a last-ditch effort to revitalize the ''Film/XMen'' franchise, which had been in a box office tailspin since the release of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' and ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.
* Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze's tense working relationship going back to ''Film/RedDawn1984'' compounded the on-screen tension during Baby's TrainingMontage in ''Film/DirtyDancing''. Baby's giggling when Johnny Castle brushes his hand down her side, touching her breast, was just Jennifer Grey's nerves getting the best of her. Swayze seems mildly annoyed on most of the takes that ended up in the film.
* In ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', Creator/WhoopiGoldberg plays a PhonyPsychic who soon discovers she's actually a NotSoPhonyPsychic that actually can talk to the dead. But despite working closely with a recently-slain man, she still doubts her abilities throughout much of the movie. According to Goldberg, she was originally unsure whether she should take the part until Creator/PatrickSwayze convinced her and the producers that she'd be perfect. She ended up winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' and [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 its sequel]] involved a notable RomanceOnTheSet, as Creator/AndrewGarfield and Creator/EmmaStone began dating at almost exactly the same time that they began playing the famous couple Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Fittingly, their onscreen chemistry was one of the most praised aspects of the movies; unlike Creator/TobeyMaguire and Creator/KirstenDunst before them, Garfield and Stone didn't need acting to convince the audience that they were in love.
* In ''Film/ClerksII'', Jason Mewes returned to the iconic role of [[TheStoner Jay]] for the first time in five years, with the biggest change to his character being that he had sworn off drugs (''doing'' them, not selling them) and turned to Jesus since the events of the original ''Film/{{Clerks}}''. In reality, Mewes had been battling a heroin addiction since the mid-90's, which greatly damaged his long-time friendship with Creator/KevinSmith, and finally got him sent to court-mandated rehab in 2004. When Smith agreed to let Mewes reprise his role in ''Clerks II'' in 2006, he did it on the condition that Mewes stay clean. Considering Smith had actually forced Mewes into rehab himself at least once before, and he had earlier refused to cast him in ''Film/JerseyGirl'' because of his drug problems, he understood the significance of making Jay an ex-drug user all too well.

* When mystery author Howard Engel suffered a stroke that left him with ''alexia sine agraphia'' (a neurological condition where he is unable to read words while retaining the ability to write), he decided to give his protagonist the same condition in the following novels.
* Creator/StephenKing wrote in his accident with a hit-and-run driver into ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, where his AuthorAvatar suffered the same accident.
** Heck, Stephen King's work in general is one giant Reality Subtext. He's a teacher who used to work at an industrial laundry? His first novel deals with school life with a protagonist whose mother works at an industrial laundry. He makes it big as a writer? Salem's Lot has a writer protagonist (as do many of his other stories) and The Shining has a teacher-turned-writer protagonist. He lives in Maine? His stories take place in Maine. He moves to Colorado? His stories take place in Colorado. He becomes an alcoholic and addicted to different meds? His stories start featuring metaphors for addiction or outright addiction. Seriously, just track the recurring features in his work and you've basically written a biography for him.
** Specifically, he openly admits to being coked out of his mind while writing "TheTommyKnockers". Said story features a group of people who find a deadly object which grants them great amounts of energy and a superficial kind of creativity, and then kills them with a slow wasting disease. Nose bleeds feature prominently. In perhaps the most on-the-nose example, the first invention created under the influence of the alien object is a psychic typewriter that effortlessly translates broad story ideas into beautifully written manuscripts.
* The Dementors in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' are the personified result of Rowling's own battle with depression.
** She's also mentioned several times that her mother's death significantly affected her writing, especially in regards to the themes of love and death in the story. One of the most haunting moments in the first book is when Harry finds the Mirror of Erised, which shows him his long-dead parents, looking at him and smiling with pride.
* Actress Clara Salaman wrote her novel ''Shame on You'' based on her own experiences of growing up in a religious cult, reported by some sources to be the St James School of The School Of Economic Science.
* In the Kay Scarpetta series of novels by Patricia Cornwell Scarpetta's niece Lucy is a lesbian who has several different relationships with women while working with the FBI. The RealitySubtext is that Cornwell herself was having an affair with a married female FBI agent, and the affair came to light when the agent's former husband tried to murder her. Lucy also suffers from anorexia nervosa, something Cornwell has also struggled with. An incident in ''The Body Farm'' where Lucy is in a drunk car crash in Scarpetta's Mercedes was also based on something that happened to Cornwell.
* TamoraPierce stated at a note at the end of the final book in the ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' series, ''Lady Knight'' that the [[spoiler:destruction of Haven]] ''had'' been planned beforehand, living in New York City on 9/11 left an indelible mark on her writing. Particularly because she had, by coincidence, been about to write that part when it happened, and it was what she came back to when she was able to write again.
* In an essay ''Kafka and his precursors'', Creator/JorgeLuisBorges presents us with various literary works whose tone and material seem like forerunners of Creator/FranzKafka. Before Kafka, though, no one would have said they had much in common. Borges argues that the reality of the author's later career [[MindScrew created its precursors]], retroactively making them similar to each other!
** Borges poem [[http://www.poeticous.com/borges/sherlock-holmes?trans=t&locale=es Sherlock Holmes]] [[CentralTheme is about how this fictional character managed to survive]] his CreatorBacklash to the point to [[OutlivedItsCreator Outlive His Creator]], realizing that literature has made an immortal character simply because SherlockHolmes was never alive. Borges published this problem at the ''Los conjurados'', his last book, and died some months after its publication.
* ''ZenAndTheArtOfMotorcycleMaintenance'' was about the death of Robert Pirsig's son by his own description. This was left as subtext to the philosophical allegory and analysis, all the way up to the ending scene of closure.
* Cecelia Galante's ''The Patron Saint of Butterflies'', about a group of kids who grow up in an abusive Christian cult, is based on Cecilia's own experiences growing up in a cult. In fact, when her father read it he thought she was trying to insult him.
* In ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', the scenes of ultraviolence were written based on Burgess' memories of his wife's rape. Apparently, he was pretty consistently drunk during this period, and always regretted that the book became most remembered for the violence.
* A running theme in Creator/MarianKeyes's novels is that some of her characters will suffer from depression, suicidal tendencies, or alcoholism. Marian herself has struggled with depression and alcoholism her whole life and after a suicide attempt and going sober, turned to writing to cope. After her most recent bout of depression, she wove her experience into Helen Walsh's story in ''The Mystery of Mercy Close''.
* Creator/JRRTolkien wrote ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII while his sons were serving in the British military, which accounts for the [[DarkerAndEdgier significantly darker tone]].
* There's a throwaway line in ''ASongOfIceAndFire/AFeastForCrows'' where Petyr Baelish expresses surprise at how quickly the new regime is dissolving into chaos, as he'd based his plans on the expectation that he'd have four or five peaceful years to consolidate power in his new position. This is a sly reference to the fact that GeorgeRRMartin had initially wanted to put a five year TimeSkip between the novels, but due to [[FourLinesAllWaiting all the disparate plot threads]] he couldn't make it work.

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* Piper Halliwell was pregnant twice throughout the run of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the first time just the character, the second time both character and actress. Because the actress knew more about being pregnant and having children, Piper's second pregnancy was a lot more realistic than her first: she wasn't on her feet as much, she didn't fight any demons, she talked about breastfeeding and maternity more, and HollyMarieCombs was noticeably more maternal with her onscreen children.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' got in a few great lines in it's fifth season when Nana Visitor (Major Kira) was pregnant with Alexander Siddig (Dr. Bashir)'s child. Since Kira was the show's female lead, this would have been hard to hide, so the writers resorted to an insane plot twist: another character's baby had to be ''transplanted into Kira'' to save its life after an accident, and then (because of Kira's biology) couldn't be taken back out before the due date.
*** In "Apocalypse Rising", Kira is talking with Bashir, she gets off the line "this [pregnancy] is all YOUR fault."
*** The best part was probably in the episode "The Begotten", where the baby is actually born. Visitor gets the line "YOU DID THIS TO ME!" Common enough in media, where the woman in labor shouts at the father. Why is it wrapped in layers of excellence? She was shouting at Bashir (the doctor who implanted the baby in her), who is played by Siddig.
** Denise Crosby, who played Tasha Yar in the first season of TNG, felt she was underused and asked to be let go abruptly. They managed to squeeze her death into an episode, but she was to film another episode that was going to air first. In the final moments of the last episode she filmed you can see her waving goodbye. This made things a little more complicated when she had a change of heart and wanted to come back in some way.
*** And then she ''did''! She returns in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" which is just dripping with trope. The timeline is accidentally changed decades ago and suddenly Tasha is still alive on the ship (among other changes). When they realize that history has been changed and come up with a plan to change it back, Tasha discovers that in the original timeline she died a "senseless death, one without meaning" (fans had complained ever since it happened that valiant character deserved better than a standard RedShirt death). Instead, the Tasha from the altered timeline opts to join the SuicideMission into the past to set the timeline right, giving her character the chance to make a heroic LastStand in a battle to save history and the Federation itself.[[note]]This allowed Crosby to come back yet again to play Sela, Yar's half-Romulan daughter.[[/note]]
** Riker's existential crisis throughout "The Best of Both Worlds" paralleled producer/writer Michael Piller's own crisis, as he pondered whether he should stay with TNG or move on to new opportunities. Riker's statements about Commander Shelby mirrors Piller's feelings about younger writers like Ronald D. Moore. Riker's and Guinan's conversation about Riker becoming his own man and "letting go" of Captain Picard in order to beat him could almost be about the show's struggle to find its own identity [[ToughActToFollow in the long shadow of the original series]].
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Ultimate Computer", William Marshall stars as Dr. Richard Daystrom, a prideful and ultimately fanatical computer designer. His eventual SanitySlippage carries a haunting subtext: Daystrom delivers a heartbreaking monologue about how he's been mocked and ridiculed and underestimated by people who did not understand him or his genius. In real life, Marshall was a [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra classically trained actor]] and ''opera singer'' who likely suffered similar indignities and a shortage of opportunities because he was African-American.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', Knowing that John Spencer (Leo [=McGarry=]), had [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim died]] in real life, makes the characters' reactions (especially those of KristinChenoweth) all the more poignant.
* After six series in six years, ''Series/RedDwarf'' took a three-year hiatus between 1994 and 1996 as Craig Charles (Lister) had been arrested, and then cleared, of rape. Co-creator Rob Grant also left for undisclosed reasons. Only two more series (16 episodes) have been made since then, though a recent set of specials suggests the franchise is not quite dead, though certainly its halt at the top of its momentum did not help.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': A month after actor NeilPatrickHarris came out as gay, the show introduced Barney's gay brother (played by Wayne Brady), who makes a lifestyle choice with which Barney initially disagrees. Said lifestyle choice being getting married instead of living the life of promiscuity that Barney favours.
