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[[caption-width-right:350: So, TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin, huh? [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Lemme have a word with ya about that]], [[Creator/PattonOswalt Mr. Author]]...]]

->(''Daneel Rush, his whole body covered with bandages, types with the only part of his body that still works... his left index finger'')\\
'''Henry:''' (''whispers'') What... happened to him?\\
'''Terriermon:''' (''whispers'') ...Rika read the last chapter.\\
'''Henry:''' (''whispers'') ...I see... he was asking for it.
-->-- ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TamersForeverSeries''

The first step in this trope is [[NoFourthWall tearing down the Fourth Wall]] without AudienceParticipation. The creator(s) of the work have become characters in their fiction, often because their fictional characters have left the fiction and entered "our" reality. Usually this creates a ShowWithinAShow effect that doesn't normally exist.

Early versions of this trope were PlayedForLaughs, but the paradox of killing the creator had to be examined. Some stories had the work end after the creator was killed, while others go a secondary meta-level, or even leave the question of how the character can continue to exist without their creator open for the audience to answer.

See also InteractiveNarrator, AuthorAvatar, AuthorPowers, WelcomeToTheRealWorld, and WhoWritesThisCrap RageAgainstTheHeavens is where the work considers the creator to be someone who lives in this world that they created.

To see one of our tropers suffering through this, check [[SelfDemonstrating/RageAgainstTheAuthor the self-demonstrating page]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the [[TwoActStructure second season]] of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Ahiru and (particularly) Fakir start to struggle against the writer of the fairytale Mytho originally comes from -- because [[spoiler:he's been manipulating everyone in their town using his power to [[RealityWarper change reality with his writing]].]] Interestingly, neither were supposed to survive the climactic showdown in Season 1.
* In the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime:
** Excel's very first mission is to kill the creator of the manga, Koshi Rikdo. She goes through with it... twice.
** At the end, she also tries to kill [[Creator/ShinichiWatanabe Nabeshin]], the AuthorAvatar of the director.
* In reprints of the original ''Manga/AstroBoy'' manga, Creator/OsamuTezuka added several introduction comics featuring him discussing various things related to the story & sometimes interacting with the characters. As a result he gets chewed out by Uran for not giving her a proper [[SuperHeroOrigin Origin Story]], Lampe for giving him a deformed skull, and Mr. Mustachio for making the supposedly futuristic world of ''Astro Boy'' [[IWantMyJetpack so darned mundane]].
* In the ''[[Manga/{{Karin}} Chibi Vampire]]'' manga, there is a bonus comic at the end of one of the volumes where the author says that she ''loves'' adding angst to her stories. Usui-kun, the lead male in the series. replies, "I'm so glad that my slow descent into a mental asylum is so wonderful to you." (something like that).
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', there's an episode where Prussia gets mad at the animators for giving him a minor role.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'''s older sister, ''Shishunki Miman Okotowari'', the heroine Asuka causes a distraction by pointing in the reader's direction and proclaiming Creator/YuuWatase's presence. The others turn around ''menacingly''.
* An episode of ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' involves author Akira Toriyama getting disgusted with the regulars and attempting to reboot the anime as "Toriyama in Babeland". He enlists the help of the lecherous Senbei Norimaki (Dr Slump), promising that the new show will be "Dr Slump in Babeland". Dr Slump rebels when he realises Toriyama plans for wholesale destruction of Penguin Village, hence foiling the author's scheme.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' had one of this when Naru Narusegawa gets ill... it turns to be something as gross as [[spoiler:diarrhea]], so she starts complaining about the author "breaking in half her image for the fans."
* Svetlana Chmakova seems to be in a love-hate relationship with her characters.
** In the omake section of ''{{Manga/Dramacon}}'', Christie chases her for implying that she and Matt might not end up together, and Matt pushes her off a cliff after she tries to make him wear a gothic lolita dress. In turn, Svetlana doesn't take having her characters criticize her writing lying down--[[BreakingTheFourthWall even during the main story.]]
** Similarly, in ''Manga/{{Nightschool}}'', the cast runs off to go party when Svetlana tries to interview them in the omake section. Her reaction? "Hey, I just figured out what happens in the next volume. [[KillEmAll Everyone accidentally gets]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim run over by a truck."]]
* In one {{Omake}} of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Scar kills Arakawa's AuthorAvatar for tying with him in popularity (at 17th). In another, Edward punches her [[HypocriticalHumor for telling people to not spend all their time reading manga]].
* Similar to the ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' example, [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Tae]] exits the Gintama manga to [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou kill Sorachi]] for [[DisproportionateRetribution surpassing her in the popularity polls.]]
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'' has an in-universe one when a movie gets made about Fran and the Professor. Fran cheerfully starts watching... and it's a porn movie. Thankfully we don't see it, but Fran's reaction terrifies her assistants.
* This is the premise of ''Anime/ReCREATORS''. Characters from various works of fiction start appearing in the real world, and some of them want to have a word with their creators. The most prominent example is Aliceteria February, a dark fantasy heroine and KnightInShiningArmor who is ''furious'' to discover that [[CrapsackWorld the terrible war and strife of her world]] exists for the sake of ''entertainment''. So furious, in fact, that she kidnaps the creator of her story and threatens him with death.
* This trope serves as a RunningGag in the... ''[[GenreBusting thing]]''... that is ''Manga/PopTeamEpic'', with Popuko's constant distaste for the manga's publisher Takeshobo being made more than apparent, to the point where she punches down the firm's building every time its print run ends.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' story arc "Deus Ex Machina" is notable in that it plays this scenario for drama.
* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'':
** Wade will occasionally "debate" with his writers on how the story ''should'' have gone. Mostly it's kept to his in-character but non-canonical letter columns, but if he's upset enough....
** In a Wolverine-related tie-in book, he felt the need to phone his assistant editor, Jordan, he's a cool guy, to ask why he was [[WolverinePublicity on the cover of the book]] but hasn't appeared in a story yet. He was then given ten pages (measly, yeah, but still, you cannot go around and fool [[TakeThatAudience innocent, gullible and revolting little fans]] like that) for his own story, with the following conditions: 1.) It had to be suitable for all ages (which sadly ruled out my "baby pool, butter, and Liza Minelli's phone number idea"), and 2.) he [[NeverSayDie wasn't allowed to use the word "dead"]] (but got around that by using euphemisms like "flunk out of life").
** In the final issue written by Creator/ChristopherPriestComics, 'Pool ''kills'' Priest for what he's done. Other characters Priest has written all cheer.
* ''ComicBook/AmbushBug'': The character has protracted arguments, refusals to continue, etc.
-->'''Editor:''' Well, I'm Julius Schwartz -- the ''editor'' of this book -- and '''I''' say giant koalas '''don't play golf!'''\\
'''Giant Koala Playing Golf:''' ''Shhhhh.''
