Celebrity Paradox / Fan Fics

  • In Shinji And Warhammer 40 K, one of the author's notes points out that it's odd there are still Emotionless Girl anime in a world without Neon Genesis Evangelion to popularize the trope (of course, given that NGE was hardly the first or last anime to feature such a character type, one can easily Hand Wave that some other anime became the Trope Codifier).
  • A popular The Legend of Zelda High School A.U. called "Ordinary Story" has Zelda as a boarder in Link's adopted family's house in Florida. The story eventually proceeds to ditch its AU status when Zelda finds the Ocarina of Time, she and Link start to unwillingly inherit the Triforce, and a man named Ganondorf shows up to take over Zelda's father's company. However, there are a few scenes in the story that make reference to Link and his friends playing the Nintendo GameCube, a console he himself appears on in this universe.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover fic Kage Jade is nonexistent on the Earth the Guardians are from. She is replaced by Stacie Chan, who, like Jackie's real life niece who voiced Jade for the cartoon, wants to follow her uncle's footsteps as an actor.
  • Michelle Who? is a Buffy Fan Fic where Dawn and her lesbian lover watch Euro Trip together. Dawn later teases her girlfriend for lusting after Michelle Trachtenberg.
  • In Parable of a Boy Named Gregory, a South Park fanfic of epic length that pairs Gregory and Pip, Gregory is interviewed on Larry King Live after having escaped from the military base of North Korean invaders on American soil (don't ask); when Larry King asks him whether or not Gregory's hometown of South Park, Colorado has anything to do with the TV show "South Park," Gregory is extremely confused, never having heard of the show.
  • Often, in 'Human in Equestria' (or vice-versa) fics, if the main character is a brony, then there is a subplot as to how both the characters and the show exist at the same time.
  • This is often played frustratingly straight in bad fanfiction. There are countless mediocre video game fics where the characters would play games from their own series; the author usually wouldn't even bother to Hand Wave why Sonic's son was playing Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. We're apparently just left to assume there's No Fourth Wall, but it's still irritating.
  • In a very good Kingdom Hearts fan-fic, The Annals of Darkness, there are many references back to the Kingdom Hearts videogames, Hand Waved by the explanation that Sora and co's adventures have become so well known that videogames have been created about them. Played with by having Sora give Max Goof advice on how to beat certain boss battles.
  • Similar story in the Assassin's Creed Kink Meme claims that the games have been made into an in-universe "Complex-Action Decoy" program meant to throw Templars off their backs. (The characters then go off into finding the Kink Meme for the series. Hilarity Ensues.)
  • In one NCIS fanfic, Hocus Pocus is discussed. However, Sean Murray doesn't exist and McGee is teased by the team (mainly Tony, of course), because they have found out that he starred in a kind of stupid movie about witches when he was younger.
  • The Tomb Raider fanfic ''Lara Croft and the Crown of Utama'' mercilessly lampshades this trope to the point of Over Used Running Gag, when Alex West (who was played by Daniel Craig in the film) is compared to James Bond on two occasions, but is told "but you're blond." He even watches Casino Royale (2006) on DVD at one point.
  • Averted and acknowledged in the infamous Marissa Picard series. Star Trek (the media franchise) really did exist in the Star Trek universe, but was eventually classified and buried once "reality" started following "fiction."
  • A hidden bonus in one of the panels of the fan comic Halo: A Fistful of Arrows reveals Bungie is still around in the 26th century. One wonders what their "killer app" from the Xbox was in this universe.
  • In Kinkmeme made them do it, Loki and Darcy find out that they're both writing in a kinkmeme about The Avengers created by their in-universe fans. And it's awesome.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Taniguchi mentions that he dislikes Lucky Star because Konata's voice creeps him out. In their respective animes, Konata and Haruhi have the same voice actress.
  • In A Time to Kill, mention is made that James Bond the secret agent co-exists in the same universe with the Bond film series. Some Applied Phlebotinum explains away how Bond is able to get away with it, but no mention is made why all of Bond's separate incarnations tend to look like the same actors in the film series.
