->''"[[ThatsWhatICallX This is what I call a]] [[DriveInTheater drive-in movie]]!"''
-->-- '''[[PungeonMaster Carlos]]''', ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', "Spins a Web"

A group of characters, often a mix of heroes and villains, are trapped by some form of AppliedPhlebotinum inside the world of literature, video games or the like, but most often, television. Either they must learn to cope with their newfound environment until some way can be found to escape, or they will jump from channel to channel, hitting a multitude of clichéd worlds and thin parodies.

A plot very much at home in a SuperHero spoof or or other comedy show with a loose set of physical constraints. It's a wacky plot that allows the writers to have fun with the tropes this wiki catalogues, and [[AllJustADream make it all moot at the end]] without a {{Snapback}}.

Most times, one of the cast members will be a GenreSavvy, or even [[{{Otaku}} a fan]], and will use that knowledge to beat the system, and many times there is also a [[{{GenreBlindness}} Genre Blind]] character, that is too serious, sane and is not into that kind of entertainment, and insists in using real world logic in a place where that doesn't apply, and becomes the victim, the ButtMonkey or TheMillstone.

Most common in animation, where "building" all the new environments and sets is easy and cheap. Well, easy.

This plot can sometimes be connected to its opposites, the RefugeeFromTVLand and WelcomeToTheRealWorld. See also: DreamLand and AllStoriesAreRealSomewhere, with which this sometimes overlaps; PortalBook, which can trap characters in Book Land; and FisherKingdom, as the channels change the visitors. Compare and contrast IntrepidFictioneer, for when the travel is deliberate. Frequently paired with a ReadingIsCoolAesop (provided it's "Trapped in Literature Land").

This is common FanficFuel.

It's an unspoken rule that, somewhere in the universe, there is a show similar to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* While not in a television per se, the 2nd part of the 1993 ''TimeBokan'' OVA has Dorombo Gang of Yatterman enter a sewer and find a world entirely populated by Tatsunoko characters. While attempting to cause havok and expect Yatterman to show up, they don't count on the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Casshern, Hurricane Polymar and Tekkaman arriving and trouncing them. Oh, and there's the obligatory Speed Racer cameo too.
* The framing device for the anime exercise video (ItMakesSenseInContext) ''TrainingWithHinako'' has one shot of a girl in the real world being taken into a glowing TV set, where she apparently becomes an anime character.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', the main characters are characters from the book ''The Prince and the Raven'', which ended prematurely when its author, Drosselmeyer, died. While the characters have escaped from the book, the entire city is being controlled by a story, which in turn is controlled by Drosselmeyer's ghost. Some of the characters are GenreSavvy, while some aren't.
* Episode 26 of ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'' features a haunted video game which is an expy of ''DragonQuest''. Yokoshima and Okinu get trapped in it while Mikami uses her spiritual powers to participate in it from outside.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' movie 6, "The Phantom of Baker Street". traps the main characters in a virtual reality game controlled by a rogue AI, and featuring UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' episode 8 has the cast sucked into a cursed DatingSim (based mostly on ''TokimekiMemorial'') with [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Mahiro]] as the PlayerCharacter; if he wants to return to reality, he has to pick a girlfriend ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg or]] [[GayOption Hasta]]) by the end of the school year. The whole thing plays out as an even longer chain of [[ReferenceOverdosed anime references]] than usual, and culminates in Nyarko, Cuuko, and Hasta having a martial arts battle over him while dressed as [[Videogame/VirtuaFighter Pai Chan]], [[Videogame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui]], and [[Videogame/GuiltyGear Bridget]]. [[spoiler:Nyarko wins.]]
* The initial premise of ''SwordArtOnline'', like ''DetectiveConan'' above, has online gamers trapped in a dangerous virtual reality where DeathIsFinal.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The off-beat comic book series ''TheInvisibles'' had an appropriately weird example where King Mob and Boy get caught in the mindscape of the Marquis de Sade (yes, really) during an attempt to pull him out of the past that goes somewhat pear-shaped. They end up having to witness the entirety of ''120 Days of Sodom'', which King Mob treats as a sick joke.
* A mid-1980's ''{{Superman}}'' Annual had a secondary story in which Superman artist Curt Swan fell asleep while drawing a comic and woke up in Metropolis. It was ''All Just a Dream'', except that Curt found two bullets in his hand from when Superman stopped a crook.
* The Comicbook/FantasticFour miniseries ''Fantastic Four: True Story'' does this in a homage to the ''Thursday Next'' books (see the Literature section below).
* One storyline in ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' involved the evil Queen of Fables trapping the League in a book of old fairy tales (the original bloody ones) and forcing them to live through the stories.