* ''ComicBook/SheHulk'': The main character once tried to crawl out of the panel and off the page to throttle Creator/JohnByrne for jerking her around. And in ''The Sensational She-Hulk'' #50, she [[spoiler:kills him.]]
* One fourth wall breaking issue of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' features the writers trying to come up with new ideas. They end up being much nicer to Betty than Veronica, causing the latter to emerge from the panel and threaten them with a beating if they don't restore the status quo.
* ''Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness'' by Claudio Sanchez features this as a major plot point. There is a character known as The Writer, who takes out his frustrations with his girlfriend leaving him on the characters in his story, culminating with a fight between him and the main character. This also counts as a music example, as the album of the same name by Coheed and Cambria follows the same structure.
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' devotes a goodly part of an entire trade paperback to the tile Aardvark having an extended argument with creator Dave Sim. It goes badly, as Dave ends up exiling Cerebus to Pluto due to his obstinate refusal to stop being an utter {{Jerkass}}.
* In the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, after Scrooge [=McDuck=] loses ownership of an entire island made of gold in ''Island at the Edge of Time'', he yells at the narrator to shut up and finish the story.
* In ''Adventure Comics'' #4 and #5, this becomes Superboy-Prime's gimmick. He's moved on from hating the other characters, to hating the people at Creator/DCComics. [[spoiler:When he's convinced that he's about to die, he tries to take revenge by crashing through Dan Didio's window and trying to kill everyone in the building [[WhatTheHellHero while lecturing them on the fact that the things they write about really happen and to stop screwing with his life.]]]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'': Has a character with fourth-wall-breaking expository bits between stories. She is also very aware of what happened to other characters written by Adam Warren.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'':
** Cartoonist Stephan Pastis (who [[AuthorGuestSpot appears as an actual character]]) often gets the worst of it, as when he appeared at a signing of Rat's comic strip collection ''Dickie the Cockroach'', tried to upstage him and promote the ''Pearls'' collections, and got beaten up with a baseball bat. He was even eaten by a "Ratterpillar" to end a recent wonderland arc. Also, any time there is a pun strip, it will typically end with one of the characters, usually Rat, threatening or otherwise mocking Pastis.
** Dickie himself [[WelcomeToTheRealWorld escaped into the comics pages]], and has on one occasion to date left Rat bound and gagged for being an idiot (the same offense Rat punished through Dickie in the comic-within-the-comic.)
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo''
** In [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=417&full=1 one installment]], Nemo, Flip and Imp are so hungry that they begin tearing off lines from their comic panels and knocking down letters from the ''Little Nemo In Slumberland'' logo, eating them. Nemo worries that this will upset the artist but Flip maintains that it will teach the person who draws them a lesson.
** Something similar happens in [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=518&full=1 this comic,]] where eventually the entire panel collapses on itself and Nemo complains to the artist.
* An installment of ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' had Funky, after a really bad day, look up and think "You think this is all funny, don't you?" Whether he is addressing God, Batuik or the reader is open to interpretation.
* One ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' strip, done with trick photography, had E.C Segar draw the sailor on the wall and comment "Wow! What a goofy looking monstrosity!!!" to which Popeye responds "Thasa insulk!!" and heave a rock at Segar's head.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Yui and Rito in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11591414/2/To-Love-CARNAGE To-Love-Carnage]]'': They [[spoiler: hope they don't piss off 'god' (the author) and have them PutOnABus or [[KillTheWoobie Killed]]]].
* In ''WebVideo/BerserkAbridged'', Zodd often gets into arguments with hbi2k, the creator of the series and has beat him up on a few times. Particularly notable is the ending, where Zodd complains about [[spoiler:how the creator doesn't use the original DownerEnding and changed it into a more upbeat ending. They both then try out MultipleEndings before settling on "The Hawkman Cometh" (using MC Hawkings with a scene of Femto).]]
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'':
** In the first chapters' omakes the author, assisted by Asuka, tells their alternate ideas to turn her into a super-heroine (before settling on ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''). Unfortunately their discarded ideas go from unfeasible to dumb, getting Asuka thoroughly embarrassed until she gets fed up with it and chases him angrily.
** In another omake the author decides a Jimmy Olsen analogue is needed, and Kensuke is picked. When Kensuke realizes that being Jimmy Olsen is NOT something great, he glares at the author.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' "[[FanFic/ThisTimeRound Look Who's Talking: Storytime!]]" fic (which is already as MetaFic as it can get) "[[http://www.ttrarchive.com/stjackbeanstalk.html Jack and the Beanstalk]]" ends with the babies, horrified by the nonsense they've had to listen to, hunting down [[Tropers/DaibhidC the fanfic writer in question]].
* In one ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' fanfic, the [=NPCs=], sick of replaying the same scenes over and over when the human player reloads saved games on her computer, team up and kill the PC. At which point, the human player decides never to play the game again.
* Although this wiki uses the term "RevengeFic" for stories where an author takes revenge against a character, anime fandom used the term for stories where characters break the FourthWall to take revenge against fanfiction authors for {{egregious}} acts of perceived CanonDefilement. This variety was both named and typified by the ''[[http://thelbane.ranma.net/~alcen/ Revenge Wars]]'' which flooded the Anime Fan Fiction Mailing List in response to and in the wake of Scott "SKJAM!" Jamison's story ''[[http://skjam.dreamwidth.org/4743.html#cutid1 Sauce]]''. (Compare with the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' entry in the "Web Original" section, below.)
* In many of Phoenix Reece's fics, his characters tend to break the fourth wall during the Author's Note to physically assault him for what he makes them do. The ultimate example, however, is ''Happy Tree Camp''. Featured in the story is an out of place human character who is described as [[TakeThatMe oafish and simple]], [[spoiler:who later turns out to be the author who has sacrificed most of his powers in order to be a part of his story and make sure it goes well while ObfuscatingStupidity to keep his cover. The villain finds out about this and ends up kidnapping him, hypnotizing him and trying to use him to get godlike power and ultimately to become an author himself. Obviously, part of his plan involves killing the author in revenge for what he did to him, along with nearly every other main character.]] Also, once the characters find out about Phoenix, they keep asking him to change the story to make the ending good for them. [[spoiler:His "daughter" Pippy complains about how awful the story gets afterwards, since she reads all of his stories after he writes them.]]
* In "{{Music/VOCALOID}} Forever", Rin and Len Kagamine plan to take revenge on all the fans and MMD users that have written about the Kagamines experiencing {{Twincest}}, pairing them up with other people, or just downright raping or abusing them. It's not exactly rage against the author of the story, but against authors of other stories.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bFSRvUcj8w "I'll Quit Singing"]] is Luka ranting about writers who make her sing pornographic songs.
* In the ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7893897/1/Sports_day Sports Day]]'', Touma Kamijou eventually finds the authors and threatens to beat the crap out of them if they don't stop screwing with his life and the lives of the innocent girls in his UnwantedHarem. At the time that he caught up with them, they were talking about the ''next'' life-threatening situation they would put Touma in for their own amusement and holding a gambling pool for the ''next'' random girl they would make fall in love with him.