  • In the Discworld sci-fi/fantasy fic Slipping Between Worlds, Philip Holtack, a resident of Earth who inadvertently arrives in Ankh-Morpork, has this sort of conversation with HEX, the University's thinking engine (computer mainframe). Thinking of Lister's first encounter with Holly in Red Dwarf, he sees an opportunity to clean up if he ever gets Home, and asks HEX for the winners of various football championships and big horseraces that are yet in his future. HEX haughtily replies that to give this information will establish a very big temporal paradox and make the Roundworld Project even more unstable. HEX also adds that it is not the destiny of William Hill and Sons, nor indeed any other firm of bookmakers, to be cleaned out if Holtack ever returns to Earth. Holtack also inadvertently assists in making the events of the film Alien terrifyingly real on the Discworld - a place where magic makes imagined things real, and the force of Narrativium turns Roundworld imagining into Discworld reality. He also introduces Mme. Deux-Epees of the Assassins' Guild to the delights of French cinema, whilst speculating on whether she reminds him more of Bardot, Emmanuelle Beart, or Catherine Deneueve, with a splash of Annie Girardot at her most impish. Read the story Slipping Between Worlds here.
    • In the Discworld and The Big Bang Theory crossover fic The Many Worlds Interpretation, Howard Wolowitz is appreciatively reading press releases from the British nuclear power agency, which smooth over and minimise various little accidents which have occured at power plants owing to engineer error. Howard, a man who is no stranger to engineer error himself, recognises the work of a master craftsman and vows to make friends with PR journalists and press spokesmen, as a sort of professional insurance policy. He also speculates that this guy Terence Pratchett would be awesome if he ever got round to writing science fiction. Howard is slightly dissappointed to find Pratchett hasn't realised this - yet. note 
  • Notably averted in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf. Peyo is still the creator of The Smurfs in this universe, only the details of how he would come up with the idea of the Smurfs is different, based on a certain artifact that Handy and Empath have created in "Days Of Future Smurfed".
  • In Through the Eyes of Minerva's Owl, the BBC are making a tv series based on Merlin's life. He comments that he's not sure Colin Morgan, the actor playing him, looks anything like him.
  • Discussed in the The World of the Creatures, where it's noticed that - despite many fictional characters such as Buffy Summers and Batman existing - Stephen Colbert exists as himself, and not as his television alter ego. The possibility that the alter ego does exist elsewhere in the world is hinted at.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic AU fanfic Mutant, the TV show doesn't exist, but Twilight Sparkle AKA:Twilight X42 gets misidentified for her voice actor, Tara Strong.
  • Averted in The Student Prince, a Merlin fanfic; the legends of King Arthur exists in this universe. It's implied that this fic is set in the same universe as the show, although there are some inconsistencies with canon since it was written before the show finished.
  • A popular fic series for Glee known as The Donutverse includes the "real" Adam Lambert as a character. Imagine the confusion when Lambert starts playing a character on the show...
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic All-American Girl the original My Little Pony 'n Friends show exists, but is explained as a live-action/puppet show mix. The actors (including Megan Williams) went on to other roles, and in Megan's case, a career in politics in her adult years. The My Little Pony Tales and G3/3.5 cartoons were as normal. Hasbro eventually discontinued the toyline in the early 2010s, prior to DJ's birth.
    • Eventually the In-Universe MLP toyline was resurrected after TomyTakara and Hasbro merged in the 2030s, but was based on a heavily-fictionalized version of Equestria.
  • In Harry Potter and the Natural 20, Gilderoy Lockhart and Kenneth Branagh both exist.
  • Mostly averted in the Emergency! fic "Double Fantasy". John Gage is surprised to find out about Bobby Troupe, Julie London, ect in the "real" world, and they don't appear to exist in the Emergncy-verse as they did in reality. "Route 66", Troupe's best known song, exists, so he may in some form, or it may have been written by someone else. Randolph Mantooth doesn't seem to exist there either, as it's only in "reality" that Gage gets mistaken for him.
  • The AdamTwelve fic "A Prayer ForThe Soull" has Pete Malloy getting mistaken for Martin Milner while in a diner. Milner apparently only did "Route66'' in this world.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic / Equestria Girls fic Seven Days in Sunny June, the Cutie Mark Crusaders (the group, not the member characters) is a part of the Filly Funtasia franchise.
  • In Emergence, Team RWBY ends up in the real world. Some of the people they meet wonder how they can exist; and if they hail from a parallel world that the show reflects. The CIA gets recordings of Yang Xiao Long and comment that her voice print matches Barbara Dunkelman, her actress. Later, when Weiss is playing Call of Duty, one of her partners says she sounds like Kara Eberle, her actress.
  • In the mega-crossover Event Horizon: Storm of Magic, at least within this universe, the A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lord of the Rings, and Warhammer Fantasy franchises never existed.
  • In A New World, there is no Warcraft franchise, but a game called "World of Warhammer" is mentioned by two Marines when they first enter Azeroth.