** She's appeared since--one story had her work out that Superman shook off her Earth stories because he was really an alien, and she drew on Kryptonian stories instead. Luckily, this version of Superman had learned or remembered these stories, so he [[GenreSavvy knew to look for]] the Striped River Witch and shatter the crystal soldiers with ricocheting light. It was all very Jungian. Interestingly, the benefits of biculturalism didn't come up; apparently your Collective Unconscious is [[HollywoodPsych determined almost solely by]] the conjunction of [[GeneticMemory biology]] and what you hear in your first year of life.
* This is the power of ''{{Supreme}}'' baddie the Televillain - entering into a TV show's fictional world and drawing others into it as he pleases. And, of course, changing the channel to whatever premise fits his need. In one outing he killed Monica on an episode of ''{{Friends}}'' to prove he wasn't kidding around.
* SheHulk met old HowardTheDuck foe Doctor Bong when he set about changing television shows' internal reality (just roll with it) and accidentally zapped her into them. Possibly the most infamously surreal Shulkie story ever.
* Ellie Dee gets transported into a video game in one issue of ''CherryComics'', where she has to WinToExit.
* This is the entire premise of CaryBates' and KeithGiffen's mini ''Video Jack'', for Marvel imprint Epic Comics. Due to a [[{{Magitek}} combination of magic and technology]], teens friends Jack Swift and Damon Xarnett are transported to a TV version of their hometown, which changes (as well as them) as they zap through the channels. Reviews [[http://cyberspacecomics.com/blog/2011/02/retro-read-46-video-jack/ here]] and [[http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=6662292 here]].
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* This is the basis behind most Self-Insert fanfictions.
* In ''FanFic/TheBlueDragon'' series, the two primary protagonists (Demex in the first, Josh in the second) get sent to the TheLegendOfSpyro universe.
* The famous ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfic "[[RefugeeFromTVLand Visit to a Weird Planet]]" eventually spawned a sequel, [[http://members.optusnet.com.au/virgothomas/space/trek/weirdplanet.html "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited"]], which appeared in one of the early Star Trek fanfic anthologies. While the characters were on set, the actors were struggling to deal with a crisis involving a Klingon ship.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4505478/1 Kyle-091]]'' is about a Halo fanboy ending up (via [[SelfFulfillingProphecy sending himself there with Forerunner tech]]) on the ONI medical station orbiting Reach in the early stages of the Spartan program. Since he knows what's going to happen in the future, the ONI would've been after him had it not for Mendez and Halsey covering up the incident by giving him Spartan enhancements and sneaking him into the program. The sequel [[RefugeeFromTVLand turns this around]] by the Covenant trying to invoke a GrandfatherParadox.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6930195/1/My_Little_Brony_Reality_vs_Fantasy My Little Brony: Reality VS Fantasy]]'' (a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic) is about a brony who ends up in Equestria. The Equestrian natives are understandably freaked out, and he's forced to go live with Zecora and Apple Bloom. His arrival, however, is just in time for him to witness one of the great laws of Equestrian apocrypha: that which states that all shall go to shit. In this case, a mad scientist wants to get rid of the ponies, but it turns out that [[Series/DoctorWho the (ponyfied) Doctor]] and his companion [[EnsembleDarkhorse Derpy]] [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Hooves]] are watching.
** The fanfiction site [[http://www.fimfiction.net FIMfiction.net]]" contains literally thousands of similar fics based on the same premise; a human in the real world, whether a brony, a normal guy, a celebrity, or a self-insert, somehow lands themselves in the MLP universe. HilarityEnsues.
* ''SleepingWithTheGirls'' is all about this, fused with semi-uncontrolled reality hopping. Before you ask, no, there's no sex, the title's just like that. A guy who is an anime fan in real life is, for unknown reasons, being teleported to the side of eight of his favorite anime characters. The problem? He is transported the instant he falls asleep, and the characters he likes are a) always asleep when he teleports to them, and b) they tend to run in the {{Tsundere}} category. One of the most realistic takes on a self-insert, he nearly dies several times because they can throw punches he can't survive, not to mention that he almost never gets enough sleep. He's cycling through eight separate worlds, each one one of his favorite anime/manga. Currently in the middle of its second of what the author claims is a three-volume story. See the trope page for more details.
* ''MassVexations,'' is probably one of THE examples of Trapped in TV Land done right. Another self-insert story, it shows Art, a quirky college guy, suddenly transported to the world of Mass Effect. He doesn't gain super-powers, and it shows how a fan of the game could realistically interact with a fictional world, while trying to hide that he knows pretty much every single outcome from when he arrives (near the beginning of [=ME1=]) to the end of [=ME2=].
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3107822/1/The_Wild_Horse_Thesis The Wild Horse Thesis]]'' is a story about how, due to a magical spell, Ranma from Ranma one-half is trapped inside a series of video tapes, which contain Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion. He finds himself replacing the character of Shinji, but has all his abilities and techniques intact. Unlike some of the other examples, we see Ranma having his Tokyo-3 adventures from the viewpoint of Ranma's family and fiance's, who are watching the tapes in the "real" world. The best part is seeing Ranma telling people in the show of his "previous" life, thinking no one knows what he's talking about, while the characters in the "real" world are subjected to his honest opinions of them.