** The show also hid the pregnancies of Cobie Smulders and AlysonHannigan using large, baggy shirts, but towards the end of the season, Hannigan was too big to hide and needed to go on maternity leave, so the writers created a joke that would offend Hannigan's character Lily so much that she wouldn't speak to the rest of the group for a month.
*** This also led to a line in the next season premierre when Marshall asks Robin and Lily if they have lost weight to distract them from a previous comment he had made. Both women's babies had been born during the summer hiatus.
** However, during season, several months after Lily became pregnant, Alyson Hannigan announced she was pregnant again.
* ''GreysAnatomy'': Actor Isaiah Washington (Preston Burke) was canned from the show at the end of the season 3, causing his character's romantic storyline with Sandra Oh's Christina Yang to end rather abruptly, with her stood up at the altar and going to his apartment to find out he'd cleaned house and left. Also, the sudden disappearance of Dr. Erica Hahn was due to the unexplainable firing of actress Brooke Smith.
** Season 6 has had to do quite a bit of covering up-- [[spoiler: George was killed in a bus accident when T.R. Knight wished to leave the show]], Katherine Heigl has been written out for some episodes in order to shoot a movie and spend time with her recently-adopted baby, and Meredith had a storyline that required her to be bedridden to cover up Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy.
*** And the maternity leave of Jessica Capshaw (Arizona) led to a hugely important arc: [[spoiler:Arizona leaves for Africa, she and Callie break up, Callie sleeps with Mark and gets pregnant, Arizona returns and they reunite and decide to raise the baby all together, Arizona ends up proposing and Callie says yes immediately after a near-fatal car accident.]] A rather extreme example of RealLifeWritesThePlot.
* Two subtexts for the price of one on the sixth season premiere of ''{{Reba}}'': First, Melissa Peterman's weight loss is written into the script, as Barbara Jean's been seeing a personal trainer. Second, the first (and only) line for Kyra in the episode is "I just went out to get something to eat!" The line references actress Scarlett Pomers' battle with anorexia (and explains away her absence for the last quarter of the fifth season).
* Malcolm's family from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'' ended up with another child after real-life actress Jane Kaczmareck became pregnant.
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Fifty years prior]], [[ILoveLucy Little Ricky]] was the result of Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball not wanting to trick-shoot the show to hide the latter's pregnancy.
*** Several episodes during this time were {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s - with Ricky et. al. recalling some wacky hijinx. They were filmed while Lucy was still able to appear, but production intended them to air during her downtime after the birth.
* Sarah Shahi of the series ''{{Life}}'' has a Middle Eastern background and can speak Farsi in real life. The episode "A Civil War" revealed that her character, Dani Reese, can speak Farsi.
** Also, during production on the last season, she became pregnant, which resulted in the last five episodes being rewritten so her character would be recruited for an FBI joint taskforce and only able to communicate with the main character by phone, requiring the casting of Gabrielle Union as a replacement partner.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** One of the show's most famous story devices, regeneration - in which the Doctor and other Time Lords transform into completely new people when injured or near death - was created expressly [[TheNthDoctor to explain the change in actors]] from Creator/WilliamHartnell, who was ill, to Creator/PatrickTroughton.
*** Hartnell's illness also affected his appearance in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors The Three Doctors]]" 7 years later, as it made him unable to join Troughton and Creator/JonPertwee's Doctors on the same stage. This was written into the story as the First Doctor being "trapped in a time eddy" and only being able to communicate with his successors through a viewscreen in the TARDIS. On top of that, it wasn't just his last appearance as the First Doctor but his last acting appearance ''ever''.
*** Similary, Creator/TomBaker's refusal to appear in "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]" was explained away by having the Fourth Doctor ([[FakeShemp represented by archival footage]]) also get trapped in a time eddy.
** During the production of the Second Doctor serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber]]", Frazer Hines (Jamie) contracted chicken pox. This resulted in a last-minute rewrite of the serial, which allowed another actor (Hamish Wilson) to play Jamie's part for episode 2 of the serial.
** In 1970, ''Doctor Who'' made the switch from black and white to colour. At the same time, the production team came up with a StoryArc where the Doctor gets exiled to Earth in the 1970s, which allowed them to save the money that would ordinarily get spent on exotic settings. The producers considered having him face off [[MonsterOfTheWeek a number of alien invasions]]. However, it was felt the sheer number of invasions would push WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief too far, and so the Master was introduced as a recurring villain. Furthermore, the Master was originally slated to die saving the Doctor's life. Instead, Roger Delgado (the Master) died in a tragic car accident. Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor) left the show partly due to this and the Master got new life later, played by other actors. These events make [[spoiler:certain events of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime the Tenth Doctor's finale]]]] a fourth-wall-straddling [[BecauseDestinySaysSo date with destiny]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld the second episode of the new series]], Creator/BilliePiper (as Rose) rants at the "bitchy trampoline" Cassandra that "she'd rather die" than have any of the cosmetic modifications Cassandra suggests. The very powerful subtext at work here is that Billie Piper had ''anorexia'' years earlier.
** A mild case, but it seems very likely that the Tenth Doctor's last line before he regenerates into [[Creator/MattSmith his eleventh incarnation]] is as much his actor speaking as he is, as said actor, Creator/DavidTennant, got into acting to [[PromotedFanboy play the Doctor]] and, more or less, was considered one of the best Doctors ever. The line?
--->'''The Doctor:''' I don't want to go.
** The short special [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash "Time Crash"]] showed the Tenth Doctor meeting the Fifth and practically gushing over the earlier incarnation. That's because Creator/DavidTennant grew up on the Fifth's serials, considers the Fifth his favorite Doctor, and cites Creator/PeterDavison as the reason he wanted to become an actor and eventually play the Doctor. That's Tennant's fanboying you see throughout the whole thing.
** Not just Tennant's; Creator/StevenMoffat, who wrote it, is also an unabashed Davison fanboy.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], for the first time, justifies the change in default Dalek props in-universe: [[spoiler:Three Daleks who have miraculously survived the Dalek genocide of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] (and are thus represented by the Creator/RussellTDavies props) create a new Dalek breed, technicolor, taller and more powerful than them. The old Daleks declare their unworthiness in comparison to the new ones and are promptly disintegrated by them.]] The actual production reason for the switch is that the RTD Dalek props were built so that they can go eyestalk-to-eye with Creator/BilliePiper (Rose), so the Creator/StevenMoffat props were conversely made to match the much taller Creator/KarenGillan (Amy).
** When Creator/MatthewWaterhouse was 16, his older brother committed suicide, just two years before Matthew got the part of Adric. What happens in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle Adric's introductory story?]] His older brother is yanked out of his grasp to his death.
** Matt Smith cut his hair for ''How to Catch a Monster''. To explain his in-character entrance as the Doctor at the 2013 ''Doctor Who'' Prom not long after filming of that movie wrapped, prefilmed footage clearly filmed before production of ''How to Catch a Monster'' began depicted the Doctor (and Clara) getting into the Royal Albert Hall by bodyswapping with people present on the stage; the process caused the Doctor to inherit his target's short hair when he appeared on stage.
** Smith's final episode, [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], has the Eleventh Doctor suffer a leg injury that leads to him either limping or using a cane for the remainder of the story. This is a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot, as Smith had hurt his leg in real life just prior to the start of filming.
** Eleven's final lines, right before he regenerates could easily be interpreted as Matt Smith saying the lines in regards to his tenure as The Doctor:
--->'''Eleventh Doctor/Matt Smith:''' I will always remember when The Doctor was me.
** The Fourth Doctor audio drama "The Justice of Jalxar" contains a scene where the Doctor has to protect a group of innocents by confessing to all the crimes he has committed to a homicidal justice robot, so it would pursue him rather than the ordinary people. His confession is structured like a Catholic confession and involves him begging "mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa", something absurdly uncomfortable to listeners aware that Creator/TomBaker had spent years as a Catholic monk not allowed to look at people's faces, forbidden to laugh, repeatedly made to repeat that he was worthless and told that if he ever left he would go mad outside, leaving him with lifelong emotional damage.
* Combining Reality Subtext and {{Fanon}}, many ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' fans believe that Trini, the original Yellow Ranger, is dead, since her actress, Thuy Trang, died in a car accident. Her death has never been mentioned on-screen, but since ''PowerRangers'' shows are usually independent of each other, this is not surprising. However, this one's purely {{Fanon}}. {{Reunion Show}}s involving characters who knew her have never mentioned anything bad having happened to her.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder,'' Jason David Frank - playing veteran ranger and mentor Tommy - had prior commitments in the USA in the middle of filming (which takes place in New Zealand), and so the producers arranged to have Tommy first trapped in amber, then stuck in his Ranger suit, and then finally invisible (so that Frank could provide voice-overs without having to be present on set).
** ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'': Kendrix, the Pink Galaxy Ranger, makes a HeroicSacrifice in a DyingMomentOfAwesome near the end of the teamup with the Space Rangers. Her actress had to leave the show to undergo leukemia treatments. She was written out in this manner so that if the treatments were unsuccessful (as is all too often the case) people would have a grand heroic deed to remember her by. Fortunately, the treatments worked, and as a result Kendrix was revived at the end.
* A ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode shows Dick Van Dyke as the character of Mark Sloan watching home movie footage of himself playing 'cowboys' with his son Steve (played by real life son Barry). This is in fact real footage of Dick Van Dyke presumably playing 'cowboys' with a toddler age Barry though it could conceivably be another family member.
* A.J. Langer came down with the chicken pox during filming of the ''MySoCalledLife'' episode "Life of Brian" (which has nothing to do with [[Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian the Monty Python film]]). This resulted not only in her very limited screen time in that episode, but also in all of the makeup having to be thrown out.
* For the first three or four seasons of ''MarriedWithChildren'', the character of Marcy was married to a materialistic banker named Steve Rhoades, played by David Garrison. When Garrison grew tired of television and did not want to continue the series, he and the producers mutually agreed to write off his character. Over the course of several episodes, Steve would be phased out of the show, culminating in his going to jail and Marcy's divorcing him. Garrison would, however, return to play the role of Steve several times during the rest of the show's run.
** Another example came from Katey Segal's first pregnancy. The writers fully embraced it as material for that season, and had Peg in-show getting pregnant as well. Unfortunately, this plan did not materialize as perfectly as the writers hoped. Right before the pre-determined birth, Katey suffered a miscarriage. This forced the writers to give the season an AllJustADream ending because having an infant on-set would be traumatic for Segal. Fans were initially displeased, but after the writers explained the tragic situation behind the season finale, they cooled down and expressed their condolences to Segal. Even though the actress got pregnant again before MarriedWithChildren ended, the previous experience scared them away from creating a tie-in plot, and instead opted for a HideYourPregnancy approach instead.
