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A PaintingTheMedium and MediumAwareness trope, where characters interact with the confines of the scene. For example, interacting with borders around comic strip panels by crashing through the side or falling out the bottom. In live action media, it might be implied that two characters are in two completely different locations, only to subvert this by having one of them reach into the other scene.

A SubTrope of OddShapedPanel and MetafictionalDevice.

Particularly common in WebComics, as a fairly straightforward way to employ the InfiniteCanvas.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In an early ''Manga/DragonBall'' chapter, Goku hits Yamcha so hard he flies into the top frame of the page and cracks it.
* Obligatory ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' example: Negi, BlueWithShock, holds on to the frame in a "Kilroy was here" pose when he contemplates what Evangeline's going to do to him for losing the ring she gave him.
* When a character is formally introduced in ''Manga/OnePiece'', they often stand outside the panel, overlapping it.
* Invoked in episode 11 of ''Anime/AnimeGataris'', where Minoa nearly walks into the abyss when the aspect ratio of a scene changes from 16:9 to 4:3. [[spoiler: This is just one example of reality breaking down into anime tropes during her day, but she's the only one to notice the change.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/SheHulk did it once or twice. One issue of ''ComicBook/SheHulk'' has her ripping through two pages of ads to go after a villain.
* ComicBook/AmbushBug once jumped back several ''pages'' to rescue Cheeks.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': Kitty Pryde, in some comics, can [[IntangibleMan phase]] through panels.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' has Doomsday [[spoiler:(actually a clone of him)]] smash through the entire bottom half of a page in attacking Superboy, destroying the frames in the process.
%%* Has been used in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' a number of times and in the Beano Video as well.
* In part 10 of the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' crossover, [[spoiler:Duo]] does this when he flies off to fight [[spoiler:the Chaos Devil.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** The characters sometimes use the comic's panel dividers to support themselves.
** ''Recap/AsterixAndTheSecretWeapon'' features a bird being bothered by noises in the forest and flying straight into the next panel, which is at sea, where a seagull looks at it in surprise.
* Issue #17 of ''Comicbook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'' is mostly composed of Gwen going HowDoIShootWeb over her new NinjaProp wielding abilities which culminate into her not only touching the panel border, but pushing a pencil through it, then breaking into her future (the next panel), and finally falling through the hole out of the comic.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winsor_McCay#Early_life "Little Sammy Sneeze"]] by Winsor [=McCay=] used this as early as the 1900's.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' used this on occasion. In [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display/417 one strip]], Flip tears off the bottom frame of a panel and uses it to knock down letters from the comic's logo.
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'':
** Done fairly often; sometimes the characters sit on the top of the panels, sometimes the panels are tilted, causing issues in-strip, as well as "Panel Walking" into other comics.
** ''Pearls'' occasionally has jokes that work best if the comics page happens to be laid out just right:
*** ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' has Billy denying that he was spilling sunflower seeds in the kitchen. The ''Pearls'' strip that day has Rat throwing sunflower seeds down and out of the panel. When positioned directly above ''The Family Circus'', Rat's abuse of the long-running comic became apparent.
*** Another has Rat comment about being able to see up Blondie's skirt. Obviously the joke worked best when Pearls was immediately beneath ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''.
* Every so often a character in ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' would literally lean on the fourth wall this way (or at least against the frame border); on occasion Albert would use it to strike a match for his trademark cigars.
* ''ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows'' occasionally featured things like Ralph trying to hold onto the panel borders while Brandy drags him off to therapy. *SNAP* "Stupid cheap panel borders!"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Blog/AskFlufflePuff'' short for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_fc3_ixN9Q "Pink, Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows"]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] weighs on her frame until it breaks, falling down on WesternAnimation/{{Dan|Vs}}.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'': The "ACADECA" song starts out with Sour Sweet and Sunset Shimmer facing off through a SplitScreen... and then, Sour Sweet pushes Sunset's half of the screen away [[AssKicksYou with a hip bump]].