* TD of ''FanFic/TheNonBronyverse'', with the emphasis very firmly on "trapped". In a sharp contrast to most stories within the genre, he utterly despises being stuck in Equestria, and makes getting home his number one priority.
* The fandom for ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' often ignores this trope. There are stories where a modern girl [[TrappedInAnotherWorld falls into Middle-earth]], as if fiction becomes real, but Middle-earth is not inside a book or movie.
** This trope does happen if the girl falls through a TelevisionPortal into the movies. This happens in ''FanFic/MagnoliaCinderellaCupcake''.
** ''FanFic/IAmNotAMarySue'' is a straight example of Trapped in Fan Fiction Land. A curse dumps Caroline into bad fan fiction and transforms her into the main character, an elf named Sornif. The fan author Leggieluver123 has corrupted Middle-earth. Caroline, in the role of Sornif, intends to escape by restoring {{Canon}}, as Sornif is not a canon character.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Possibly first done in the "Murray in Videoland" sketches in the 1987 film ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon''.
* This was the plot of the 1992 film ''Film/StayTuned'', where couch potato Roy Knable (played by John Ritter) and his wife Helen (played by Pam Dawber) get sucked into a Hell-spawned satellite TV network. In [[ActorAllusion an obvious nod to his TV career]], Ritter's character was briefly trapped inside a demonic version of ''Series/ThreesCompany'', complete with lookalikes of Chrissy and Janet coming in and asking him "''Where'' have you been?" He promptly fell over the sofa and screamed in horror.
--> ''"That's what I've been trying to tell you! Our Parents - Are Trapped - In Television!"''
* Two American teens (brother and sister) are sucked into a black-and-white 1950s sitcom series in ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'', where they inadvertently take the role of two of the main characters.
* ''Film/LastActionHero'' has a kid sucked into an action movie, and the characters [[RefugeeFromTVLand following him back to the real world]].
* The Creator/BusterKeaton movie ''Film/SherlockJr'' can be considered an early example of this trope. Keaton plays a movie projectionist who dreams he walks into the movie he is showing, and at first has a hard time dealing with a series of jump cuts.
* In the slasher film ''Film/TheresNothingOutThere'', the main characters come to realize that they have literally wandered into a slasher film. There's even a scene where one of the characters swings off the boom mic.
* Some scenes in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' evoke this trope for video games.
* Last chase scene in the horror film ''Film/{{Shocker}}'' has the protagonist and the villain fight their way through war documentaries, ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', a boxing match, newscast and Music/AliceCooper music video. When the villain tries to escape by diving into the nearest TV, the hero pulls the plug, making the villain simply bash his head into the screen.
%%* ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5pQfOMkhmQ "I'm sending you]] to cartoon land" -moment from ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''.
** In a future ''ActorAllusion'', Ethel is played by Nancy Cartwright, who has spent the last 20-plus years as the voice of Bart Simpson.
* In ''Film/MaryPoppins'', Mary, Burt, and the children jump into a chalk pavement picture.
%%* ''TheIcicleThief''
%%* ''Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure''.
* The BigBad of ''NineSevenSixEvilIITheAstralFactor'', seeking to frame the female lead, traps one of her friends inside a television program. It doesn't seem so bad at first, as she finds herself amongst the ending of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. Then the movie is mashed up with ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' which is playing at the next channel and she is killed by the CreepyChild from it.
* Anyone murdered by the killer in ''Film/MidnightMovie'' becomes trapped in the black and white HillbillyHorrors film he originates from.
* In ''Film/{{Delirious}}'', a soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character [[AuthorPowers inside his own show]].
* In the sex comedy ''Deep in the Valley'', two friends get trapped in a world based on porn movie cliches, and find it's not all fun and games when a [[{{yandere}} lovesick stalker]] and a FairCop go after them.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' is a borderline example. It doesn't feature characters that are trapped in a horror movie per se, but it does feature them trapped in a world of horror movie cliches. It's also implied that [[spoiler: the monsters seen in the last third inspired movie monsters.]]
%%* German comedy "Die Einsteiger".
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Jasper Fforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novels concern an invention called the "Prose Portal" which allows people to enter works of fiction. Later novels reveal a whole world of fiction, in which characters in books are like actors, and must "[[AnimatedActors act out]]" the events of a story every time it is read.
* ''The Incredible Umbrella'' and its sequel ''The Amorous Umbrella'', by Marvin Kaye. The protagonist acquires a magical umbrella that allows him to access fictional worlds. Or ''nearly'' access them -- he tended to be rather flighty and stray thoughts would often turn the realities he was visiting into {{fanfic}} universes.