* [[FourthWallObserver Pinkie Pie]]'s final summation in Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure has definite shades of this.
--> '''Pinkie Pie:''' Duh! We’re in a [[RougeAnglesOfSatin poorly written story full of grammatical errors]] with a bland MarySue [[AuthorAvatar of the author]] as main character. Twilight is married to Trixie who is a colt, Princess Celestia is a [[CardCarryingVillain super-evil meanie]] who [[ShootTheMessenger kills people because they bring her bad news]] and Rainbow Dash [[CrackPairing was shipped with]] [[Franchise/TheSlendermanMythos the Slenderman]]. Of course, this is a [[ContrivedCoincidence strange coincidence]]! But at least it means that this story will be over very soon. Or do you want to read any more pages about Meanie Sue betting up guards?
* Conversed about in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'':
--> '''Calvin:''' Have you ever noticed that superheroes usually [[StrictlyFormula only do the same thing each time they appear?]] All they ever do is stop some power mad supervillain from [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world!]] They need to do something different. I mean, it must get boring.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Yeah! The heroes could write to the editor and request new plots. If they refuse, the editors get fried and killed.
* In ''FanFic/TheFanmakeBlooperSeries'', the climax of ''Blooper And The Beast'' happens the same way the climax for Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast happens... except instead of trying to kill the Beast, the assorted characters tried to kill ''the Author''. [[spoiler:They fail, as the author brainwashed their minds into acting just like the mob from the movie, with [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow]] being brainwashed into being Gaston. However, once the Author's OC comes in and is told that he will love [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella]], he refuses and soon kills him]].
* ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'' has Naruto unleash the Nine-Tails and threaten to destroy a ward of Tokyo every hour unless Masashi Kishimoto is brought before him alive. Sasuke, meanwhile, goes around immolating fans who write Narusasu slashfics with Ameratsu and then leaving their corpses to burn eternally.
** It's then subverted with the Mane Six from [[{{WesternAnimation/Mylittleponyfriendshipismagic}} My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]], who send a sincere thank you letter to Lauren Faust... before they go to a fan convention and pretend to be cosplayers.
* In the ''HarryPotter'' one-shot ''[[http://www.fictionalley.org/authors/miranda_shadowind/IND01.html I'm Not Dead!]]'', [[SdrawkcabName "Madame Gnilwor"]], an analogue of J.K. Rowling, argues with [[spoiler:Fred and George]] and tries to take [[spoiler:Fred (who's alive but temporarily paralyzed)]] away in a twisted reversal of a certain ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' scene because [[spoiler:he's]] on her list.
* In [=ToucanLDM=]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFB22421D3FC7B307 MLP Meets]] videos, Lyra and Bon-Bon were initially portrayed as the {{Butt Monkey}}s whenever they appeared. [[https://youtu.be/q3zBiN4QdP4 When the author himself ends up in Ponyville]], the two get to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown exact their revenge]] on him.
-->'''[[{{Series/House}} Dr. House]]:''' So LetMeGetThisStraight. You were transported to a land of magical ponies, only to have two of the little colorful ponies beat the living tar out of you. [{{Beat}}] Yeah, I think it's best for you to go to the hospital next door, pal.
* Dante is not exactly impressed or pleased with MJTR during their conversation in ''[[FanFic/DantesNightAtFreddys Dante's Night at Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo]]'', and insults him quite openly. Luckily for the writer, they confronted one another in a phone call, leaving him safe.
* In ''Fanfic/TalesOfAResetMind'', Anger tries to spoil the reader, and gets into a fight with The Author because of that.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'', the {{Narrator}} refers to Harold as "cursing the heavens in futility", to which he responds, "No I'm not, I'm cursing YOU!" Since the Narrator is in fact the author writing Harold's story, it's both.
* The Creator/MelBrooks movie ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has a horde of angry villagers, who yell at Creator/MelBrooks for [[ArrowsOnFire burning their village down]] during the credits.
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' ends with Truman and Christoff (the director/producer of the whole movie/reality show) confronting each other for the first and last time.
* The ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' movie has one of the bad guys get in an argument with the narrator.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'':
** A knight slaying a historian who is attempting to provide exposition.
** As the horrendous black beast lunged forward, escape for Arthur and his men seemed hopeless. Then all of a sudden, the animator suffered a fatal heart attack, and the cartoon peril was no more.
* In the Russian movie and Karlo Gotzi play ''The Stag King'', Tartalja -- one of the Masks in Dell Arte comedies and a CardCarryingVillain in the film -- starts complaining that he doesn't want to be bad, he wants to live in peace, etc., and that only his mask forces him to be evil. The wizard, who is also the {{Narrator}} of the story, reminds him that he [[YouCantFightFate cannot change his destiny]], so Tartalja has to continue his evil deeds.
* The main plot behind ''Des Nouvelles du Bon Dieu'' (approx. "News from God" in English), a French movie in which a writer commits suicide, leaving a note that explains he thinks God is an author, and we're all His characters. The misfit protagonists, being fans of the dead writer's work, try by any means possible to reach God and ask him some justifications for their plots being the suck. Hilarity and serial kidnapping ensue.
* ''Film/TheFall'' is about a man named Roy, who is telling a story to a girl named Alexandria who is staying in the hospital he's been confined to since he became paralyzed. As Roy is actually battling depression and suicidal, his story starts to go down a very, very dark path--so Alexandria rebels and takes over the telling of the story, including herself as a character and transforming the story to how ''she'' thinks it should be.
* In ''Film/{{Delirious}}!'', John Candy plays a soap opera script writer who gets pulled into the sitcom he was writing (mistaken for one of the characters). He still has the ability to [[RealityWarper change what's going on]] with his typewriter, but another writer is ''also'' working on the script, so the end result is two authors raging against ''each other'' (with proxies going after Candy's character).
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', when Slater finally acknowledges that he's a fictional action-movie character, he rants about how the film series' writers callously killed off his young son for cheap drama. Slater is also completely disgusted with the actor portraying him and profiting off his misery.
* ''Film/TheGamers'' takes this to its logical conclusion: [[spoiler:the protagonists of the game-within-a-movie break out and slaughter the primary protagonists.]]
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl,'' the main character is taken to his imaginary world and must awaken his [[SuperWeight author-weight powers]] there. At one point, Lava Girl gets pissed at him for how she was written.
* ''Film/TheManWhoInventedChristmas'' has Scrooge take offense to not being able to present his side of things. He even writes a speech about the virtues of the free market, which Dickens rejects.