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' had some scenes in the 3D version where characters and elements would protrude over the black {{letterbox}} bars. [[spoiler:When Erin saves Abby from falling into a dimensional portal, the ''whole movie'' expands over those bars.]] On DVD and Blu-Ray, the 2D version also features these protrusions.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' animation had a ComicBook superhero bouncing off the walls of his panel in an attempt to escape.
* Quiz show ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' always shows the two teams in split-screen, one above the other (in reality they're sitting at desks next to each other). This was parodied on ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' when its characters appeared on the show, and Vyvyan kicked through the "floor" to attack the opposing team.
* Though it was a split screen in this case, one segment of "Formidable Opponent" on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' (where two Stephens would debate via chroma-key tricks) had Stephen Al-Bert (his terrorist counterpart) blowing up the split-screen at the end of the segment with a rocket launcher; when the smoke clears, the image is mainly broken like glass and all three Stephens have vanished.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' "Monster Manual", the border around the [[ElementalEmbodiment fire elemental]] is burning up due to the close proximity. Similarly, the rust monster is corroding its border.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' makes use of this trope, as it takes place ''in a comic book''. Not a comic book world, the actual pages.
* ''VideoGame/JumpSuperStars'': You can punch through the "panels" and then [[RingOut do extra damage by hitting enemies out of the "comic"]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "Virus", one of the effects of the virus is that the frame does not scroll when Strong Bad walks, causing him to pop out of the video and into the blackness surrounding it.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Woah! It's cold out here...
* ''WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsDigitalSeries'': In the Webisode "The Last Day of School", at one point Rainbow Dash [[https://derpibooru.org/1689554 pushes a transition bar against Twilight's side of the screen]] to speak over her, while Twilight pushes back.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The sprite comic ''Double-U Tea F'' features [[AuthorAvatar King Lyger]] jumping into frame and kicking Mikau through the outer panel. A few issuess later, Mikau collides with the outside frame, which [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall startles the characters in the comic]].
* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=6 comic #6]].
* Only the outsiders of ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'' break panel to show that they aren't [[RealityWarper bound by reality.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' plays with this sometimes. Haley gets knocked into the next strip in the fight with Tsukiko. (The strip in question is called "At Least It Wasn't the FourthWall This Time.")
* In the ArtShift [[http://www.webtoonlive.com/webtoon/Welcome%20to%20the%20Convenience%20Store/ch78/ chapter]] of ''Webcomic/WelcomeToTheConvenienceStore''.
* In [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=310 a strip]] of ''[[Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}} Square Root of Minus Garfield]]'', Garfield breaks through all the panels to get a cookie jar that's [[JustOneSecondOutOfSync just two seconds out-of-sync]].
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' has a few examples:
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1676/ In this]] strip a [[{{Pun}} blow-up]] doll explodes and breaks the frame.
** [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/483/ And another shown above]] where a [[FatBastard fat guy]] breaks the limits.
** Interestingly enough another fat guy has one [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1320/ here]]
** And more recently [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/2123/ here]]
* ''Webcomic/TheBookOfBiff'': [[http://thebookofbiff.com/2010/04/12/1000-grow/ One panel]] and all the others that [[IndexOfTheWeek same week]] have Biff end up as a giant who towers above the comic panel.
* Apelad's ''[[http://apelad.blogspot.com/ Laugh-Out-Loud Cats]]''.
** Pushing or pulling on the frame: [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/11/laugh-out-loud-cats-523.html #523]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2008/06/laugh-out-loud-cats-865.html #865]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2009/08/laugh-out-loud-cats-1210.html #1210]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2009/10/laugh-out-loud-cats-1256.html #1256]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2010/02/laugh-out-loud-cats-1359.html #1359]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2011/03/laugh-out-loud-cats-1645.html #1645]].
** Outside the frame: [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/10/laugh-out-loud-cats-350.html #350]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/11/laugh-out-loud-cats-504.html #504]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2009/07/laugh-out-loud-cats-1197.html #1197]].
** Frame destruction: [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/10/laugh-out-loud-cats-402.html #402]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/11/laugh-out-loud-cats-495.html #495]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2007/12/laugh-out-loud-cats-616.html #616]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2010/05/laugh-out-loud-cats-1416.html #1416]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2010/09/laugh-out-loud-cats-1508.html #1508-1510]] [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2011/03/laugh-out-loud-cats-1651.html #1651]], [[http://apelad.blogspot.com/2011/03/laugh-out-loud-cats-1654.html #1654]].