* There's a ''lot'' of this in ''{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'' with General Melchett, played by StraightGay actor StephenFry. There's his habit of addressing Captain Kevin Darling as just "Darling" -- and then there's "Major Star," in which he falls for Hugh Laurie in drag yet finds "Bob" (a female passing for male) in "drag" utterly repulsive.
** In ''Blackadder Goes Forth'', Blackadder uncovers a spy by reciting the 'great universities': "Oxford, Cambridge, Hull", and observes that the spy failed to notice that only two of them were great universities. General Melchett chimes in, "Yes, Oxford's a complete dump." Melchett's actor, StephenFry, was an alumnus of Cambridge, whereas Blackadder's actor, Creator/RowanAtkinson, attended Oxford.
** There's a bit of this in the ''A Bit Of Fry And Laurie'' sketch where Fry plays a British officer, Major Donaldson, and Hugh Laurie plays a Nazi officer. Fry is captured by the Nazis and is tortured to make him reveal information about the invasion of Normandy. He hasn't cracked under the torture. But as soon as he sees Hugh, he's smitten with the German officer and reveals the information, and begs for a kiss. (The German says, "Well, maybe a little one.")
* David Henrie (Justin Russo) and SelenaGomez (Alex Russo), who play brother and sister in ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', liked each other in RealLife (and they still probably do) and it affected their characters' relationship, as implied by the looks they gave one another while they were performing the roles and [[{{UST}} by the way they acted around each other]]. Their obvious chemistry was commented on by many fans, critics and even by their friends and families. [[{{Squick}} Much to some people's relief]] and [[FanPreferredCouple to a vast part of the fandom's dismay]] they didn't act upon their crushes.
* David Duchovny forced production of ''Series/TheXFiles'' to move from Vancouver to Los Angeles, in part to further his wife Tea Leoni's acting career. Vancouver is rainy, forested, and has similar architecture to the Eastern US. Los Angeles mostly looks like Los Angeles. As a result, there were substantially more episodes set in the American Southwest, which LA can credibly replicate.
** ''The X-Files'' first did this when Gillian Anderson first became pregnant. For a good while her character Dana Scully was wearing her trenchcoat and sitting behind desks a lot more, until she was abducted by aliens and was gone for the length of Anderson's maternity leave.
** Not only that, but when Scully returned she was in a coma for most of an episode. Due to complications from the pregnancy, her pallor didn't need a lot of make-up.
** This had even more effect on the plot than most such cases, since it helped kick-start the show's long-term myth arc, whereas before it had only featured vague alien-related plots and unconnected events.
* When PeterSellers guest starred on ''TheMuppetShow'', there was a brief bit where Kermit told him that he could feel free to drop his personas while backstage and be himself. Sellers' response was, "There is no me; I do not exist. There used to be a me... but I had it surgically removed." He meant it.
** Sellers' claim that he existed as only what others wanted him to be was based on feeling his real self wasn't sufficiently able to make others or himself happy (and a desire to protect his privacy). In any case, his fascination with being others and never himself was what caused him to identify so much with Chance the Gardener in the novel ''BeingThere'', to the point of spending much of his final years getting a film adaptation made so he could play Chance. Indeed, his family and friends have argued that of all of Peter's characters, Chance is by far the closest to who he actually was as a person.
** When Gene Kelly guest starred, Scooter predicted the world would end and Beauregard was certain it was true. This was the last episode to be produced (though - at least in America - not the last one aired).
* When Jared Padalecki broke his wrist partway through filming an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam Winchester had to break his wrist in a fight. There then follows at least one episode where Sam doesn't seem to do much while Jared deals with the pain and painkillers.
** In one episode of Season Four, Sam was only onscreen for forty seconds because Jared Padalecki was busy filming ''Film/FridayThe13th2009'' remake. Surprisingly enough, the [[FanDumb expected wank from the Sam!Girls]] ''did not ensue''.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'', Sara lectures the coroner about alcoholism when she spots booze in the room. In real life, Yancy Butler is an alcoholic.
* On ''Series/SportsNight'', Robert Guillaume's real-life stroke was written into the story line as a stroke suffered by his character, executive producer Isaac Jaffee. This led to some very emotional scenes upon his return. Likewise, the on-screen portrayal of ExecutiveMeddling throughout season 2, was almost certainly Aaron Sorkin's somewhat pissy reaction to the same. The latter theme would reappear in ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Vir Cotto got a lot slimmer halfway through the series, which fit with the character developing from mostly comic relief to playing a more serious role in the show. In reality, Stephen Furst had been ordered to lose weight after becoming diabetic.
** Zack Allan's complaints about his ill-fitting uniform were based - in some cases word for word - on that character's actor, Jeff Conaway, complaining about his ill-fitting costume. (When he later gets a change of costume, it is a notably better fit.)
** Delenn's scathing dressing-down of the Grey Council in "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS03E10SeveredDreams Severed Dreams]]" was infused with her Croatian actress Mira Furlan's own considerable fury with the European powers who failed to help as the Balkans went to hell. The result is a bona fide CrowningMomentOfAwesome for both Delenn and Mira.
** ''Babylon 5'' enjoyed that sort of thing. WordOfGod is that Mr. Garibaldi's occasional speeches in favor of the death penalty were put in because actor Jerry Doyle is a fervent supporter of capital punishment in real life.
** There have been heavy hints dropped by J Michael Straczynski and others that the reason why Sinclair and Garibaldi have no scenes together in "War Without End", despite the characters having been good friends in the first season when Sinclair was a regular, was because of a serious falling-out between the actors.
** It's [[RewatchBonus easy to miss]], but Commander Ivanova wears a single earring. One of Claudia Christian's brothers was killed by a drunk driver when they were kids, and she placed the other earring in his casket at the memorial service. [[MementoMacguffin Ivanova's reason]] for wearing the single earring was made explicit in the prequel movie ''In The Beginning'', which shows that she gave the other earring to her older brother for good luck, only for him to die during the Earth-Minbari War.
* The main character of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' is an anthropologist[=/=]writer named Temperance Brennan. She writes mysteries about an anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. Back in reality Kathy Reichs is an anthropologist[=/=]writer who writes mysteries about an anthropologist named Temperance Brennan. Also, when actress EmilyDeschanel was pregnant, her character was too.
* In the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise:
** Olivia Benson's stint undercover (leading to her temporary disappearance from the show) in ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' was because the actress was pregnant.
** Jerry Orbach died of prostate cancer just after joining the cast of ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'', after spending 12 years on the mothership show as Detective Lennie Briscoe. ''Trial By Jury'' was cancelled in its first season due to low ratings, and Briscoe is stated to have died offscreen sometime thereafter.
*** A rather haunting episode of ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' revealed that Mike Logan, Briscoe's first onscreen partner, imagined that he could still see Lenny. It wouldn't be surprising if there were a lot of Chris Noth's emotions in there.
* ''{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler's 'transfer' to Tulsa was because Matthew Perry was going through rehab. (He still appeared in every episode, just not as many scenes). Many of the scenes revolving around Monica's support of him moving probably reflected the real life support the [[{{TrueCompanions}} Friends cast]] gave Matthew Perry during this time. (Especially as other cast members said Courteney Cox who plays Monica, was one of the most supportive people for him).
** Chandler's weight also fluctuated throughout the series, much more than the other characters, due to Matthew Perry's drug problems. In the early episodes Chandler was average size, however in later seasons he was extremely skinny and in other seasons he gained weight back. In one case he looked noticeably heavier in a season premiere that was supposed to take place shortly after the previous season's finale.
** Monica and Chandler's struggle to have children while not based on Courteney Cox's miscarriages did reflect her situation. To the extent Courteney found some scenes difficult to film, and Matthew Perry's previously mentioned close friendship with her meant his delivery of Chandler's 'she's mother with a child' speech was particuarly heartbreaking and emotional.
* Latka's SplitPersonality problem in Season 4 of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' was conceived to relieve Creator/AndyKaufman's boredom with the role, making him TheCastShowoff in the process. Andy was extremely fond of assuming alternate identities in real life, which was to be incorporated into a first season episode where his AlterEgoActing persona Tony Clifton would serve as the guest star while Andy/Latka was elsewhere...it didn't work because Tony treated ''everyone'' like dirt, to the point he was not only fired, but escorted from the Paramount lot.
* In ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', the deaths of the actors playing four characters were written into the show: Grandad and Uncle Albert were said to have died (and their funerals shown), Mike Fisher was said to be in prison for embezzlement (leading to Sid taking over the Nag's Head), and Denzil's wife Corrine was said to have finally divorced him.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** Both of Dr. Cox and Jordan's children in were written in because Christa Miller became pregnant, as was Sarah Chalke's pregnancy in the final season.
** In "My Cake", Scrubs paid proper homage to John Ritter's death by having J.D.'s father (who, of course, was played by John Ritter a couple years previous) die of a massive heart attack.
** In "My Catalyst", Dr. Kevin Casey is played by MichaelJFox. Casey suffered from OCD, a neurological disorder that usurps (directed) control of the body from a person. Fox stated in an interview that he let his struggles with Parkinson's (a neurological disorder that causes a person's body to shake uncontrollably) inform Casey's character.
* When ''PrisonBreak'' actress Sarah Wayne Callies' pregnancy overlapped with the first few episodes of season three, the writers plotted around her maternity leave. The Fox Network refused to sign off on the proposed plotline of season 3, forcing the writers to redo everything, and their new season arc came to involve the death of Callies' character. The actress refused to return to work just to be killed off, hence her offscreen death in the fourth episode of season three. But she came BackFromTheDead in season four anyway.
* In the BolivianArmyEnding of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', the original Heisei Kamen Riders appear and attack Decade, except for [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]], who in this case is the AlternateUniverse version. Joe Odagiri, the actor who portrayed the original Kuuga, declared that he considers ''Kuuga'' to be an OldShame after he moved on to more serious works, and refuses to talk about his time with the franchise. This is also believed by fans to be a large reason why the alternate Kuuga was so prominent in ''Decade'', and even more so was played by Ryota Murai, a PromotedFanboy who was a huge fan of ''Kuuga'' and Odagiri when he was younger.
* During the production halt observed for the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike, ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'''s Michael Trucco (Samuel Anders) was involved in a near-fatal car accident. He miraculously survived the event with little lasting damage except a rather large scar down the back of his neck. To allow him to recover but still be an active part of the show for its final season the writers came up with a scenario involving Anders being struck by a bullet and suffering massive brain trauma and being immobile for the remainder of the show but still an integral part of the final arc. By the time the post-script move ''[[TheMovie The Plan]]'' went into production, he was back on his feet and back to doing the kind of stuff [[BadAss his character was known for]].