* One of the first examples (if not ''the'' first), from 1940: ''Literature/TypewriterInTheSky'' by Creator/LRonHubbard, a {{Deconstruction}} of swashbucklers with the main character having "fallen into" the role of the DesignatedVillain.
* There's a RobertBloch story (found in the anthology ''Hollywood Nightmare'', edited by Peter Haining) about a woman who, after watching so many tv-horror-marathons that her brain melts (more or less), finds herself taking a walking tour of RKO Horror and the Universal Monsters canon. HilarityDoesNotEnsue.
* Creator/WoodyAllen's short story ''The Kugelmass Episode'' features a man launching himself into various classic novels. It being Allen, the protagonist enters ''Madame Bovary'' and ''Literature/PortnoysComplaint'' just to fuck female characters -- though unbeknownst to him the texts change to reflect his intrusion. In the end the machine malfunctions and drops him into a Spanish textbook.
* The humor book ''Literature/HowToSurviveAHorrorMovie'' tells how to recognize if you've become a victim of this trope, and how to stay alive once you're there.
* The ''Franchise/{{Doctor Who|Expanded Universe}}'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Crooked World'' sees the TARDIS crew trapped on a cartoon planet populated by thinly-veiled parodies of WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo, ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', and others. The Doctor's interference means that for the behavior of those parodies, RealityEnsues.
* ''Ms Wiz Goes Live'' has Ms Wiz take Caroline and her little sister inside the TV. In a variation they go to an actual TV studio where the sister causes uproar on a talk show, Ms Wiz reads her own version of the news and Caroline does a guest spot on a drama. The book ends with a producer calling the house to see if Caroline wants a bigger role.
* The third part of ''Literature/MondayBeginsOnSaturday'' opens with a test of the theory that fictional universes exist in parallel to the real one. Sasha Privalov, the narrator, travels to a world made by the collective imagination of ScienceFiction authors. The world is split in two by a wall; one half is a spacefaring MarySuetopia populated by inventors {{infodump}}ing the technical details of their inventions, and the other is a dystopia split into segments where humanity is enslaved by something or other (aliens, TheVirus, etc). And in a subversion of LikeRealityUnlessNoted, almost everyone is near-naked, because writers tend to explicitly describe only small parts of their characters' wardrobes.
* Creator/TomHolt took a turn in ''My Hero'', in which it's revealed that when a novel is written, a number of "actors" are hired from among the teeming population of characters and have to act it out. The actual plot is driven by a Western writer ending up trapped into his own novel, and then managing to get a message to an indifferently talented boilerplate fantasy author asking her to send the hero of her novels in to find him. The net result goes through everything from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' to ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' to ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', in much the same way that a wrecking ball goes through a brick wall. Of note, it's revealed that in-universe, there's a number of openings linking reality and fiction, including ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and - due to its massive collection of fiction - the basement of the Library of Congress, a hole which permits the fantasy author to get an autograph from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]].
* In AndrewHussie's unfinished story ''Wizardy Herbert'', the title character and a few friends of his are trapped in a bad ''Literature/HarryPotter''-like novel.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' has a small subplot when Earl was in a coma, in which Earl was in the only place he felt happy; 'TV Land'. A few episodes detailed his life in a fifty's television sitcom, while is friends tried to get him out of a coma. The older he got in the sitcom, the closer he was to dying in real life.
* In a 1991 episode of ''Series/GrowingPains'', Ben is trapped in ''the show GrowingPains'' -- that is, a world where his family life is the subject of a trope- and cliché-ridden SitCom.
* In the finale of ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'', Jett actually switches places with Silverstone, the character he plays in the ShowWithinAShow.
* At the end of an episode of ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'', Clarissa fakes this happening to her as part of a ZanyScheme to get revenge on her brother.
* ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' had a two-parter based around this concept with the BigBad and the MonsterOfTheWeek splitting up the Rangers and sending them through [[TheWestern westerns,]] [[{{Samurai}} Samurai films]], [[{{Wuxia}} Martial Arts Epics]], [[NatureHero Jungle Hero serials]], [[TheMusical Musicals]], and even a MadMax parody!
** ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' combines it with DreamWithinADream for the HalloweenEpisode "Trickster Treat".
* ''Series/WeirdScience'' had the boys explicitly thrown into a slasher movie and a soap opera, as well as into alternate universes modeled on ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Film/JamesBond'' movies.
* ''Series/AmazingStories'' has a cross between BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor and this trope in "Welcome To My Nightmare". Complaining that real life is nothing like the movies, and wishing it was, he lands in the movie ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' -- as the woman who gets killed in the shower scene. It gets bonus points for having plot relevant movie posters, such as "It's A Wonderful Life" when he escapes from the film.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has an episode in which Raven has a dream that she and her friends are in various TV shows and movies (such as ''Series/ILoveLucy'', ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', etc.)