* The protagonist of the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'', after his pet cat gets caught in the crossfire during a gunfight, wonders aloud what sort of author would kill a kitten. The narrator is not actually sure the cat is dead, but knows he is badly hurt, as he is himself and several others with him. It's worth noting that this comes at a time in Heinlein's overall continuity when it had become possible to access all possible realities in TheMultiverse and perform TimeTravel through AppliedPhlebotinum and the characters are [[BreakingTheFourthWall aware that their reality is governed by authors]]. Also, the cat, along with all the other characters left in the Schödinger's box, survives in the next novel. [[MindScrew So apparently the appeal worked]].
* In a variant, the ''Series/SesameStreet'' picture book ''Literature/TheMonsterAtTheEndOfThisBook'' is about the conflict between an increasingly desperate Grover (who's read the title and doesn't want to get to the end of the book, because he's afraid of the monster) and the increasingly amused reader, who ''will'' insist on turning pages even when confronted by a "brick wall" ("Did you know that you are very strong?") As it turns out, [[spoiler:the monster is Grover.]]
* The afterwords of the ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' novels feature arguments between "L" (Lord of Nightmares, the creator deity of the Slayers world) and "A" (Author, Hajime Kanzaka). These arguments usually result in "A" being beaten up by "L" or "Minion S" for being behind schedule or not giving them any screentime.
* About half of ''Literature/SophiesWorld'', the kind of thing that happens when the other half is philosophy lessons. At one point, a character is forced to keep doing interesting things to occupy the narration while another plans in private.
* Nonstop in Creator/LRonHubbard's swashbuckler {{Deconstruction}} ''Literature/TypewriterInTheSky'', though that's somewhat of an unusual case in that the main character [[TrappedInTVLand fell into a story]] as it was being written and has been forced into playing the villain. Ultimately, [[spoiler:he escapes as the story ends and the fictional reality crumbles -- just in time to realize that [[UpTheRealRabbitHole he's still in a story.]]]]
-->"{{God}}? Up in the sky? [[spoiler:[[SelfDeprecation In a dirty bathrobe?]]]]"
* In the Creator/StephenKing story "Umney's Last Case" (found in ''Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes''), a 30s private eye finds his life changing bizarrely around him. Turns out the explanation is that he's a character in a series of novels and his author is planning to leave the 1990s and step into the fictional private eye's world -- by taking his protagonist's place. [[spoiler:The author does succeed in swapping lives with his character, and the story ends with the protagonist planning to reverse the swap.]]
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'':
** One of the villains' targets is Creator/StephenKing, the idea being that, if King is eliminated, he can't write the ending in which the heroes win.
** Although the heroes have to protect King, they are NOT at all happy about it, after meeting him. And, when [[spoiler:Jake dies again in a HeroicSacrifice to save Stephen King]], Roland and friends are more than a bit upset.
* Played for laughs in ''{{Literature/Puckoon}}'', in which to appease the main character's anger about his poorly written legs, the author gives Dan Milligan a few favours later on.
* ''The Wizards Three'': [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Ed Greenwood]] was scolded and abused by Elminster (from ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'') while unceremoniously using his home for CrossOver wizard parties. For laughs. And then Mordenkainen (from ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}''[=)=] plays a mean little prank on him too...
* [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Robert Jordan]] was allegedly once asked which of his favorite characters he would like to invite over for dinner and have a conversation with. His response was something along the lines of "I'm too smart to want to be anywhere near people I put through that much crap."
* In the short story "Built Up Logically", the AuthorAvatar's companion Frank is a RealityWarper who takes over the story (including the first-person narration), gives the AuthorAvatar an unflattering physical description, and finally arranges for him to be mistaken for a burglar and shot. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Frank, the original author projected himself into the story as two different characters, and he only killed one.]]
* Warrick the White, the antagonist of ''The Reluctant Sorcerer'' and its sequels, is the only one who can hear the voice of the Narrator. HilarityEnsues, as his minions fear for his sanity. He eventually [[spoiler:makes his way to the real world, buys out the author's publishing company, and forces him to rewrite the ending.]]
* One of the humorous "deleted scenes" of Creator/StevenBrust's novel ''Literature/{{Iorich}}'' features Vlad Taltos arguing with the author, whose speech is represented by all caps. On a related note, one of the the Literature/KhaavrenRomances features an contentious interview between Brust and the narrator Paarfi, though Brust is acting as Paarfi's translator rather than the author.
* Of particular note: one of literature's greatest raged-at authors, Creator/KurtVonnegut. Vonnegut inserted himself (usually without resorting to the use of an AuthorAvatar) into a number of stories, most notably in ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'' in which [[spoiler:he descends bodily into the book he is currently writing, in part to apologize to Kilgore Trout for putting him through so much shit.]]
* Inverted in the preface to ''Literature/HowToSurviveAHorrorMovie'', in which Wes Craven apologizes to all the film characters he's killed, injured, and/or terrorized in his films over the decades.
* Creator/MikeResnick's "His Award-Winning Science Fiction Story" includes bickering and negotiating between the stock science fiction characters and Mike Resnick himself.
* In "Little Red Riding Shorts", the characters get so ticked at Jack the Narrator that they just walk out of the story, leaving the next two pages completely blank.
* Pretty much the entire plot of Flann O'Brien's ''Literature/AtSwimTwoBirds'', in which an author creates a bunch of characters for a simple morality tale, and they promptly rebel. It doesn't end well for the author.
* In the short film ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GTi3_yv7V0 Run Rincewind Run!]]'' shown at a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' convention, Rincewind (one of the main characters) gets hit by a spell that will send him to "meet his maker." He ends up in the real world and runs around Melbourne until he reaches the convention. The film ends and he actually enters the room, is shocked to find his adventures described in a Discworld novel and picks Creator/TerryPratchett out of the crowd by his photo on the author biography. He approaches his creator, declares "You bastard!" and walks away.
* At the end of one of Amelie Nothomb's novels (the one about the ballet student), the protagonist meets Nothomb [[spoiler: and kills her]].
* In-universe example: In ''Literature/DreamPark'', a veteran gamer recounts how, during one wacky old-school tabletop role-playing session, the player characters opened a dimensional portal and found themselves looking into ''the room where the game was being played''. One of them promptly shot the Dungeon Master with a crossbow bolt, and the entire dungeon disappeared.
* According to Creator/JimButcher, if either Harry Dresden or Ivy of his series ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' were to ever meet him, they'd punch him in the face. Considering all the [[DarkAndTroubledPast shit]] [[BeingGoodSucks he's]] [[DealWithTheDevil put]] [[ColdBloodedTorture them]] [[BreakTheCutie through]], he deserves it.
** In the [[TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles tabletop RPG]], after being used as an example of how things can [[EpicFail go wrong]] for about the fifth or sixth time, Harry's margin comments start complaining about how much of a dick [[Creator/JimButcher his GM]] is, griping about how this "Jim B." guy really needs to roll better, and demanding retroactive [[LuckManipulationMechanic Fate Points]] for all the crap he's been through.