* [[spoiler:Warrick Brown]]'s murder on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' occurred shortly after [[spoiler:Gary Dourdan]] was released from the show.
* ''{{Firefly}}'': In "The Message", the funeral scene is a pretty charged moment on its own; then you realize that, not only had the show been canceled, but the cast had also ''just found out'' when they filmed those scenes, making some of the sorrow quite real.
* ''{{Glee}}'':
** In one episode, Kurt wants to sing "Defying Gravity" from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', but runs into some trouble because it's traditionally sung by a girl. Kurt's actor, ChrisColfer, had wanted all throughout high school to sing the song at the talent show, but was denied.
** Kurt and Mercedes are best friends on the show; Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) are best friends in real life.
** In the episode "Furt," Sue Sylvester just happens to be acting principal of [=McKinley=] and undergoes CharacterDevelopment that makes her more sympathetic to Kurt's bullying problem. Sue also realizes her own mother is a bully as well, as evidenced by continued disapproval and PassiveAggressiveKombat over Sue's plan to marry [[spoiler: herself]]. Jane Lynch is an outspoken gay icon in real life who had recently married her girlfriend (though they divorced in 2013), so someone behind the scenes may have decided the episode's {{Gay Aesop}}s (about bullying and marriage) were more poignant coming from her.
** In one season 3 episode, Blaine is hit in the face with a slushie laced with rock salt, and injures his [[EyeScream eye]] badly enough that he has to have surgery. He's completely absent from the following two episodes, the reason being of course that he's at home, resting after his surgery. In reality, DarrenCriss was absent from the filming of those two episodes because he was doing a two-week stint in Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying on Broadway.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Warren Mears accidentally kills Tara Maclay. At the time, the actors, Adam Busch and Creator/AmberBenson, respectively, were dating, and JossWhedon actually told Adam, "You're gonna kill your girlfriend," to which the reply was "Warren gets a girlfriend?" "No, I mean your real girlfriend." Eight years later, by the way, they're still together. This relationship was actually the inspiration somewhat for the Buffy fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3460966/1/Difficult_to_Fight_Against_Anger Difficult to Fight Against Anger]]''.
** Cordelia's fall onto a piece of rebar in "Lover's Walk" was based on a similar incident that occurred to Creator/CharismaCarpenter in real life.
*** Cordelia's pregnancy in season 4 of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' coincided with Charisma Carpenter's real-life pregnancy, and also threw out an idea to have the season end with a fight between Angel and Cordelia.
** When Angel breaks up with Buffy in the third season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the tears are real. Creator/SarahMichelleGellar, who considers Angel and Buffy soulmates, apparently cried for so long that the set had to be shut down briefly.
** Similarly, in the episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' where Angel becomes human and he and Buffy have 24 hours of perfect bliss before he voluntarily gives it all up ([=S1E8=], "I Will Remember You"), Gellar was so distraught by the plotting that viewers can actually hear actor David Boreanaz consoling Sarah (by name) rather than Angel comforting Buffy.
** The Anointed One, a [[UndeadChild child vampire]] who was the Master's protege in season 1, was initially planned to be the BigBad of season 2. He ended up being [[MakeWayForTheNewVillains shoved into a cage and incinerated]] by Spike early in the season when it became apparent the actor was visibly growing up and wouldn't be able to remain convincing as a never-aging vampire for long.
** The ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' episode "Conversations With Dead People" features four different subplots that [[DeadPersonConversation share a common theme]], but are different in tone mostly unrelated. This is because they were all written by different writers due to time constraints.
** Giles CommutingOnABus in seasons 6 and 7 due to the actor moving back to England.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment loves these''. In particular, a number of episodes in the third season explicitly refer to the show's struggle to stay on air and meet executive demands. Then there's the case of Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio) replacing Gary Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler) as the family's lawyer...
** Season 4 had a subplot about GOB being unable to recognize his son, Steve Holt. The writers included this because in real life, Justin Grant Wade (the actor who portrays Steve) had put on weight and become nearly unrecognizable during the seven years between the show's cancellation and [[{{Uncancelled}} Uncancellation]].
* In the 1983 adaptation of JinYong's story ''Return of the Condor Heroes'', numerous people applauded the performance of how love-struck and romantic Andy Lau (who played Yang Guo) was towards Idy Chan (who played the character's love, Xiao Long Nu). Apparently, Andy Lau has since admitted that he harbored a huge crush on Idy Chan. To quote him, "When I collaborated in ''Return of the Condor Heroes'' with her, I really felt that she's my girlfriend. When we go home after work, I would be worried about her and think of her. Then when we collaborated again in ''Casino Raiders'' where she played Alan Tam's girlfriend, I felt unhappy about it."
* Alaina Huffman's pregnancy has apparently been written into ''Series/StargateUniverse''. In fact the ''Stargate'' canon has never (in 16 seasons of television starring at least one and usually two or more women) included a pregnancy it wasn't forced into by actress pregnancies. The best one is probably the first, Sha're's pregnancy with the Harcesis, which actually came about because Vaitiare Bandera was pregnant. The father was Michael Shanks, who played Sha're's husband, Daniel. Less important for the series but the same father, Dr. Lam/Lexa Doig. Note to producers: keep Michael away from your actresses.
** Later on Amanda Tapping was in Area 51 for 6 episodes at the beginning of the ninth season because of her pregnancy - lots of cunning video-conferencing with conveniently placed computers. While she was away Claudia Black did a guest spot on the show to [[TheSmurfettePrinciple inject some estrogen]]. At the end of the ninth season Black's character, Vala, returns...and she's pregnant, because Black was.
** Teyla's pregnancy on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' was because of Rachel Luttrell's real-life pregnancy. ([[RunningGag But Michael Shanks wasn't even on that show]]!)
** And a non-pregnancy ''[=Stargate=]'' one -- in the episode "Nemesis" Daniel Jackson is mostly out of the picture because he has appendicitis...because Michael Shanks was recovering from appendicitis.
** Also, Jack O'Neill was [[PutOnABus transferred to the Pentagon to head Homeworld Command]] when Richard Dean Anderson decided he wanted to retire. Later on in the show, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute his replacement]] Cameron Mitchell (Ben Browder), complains about shows who lose their lead actors and just replace him with a younger version of the same guy.
** General Hammond died of a heart attack because of the death of his actor, Don S. Davis. The ''Daedalus''-class battlecruiser ''George Hammond'' in one of the movies and ''Series/StargateUniverse'' was renamed in his honor.
* ''MakeItOrBreakIt'' actress Chelsea Hobbs (Emily Kmetko) was pregnant so this was written into her character's story arc.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''[='s=] final season opens with an episode where Joel Hodgson (the creator and original host) made a cameo after leaving five seasons before. Replacement host Mike Nelson becomes jealous that he got to escape and have a normal life, and Tom cautions him "Don't compare yourself. It ain't healthy." This line is a FandomNod to the "Joel vs. Mike" debates that raged over the Internet when Hodgson first left the series, debates that still go on to this day over a decade later (despite the fact that Hodgson and Nelson are good friends).
** During an Season Seven episode, Crow goes through a hassle trying to get his film made and marketed. This mirrors the tough times getting the ''MST3K'' film made and marketed.
** The episode ''Gamera vs. Guiron'', has a line that's become infamous as the show's most obscure joke ever. There's a shot of a girl running away from the camera, and Tom Servo shouts, "Look out, Mike, she's got your keyboard!" This was a reference to the fact that head writer Mike Nelson had just broken up with his girlfriend, and she took Mike's keyboard when she left. (And this was back when Joel was the lead character, and Mike Nelson only made occasional appearances in front of the camera.)
* During the filming of the ''{{Psych}}'' pilot, Kirsten Nelson (Chief Vick) was pregnant. While she gave birth before the filming started proper, they never hid it in the pilot, and her character continued to be pregnant until halfway through the first season.
* On ''{{Frasier}}'', Jane Leeves' pregnancy was written into the show. The guilt Daphne suffers as a result of leaving Donnie at the altar, and the difficulties in Daphne and Niles' new relationship, cause Daphne to begin overeating. She gains sixty pounds, but Niles is so blinded by love he doesn't notice until Daphne falls to the floor and is too heavy to get up without the help of Frasier, Niles and Martin (who remarks "it took three Cranes to lift you!") The weight problem was written into the show to allow Leeves to continue working while pregnant. Daphne then left for several weeks to attend "fat camp" and returned with her figure restored. During the episode "It Takes Two to Tangle" in which she did not appear while at the resort, Niles tells Roz that Daphne had lost 9 pounds, 12 ounces (the weight of Leeves' baby in real life). Leeves' second pregnancy, in the 11th season, was written into the show as her character getting pregnant, though.
* JJ's eponymous final episode for ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is practically this. The cast and crew's sentiments about the decision to fire A.J. Cook were expressed [[SarcasmMode very subtly]] and emotions of the other characters during JJ's farewell weren't just acting, they were real.
** And the reason that JJ has to leave the BAU is extremely close to the reason that AJ Cook had to leave the show: [[ExecutiveMeddling mandates from those higher up]].
** Prentiss' departure was also forced by the same mandate, requiring the producers to fire Paget Brewster. Both ladies made it back after one season and a ''very'' aggressive fan campaign.
** Matthew Gray Gubler injured his knee while filming ''500 Days Of Summer'' and so his character Spencer Reid had to be shot in the leg to explain this.
*** In fact, earlier in the show, a wrist injury on Gubler's part required Reid to go through the same.
** The episode ''Coda'' centers around Reid and Rossi trying to communicate with a young autistic witness. One of Joe Mantenga (Rossi)'s daughters is autistic. (Interesting sidebar: his other daughter appears in the episode ''3rd Life''.)
** Reid saving the day with a magic trick in ''Derailed'' way back in the first season was written in because Gubler is accomplished at sleight of hand. It's since become a reoccurring character quirk. In fact, fans often debate how much of what we're seeing onscreen is Reid and how much is Gubler as a profiler.
** Jason Gideon left the agency due to emotional stress and growing pessimism due to the cases he was working. This reflects actor Mandy Patinkin's growing disgust with the show's grim content.
* Following John Ritter's tragic and sudden death (he collapsed on set), his show ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' aired a sobering episode about his character dying in an accident and his family dealing with it.
** ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' also had an episode centered around Ritter's death in which his character, JD's father (who was a very infrequently reoccurring character and could have been written off without a fuss) dies and JD and his friends deal with this.