* This is the plot of an episode of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' in which the heroes are plopped onto a literal "TV world," where they mysteriously transported onto the set of a show and are "rated" on their performance in whatever TV show they land in. High ratings lead to "primetime," whereas low ratings lead to gradually more degrading roles, ending with [[spoiler: being decapitated on a snuff show and having one's head added to the mostly offscreen "audience"]].
* New Zealand kids show ''Series/{{Freaky}}'' had an episode where a girl with troubles at home gets sucked into TV and finds herself as part of perfect DomCom family.
* In ''Series/LostInAusten'', Amanda Price finds a door through her shower stall that leads to the world of ''Pride & Prejudice''. She accidentally trades places with Elizabeth Bennett and then promptly messes up the original storyline.
* Used very nicely in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' when the Trickster does this to Sam and Dean, who are forced to perform in CSI clones, cheesy 80's sitcoms, health commercials and zany Japanese gameshows. Naturally, [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]], [[NoFourthWall breaking of the fourth wall]] and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]] all ensue.
** Castiel's status as the EnsembleDarkhorse is likewise nicely lampshaded when he shows up during the 80's sitcom segment, then appears confused when an entire invisible studio audience begins cheering.
** ''Supernatural'' then does the reverse in [[Recap/SupernaturalS06E15TheFrenchMistake "The French Mistake"]] in which [[ItMakesSenseInContext Sam and Dean are kicked out of TV land and into the real world]]. HilarityEnsues
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Mind Robber" features the Second Doctor and companions getting stuck in the Land of Fiction, where characters from every story ever written are real (the ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' returns to the Land on a couple of occasions).
* Reversed in ''Series/HiHoneyImHome!'', which featured a family from a [[TheFifties 50's]] sitcom that has been canceled. They are relocated to the [[RealLife Real World]], in a typical 90's suburb. [[ColdSleepColdFuture When overwhelmed by the complexities of the world in which they now live]], they seek comfort by using a device known as a [[AppliedPhlebotinum Turnerizer]], which causes themselves and their home environment to [[GoodOldWays revert]] to [[DeliberatelyMonochrome monochrome]]. The outside world (as seen through open doors, etc.), as well as anyone ''from'' the outside world, are [[SplashOfColor unaffected]].
* The [[RecycledTheSeries live-action adaptation]]] of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' has an episode where Wayne invents a remote control that picks up dead television waves for a bored Nick and Amy. However, when the kids bicker and accidentally spill juice on it, the remote causes Wayne, Nick, and Amy to be sucked into a vortex that lands them into various programs.
* The [[RecycledTheSeries television adaptation]] of ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' has an episode where the guys use their time machine to travel into Bill's stepmom's favorite soap opera, as a nod to the preceding AnimatedAdaptation (see the "Western Animation" section)
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** The sisters are trapped in an old movie ("Kill it before it dies") in the episode "Chick Flick". Meanwhile, the handsome hero of that movie and villains from slasher movies [[RefugeeFromTVLand escape into the real world]].
** The episode "Charmed Noir" has Paige and Brody sucked into a 1930's ''MalteseFalcon'' spoof while investigating the murder of a teacher at the Magic School. Also, outsiders could write plot twists which were incorporated into the narrative.
* Happens to the Twist kids in the ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' episode "TV or Not TV".
* Parodied in the episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', "My Life In Four Cameras," in which JD treats a patient who was a fictional writer for ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. JD imagines his day at the hospital as a multi-camera sitcom. The end of the episode showed what really happened: there wasn't a happy ending.
* The Creator/DisneyChannel original movie ''Teen Beach Movie'' is about two modern-day teenagers who get sucked into a '60s beach party movie.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' justified this using malfunctioning holodecks: the crew would go to enjoy an adventure based on classic film or literature, and find themselves trapped inside with the safety mechanisms turned off. ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' also used this plot device.
* ''Series/RedDwarf X'' ramps this up when the crew realise they face having no independent existence outside a TV show. To avert this fate they visit Earth. Where Lister (Craig Charles) visits the set of a [[Series/CoronationStreet long-running TV soap opera]]. And ends up having a heartfelt chat with an actor playing a taxi driver (Craig Charles) who is nonplussed by it all, viewing Dave Lister as a previous role he played...
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Cinemagique in Walt Disney Studios [[DisneyThemeParks (Disneyland Resort Paris)]] is about a member of the audience send in a montage of classical movies.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'', [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd the titular Nerd]] is in Game Land and must go through various pastiches of various video games to get out.
* In ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'' (you might know it as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''), the game begins with two kids trapped into a storybook by King Wart, and a family of four has to get them back.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' has "The TV Invasion", a StoryArc of missions for characters level 45 to 50 that takes you into a monster movie, a gangster movie, and a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalypse]] movie, all at the bidding of Television itself.