  • In one Blue Bloods fanfic, Jamie Reagan gets shot while taking down a robbery crew. When the police are interrogating the captured robbers, trying to find the one who got away, one of them describes the leader as looking like Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. Jamie's actor Will Estes makes a brief appearance in The Dark Knight Rises as the rookie patrol cop that shoots Batman's EMP device during the getaway from the stock exchange robbery.
  • In one crossover fic with Supernatural and The Blacklist, the Winchester brothers work with the FBI Task Force to find a demon on Red's list who's been possessing public servants. Prior to starring in The Blackist, Diego Klatenhauf appeared in the Supernatural episode "Croatoan".
  • The Daredevil (2015) fanfic What They Wouldnt Do:
    • In Chapter 20, Lauren name-drops Million Dollar Baby in response to Sarah getting fight training from Matt. That movie has MCU faces like Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / Falcon), and Michael Peña (Scott Lang's friend Luis in Ant-Man).
    • In Chapter 22, Sarah and Foggy have a conversation in which Sarah references Law & Order. One hopes they didn't ever watch Criminal Intent and notice that Robert Goren looks a lot like Wilson Fisk if he had hair.
    • In Chapter 11, when Matt asks Sarah if she'd ever used violence before attacking Ronan, Sarah replies, "Uh...in seventh grade, I slapped a high school boy for telling my friend that her haircut made her look like James Spader." James Spader was the voice of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • In Chapter 26, Sarah mentions seeing the movie Noah, a movie which features Anthony Hopkins (Odin from the Thor films) as Methuselah. While that movie's director Darren Aronofsky has worked with MCU actors like Natalie Portman, Mickey Rourke, and Marisa Tomei.
    • Game of Thrones is referenced on one occasion. Finn Jones (Danny Rand from Iron Fist (2017)) is in that show as Loras Tyrell, as is Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) as Nymeria Sand.
    • At one point, there's an article shown in the Bulletin about the breakup of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's marriage (which happened in 2015, around the same time this work was first published). Affleck and Garner were Matt and Elektra respectively in the 2003 Daredevil movie.
  • In chapter 1 of the Daredevil (2015) fanfic So You Want To Be An Artist, Matt and Foggy watch Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Foggy somehow never thinks that the movie's version of Prince Escalus (a police captain in this modern setting update) looks an awful lot like the late Ben Urich (both were played by Vondie Curtis-Hall). Furthermore, that movie's Juliet was played by Claire Danes, who costarred alongside Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock) in Stardust.
  • This Iron Fist (2017) fanfic sees Colleen Wing introduce Danny to Game of Thrones. Of course, when they first encounter the character of Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones' character in that show):
    Danny Rand: … Something wrong?
    Colleen Wing: Well, not really, but… Loras, uh, he kinda looks like you?
    Danny Rand: Come on. No way.
    Colleen Wing: You have the same nose.
    Danny Rand: We have not. Like… no! Never mind that he’s a lot younger than I am anyway-
    Colleen Wing: You also kind of have the same eyes. And face shape. And-
    Danny Rand: I don’t know where you’re seeing it.
    Colleen Wing: I don’t know how you’re not.
  • Starting Over From the Middle - This Daredevil (2015) fanfic has a few notable ones:
  • In Being Female, the infamous sequel to the infamous Becoming Female fanfic, Uncle Vernon is portrayed as a "Christian fundamentalist". At one point, he is reading Chick Tracts and he says aloud, "I wonder how this Chick guy has heard of my nephew Harry Potter?"
  • Kara's holographic assistant in Not In Kansas is modeled after Milton Fine who is played by James Marsters. The Scoobies note he looks almost exactly like Spike.
  • Played for laughs in The Flash (2014)/Supergirl crossover Call Me Kara when it's shown that Melissa Benoist exists in Supergirl's universe by mentioning that Alex was attracted to her, bringing up all the shows that Melissa Benoist has been in.
  • At one point of Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, Buffy tells Supergirl that her favorite comic book heroine when she was a kid was Power Girl (SG's alternate self). Yet Buffy never wonders why her newest friend looks just like Power Girl.
  • A surprising number of Harry Potter fics avert the trope by having Harry meeting/mistaken for Daniel Radcliffe or vice-versa. In one Harry/Snape fic the two of them spend several nights watching Alan Rickman movies.
  • In The Maretian, the My Little Pony franchise does not exist, so the sight of brightly colored ponies instead reminds Mark of Care Bears.
  • Ladybug In A Half Shell: April once briefly refers to Hun as "wannabe Bruce Lee." Curious, considering he was meant to be a Bruce Lee Clone by design.