* In the ''{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Jacket", Jerry and George meet Elaine's father, Alton, and they're very intimidated by him. Lawrence Tierney, the actor who played Alton scared the ''Seinfeld'' cast and crew just as much with his offscreen behavior (he stole a butcher knife from the set and hid it under his jacket), which is why the character never appeared again.
* ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'': Creator/LarryDavid's divorce with his real life wife led to Season 6 onwards being about Larry and Cheryl's gradually worsening relationship. In Season 8, they actually get divorced. This has considerably changed how the series might have continued.
* Shane Conor's drug problems and alleged violence on the set of ''{{Neighbours}}'' led to him being fired from the show, so his character Joe Scully implausibly disappeared to run a farm in Bendigo.
* Mr. Humphries of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' was eventually promoted to Senior Salesman because the producers were tired of casting elderly actors who subsequently died. In turn, actor John Inman asked for Humphries' promotion not to be formally acknowledged, because he was superstitious about all those dead actors before him.
* Then there is the insanity that is the show formerly known as ''Valerie''. Star Valerie Harper was let go after the first season amid accusations of demanding too much money and being hard to work with; her character was killed off and replaced with Sandy Duncan, and the title was changed to ''Valerie's Family''. Then Harper won a defamation suit against the studio, forcing them to change the title again to ''TheHoganFamily''.
* In the middle of filming the second season of ''{{Titus}}'', CynthiaWatros became pregnant. ''Their'' way of hiding it was rather ingenious; during the early stages, her character wore a lot of baggy, shabby clothes, as she had temporarily gone back to her parents and pretty much given up on her dreams after Christopher started drinking again (long story), and she was still getting over that. Later, as she got bigger, her character broke her leg chasing after a burglar, and spent the bulk of the rest of the season in a wheelchair. They ''did'' also work the pregnancy into a cutaway gag; Erin wins a pie-eating contest, then stands up triumphantly, revealing a swollen belly.
* Following the death of Creator/PhilHartman, the first episode of the next season of ''NewsRadio'' had the [=WNYX=] staff dealing with the death of his character, Bill [=McNeal=] of a heart attack in front of the TV. Apparently the actors ''weren't acting''. Their responses to Bill's death mirror the actor's actual responses to Phil's death, including, apparently, Beth (VickiLewis) standing outside Bill's apartment, drunk, calling his name, and Matthew (AndyDick) believing Bill's gonna come back somehow. Of course, ''that'' puts an extra subtext on Dick's fucked up behavior the last few years (particularly the incident that caused JonLovitz to beat the crap out of him).
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' was [[ReTool retooled]] into ''Series/SoRandom!'' due to the departure of star DemiLovato following her rehabilitation from eating disorders, self-harm and depression.
* During the fourth season of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', Hercules received less screentime. Iolaus and Autolycus got more to do, a Autolycus/Salmoneus episode (which Herc doesn't even appear in) and several Series/YoungHercules episodes were produced. This was due to Kevin Sorbo's health problems that year and production worked to accomodate while he recovered. The ClipShow "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Hercules" is quite obviously LeaningOnTheFourthWall, as it shows a production team desperately trying to do the show when Sorbo is suddenly unavailable.
** During a ''Xena'' CrossOver "Prometheus," Michael Hurst injured his arm during a fight sequence. In "Cast A Giant Shadow," Iolaus' arm is subsequently injured and shown in a cast for a couple episodes.
** "Regrets... I've Had A Few" was filmed at the end of Season 3. Kevin Sorbo was eager to start his vacation, so the writing staff decided to give him less to do and plug the ''Young Hercules'' pilot at the same time.
** In "For Those Of You Just Joining Us," [[Creator/BruceCampbell Rob Tapert]] announces his plan to kill off Iolaus in the fifth season to generate interest in the series. He mockingly says this Paul Coyle, who is being played by Michael Hurst. The real-life Tapert actually did do this with Hurst for those reasons, though presumably in a far kinder way, of course.
* Early into the second season of ''XenaWarriorPrincess'', Lucy Lawless broke her pelvis during a stunt accident on ''TheTonightShow''. More so than with Sorbo the following year, production jumped through hoops to make it work. Xena's bodyswitch with Callisto in "Intimate Stranger" carried on into "Ten Little Warlords," she now died at the end of "Destiny" and new Xena-lite scripts were produced (such as "The Quest," "Necessary Evil" and "For Him the Bell Tolls") to give Lawless time to recover.
* The breakup of Penny & Leonard on TheBigBangTheory [[BlatantLies was certainly not inspired by the fact that Kaley Cuoco & Johnny Galecki broke up in real life around the same time]]. [[WesternAnimation/RobotChicken Surely!]]
** Also, several episodes featured Penny tending bar at work and not much of her being seen from the waist down. This coincided with Kaley Cuoco's leg being in a cast after she was seriously injured while horseback riding.
** Similar tactics were needed when Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) injured her hand in a car accident. For several episodes, Amy's hand was always out of the shot, usually hidden behind things or placed beneath a tabletop.
* The TV series ''MaxHeadroom'' was about an investigative reporter fighting {{MegaCorp}}s using the power of pirate broadcasting. Seven months after its American debut, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion_incident we got this.]]
* Tim Allen's new sitcom ''Series/LastManStanding'' sees his first lines including "I'm back!" and "It's good to be home" - referencing his return to TV and network ABC over ten years after ''HomeImprovement'' ended.
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie disappears to go "find herself". This is because of actress Gina Bellman's real-life pregnancy.
** Several episodes are centered around examples of the CastShowoff. ''The Schehearade Job'' involves Alec Hardison playing the violin, which Aldis Hodge can do in real life. ''The Studio Job'' centers entirely around Eliot performing country music, while Christian Kane has his own country band.
* Because of the intense, complicated nature of their storylines, this is often seen on [[SoapOpera soap operas]]. One actress' RealLife struggle with losing her pregnancy weight was turned into a storyline for her character (though her RealLife methods never became as extreme as her character, who turned to diet pills), while several others decision to have plastic surgery was also played out on the show. But the most prominent example has been with onscreen romances eventually transcending to RealLife. Two especially eerie examples include two characters who were involved in an extramarital affair--the actors eventually left their spouses to marry each other, while at least two others had a couple's RealLife love story virtually parallel their onscreen one--meeting, dating, marriage, children. . .and divorce.
** NYPD Officer John Perry had a recurring role as a police officer on ''OneLifeToLive''. On September 11, 2001, he was at One Police Plaza (just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center) when he learned of the attacks and dashed to the site to help. He was killed when the South Tower collapsed. In September 2002, Llanview's Police Commissioner Bo Buchanan was seen looking at a photo of Perry and sadly commenting, "I can't believe it's been a year" The in-universe story was that Perry had been ''visiting'' New York that day (the show is set in Pennsylvania), but died just as he had in RealLife. It's not hard to imagine that Robert Woods (who played Bo), didn't have to do much acting to convey his sadness.
* By the fourth and final season of ''HannahMontana'', MileyCyrus adopted a more mature image (she was 18-going-on-19), and had already released the reflective and (slightly) HotterAndSexier album ''Can't Be Tamed'' earlier in 2010. Many of the plots and themes in ''Hannah'' seemed to address this change, from Miley wincing at the girlish look of the new room her dad put together for her, to Hannah trying new styles of music and getting backlash for it, to Miley Stewart wondering if fans would accept the real Miley without the wigs and flashy clothing after she revealed her identity and performed as herself.
* Lindsay got pregnant on ''{{CSI NY}}'' because of Anna Belknap's real life pregnancy. The first time, it was hidden, but the second one was the reason for Lucy's birth.
* Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Cameron) and Jesse Spenser (Dr. Chase) dated in real life before their characters got together on ''House'', and were even at one point engaged to be married. Subverted in that the actors had broken up before the characters got married.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Mac was assigned to [[TheJudge the judiciary]] in the later half of season eight because of Catherine Bell's pregnanacy.
* The last two episodes of ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' hosted by original host Bob Saget did not have him [[SigningOffCatchPhrase ad-lib a line to his wife]]. This was because his marriage was falling apart at the time.
* On the season 4 premiere of ''Series/{{Community}}'', this happens a lot. Abed not wanting to graduate is rather bittersweetly reflective of the show's fans reaction to this season being rumored to be its last. The theme of coping with unexpected/unwelcome change also reflects the numerous behind-the-scenes shake-ups that have dogged the show since the middle of the previous season, chief among them the mid-season hiatus and the firing of DanHarmon as show-runner. Abed's 'happy place' is presented as a rather blandly cheery and formulaic sitcom — the same sort of sitcom fans worried that ''Community'' itself would turn into in an attempt to become more 'mainstream' after the firing of Harmon.
** Halfway through his guest stint as Robert Laybourne in Season 3, John Goodman unexpectedly had to grow a beard and ponytail for his role as a drug dealer in the movie ''Film/{{Flight}}''. Troy is surprised by Laybourne's shocking new appearance, which Laybourne [[{{Handwave}} claims is a result of]] "[[NoodleIncident Going through some stuff right now]]".
** In the Season 5 premier, the gang discusses the disastrous final season of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', and how Zach Braff only returned for a handful of episodes. Troy reacts angrily to this, and calls Braff a "Son of a bitch" for bailing on the show after it made him famous. In real life, it had been announced that [[ChildishGambino Donald Glover]] (Troy's actor) was leaving the show five episodes into the season in order to focus on his rap career, which made the line a bit of good-natured SelfDeprecatingHumor.
*** The entire episode is this. It's basically an acknowledgement of the show's decline in quality, with Jeff pointing out that none of the characters have accomplished the goals they set out to do at the onset at the series, and have become {{Flanderized}} parodies of themselves. There's even an AuthorsSavingThrow attempt to {{Handwave}} away the events of the reviled [[DorkAge Season 4]].
** Season 5's finale has a similar tone, as the show's future was once again uncertain. With both Donald Glover and Chevy Chase gone, some fans began questioning how much longer the show could go on, and to reflect that, Annie asks if Greendale is even worth saving now that Troy and Pierce are both gone.
* ''Dallas'' had to do this twice with the patriarch of the Ewing family. Jock Ewing was killed off in the fourth season of the original series after actor Jim Davis passed away prior to the season. Then, in a eerily similar situation, JR was killed off in the second season of the new series following Larry Hagman's death.
* In ''Series/MiamiVice'', James Crockett (Don Johnson) has a very contentious working relationship with his commanding officer, Lieutenant Martin Castillo (Edward James Olmos). This "feud" wasn't just created for the cameras - Johnson and Olmos often argued during the first season due to their wildly different acting styles, and there are scenes and moments that unintentionally evoke this feeling of tension between them. Notably occurs in "Nobody Lives Forever" (where Johnson looks visibly disturbed while Olmos glowers at him) and "Back in the World", where Crockett rails at Castillo for not having the resources to do his job (and Olmos not even looking at Johnson until the very end of the scene).