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' is basically ''Film/LastActionHero'' except with {{Toku}} movies, it's a video game, the main character ''becomes'' an action hero, and it's actually good.
** It's also probably [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] with [[spoiler: Captain Blue, who went insane because his life kept on going downhill, even after an upside happened, fate would find some way to twist into something he wouldn't want, such as his rise to fame? Eventually forgotten. He gets sucked into his own movies? Goes insane because he can't escape to meet his family and eventually tried to destroy everything]], it shows a lot, and is probably what would happen if people really did get trapped in a "Movie Land".
* Old Game example: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_series Seymour Goes To Hollywood]]'', set in a film studio. Entering the various sets, Seymour would encounter actual characters from the films. Either that or the actors all followed The Method.
* ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' features a BadassNormal comic book author trapped in his own comic. If he can't fight his way through the story (traversing the actual panels), the comic's villain will take his place in the real world.
* This trope is the premise for the first ''VideoGame/{{Gex}}'' game. In the next two sequels he entered TV land(s) voluntarily.
* This is where the main characters in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' fight.
* This is part of ''VideoGame/RavingRabbids TV Party'': the Rabbids get sucked into VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'s TV set, and in the single-player mode they set out to annoy him into busting up the set and letting the Rabbids out.
* The SonicStorybookSeries -- two so far -- in which Sonic is pulled into classical story books. The first one is based on the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' story of Aladdin, and the second on KingArthur. Both featured SonicTheHedgehog replacing the titled hero, along with the title itself.
* The 1990's sidescroller ''{{Garfield}}: Caught in TV Land'' plays this trope quite literally.
* ''Spot Goes To Hollywood'' has the titular 7 Up mascot exploring levels based on movies.
* In ''VideoGame/DisneysMagicalQuest 3'', Huey, Dewey and Louie are pulled into Storybook Land by King Pete. Mickey and DonaldDuck, with the assistance of the Guardian Fairy have to rescue the trio by entering the book and defeat the evil ruler.
* The sequel to the casual game ''Azada'' features puzzles embedded in books of fairy tales and of various literary classics.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'' game ''The Cheetahmen'' begins with the Action Gamemaster, while playing video games, suddenly sucked into the TV, where he is somehow transformed into a Cheetahman.
* Happens to the player at the end of ''VideoGame/StayTooned'', right after the inverted form of this trope is resolved.
* The movie theater side quest in ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'' has Murphy stepping into a horror movie after piecing together a film reel. The reward for this side quest is a powerful Golden Gun, "just like in the movie."
* A variant is the old Amiga platform game ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premiere_%28video_game%29 Premiere]]'', where a guy finds himself trapped in the rival film studios. Every level is a stage that represents a different film genre, such as horror, sci-fi, western, historical epic and, [[FridgeLogic oddly enough]], cartoons.
* This is also the premise of another Amiga CD-32 platformer from the Nineties, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez1BKlQpG94 Oscar]]''.
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* Web Cartoon example: The ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/imp.html International Moron Patrol]]'' has the dubious honor of having two episodes featuring this trope; Episode 10 centered around characters Hentai Boy and H Hog being sucked into a videogame console. The 2007 Halloween episode 2-parter had Henrik being sucked into the TV, too.
* One of the episodes of the surreal, nonlinear flash series ''{{Sixgun}}'' revolves around a character who has been sentenced to a "maximum security sitcom," which apparently involves being forced to read corny one-liners and quips at gunpoint by robots. He gets his hands on the gun, tries to shoot his way out, and dies a happy man.
* On the website ''HomestarRunner'', in StrongBadEmail #150, "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail150.html alternate universe]]", Strong Bad celebrates his big "sesquicentenn-email" by constructing an alternate universe portal and visiting the various alternate realities of the Homestar body of work, where he meets all of the various duplicates of himself.
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* TheAdventuresOfGynoStar features a story arc in which the main character (feminist superhero Gyno-Star) gets trapped inside the world of beer commercials, and has to deal with sexist stereotypes and objectification of women.
* CaptainSNES, a [[AdaptationExpansion vastly improved]] [[FanSequel fan sequel]] to the Captain N cartoon below, uses the same premise, where a person from the real world gets sucked into Videoland.
* Rather savagely deconstructed in ''Webcomic/{{minus}}'', somewhat surprisingly considering the tone of the comic. In [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus125.html this]] strip, minus brings [[VictimizedBystander a random boy]] into a [[StoryWithinAStory book]] for some reason, and, like with most Self-Insert characters, the boy makes himself into a {{God Mode S|ue}}tu, [[MagnificentBastard playing both the story's hero and villain like a violin]] [[OmnicidalNeutral without regard for the sake of the world]]. It's all fun and games until he realizes that he can't return to his own world, at which point he goes somersaulting over the DespairEventHorizon and [[OffscreenInertia is implied]] to [[RocksFallEveryoneDies destroy the world and everyone in it]], including [[DrivenToSuicide himself]].