** In-universe, horror-film director Darby Crane [[spoiler: aka Madrigal Raith]] gets the living crap scared out of him by a fae in the shape of the Scarecrow at the Full Moon Garage. The Scarecrow is a ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}''-{{Expy}} from Crane's own ''Harvest'' film series.
* In ''Literature/{{Fame}}'', Rosalie directly talks to her author Leo, but it's very clear that she's completely fictional, and that Leo is just inventing the dialogue for his own amusement. The distiction between fact and fiction is less clear with Leo's girlfriend Elisabeth, whose final chapter may or may not be just another story Leo invented after she's long since left him. It's even possible that all of the other stories in the novel are written by Leo too, and that only his own introduction chapter is "real". All of the events in the other chapters are hinted at as being things that are prominently on Leo's mind in his own chapter.
* In ''Gilligan's Wake'', Ginger is immediately aware that she is being written; she explains that, having been the subject of so many masturbatory fantasies, she can now tell when she is inhabiting somebody else's imagination. She uses her power to, among other things, politely ask the in-universe author to cut short an anti-Semitic BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
* In ''Literature/{{Redshirts}}'', the characters consider this before deciding that they'd be better off politely asking the (in-universe) creators to knock it off.
* In the ''Literature/GamearthTrilogy'', the characters in a role-playing game take issue with the creators of the game setting.
* In Creator/GeneWolfe's ''The Last Thrilling Wonder Story'' (collected in ''Endangered Species''), Wolfe and the protagonist argue during the course of the story. At the end, the protagonist, dying in a fire, makes it sound as if he's coming for Wolfe, and Wolfe suddenly remembers a TV report about a similar man being pulled alive from a fire...

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A famous moment during the ''MTV Awards Ceremony'' has the computer-animated character Gollum (from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movie) winning a special effect award. At first it seems his actor Creator/AndySerkis is the one receiving it, but he's interrupted by Gollum himself picking up the award and then going on a rant, belittling Serkis, calling Creator/PeterJackson a hack, and generally insulting everybody, with his nicer alter-ego Sméagol occasionally trying to rein him in and apologize. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUNYCGZMtI8 Hysterical.]]
-->'''Gollum:''' Frankly, nothing can compensate for the long hours, low pay, and miserable experience we had making these ''(beep)ing'' movies. And if you think a (beep)y little tub of golden popcorn is gonna remotely make up for everything ''we've'' suffered, ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU'RE! SADLY! (beep)ING! MISTAKEN!]]''
* Smaug from ''Film/TheHobbit'' films got in a snide remark about ''his'' voice actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, during his interview on ''Series/TheColbertReport''.
* In the three-part ''Series/RedDwarf: Back to Earth'', the characters get into a fight with their creator after they find out he's planning to kill off the characters.
* Though not played completely straight, in Seasons 4 and 5, ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has had Sam and Dean shout at AuthorAvatar Chuck [[spoiler:the Prophet]] because he has written their life story down and sold it as a series of novels. [[spoiler:Given that Chuck is quite possibly God, this is even more appropriate.]]
* ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'': [[spoiler:The characters realize that the Toei production staff is ending the series early, so they unsuccessfully attempt to extend the storyline via Foreshadowing and even team up with the villains to ''destroy [[TheEnd the ending title]]'', but fail when someone from BehindTheBlack [[FilmTheHand places his hand over the camera]], ending the episode.]]
* In the fourth season premiere of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Regina declares she will find the author of their stories and force him or her to give her a happy ending.
** This seems to be the goal of [[spoiler:Cruella, Maleficent, and Ursula]], too.
* The characters on the Israeli sitcom ''[=HaPijamot=]'' often comment about certain aspects of their characterisation, and occasionally even argue with the director. One early episode had Ilan, one of the lead characters (played by one of the writers), complain that [[WhoWritesThisCrap his character isn’t written well enough]], and in another a supporting character named Roni writes the episode for him, making herself a literal GodModeSue, before Ilan finds out about it and undoes everything.
* This is primary motivation of the Bugsters in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid''. They were programmed as villains in their respective video games and they came into the physical world to make a point that they didn't like it.

* The title character of the song [[http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiRRBILLKT;ttRRBILLKT.html "Railroad Bill and the Kitten"]] categorically refuses to rescue a kitten. The singer insists; Bill ends up being washed away by a tidal wave, bitten by an alien from Neptune, and fatally struck by lightning.
* "The Strange Case of Frank Cash and the Morning Newspaper" by T-Bone Burnett. One part of the song has the title hero using his fictional nature as ''defense in court'', and trying to end the song. This prompts the narrator to make Cash's life better (including "his first child will become President").
* Owen Pallett's album ''Spectrum, 14th Century'' is about a fantasy world where he is its god. ''Heartland,'' the next album, is about a hero from Spectrum [[RageAgainstTheHeavens riding out to defeat him]] [[GodIsDead and succeeding.]]
* In the story behind the ''Music/CoheedAndCambria'' lyrics, the main character of the story within a story [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Rages Against The God]], which in that case is the writer of the story-within-a-story, who then writes himself into that story for a confrontation with the main character.
* A song "We hate the Creator" (rus. ''My nenavidim tvortsa'') by Russian LARP bard Tam Greenhill is from the perspective of Creator/AndrzejSapkowski's [[Literature/TheWitcher The Witcher saga]] characters, who hate [[AnyoneCanDie being constantly killed, tortured and humilated]]. They plan to magically teleport the hated Pole to their universe and unleash their revenge upon him.
* In the music video for Music/CyndiLauper's song "The Goonies 'R Good Enough," Cyndi finds herself in the movie's universe, being approached by menacing baddies from both sides of a rope bridge hanging over a waterfall. In desperation, she shouts at Creator/StevenSpielberg, "How do I get out of this one?!" Cut to Spielberg, who has paused the video, about to answer her -- then admits he has no idea, and resumes the video.
* "Song for Ulvaak" by Allie Goertz, based on a poem by Creator/PattonOswalt in his book ''Zombie Spaceship Wasteland'', is about a half-orc assassin who learns he's a TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons character, and decides to lash out against the "pudgy god" that is the player who controls him.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]] burning his Goldust suit and Beaver Cleavage (Charles "Headbanger Mosh"/"Chaz" Warrington) are examples of wrestlers on air refusing to keep playing some lame gimmick (in Beaver Cleavage's case, a 50's schoolboy with a creepy attachment to his mother) and berating the writers for it. Though these are usually scripted rages, they more than likely have a basis in fact.

* At the end of the first act of the musical ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'', the film-noir writer working under the burden of ExecutiveMeddling gets into a singing argument ("You're Nothing Without Me!") with his AuthorAvatar detective character.
* In Music/StephenSondheim's musical ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', the fairytale characters turn on the {{Narrator}} when their stories start to take a tragic turn -- [[spoiler:and feed him to the Giantess in an attempt to appease her.]] It doesn't work.