* After ''Series/BreakingBad'' finished, writer-producer Vince Gilligan said that he belatedly realised that he had written a story about a man having the worst [[HollywoodMidlifeCrisis mid-life crisis]] ever, at a time in his life when he was probably due for one himself.
* Minor example in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': actor Chris Pratt dropped a significant amount of weight and put on some muscle for his part in ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty''. They could cover up the muscle by dressing his character Andy in baggy clothes (not much of a departure for the slovenly character); the weight loss is {{Handwave}}d in a throwaway line revealing that he's given up beer.
* If one interview in particular is any indication, this was the result of Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture breaking a number of taboos, including at least two instances of swearing, and an important good guy character being killed off onscreen. In the interview in question, Creator/JMichaelStraczynski reveals that he had known someone who had taken their own life despite his best efforts to stop them, which likely [[CreatorBreakdown influenced his decision to write those certain episodes (possibly even more of the series) the way he did]].

* Music/WarrenZevon's final album ''The Wind'' carried a much more depressing tone than his previous albums, as Zevon was dying of lung cancer and the album was meant to be his swan song.
* Most of Music/{{Queen}}'s later songs are about the futility of life and the inevitability of death. At the time Freddie Mercury was [[AuthorExistenceFailure dying of AIDS]].
* In 1991, most of Music/RebaMcEntire's road band was killed in a plane crash. The next album she released, titled ''For My Broken Heart'', was a collection of heartbreaking songs. [=McEntire=] explicitly stated that the project was intended to help her and her team through their grief.
* The most famous UrExample for a generation may be Music/AlanisMorissette's biggest hit, "You Oughta Know", based on a former bad relationship of the Canadian singer. It's still debated who that guy was, with pro hockey players and ''Full House's'' Dave Coulier being the most popular choices.
* From the same generation comes Music/EricClapton's song "Tears in Heaven". It was written in the immediate aftermath of his young son's death, and the song quickly became far more famous as his personal response to that tragedy than for ostensibly being a soundtrack song for the movie ''Rush''.
* Similarly, the song "All My Love" from Music/LedZeppelin's album ''In Through The Out Door'', was about front-man Robert Plant's son's sudden death from a stomach infection.
* Much of Music/{{Rush}}'s 2002 album ''Vapor Trails'' deals with overcoming tragedy. This is based on two events: First, the deaths of lyricist Neil Peart's wife and daughter within a year of each other, shortly after the release of their previous album, ''Test For Echo'' (particularly "Ghost Rider"). Second, the 9/11 attacks the previous year (most blatantly "Peaceable Kingdom").
* Music/DavidBowie's 1993 song "Jump They Say" was inspired by the suicide of his schizophrenic half-brother Terry in 1985.
** His late-1970's works saw Bowie in the throes of cocaine addiction and a divorce. ''Scary Monsters'' depicted Bowie recovering from the addiction.
* Music/GreenDay's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is about Billie Joe Armstrong's father's death from cancer when Billie was 10. The funeral was at the beginning of September, and when he came home from it with his mum, Billie locked himself in his bedroom, telling his mum to wake him up when the month ended.
* Music/HarryChapin's song "Cat's in the Cradle" was based on a poem his wife wrote and was inspired by not being present at his son's birth.
* Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Cinderella", about a father reflecting on how quickly his daughter is growing up and that he needs to be there for her even when he's busy, was originally inspired by his young daughters trying to get his attention by putting on Cinderella costumes and dancing while he was rushing through their bedtime routine so that he could get to the studio and work. The song--which features lyrics like "Soon the clock will strike midnight and she'll be gone"--took on a tragic meaning later when one of his daughters that inspired the song, Maria Sue, was killed when her older brother accidentally ran over her in the driveway of their home. Although Chapman originally decided to never sing the song live again, he later decided to use the song to reflect his hope that he'd see his daughter again in Heaven, changing the final line from "she'll be gone" to "I know the dance will go on."
* In-Universe example: in the film ''Film/AMightyWind'', Mitch Cohen's solo work after the breakup of the group Mitch & Mickey mimic his growing depression and mental instability, featuring such albums as "Cry for Help" (cover: Mitch in a padded room restrained by a straightjacket) and "Calling it Quits" (cover: Mitch waist-deep in a grave holding a shovel, with a tombstone behind him reading "RIP Mitch Cohen"). Like almost everything else in the movie, this is played for laughs.
* Teen Pop example: Music/MileyCyrus wrote the songs on her ''Breakout'' album following her breakup with her first serious boyfriend, NickJonas. Several of the songs refer to the breakup.
** In turn, the JonasBrothers album ''Lines, Vines And Trying Times'' might contain songs written from Nick's standpoint about that same breakup.
** Miley's 2013 NewSoundAlbum ''Bangerz'' was recorded at the age of 20-going-on-21 following a transitional period in her life. She had stayed in Detroit filming ''LOL'', then shot ''SoUndercover'' in Philadelphia, where according to WordOfGod Miley had for the first time in her life truly grown up, away from her family, her comfort zone in Toluca Lake, California, and her Disney bubble. She had gotten her first tattoo away from the supervision of her mother, went clubbing, gotten to walk around freely in the streets of Philadelphia without paparazzi, enjoying life, and she had gotten a pixie haircut. She left her manager and record label, decided after the limited releases and subsequent flops of those films to concentrate almost exclusively on music and worked on developing a new sound and mature lyrical/musical approach to the album, working with producers Mike Will Made It and PharrellWilliams. She had worked so intensely on the record, apparently her most personal record , that her longtime relationship to fiancee LiamHemsworth deteriorated. They called off their engagement not long before the album came out. The album's lyrics refect these changes; in keeping with her new image and HotterAndSexier approach, the album was released [[DarkerAndEdgier with an Explicit Lyrics sticker]] for the first time in her career.
* Music/EltonJohn and his lyricist partner Bernie Taupin were on a career high in 1976. Albums were debuting at #1, and Elton was perhaps the top solo artist of TheSeventies. Personally, though, Elton and Bernie were both burned out from the rock lifestyle and superstardom. Elton broke up with his boyfriend, manager John Reid, while Bernie's first marriage was collapsing. Elton and Bernie had taken to drugs and alcohol, and Elton would soon reveal himself as a bisexual (in 1988, he would come clean as gay) to ''Rolling Stone'' magazine, leading to a backlash in Middle America. Elton's mental health was eroding as well, leading to depression and failed suicide attempts. This would be the context of Elton's 1976 double album ''Blue Moves'', an album filled with dark, introspective, despairing songs about failed relationships and dark character studies, with bits of bitter irony scattered around. Oddly enough, it would later be cited as one of Elton's favorite albums that he made.
** ''The One'' and songs like "Runaway Train", "Simple Life" and the title track, and subsequent songs like "Weight Of The World", "Dark Diamond", "The Bridge" and "My Elusive Drug" reflect on Elton's rehabilition in 1990.
* 1978 saw ProgressiveRock band {{Music/Genesis}} score their first hit, an (at the time) [[BlackSheepHit uncharacteristically romantic]] pop ballad called "Follow You Follow Me". They embarked on their longest, most successful tour yet, with a new audience thanks to FYFM's popularity. Music/PhilCollins returned to an empty home, his wife having left him (she had an affair with the house painter, then left for her native Canada) and taken the kids and dogs with her. Phil and the band took a hiatus for Phil to (unsuccessfully) repair the relationship. He channeled his grief and frustration into his first solo album, ''Face Value''. the songs he contributed to Genesis' ''Duke'' album, and some of Phil's ''Hello, I Must Be Going'' album. "Against All Odds", in fact, was written around the same time.
** Collins later channeled the grief of his second marriage collapsing in songs on his ''But Seriously...'' and ''Both Sides'' albums. "Dance Into The Light" and ''Testify'', more "up" albums lyrically and musically, celebrate his romance to Orianne Cevey, who would be his third wife (they'd sadly divorce as well).
* Earlier, ''former'' Genesis frontman Music/PeterGabriel felt stifled. The band wanted to lean more towards top 40 material, whereas he wanted to continue experimenting with ProgressiveRock. This was as the band was starting to reach mainstream success, and Gabriel's personal life (troubled marriage, sick daughter) meant that giving up his creative ambitions looked like a sensible option. He rejected the "sensible option" and started his solo career with the triumphant "Solsbury Hill," about his decision to take that risk and leave.
** His 1992 album ''Us'' was written while Gabriel was divorcing his first wife Jill, going through a breakup with actress girlfriend Rosanna Arquette, and estranged from his daughter Anna. The resulting album lyrically deals with dysfunction and miscommunication in relationships.
** ''Up'' deals with mortality and death, a reflection of the death of his father and that of a mutual friend.
* Music/AlanJackson's "I'll Go On Loving You" (self-explanatory) was released around the time that he and longtime wife Denise were going through some rough times, and actually spent some time apart from each other to cool down.
* Music/DemiLovato recorded her hit, "Skyscraper", during the time period when her then-unknown depression, eating disorder and self-harm issues were at their peak, and her bulimia was damaging her voice. [[WordOfGod She claims]] the raw, emotional vocal take used was Demi singing from the heart as a kind of cry for help. A more technically polished take was apparently attempted post-rehab, but she preferred the more raw and emotional performance from the year before.
* The nostalgic, fun-loving album ''An Innocent Man'' was recorded in 1983 during Music/BillyJoel's courtship to supermodel Christie Brinkley, who would be Billy's second wife. The bitter, self-reflective ''River Of Dreams'' was recorded in 1994 following his legal battle with his ex-brother-in-law (to his first wife) turned financial manager, and while Joel was breaking up with Brinkley.
* Music/AfroCeltSoundSystem's song "Release" is sung [[DeadPersonConversation from the perspective of someone dead]], encouraging the living to to not "argue amongst yourselves / because of the loss of me", and to "be happy for me". These lyrics were written in the aftermath of keyboardist Jo Bruce's sudden death--the rest of the band had to put their upcoming album on hiatus as they mourned. Sinead O'Connor penned the lyrics, and it was the inspiration the band needed to come to terms with Bruce's death.
* Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'' was actually Roger Waters' way of dealing with the realization that he was becoming a cold destructive person, like Pink, the eponymous character of the album, and a way for him to reverse course on that. There are numerous other references to Pink Floyd's internal issues throughout the album as well, such as Pink saying that he has "a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains" being a reference to Richard Wright's cocaine addiction.
** Waters wrote ''TheWall'', ''The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking'' and parts of ''The Final Cut'' (mostly songs left off of ''TheWall'') in the same 1978-79 period, during his CreatorBreakdown. The songs are lyrically and musically similar to each other and share similar themes of adultery, divorce, alienation, personal reflection, war, lack of communication and aging.