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* WebVideo/PawDugan's Top 9 Video Game Composers has Paw and his friends [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses That Chick With The Goggles]], [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] and [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] get trapped in video game land by Paw's SuperpoweredEvilSide. The worlds they travel to include ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'', ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'', ''DragonQuest'', ''RiverCityRansom'', ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'', and ''HarvestMoon''.
** Worth noting, the lead-in to this video had Paw and company depicted as modified ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' sprites and fighting Dark Paw in the classic turn-based style.
* When JonTron was sucked into his Joe & Mac cartridge, he gets out a few seconds later. His explanation? "I just left."
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* ''{{Gumby}}''
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes set in Imaginationland.
* ''KimPossible'', Episode "Dimension Twist". Kim, Ron, Rufus, Dr. Drakken and Shego are pulled into a dimensional vortex crossed with a TV cable signal. Show parodies they visit:
** ''{{Friends}}'' rendered as ''Pals''
** ''Space Passage'', a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' sendup, with Kim as a RedShirt.
** ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' - in the Arctic
*** But then the contestants can't walk around buck naked! No fair!
** A kids' puppet show reminiscent of ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}''
** A ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''-style cartoon
** ''FearFactor''
** ''Series/{{Alias}}'', which KP has been accused of ripping off
** ''That70sShow'', reimagined into the Salem era as ''That 1670s Show''
*** "Eric, you dumbass, you better not be a warlock or else I'll stuff my foot in your ass!"
** ''{{ER}}''
** ''Evil Eye for the Bad Guy,'' a supervillain's version of ''Series/QueerEyeForTheStraightGuy''
** ''The Fearless Ferret'', a parody of the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show and a ContinuityNod to a previous episode
** ''TheHollywoodSquares''
** A commercial for Ron's favorite restaraunt, "Bueno Nacho"
** ProfessionalWrestling
*** She could team up with Chyna and Tori to make an all-female version of the New World Order.
** A CookingShow, with Rufus as the secret ingredient
** A TalkShow
** AnimalPlanet, rerendered as ''Ape Island'', which is [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes hell for Ron]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has the science fiction nerd/supervillain Control Freak (who is oddly enough ''not'' a ControlFreak) design a piece of tech to do this intentionally. Beast Boy was the couch potato/cliché expert. Shows they visit include:
** A SoapOpera
** An old [[TheresNoBInMovie B movie]]
** A SciFi MartialArtsMovie show, where Control Freak gets some [[IKnowKarate training]]
** The local [[NewsBroadcast news]]
** A [[TheWestern Western]]
*** [[DCComics Jonah Hex? The Trigger Twins? The Whip? Bat Lash?]]
*** [[CattlePunk Robotic gunslingers]], [[TakeAThirdOption actually]]. A shame.
** A [[LawyerFriendlyCameo thinly-disguised]] cross between ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Battle Of The Planets]]'' and ''StarWars''
** A parody of one of Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin's nature shows
*** "Now watch as I introduce my fist into Beast Boy's rectum..."
** A ''[[TheDukesOfHazzard Dukes of Hazzard]]'' parody
** The first type of YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDo commercial, with the side effect listing of the second type.
*** The name of the product in question was Zinthos, one of Raven's Magic words. It was also said to be blue (The color of raven's outfit) and the side effects includeing what happens when she loses control of her emotions, such as extra eyes.
** A Barney-esque EdutainmentShow
** A WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes spoof with Beast Boy as Wile E. Coyote chasing after Control Freak acting like Roadrunner.
** A DrSeuss style cartoon.
** A black-and-white sitcom from TheFifties.
** A french cooking show involving [[LethalChef chocolate and snails]].
* ''{{Futurama}}'' did it with classic (and handily public-domain) ''books'' in one episode: ''Tom Sawyer'', ''Moby Dick'' and ''Pride and Prejudice''.
** Also, in a comic, the characters of ''{{Futurama}}'' end up in a ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' comic. Both shows have the same creators.
* One [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' featured this plot, involving him mostly travelling through various commercials; at the end, it was AllJustADream ([[OrWasItADream although he kept the scarf of the shopping channel]]...). Another episode featured a variant on this, where Garfield woke up to find he was in the [[NoFourthWall wrong cartoon]], an odd cross between ''MazingerZ'' and ''{{Transformers}}''; eventually, he was shot into a forest of ''Bambi''-esque forest animals, and ran off into the distance, shouting that [[TastesLikeDiabetes he wanted the giant robots back.]]
** Garfield being trapped in a TV was also the main plot of the Sega Genesis video game ''GarfieldCaughtInTheAct'', which brought him through stages themed after Horror, Pirates, the Stone Age, a FilmNoir, an Egyptian pyramid, and the final level being called the "Season Finale".
