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You're watching television when suddenly the screen turns to static. A face appears, dark and scary, but you're not worried. After all, it's only the television, [[TemptingFate nothing can happen]]. But then it moves closer and closer, so close that it starts ''reaching out'' from the TV screen. Now you're very, very scared.

Welcome to the Television Portal. Most often a form of NightmareFuel ('cause who wouldn't be freaked out by a television image coming to life?) and ParanoiaFuel (do you know how many hours of television ''you'' watch?). Sometimes results in UpTheRealRabbitHole, TrappedInTVLand, RefugeeFromTVLand. May start when TheTelevisionTalksBack. A quite literal version of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou.

May extend to coming out or going into a television set or other electronic device with a screen (i.e. a computer).

Compare ReachingBetweenTheLines (the same effect, but used as comedy). A subtrope of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' does this on a regular basis - It's one of her modes of transit.
* The [[TheChosenMany Digidestined/Chosen Children]] (predominantly in ''[[DigimonAdventure02 Digimon Adventure 02]]'') use computers to travel to and from the Digital World.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In the [[TheSimpsons Bongo Comics]] crossover "When Bongos Collide!", Kang's and Kodos's ray zaps the Simpsons's TV, causing Itchy and Scratchy to emerge from the set and, through their constant fighting, wreak havoc in Springfield, culminating in a core meltdown of the nuclear plant.
* ''Dark Entries'', a graphic novel about [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]], features a storyline which takes place in a gameshow in Hell. One character, Jude, sticks his face in a television screen to see what's on the other side; it turns out it's a portal out of the aforementioned Hell.
* Due to the way she died in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'', Jennifer in ''Comicbook/NightmaresOnElmStreet'' is a walking television, who can transport people through herself.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* There are many fan stories where a girl [[TrappedInAnotherWorld falls into Middle-earth]]. One PlotDevice is to fall into a television playing the film version of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** In ''FanFic/TheGameOfTheGods'', Anjara wants to visit Middle-earth inside her television. RealityEnsues, and Anjara crashes into the TV and suffers a fatal head injury.
** ''FanFic/MagnoliaCinderellaCupcake'' kissed a television during [[LightningCanDoAnything a lightning storm]]; she falls through into ''The Lord of the Rings''.
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[[folder: Film]]
%% The following {{Zero Context Example}}s have been commented out and copied to Discussion. Please don't uncomment them without adding enough context to show how they fit the trope.
%% * Samara/Sadako in ''Literature/TheRing''.
%% * Parodied in ''[[Film/ScaryMovie Scary Movie 3]]'' with a Samara look alike.
* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'' Here, though, the protagonist actually sticks his face ''into'' the television.
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''. While Carol-Anne is watching static on a TV, a ghostly hand comes out of the TV, waves around and eventually dives into the wall.
* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''
** In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors'', Freddy Krueger kills Jennifer by popping out of the television, although his head comes out of the top and his arms come out of the side, rather than out of the screen. She ends up with her head smashed into the screen.
** Spencer is pulled into a video game by psychedelic tendrils that emerge from an old television in ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare''.
* Late in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', a film which had already started out deranged and, by its last half hour, has become completely unhinged, Le Chiffre (Orson Welles) is anxiously watching two of Doctor Noah's enforcers (who have come to kill him) over a security monitor. One of the men walks right up to the camera, reaches his gun hand up and then smashes through the screen and shoots Le Chiffre dead. (Discussed with accompanying screencaps [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Casino_Royale_1967.aspx?Page=11 here]].)
* The electrocuted serial killer in ''Film/{{Shocker}}'' could travel through electrical lines into appliances, including television sets. Later in the movie, the protagonist uses the same ability to travel into and out of tv's.
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[[folder: Literature]]
%% The following {{Zero Context Example}}s have been commented out and copied to Discussion. Please don't uncomment them without adding enough context to show how they fit the trope.
%% * Happens twice in ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd''.