* Another Sondheim musical, ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', uses the trope again. During the song "Another National Anthem," the titular assassins become fed up with what they see as the empty sermonizing of the Balladeer, and run him off the stage (or, in more recent productions, [[spoiler:turn him into Lee Harvey Oswald]]).
* In the opera ''Theatre/TheGhostsOfVersailles,'' Pierre Beaumarchais writes a [[Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro Figaro]] opera for the ghost of Marie Antoinette, titled ''A Figaro for Antonia''. The opera is intended to re-write the past so that Marie Antoinette doesn't get executed. The problem comes when Figaro abandons the script and decides to use the necklace intended for Marie to free the Almavivas instead.
* ''Theatre/SixCharactersInSearchOfAnAuthor'' might be the Ur-example.
* Pretty much the whole plot of Creator/WSGilbert's early work "A Sensation Novel". The characters of the titular novel spend most of the play griping about what the author makes them do, and finally browbeat him into letting them do what they want, because they are stock cliches and he he can not dispense with them.
* In ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', the title character refuses to do what the Leading Player (who acts as the narrator) and the rest of the troupe want him to do for their glorious finale. [[spoiler: They want him to set himself on fire and he nearly does, until he realises there was some place where he did feel happy and fulfilled.]]
* A recent production of ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro'' by the Baltimore opera company The Figaro Project included an actor playing Lorenzo [=DaPonte=] as narrator, and the characters argued with him about where the story should go in between arias.
* According to the critic Harold Bloom, ''this'' is the real conflict of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''; the main character's supposed indecisiveness is really [[MediumAwareness his awareness that he's a fictional character]] and not at all liking the plot he's been saddled with.
* At the end of ''The Pot Boiler'' by Alice Gurstenberg, all of the characters in the ShowWithinAShow and the observer Mr. Wouldby lose their patience with Mr. Sud, their [[PrimaDonnaDirector arrogant and insulting]] playwright, when he finds himself unable to resolve the climactic MexicanStandoff. On Wouldby's suggestion, all of them turn on Sud and shoot him.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' has the author commenting on how his own characters don't like him. To drove the point closer to home: "not liking him" means his character pulling him in his own comic book, and him and other characters trying to kill said author.
* Original creator Matt Groening is one of the [[BossBattle bosses]] in ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''. The cutscene afterward has the eponymous family berating him for milking their franchise.
* Creator/MichelAncel, the creator of ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'', gets ambushed and savagely beaten by the VideoGame/RavingRabbids in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mymXS0WyVGQ this video.]]
* ''VideoGame/BugsBunnyRabbitRampage'', from the 16-bit era, had Bugs going through several of his classics while a vengeful animator tried to off him. [[spoiler:Unlike the original ''Rabbit Rampage'' mentioned below, this time the animator is Daffy Duck, presumably attempting revenge for ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck''.]]
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' [[spoiler:wants to kill The Force. Take this in the context of 1. She is aware of how XP works 2. The writers (and her at one point) use [[AWizardDidIt The Force Did It]] to explain unlikely things (read: lazy writing).]]
* The ending of ''VideoGame/TheGunstringer'' has [[spoiler:The Gunstringer gun down the developers at Creator/TwistedPixel before escaping the theater, blowing up a car and riding off into the sunset on a Chihuahua named Burrito.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rsQNYGevbx4 This]] video has Mr. Scratch, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/AlanWake's American Nightmare'', murdering the game's lead writer, Sam Lake. And in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cEXYWJPMIA this one]] he goes on a killing spree at Remedy Entertainment's office. And enslaves Sam Lake.
* ''VideoGame/TheDeadlyTowerOfMonsters'' was a movie filmed in the 70's, directed by Dan Smith. The evil emperor is beating the heroes, because the script says so, but [[spoiler: the protagonists leap out of the movie and force Dan to rewrite the script so they win.]]
* During the credits of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', [[spoiler:Deadpool visits the lead dev's office and complains about him not being stronger than every other character and the name of the game not being "Deadpool and his Inferior Friends". The dev responds by nerfing him and threatening to make him DLC.]]
* A RunningGag on Website/{{Newgrounds}} is to use [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Fulp Tom Fulp]], the creator of Newgrounds, as a ButtMonkey. Doubles as BitingTheHandHumor.
* ''VideoGame/{{Lunarosse}}'' has an in-universe example. [[spoiler:Nemari's reason for waking Corlia in his own way was partially due to outrage as to how his character was portrayed in her story.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gruntz}}'', when your gruntz approach an area particularly full of death traps, they may say a line amounting to this.
--> "If I live through this, remind me to send the designer of this game some hate mail!"
* In ''VideoGame/SeumSpeedrunnersFromHell'', if you keep dying a lot on a single level, Marty may end up yelling "Damn you, Pine Studioooo!".

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''Tsumihoroboshi-hen'' of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', when Rena is about to KillThemAll, Keiichi muses on what a sick tragedy it is.
-->'''Keiichi:''' What an interesting script. Who wrote this, a devil? [..] I'm taking over the script this time and I'm going to destroy it!

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The flash cartoon ''WebAnimation/AnimatorVsAnimation'' series, which depict a brief struggle between a cartoon stick figure and the person trying to use them in a cartoon.
* The SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} vs. [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] episode of ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' featured Wade paying a visit to the staff of Website/ScrewAttack, only for Pinkie to whisk Deadpool off after he mentions it's his birthday for a party before he could anything more than berate the staff.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In [[http://xninjared.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Valentine-from-XNinjaRed-153934205 this comic]], it's implied that the author got tied up by the two characters because one of them was a Guinea Pig for a Meme and another hasn't been drawn in a while, which is the reason the comic isn't as coherent as the other works of the author considering the characters are doing whatever they please with this one.
* In ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'':
** After the cartoonist arranges for one character to get KilledOffForReal, the entire cast goes on strike and refuses to move or talk until he reneges.
** At a different point, another character gets back at the cartoonist by [[{{Golem}} making a new character]] who is (intended to be) hard to draw.
* Characters from ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' have argued with and insulted the author on many occasions. At one point, the villains even capture and try to kill the author, in an attempt to cause the end of the comic. One strip is even explicitly titled: ''The Author is a Pissy Bitch''.
* The cast of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' tries to revolt against the cartoonist for killing Dave. The cartoonist draws the female cast in gratuitous swimwear on a tropical beach, with a half-dozen sunbathing John Cusacks. They give up when the multicoloured drinks with umbrellas appear.
* A variant of this can be found in one ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/comic.php?current=1944&theme=4&dir=prev strip]]. In fact this is so common that David Morgan-Mar has added [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/cast/ his own character page]]
* In ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', lead character Nick spends several strips arguing with cartoonist Jeffrey Darlington over whether the strip should have a [=Y2K=] story line. Nick loses the argument.
* Invoked for filler material in [[http://darklegacycomics.com/171.html this]] ''[[WebComic/DarkLegacyComics Dark Legacy]]'' comic.