** TheDarkSideOfTheMoon was written while Waters was 29, and fearing time pass him by while he felt disappointed that he hadn't really had a real breakthrough success with Pink Floyd in the years following Syd Barrett's departure. Much of the album deals with mortality and the meaning of life. The followup, ''Wish You Were Here'', was built around the pressures of the music industry, the and the band's disjointing and lack of focus when under pressure to record DSOTM and watching the positive and negative effects of their amazing success affect the band.
** David Gilmour wrote ''The Division Bell'' after a period dealing with cocaine addiction and overeating, adultery, legal issues, a painful divorce from his first wife, initially often tumultuous relationship with his current wife, troublesome relations between himself and his Pink Floyd band members, a period of writers block and his estrangement from Roger Waters. The album deals with breakdowns in communication and the struggles he faced during that time.
* Music/JohnLennon, with Music/TheBeatles and as a solo artist, often wrote songs based on his personal life, sometimes as events were happening to him. Most famously, his ''Mind Games'' and ''Walls And Bridges'' albums (1973 and 1974 respectively) were written as John and Yoko separated and as John moved to Los Angeles to go through a painful two-year alcoholic binge he later referred to as his "lost weekend". ''Double Fantasy'' (1980) and ''Milk And Honey'' (recorded in 1980; posthumously released in 1984) saw John five years later, having reunited with Yoko, moved back to New York City, cleaned up, taken control of his life and living away from the music industry for five years to raise their son Sean and become a house-husband.
* Lennon's ex-writing partner [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul [=McCartney=]]] wrote the 1972 song "Dear Friend" as a peace offering to Lennon during the pair's very public feuding, and the 1982 song "Here Today" as a posthumous tribute to John. "Put It There" was a tribute to Paul's then recently deceased father.
** Paul's ''Driving Rain'' album was written while he was in the glow of love to second wife Heather Mills. ''Chaos And Creation In The Backyard'', in retrospect, may have reflected the pair's strained relationship, which would end in a bitter divorce.
* Music/TheKinks' "Two Sisters" is about a young woman who is married with children - she starts off being jealous of the more glamorous life led by her her single, freewheeling sister, then realizes she's better off because her children are important to her. Ray Davies actually meant the song to be a {{Gender Flip}}ped portrayal of the relationship at the time to his band-mate and brother Dave Davies: He was married with children, while Dave was single and more free to live the rock star lifestyle.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''St. Anger'' was born out of struggling with diminishing relationships between the band members, alcoholism and never getting over Cliff Burton's death. This is all painfully documented in the {{rockumentary}} ''Some Kind Of Monster''.
* Music/TaylorSwift's romantic relationships and personal life are often reflected upon in her songs, sometimes to the point of humorists joking that she must start and end romances to provide subject matter for her music.
* Due to the sometimes foul mood Ian Anderson went through recording Music/JethroTull's ''Minstrel In The Gallery'' album, at a time when Ian was going through a divorce from his first wife, and he felt his band splintering and not playing as well together or concentrating on the music as well as they could have been (much of the album was acoustic/acoustical as a result), and he was busy writing the music in tax exile in Monte Carlo while watching "grotesque" tourists lounge around on the beach, the album had an even more cynical, darker (and self-reflective) air to it than usual. [[CreatorBacklash Ian would in later years see it as well-recorded but humorless, and would cite it as one of his less favorite albums as a result]], [[FanDissonance in spite of it being a fan favorite to this day]].
* Tragically, the pained [[BreakupSong breakup songs]] written by {{Motown}} staff writer Roger Penzabene, including TheTemptations' hits "I Wish It Would Rain", "You're My Everything" and "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" and the GladysKnight / MarvinGaye duet "The End Of Our Road" were inspired by the the songwriter's RealLife heartbreak over his wife's [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]], and the couple's subsequent divorce. According to TheOtherWiki, Penzabene would [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]] on New Year's Eve 1967, one week after "I Wish It Would Rain"'s release.
* Much of the music and lyrics written by ElvisCostello, at least [[WordOfGod judging by the liner notes of the 1990s remasters of his albums]], seemed to be written by Costello as he gradually took on the same SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll lifestyle (mainly pills, alcohol and one-night-stands) he promised himself he'd never get involved in. ''Armed Forces'' and ''Get Happy!!'' in particular are filled with songs of regret, anger and heartbreak. His lifestyle, and the dissolution of his friendship with Attractions bassist Bruce Thomas, also seemed to accelerate the end of his first marriage, which would inform latter-period albums like ''Goodbye Cruel World'' and ''Blood And Chocolate''.
* "You Try Somebody Else (We'll Be Back Together Again)" was one of the last songs written by B.G. De Sylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson before De Sylva left the songwriting team. De Sylva did go on to write songs with other collaborators (as did Brown and Henderson after they broke up a few years later), but never reunited with Brown or Henderson, and ultimately gave up songwriting to become a movie producer.
* Dennis DeYoung of Music/{{Styx}}, similarly to Roger Waters, felt disenchanted and disappointed in his lack of success in the music industry, and had seriously considered quitting music to be a professional teacher in 1976; thankfully, his wife talked him out of it. Much of his music on ''The Grand Illusion'', ''Pieces Of Eight'', ''Cornerstone'' and ''Paradise Theatre'' are filled with songs of hope and affirmation. He [[WordOfGod claims]] he wrote the songs about himself to raise up his own hopes to and convince himself to never give up, and that it was a bonus that it touched so many other listeners similarly.

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''
** One strip features Calvin getting upset over going to bed, because it means that he can't play with Hobbes. Then he realizes that going to sleep doesn't have to mean being apart, because they can always play together in their dreams. Bill Watterson wrote the strip because his cat--who served as the inspiration for Hobbes--had just died, and what made him feel better was realizing that they could always be together in his dreams.
** In Universe, Calvin imagines himself as various alter egos, the most common ones being Spaceman Spiff, a heroic explorer, Stupendous Man, a superhero, and Tracer Bullet, a detective. [[InformedAttribute They all are touted]] [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue as huge badasses]] [[DreamSue in Calvin's imagination]], but because they go up against people with more power than Calvin in real life (such as his mom, his teacher, and [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter Roslyn]]), they always lose.
** There's a ''Calvin and Hobbes'' Sunday strip where Calvin's father says he sees everything in black and white, which leads Calvin to vividly imagine such a situation, and another with the same premise except with Calvin's father saying the boy doesn't have any sense of perspective, leading to Calvin being trapped in a world with no [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_point vanishing points]]. Both strips are based on Watterson's arguments with his syndicate on merchandising, where the company would accuse the cartoonist of seeing no shades of grey and having no perspective.
* A series of ''ComicStrip/HeartOfTheCity'' strips focused on Heart's friend Dean having a pet cat - Spock - who's so sick that his parents are about to have him put to sleep, but in the end, in turns out that it's a dog with the same name as the cat, and the cat is going to recover. The last strip of the series reveals that the cat who inspired the comic version has died.

* In the early days of ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'', Reid's voice actor, Earle Graser, died in a car accident. As a result, The Lone Ranger was laid low for about a week and a half, and could only speak in whispers, until they found Brace Beamer, who would keep the role for the rest of the radio run.
* On [[Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman the Superman radio show]], Collyer's vacation times were covered by having the series focus on Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin instead.
* When Barton Yarborough died, Ben Romero, his character on ''Radio/{{Dragnet}}'', died as well. Romero wasn't killed in the line of duty, but rather died at home, of a heart attack. The cast responds to his death and spends the next several episodes grieving.
* AdventuresInOdyssey, "The Triangled Web" features a reunion of a number of the original kids. It is mentioned that Jack and Lucy went to the same college in Texas and got married by the end of the episode, reflecting how their voice actors Donald Long and Genni Mullen got married and moved to Texas as well.
* Done many times in TheArchers: it's such a long-runner that a number of characters have been around long enough to become elderly - as have their actors. Dan Archer (the original patriarch), Tom Forrest and Mrs Antrobus were all given radio deaths because the actor had died of old age. This hasn't always been played straight; when the actor playing Nelson Gabriel died, the character was PutOnABus instead and other characters contined to refer to him as alive for some months. (News of his death was eventually mentioned.) A non-death example is that sometimes actors become well-known and aren't often available: Tamsin Greig's character, Debbie, has moved abroad, but comes back every so often. However, in the similar situation with Lucy Davies (Dawn from ''TheOffice'' UK, ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'') her character, Hayley, was recast.

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* From ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** After the 2009 Website/{{BZPower}} Time Slip (also known as the Great Dataclysm), which erased six months of ''Dino Attack RPG'' content (including the entire Goo Caverns StoryArc up to that point), the ''Dino Attack RPG'' players agreed to start up again at a time and place shortly before the Time Slip occurred. Since this led to [[{{Rewrite}} rewriting several scenes that were erased by the Time Slip]], Sauro-Hunter remarked that he was experiencing deja vu.
** During his time as a Stromling, Zachary [[RapidAging aged at an accelerated rate]]. The amount of time he physically aged is equal to [[DevelopmentHell the time]] between the end of ''Dino Attack RPG'' and the start of ''Dino Attack: At War's End''.
** According to ''Dino Attack RPG'''s timeline, Toys/LEGOThemes take place during their year of release unless otherwise noted. Some ''Dino Attack RPG'' players were confused on whether or not ''Pharaoh's Quest'' is one of those exceptions, since it was released in 2011 but some sources say that it takes place in 1924; however, 1924 was confirmed as the canon date by WordOfGod. As a result of this confusion, Lord Sam Sinister announced that he was going on an expedition to Egypt in 2011 to recover the golden treasures of Pharaoh Amset-Ra, unaware that Professor Archibald Hale's team had already uncovered those treasures in 1924.

* Some [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] historians think the [[KillEmAll decidedly grim]] tone of his play ''{{Hamlet}}'' may stem from the recent death of his infant son, Hamnet. (Note the name similarity.) KillEmAll is par for the course in Shakespearean tragedies, but in the original play, Hamlet ''won'' and lived HappilyEverAfter.
* ''Theatre/MaratSade'' is about Creator/MarquisDeSade getting inmates of Charenton, a mental institution, to put on a play. There's some truth behind this.
* ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' is a musical famous lyricist TimRice wrote while having an affair with Elaine Paige, starring Elaine Paige as a woman with whom a famous chess player has an affair.
* ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'', [[Literature/TheBible about]] a man's triumph over his older siblings, was created for AndrewLloydWebber's older brother.