* A segment of one of ''TheSimpsons''' "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horrors]]" episodes used this plot, with Bart and Lisa sucked into ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show''. At one point they changed channels, appearing in a ''live action'' snippet of ''LiveWithRegisAndKathieLee''.
** Also worth mentioning is an episode where the trope gets inverted, as Homer is transported into the third dimension.
** And the HypocriticalHumor of having Chief Wiggum mock [[TheAhnold Rainier Wolfcastle]] for an obvious parody of ''Film/LastActionHero.''
--> '''Chief Wiggum''': "Magic ticket ''my ass'', [=McBain=]"
* ''TheFairlyOddParents'' did a MadeForTVMovie, titled "Channel Chasers", wrapped around a combination of this trope (most examples being stuff you probably grew up with in the 90s) and TimeTravel. Some of the shows parodied in "Channel Chasers" include ''FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''SesameStreet'', ''ScoobyDoo'', TheSimpsons (complete with a blackboard gag: "This is the sincerest form of flattery"), ''TheJetsons'', ''{{Rugrats}}'', ''JonnyQuest'', ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}''; however the episode was more centered on a parody show named "Maho Mushi", which was inspired by many anime shows such as ''DragonBall'' and ''{{Pokemon}}''.
* ''TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'' also did a plot like this, and like KP, it included a ''Series/{{Friends}}'' sitcom called "Pals".
* The cartoon ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' used a variation of this as its premise; California teenager Kevin Keene was trapped in Videoland, whose reality encompassed pretty much every Nintendo-licensed NES game.
* A variation is used in the ''{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Kid TV": When the television set breaks, the babies climb into a cardboard box and make their own shows, which they're randomly running in and out of by the end: a game show, a soap opera, a PerfumeCommercial, a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque show commercial, the news, and a COPS spoof.
* ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' did this in the episode "Spins a Web", where the class entered a [[TheFifties Fifties]] SciFi flick about a town being terrorized by a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50 Foot]] praying mantis. Oddly enough, the Topic of the Week was spiders.
* The first half of the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Twitching Channels" follows this plot, as Darkwing chases his [[PsychoElectro electricity-themed enemy]] Megavolt through the fictional universes of many [[ShowWithinAShow TV shows]]. The second half of the episode becomes a WelcomeToTheRealWorld plot, as Darkwing and Megavolt both discover that they themselves are just TV show characters in our universe.
* The 70s ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' did it at least twice. In one episode the Legion of Doom put them into random fairy tales, in the other Mr. Mxyzptlk puts them in "The Wizard of Oz" with Aquaman as the Scarecrow, Supes as the Tinman, and Wonder Woman as the Cowardly Lion.
* The final season of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' added the capability to travel into TV shows, movies, and literature to the guys' time-travelling phone booth, leading to a series of cheap thinly-veiled pop-culture parodies. (This was also used once in the following [[RecycledTheSeries live-action series]], see the "Live Action TV" section)
* The Ralph Bakshi-era ''MightyMouse'' had him stuck in a tv, going from one parody cartoon show to another at the whim of a bored kid constantly changing channels.
* Happens to ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'', when hes sucked into his TV by villain The Channel Surfer, a former tv fanatic mutated by the combined radiation from a wall of televisions falling on him. Once inside, The Mask is exposed to sights that not even he can stand, such as a nauseating CareBears parody, a [[DeaderThanDisco Best Hits of the 70s CD ad]], complete with The Mask freaking out over now wearing a polyester leisure suit, and GilligansIsland.
-->'''The Mask''': Youve been here for 30 years. [[LampshadeHanging Youve built a nuclear reactor out of coconuts.]] For the love of God, man! [[JustEatGilligan FIX THE HOLE IN THE BOAT!!]]
* JohnnyTest [[InvertedTrope inverts]] this trope by having Johnny use his sisters' [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Invention of the Week]] to bring two eerily similar in-universe cartoon characters to their reality. The cartoon characters are completely invincible and think they're still in the show, which happened to be an episode about Zombies. Johnny has to put them back into TV Land before they nuke the town.
* ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Ben10}} Ben 10]]'' has the episode "Game Over", where Ben and Gwen get stuck in Ben's Sumo Slammer video game due to an accident with Upgrade and [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' gives us the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E2BTV B-TV]]", which involves Bogus getting trapped in the television set, as part of an elaborate plan devised by Baddus and his Meteor Goons, Ratty and Mole, and Jake and Butch to take their revenge out on Bogus, for all the times that he's defeated them.
* One of the syndicated episodes of ''TheRealGhostbusters'' had the team sucked into a cartoon dimension that, reasonably enough, ran on ToonPhysics.
* ''Series/StrangeHillHigh'': In "Health & Safety", Mitchell, Becky and Templeton get trapped inside an old safety film.
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