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->''“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.”''
-->--'''Creator/PhilipKDick'''
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That [[RealIsBrown dull, brown]] place you visit when you're not [[Series/QuantumLeap traversing time]] [[Series/DoctorWho and space]], [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings questing to destroy a ring]], [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer slaying vampires]], [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} doing science]], dressing like a flying [[Franchise/{{Batman}} mammal]] to fight a clown, or [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} attaching balloons to your house to fly to South America.]]

Best known for being the sole work in a completely different medium of its own, called "Reality". Surprisingly good graphics for a legacy system. For a work that's apparently taken [[DevelopmentHell a damned long time]] to develop before release to the general public, it ought to be good.

Supposedly contains the [[ComicBook/ElfQuest Daystar]], that terrible orb that burns you and gives you cancer. Sometimes considered an inaccurate reflection of the [[RealityIsUnrealistic true world of fiction]]. Recommended as [[AdjacentToThisCompleteBreakfast part of a balanced diet]]. Beware of characters who [[WelcomeToTheRealWorld end up here]].

Also the name of [[Webcomic/RealLifeComics a webcomic]] whose actual connection to real life varies. "Varies" having the meaning here of including TimeTravel and HumongousMecha. Not to be confused with a OneHitWonder band from TheEighties with the same name, famous for the song "Send Me An Angel".

Suffers from a large case of [[RevenueEnhancingDevices pay]] [[BribingYourWayToVictory to win]].

A not-infrequent source of accounts of MuseAbuse, in-universe or otherwise.

Holds the world record for the longest-running series of all time. It is unlikely to be cancelled anytime soon[[note]]There have been some fakeouts in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem recent]] [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13134489/ns/us_news-life/ years]][[/note]], but we won't know if it's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_phenomenon coming soon]] until the time comes; even though it has been critically panned and ratings continue to fall.

See also: TruthInTelevision. Do not confuse with similar {{Realism}}.

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!!Real Life provides examples of:

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* RealLife/{{Tropes A-F}}
* RealLife/{{Tropes G-M}}
* RealLife/{{Tropes N-S}}
* RealLife/{{Tropes T-Z}}
[[/index]]

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