* Bob does this occasionally in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', mainly in BreatherEpisode strips between story arcs (though it's usually more annoyance than rage). Especially when he knows that the [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween Monster]] will try to eat him in the last panel.
* Happens a few times in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', generally as an excuse on the part of the author for not drawing the part of story he thinks would be too hard.
* The title character of ''Webcomic/{{Bruno}}'' stepped out of the page to pester her author about the strip's lack of direction, first [[http://www.baldwinpage.com/20060206.html here]] then [[http://www.baldwinpage.com/20060501.html here]] and [[http://www.baldwinpage.com/20060911.html here.]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** In the stick figure FillerStrips, Torg eventually gets fed up with Pete doing them to take a vacation and does his best to force him to make an effort to draw them anyway. It doesn't work.
** In the [[GuestStrip guest story]] "The Sluggite Koan", Bun-bun escapes into the real world and goes off to express his displeasure to Pete Abrams, the creator of the comic, with extreme prejudice as is his wont. Of course, this being a guest story, Pete isn't actually the author at the moment. Bun-bun is aware of this, and he does address the guest writer (through the fourth wall this time, not as a person in the story like Pete) at one point with a threat about writing his motivations as involving caring about someone. Come to think of it, that motive isn't mentioned any more in the story, being substituted with a new one... which just goes to prove ''everyone'' is afraid of Bun-bun, and with reason. The encounter left Pete himself [[spoiler:with a [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/050517 broken arm]] in the real RealLife before the story appeared but at the time at which it was supposed to have happened. And that was ''after'' he managed to talk Bun-bun into a making deal instead of killing him.]] Don't mess with the bunny, and don't try to understand a {{koan}}.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090817 In this strip]], shortly following the comic winning a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, Agatha seems dead-set on interrupting [[Creator/PhilFoglio Phil and Kaja Foglio's]] acceptance speech, convinced that there has to be some sort of MindControl (or bizarro parallel world) involved, and refusing to accept her creators' explanation that "Maybe we just ''won''."
** The Foglios flee the station at the end of the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070928 Radio Theatre]] interlude, because Agatha, Zeetha and Krosp are hot on their heels and intending to hurt them.
** In-universe, the Foglios are actually natives of the Girl Genius universe, who fled to ours after their adaption of Agatha's life was poorly received. As such, younger (unmarried) versions of both of the authors have actually shown up within the comic on occasion. [[ButtMonkey This never ends well for Phil.]]
* David (the author of ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'') showed up at one point and fought Ethan. They then pudding wrestled (that was Robin's idea). Eventually the fight was broken up by Maggie (the writer's girlfriend), who demanded they exchange info and deal with it like adults (read: Maggie and David broke into Ethan's house and smashed up the place). Why were they fighting? David kept editing [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/David_Willis Ethan's]] [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet Transformers Wiki]] page.
* The title character of ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'' ended her [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/newbiestuff/mulberryintro.html character bio]] by calling her creator a "repulsive little hack" because of his decision to write the bios from her perspective. Also, she later "[[http://www.toonzone.net/forums/showpost.php?p=2297915&postcount=10 responded]]" to a lack of comments on "Year Six" by saying she doesn't care for the cartoonist either, but still wanted people to read about her adventure.
* ''Webcomic/BooksDontWorkHere'' lives and breathes this trope, with it starting out as the main character's defining feature in chapter one. She has yet to play nice with the narrator.
* In one ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'' comic, the AuthorAvatar gets into a fight with one of the characters over a particularly awful {{pun}}.
* The entire idea of ''Comik?'' is that the comic is being created over time by a writer/artist the characters are aware of. One character undermines this with another trope: she believes they're comic book characters but believes the author is a god. She's as unenthusiastic as the rest of the cast, however, resulting in RageAgainstTheHeavens in a series about RageAgainstTheAuthor.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' Spades Slick stabs Andrew Hussie, but [[KnifeNut he does that to everybody]]. Then, taking this trope to its logical conclusion, [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination Lord English appears behind the fourth wall, holding the severed head of the author's robotic avatar. Then he hunts down and shoots the author's ''main'' avatar.]]
** [[spoiler: Eventually expanded on somewhat; As a child, Caliborn was the only character shown so far who recognized Hussie's narration within his head. The resulting rebellion against Hussie, and the narration's increasing railroading of his emotions, seems to have driven him even madder than he was.]]
* The longest story arc of ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'' features Butch's victims rising up from the grave to kill him, as part of a plot by the author to kill off Butch and start a much more popular TwoGamersOnACouch comic. Butch cuts the author into little bits, and then things get [[MindScrew confusing]].
* ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' has several examples of this trope. One character kidnaps an author, two characters want to destroy the main characters to ruin the comic for the authors, and [[spoiler: the main characters take on a god that turned himself into an author.]]
* If Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' ever starts abusing his AuthorPowers too much, Susan is always prepared to take him out with a HyperspaceMallet. The other characters have had their own opportunities to take him out when the situation called for it.
* Occasionally, Viana of ''Webcomic/DeerMe'' will threaten her creator with bodily harm for the little things, like making her look girly against her will or [[BerserkButton repeating the word "yobo" over and over]].
* During ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'''s guest week in 2005, the cast interviews a god named Ronson and they notice there's something off about his face. [[spoiler:Turns out, he has a nose and they don't]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/GuestStrips.html This quickly turns into a strike at author Rich Burlew's HQ]].
* Howard the wizard from ''Webcomic/SketchComedy'' has no useful spells, can't get his hands on a sandwich, [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/2011/03/15/minecraft-great gets stuck]] in [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} a video game]] and [[spoiler:runs into Death]], all because the cartoonist needs stuff to happen in his comic. Good luck getting him to cooperate with the cartoonist on anything now.
* ''Webcomic/TrueBelievers'' features Franchise/SpiderMan and Mary Jane protesting "[[Creator/JoeQuesada Joe Quesadilla]]"'s decision to [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay retcon their marriage.]]
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Ms. Green has the last word on viewers' suggestions, and she did '''not''' appreciate being ordered to do a FetchQuest. [[spoiler:Too bad that her decision to disregard the voices and exit the patient ward causes her first death]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted in ''WebVideo/KateModern''. At one point in "Straight to the Top", Gavin attempts to confront Joanna Shields, the show's co-executive producer and the CEO of Bebo, because he suspects that she has turned his life into an Internet TV show, but she gets away before he can say anything.
* At a (slightly) less meta level, the point of the ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' is to enter a fanfictional world, complain about everything wrong that is happening, and smack around the nearest representation of the author. Some agents are recruited from fanfiction works that either did horrible things to their characterization, or would have done [[FateWorseThanDeath incredibly painful]], [[RapeAsDrama very nasty]], and/or [[SacrificialLion plain lethal]] things to them. There are also a few agents from the Real World, especially after the Ypur Invasion, who are aware that they are fictional inserts reflecting parts of their author. They tend to wonder what kinda of sadist needs to expose them to the [[MarySue horrible, horrible]] [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkles]].