* {{Henrik Ibsen}} had a serious fallout with his Norwegian audience in the early 1860s. He left Norway for good and moved to Italy, where he lived for 16 years, only sending his plays home for printing. The last play he wrote before leaving, ''Theatre/ThePretenders'', has the main antagonist giving a jarring {{the reason you suck speech}} pointed directly towards the audience. Later ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' shows off the same attitude. Ibsen had a lot to stress about.

* The main author for the ''{{Franchise/BIONICLE}}'' media, [[WordOfGod Greg Farshtey]], when asked why the HumongousMecha Mata Nui never paid any attention to the fact that some of the tiny beings inside him were plotting to take over his body, would often use the analogy of a normal person who goes about their daily life, focusing on the outside world rather than paying attention to what the cells in their body were doing. However, he said, if that person was to have a health scare, then they would feel more inclined to keep an eye on what was happening inside them. Greg later revealed that he himself had been diagnosed with diabetes.

* The time gap between the release of the original ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' game in Europe and North America and the release of its sequel for the Nintendo3DS, ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', is a whooping 25 years, month up month down. This is referenced in the plot of the sequel, which takes place 25 years after the events of the original.
* It was also a long time since the original ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and the [[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture video game]] released in 2011, but they managed to get much of the cast back. In the interim years, for instance, ChristopherLloyd had gone (mostly) bald. The plot involves Marty feeling lonely and depressed after Doc leaves at the end of ''Part III'', and he eventually meets an alternate version of Doc Brown, who's got the same balding as Lloyd in real life.
* In ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', the first level is the final boss from ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D''. After its defeat, it's revealed that it was Duke [[ShowWithinAShow playing a video game based on himself]]. Someone asks him if the game was good and he says, "After 12 fuckin' years, it better be." This is referencing the fact that it took over a decade for ''Forever'' to be released. Also, the game actually takes place over a decade after ''3D''.
* Given it's a series personifying the ConsoleWars, it's unsurprising the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series is loaded with this. Actually gets PlayedForDrama in the backstory to ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'', where [[spoiler: the world of 80's Gamindustri is still picking up the pieces after the nation of [[{{Atari}} Tari]] was [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 so horrifically mismanaged it collapsed]], sending the [[CrapsackWorld entire world to hell]] until [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Lowee]] was founded and established some order again.]]
* The knight training academy in TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The game was released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series.
* ''Videogame/MissileCommand'''s chilling "[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt THE END]]" GameOver screen was, [[http://www.polygon.com/features/2013/8/15/4528228/missile-command-dave-theurer according to the developer, Dave Theurer,]] inspired by [[NightmareFuel the recurring nightmares of nuclear war he was having by that point in the game development process.]] (The six cities that the player defends were, in the original design, six RealLife cities along the Pacific coast of UsefulNotes/{{California}}: Eureka, UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, and San Diego.)
* Doug [=TenNapel=], the creator of ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', is a Conservative Christian. The character of Professor-Monkey-For-A-Head, one of the bosses in the game, is not only an example of his wacky, absurdist humour; it is also [=TenNapel=]'s mockery of Darwin's theories and Evolutionism.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has a minor example: [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/01/19/a-perfect-plan/ Fortiscue asks about tabla lessons because the author was learning to play at the time]].

* Creator/DougWalker shaved his goatee to appear on a PBS comedy special. To explain the lack on facial hair in his shows, he stated that WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses had placed bets that require them to shave if they lost and that [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]] had shaved in order to fit in with the other two.
** In a more dramatic example, the climax of WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee had [[spoiler: Doug sadly watch the Critic make a HeroicSacrifice to save the world]]. He later confirmed that the movie was made to be the Critic's FullyAbsorbedFinale. (though the show ended up UnCancelled)
** Also in ''ToBoldlyFlee'', the entire subplot about the proposed SUCKA Act was a direct riff on the SOPA and ACTA Acts that were being debated in Congress in early 2012 and was of particular concern to the reviewers on the site, since they feared that they could be used to shut down their site and damage their livelihoods.
** And of course, the ''WebVideo/DemoReel''[=/=]''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' episode ''The Review Must Go On'' is entirely this, as Doug is tormented by the star of the latter show, and [[spoiler:forced to kill the former]].
*** Speaking of ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', Doug showed just how much he was wrapped up in making the show work by indulging in a lot of this. Both Donnie's fear of failing as a director and his EthicalSlut behavior were his own, he said later that he would have made a LighterAndSofter episode about TMZ to work through his issues with them, and Rachel got involved by admitting her bad experiences with modeling and acting were what drove the sexism rants Rebecca kept having.
** In the [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS6E14 Les Miserables Musical Episode]], WebVideo/PawDugan sings a love duet with Elisa from ''Webvideo/VampireReviews''. The two were engaged at the time, and later got married.
** The Nostalgia Critic almost always in universe refers to himself or is referred to as The Nostalgia Critic, or Critic for short, but in his review of Doug's First Movie, his explanation of why he hated the Doug cartoon was actually related to real life teasing that Doug Walker experienced (not the Critic character, Doug himself) over his name and comparison to Doug Funnie, while admitting that the cartoon itself is just SoOkayItsAverage.
* Out of apparently nowhere, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick developed an [[StalkerWithACrush obsessive crush]] on fellow reviewer WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows. The two had [[RomanceOnTheSet started a long-distance relationship in real life]], but it didn't fit for their characters to do the same.
* Also, most of the humor in [[WebVideo/SadPandaQAndA Pan]][[WebVideo/{{Welshy}} shy]]'s video [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/welshy/specials/41272-team-panshy-shit-tgwtg-producers-and-fans-say-3 Shit TGWTG Producers and Fans Say]].
* Similarly, ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' took SOPA/ACTA and used it as the basis of a {{backstory}} for a character. Essentially, the bill (unnamed, but heavily implied to be SOPA or a similar bill) caused a BigBrotherIsWatchingYou style setting for the character's home, which was what a lot of people had been fearing if such a bill passed.
* ''AVeryPotterSeniorYear'' is thematically focused on Harry Potter adjusting to the end of his time at Hogwarts and his life afterwards, reflecting TeamStarKid and the fandom's thoughts on growing up, moving on, and letting go of Franchise/HarryPotter and Hogwarts. The characters agree that while they loved their time at Hogwarts, they can't spend forever dwelling there and have to look forward to what's next.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', episode ''Tales Of Ba Sing Se'' is a breather-episode made up of short sketches, each focusing on a different major character and how they interact with the city. Iroh's story featured him mourning his late son, Lu Ten. In reality, Iroh's voice actor, Mako, had coincidentally just died. The episode was even dedicated to him.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Isaac Hayes, another member of the Church of Scientology, left the show after an episode ("Trapped in the Closet") parodied it. The following episode "Return of Chef" used splicing to ridicule it much much more, as well as [[McLeaned killing Chef off]].
** "Behind the Blow" has a lot of hidden references to actual South Park fans' reactions to Terrance and Philip, such as people being confused whether they're supposed to be animated characters or real people and "Not Without My Anus" preempting a popular TV show (see the entry on the AprilFoolsDay page for an explanation of that one).
** "Death" was meant to satire how parents reacted when ''South Park'' first went on their air. The same thing goes to [[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut the movie]].
** In the episode "Fishsticks", Jimmy writes a joke that Cartman seeks to publicize as ''their'' joke, even though he sat on the couch and ate chips while Jimmy came up with the actual joke (although Cartman remembers it as being the other way around). Much of the episode is dedicated to this conflict, and the episode ends with Cartman apologizing to Jimmy - for not accommodating ''Jimmy's'' belief that he wrote most of the joke. The season that contains this episode was the first to not co-bill Matt Stone as a writer for the show, and during Jimmy and Cartman's interview with Ellen, Cartman is shown with the same hair and clothing that Trey Parker is seen wearing in interviews. However, nobody on the Internet has commented on this because everybody focused on the episode's treatment of KanyeWest.
** Stan's whole final speech in "Ass Burgers". The previous episode, "You're Getting Old" had looked like it might change the show dramatically, and fans (mirroring Stan in-universe) were worried that the change would be bad for the show. So in-universe, Stan gets over his emo phase, gives a whole Aesop about how things can change for the better with the entire speech LeaningOnTheFourthWall... only to play StatusQuoIsGod, hit the ResetButton, and return the show to exactly where it was.
*** And note that it's not the original status quo but, the last episode where Stan was depressed. Meaning that Stan is still, even if more so, depressed while everything else is the same. Meaning, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny still hang out with Stan, he lives in the same house, goes to the same school, his parents still live together and all this with the added bonus that Stan turned to alcohol to try and be happy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Joy of Sect": Creator/NancyCartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson) is a member of the Church of Scientology. Bart's line, "Church, cult. Cult, church. So, we'll get bored someplace else on Sunday. Does this really affect our day-to-day lives?" is a subtle burn against Scientology (and organized religion in general) -- one that apparently didn't cause any backlash from the Church of Scientology (unlike what happened with the ''South Park'' episode "Trapped In The Closet").
** During Bart's ImagineSpot in "Bart vs. Thanksgiving", Uncle Sam appears and tell him it's his fault America has lost its way. This is a reference to politicians and conservatives deeming Bart (and the show) a bad influence during the show's early years.
* In ''AsToldByGinger'', in the episode "No Hope For Courtney", Mrs. Gordon dies. Originally, Mrs. Gordon was supposed to come out of retirement, but her voice actress (Kathlyn Freeman) died, so the writers redid the ending to reflect this (and dedicated the episode to Freeman).
* Several ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episodes have poked fun at Chris (Creator/SethGreen's character) about ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken.'' In "Something, Something, Something Darkside" Chris proclaims he won't let it get to him.
-->'''Peter:''' OK, I have another story. It's called ''Without A Paddle.''
-->'''Chris:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]] you dad!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Megatron's first line is "Decepticons! I have returned!", drawing attention to Creator/FrankWelker assuming the role in a TF series for the first time since [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 the original '80s animated series]]. Welker did voice the character in video games based on [[Film/{{Transformers}} the Michael Bay movies]] before ''Prime'' premiered, but that's not quite the same - especially since he auditioned for the movie itself, but didn't get the part. Previously getting turned down to voice the character that he himself originated adds to the subtext quite nicely.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', in the second season finale, one of the binomes makes a comment about how Megabyte's Armored Binome Carriers [=(ABCs)=] had betrayed them. This was after ABC, who have been creatively strangulating the show for two seasons, dropped them unceremoniously.
* May or may not have been intentional, but the wrong anthem incident in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'' had a real life precedent in 2012, when the parody Kazakhstan anthem from ''Film/{{Borat}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2WH9HVJRFk was played at the Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix]]'' when Kazakh Maria Dmitrienko won. Fortunately, Spike’s gaffe wasn’t nearly as big as this...