%% * Inexplicably done by Jason in ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Friday the 13th: Hell Lake]]''.
%% * Done a few times in the Dream World in ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet A Nightmare on Elm Street: Protege]]''.
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[[folder: Live-Action Television]]
%% The following {{Zero Context Example}}s have been commented out and copied to Discussion. Please don't uncomment them without adding enough context to show how they fit the trope.
%% * Happens in the first episode of ''TheOuterLimits'', "The Galaxy Being."
%% * In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Time of Angels": [[spoiler:"Any image of an Angel is itself an Angel."]] [[ParanoiaFuel Thanks a lot, Moffatt.]]
* ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'': In the episode "Tale of the Crimson Clown" the titular clown doll is shown reaching out of a television when trying to attack a bad kid.
* Sort of used in the ''{{Fringe}}'' episode "No-Brainer," where a video on the web that melted people's brains caused them to first hallucinate a hand that reached out from their computer screen.
* ITV's modern day adaptation of ''Film/AChristmasCarol2000'' had Eddie Scrooge's father climb out of the TV to talk to him.
* Played for laughs in the teaser of an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Salem starts yelling at a TV news anchor, who, [[AWizardDidIt it being a house of witches]], starts arguing back.
--> '''Anchor:''' We interrupt this program to beat you up. ''(crawls through the TV screen and starts chasing Salem)''
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[[folder: Music]]
* DavidBowie's "[=TVC15=]" has the protagonist's girlfriend crawl into a TV set and never come back: by the end of the song he's wondering whether to follow her or not. Yes, this is from his "cocaine madness" era.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. When you first encounter the Midnight Channel, the screen on the [[HelloInsertNameHere protagonist's]] television is showing the image of a woman blurred by television static, and when he touches the screen his hand goes through. He discovers he can enter a world inside the TV, and much of the game is solving the mystery of why people are getting thrown in the TV world.
* Toyed with in ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'': Faith definitely gives off a [[Film/TheRing Samara/Sadako]] vibe when she appears on TV screens after it is briefly obscured by static. However, she never actually comes out of said screen, only talks through it. Also, in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', there is an optional scene where Fiona's TV screen acts as a portal to {{Arcadia}}, bringing magical creatures from it into the room. However, they quickly disappear, and everybody thinks they saw a weird dream.
* The intro of ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} in Battlemaniacs'' shows a DistressedDamsel and Zits being kidnapped by villains bursting through the screen of a virtual-reality system.
* Garfield the Cat does this in ''GarfieldCaughtInTheAct''. The plot starts when Odie surprises Garfield, causing him to crash into and break the TV. Garfield tries to fix it, and when he switches on, he gets transported ''into'' the TV, where he ends up in worlds based on different genres (Hammer Horror, caveman movies, film noir, etc.) The game concerns itself with his trying to get out.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (of course) when Itchy and Scratchy smash the Simpsons' TV screen with axes and climb through the hole in a "Treehouse of Horror" special.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Channel Chasers" turns television into a world of flying television, each leading to a new channel.
* In Creator/HannaBarbera's 1966 ''Alice in Wonderland'' animated special, Alice chases her dog through the family TV set and into Wonderland.
* A variation occurs in the ''IAmWeasel'' short "I.R. in Wrong Cartoon", in which [[CowAndChicken Cow]] gets weasel out of her TV by fishing him out of the top of the TV rather than the tube.
* In an episode of ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy puts a cursed VHS tape into his VCR and causes a chupacabra to come out of the screen.
-->'''Billy:''' Wow, I didn't know this movie was in 3D!
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Wilma turns off the TV, only for the host of the show she was watching to reach through the screen and turn it back on.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "Pecos Pest" is about Jerry's uncle Pecos practicing for a televised performance, and every time he broke a guitar string, he would pluck a whisker from Tom as a replacement. In the end, as they watch Pecos on TV, his guitar string breaks. Tom laughs at the ironic turn of events, until Pecos reaches through the screen and plucks out Tom's one remaining whisker.
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