* This is the point of the JournalRoleplay Roleplay/DearMun.
* Arguably what happened in the GainaxEnding of ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'': [[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian Kirby]] has shown to be still alive and has killed Masahiro Sakurai (who in real life was his creator). What's worse? Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto's next.]]
* Wiki/SCPFoundation has this as [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/sandrewswann-s-proposal one of the proposals]] for SCP-001. [[spoiler:The Foundation has discovered its writers. It also has a backup plan should the writers ever decide to destroy them, by killing them all through [[BrownNote memetic agents]].]]
** And it's not just the writers. [[spoiler:Note that the procedure in question carries a risk of destroying ''all of observable reality.'' And the memetic agents in question will be disseminated through the database itself. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou They've got plans to try to kill you, the reader, while you're on the site.]]]]
* In an ''Infinity Labs'' [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/infinity/ilabs004.htm Flash animation]] by Paul Gadzikowski (''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'') it's suggested that interfictional portals could let webcartoonists be ambassadors to their own universes. This is quickly realised to be a very bad idea.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the ''Blog/WhatIf'' entry [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/57/ "Dropping a Mountain"]]. Randall Munroe gets a bit annoyed at Black Hat Guy asking, "What if we dropped it from higher up?"
-->'''AltText:''' Fine, but put your hat under it first.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is first shocked to discover [[spoiler:Creator/DougWalker]] on the other side of the PlotHole in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', leading to a conversation between the two of them that, while not filled with rage per se, is certainly tense and accusatory on Critic's side.
* The short story ''[[https://tellygunge.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/just-desserts-submissive-story/ Just Desserts]]'' (NSFW) involves the characters of the author's previous work, ''Summer School'' (and it's sequel) [[CoveredInGunge gunging the author like he did to them in his series,]] and subjecting him to a HumiliationConga. [[spoiler:Near the end, when Emma, Louise and Erika send him to the Gunk Dunk, he sees several girls he also gunged in his other stories, including the ButtMonkey of ''Davina's House Party'', Rachel Riley, cheering on his humiliation.]]
* One episode of ''Webvideo/MusicalHell'' opens with Diva badmouthing creator Christi Esterle for making her review ''Film/ATrollInCentralPark'' ("Stupid high-end mortal, don't know where she gets off her cheap editing software and her ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' money...").

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' / ''Merrie Melodies'':
** The short "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck" is all about an argument between Daffy Duck and his animator [[spoiler:(who of course, [[TwistEnding turns out to be]] Bugs Bunny.)]]
** [[spoiler:It happens again in ''Rabbit Rampage,'' where Bugs (the former animator) faces off with a malevolent new animator who turns out to be Elmer Fudd.]]
* 1991 animated short ''WesternAnimation/{{Manipulation}}'' has a similar premise to ''Duck Amuck'', namely, an animator pissing off the cartoon figure that they draw. In this one the cartoon man being tortured by the animator literally explodes into a firework of rage.
* The time when '''THE DARK LORD CHUCKLES, THE SILLY PIGGY!''' captures the Narrator in ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''.
* Boris captures the narrator of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' at one point. He's forced to ungag him so the episode can end.
* And Mojo Jojo pulls the same thing in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', both on the show ("Simian Says") and the comic book ("See You Later, Narrator").
* A scene during the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' ChristmasSpecial "Woodland Critter Christmas" involves Stan intentionally disregarding the narration. Doing so ultimately results in a shouting match, culminating in Stan screaming at the narrator. [[spoiler:The narrator of this story is in fact, [[{{Jerkass}} Eric]] [[MagnificentBastard Cartman]] telling a story to the class, which puts a whole new spin on things. In the classroom, it's Kyle who rages against the author, as he regards it as a basically anti-Semitic tract: in the story, Eric has Kyle become the host for the AntiChrist (eventually, willingly) because he is a non-Christian, and thus a heathen. Eric insists he is just telling a story and is not trying to offend Kyle, which doesn't stop him saying that Kyle inexplicably dies of AIDS at the end of the tale.]]
* Joe the Announcer does this several times in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''. He interrupts the story to expedite the plot, bursts into scenes to practice Creator/WilliamShakespeare monologues, and spoils plot points -- mostly to vent about his lack of importance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', Dante and Randal get stuck in a ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' spoof led by Jay.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents: The Big Superhero Wish!'', the Nega-Chin confronts his creator about how TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': "Retakes Not Included" largely consists of Bull Gator complaining about the direction of that particular episode.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode "I Scream Man", the Red Guy complains about series creator David Feiss making him a ButtMonkey.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' does this sometimes. Once when Peter and the family got into an argument, Peter criticized Seth Green (who plays Chris) and Chris defended him, while everyone else insulted Seth [=MacFarlane=] except Peter, Stewie and Brian (whom Seth plays). Another time, Peter insults the animators and as a result is animated very choppily in the next scene.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is at an art museum and see a drawing of Jeff and Ackbar from Matt Groening's comic ''Road to Hell''. He calls Matt Groening a hack, at which an eraser from a giant pencil starts to rub at his head. The pencil is revealed to be another exhibit which hit Homer accidentally while being put in place.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' has Penny perform this at the end of the HilariousOuttakes reel in "The Legend of Johnny Lovely", when she yells at Bruce Smith (the show's creator) to draw her a dressing room, where she can go sulk. He draws a trailer for her, only for her to demand a bigger dressing room. Bruce draws one big enough to fill a one-story building, which Penny promptly skates inside.
* The WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck episode, "Twitching Channels" has Darkwing going from TrappedInTVLand to [[RealWorldEpisode trapped in our world]] where he discovers he's a popular cartoon character. Once he seees that he's not getting any of the profits from the show, he marches up to the show's creator "E. Thaddeus Rockwell" (name sounding similar to the show's real creator, Tad Stones) and demands his cut.
-->'''E. Thaddeus Rockwell:''' Any profit belongs to me. ''I'' created you.\\
'''Darkwing Duck:''' Oh, that's certainly gonna surprise the heck out of Mom and Dad!
* The WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa episode "Transitional Phase" has the main characters are mad that the episode's overuse of cuts and transitions causes them to miss a fancy dinner they've been planning for weeks. After learning to exploit this lazy editing to invoke flashbacks, they flash back to before the episode was animated, and Uncle Grandpa, Mr. Gus, Pizza Steve, Belly Bag and Giant Realistic Flying Tiger burst into a storyboarders' meeting. After realizing there are no transitions in the storyboarding, they talk directly to the camera at the editor, who is asleep at the computer with his finger on the "Automatic Transition" button. After waking up the overworked editor, Uncle Grandpa finishes the episode by himself, finishing with an IrisOut.