* From ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'': [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0240.html Nemen Yi]] is a master of InfiniteCanvas Style. High-level TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} are just ''that good''. Including using part of the frame [[ImprobableWeaponUser as throwing knife]].
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** A more subtle variant with a [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=678 little incident]].
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=809 A massive fire spreads]] beyond the panel borders, and even onto the following page (an effect that will presumably be more impressive in the print version).
* ''[[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/ Rock, Paper, Cynic]]''
** Panel-breaking is used as a version of two-dimensional time travel in the comic, "[[http://rockpapercynic.com/index.php?date=2009-03-10 Time Travel]]".
** We see a similar trick in "[[http://rockpapercynic.com/index.php?date=2009-01-15 Free]]", where a stickman tries to dig his way out of the frame.
* ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' does this. A lot. Looking at previous and future panels, climbing between panels, and even pulling a section out of a panel are common occurrences.
* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'' may provide the most triumphant example. Faerie pirates cast a spell that lets them fire a ''cannon'' [[http://footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=350 through the side of the panel and into the next]].
* The aliens in the webcomic ''One Small Step'' grab the corners of the panel so they can pull apart from being stuck.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' likes to show characters leaning into frame and holding onto the panel borders.
* ''WebComic/{{xkcd}}'':
** In ''xkcd'', frame breaks ''[[http://www.xkcd.com/82/ you]]''!
** A FourthWallPsych: http://xkcd.com/475/
* ''Webcomic/TallyHo'': paws on the frame to [[http://www.rhjunior.com/TH/00178.html address us]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unbound}}'', events sometimes spill over the sides of the comic. In one case a fire spreads to the 'paper' of the website's background, leaving it blackened once the fire is out.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', weird supernatural stuff--like certain fires, or metaphorical snake skeletons--extend off the page. When the characters walk through a dark tomb, the entire webpage is darkened.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. During the ''VideoGame/MegaMan5'' parody, the protagonists split up and the comic began running two strips per day so the plots for both groups could update concurrently. After about a month of these updates, the characters in the bottom strip began wondering how their allies were doing, so they climbed into the strip above them to ask.
* In ''Webcomic/MixedMyth'', Tamit learns the secret of TimeTravel, and it involves seeing the comic panels. She then demonstrates her mastery by reaching through time (i.e. across the panel borders) to poke someone in an adjacent panel.
* In [[http://www.out-at-home.com/archives/2197/ a strip ]] of ''Webcomic/OutAtHome'', Penny bats a speech balloon from one frame to another.
* Gavin, the main villain of ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'', [[http://fancyadventures.com/2011/12/02/page-349 here]] tries to trap the titular hero in a shrinking panel frame, and Jack has to break it to escape.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-09-03 flashback panel]] featured Grace holding onto the "pop-up" panel she's coming out of in one instance and pointing at the flashback in another instance.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** Late into the comic's sixth act, a villainous (and [[FourthWallObserver metafictional]] character discovers a magical Crowbar and proceeds to use it to beat a harmless, if unsettling, clown. The narrator is disgusted and plays terrible music to punish the villain, but the AntiMagic gives the crowbar the ability to attack the website's format, and send links across the page flying around. He uses this to keep the narrator in-line and protest any story development he objects to.[[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/007395/ here
** Cans clocking powers allow him to punch characters out of panels into the default background of ''WebComic/MSPaintAdventures''. This escalates in the End of Act 6 animation, where his powers have him chasing a character across and through multiple panels until they start fighting on top of one!
* ''Webcomic/DarkLegacyComics'' [[http://www.darklegacycomics.com/421 #421]] features a whole page full of increasingly broken frames (eventually collapsing onto each other, with objects sticking from one frame to the next) as a result of Narya and Miji ''mining the frame sides'' to make "white platinum". [[http://www.darklegacycomics.com/411 #411]] features the clones attacking each other (accidentally) through the panel borders, even between ''rows'' in a strange form of time travel.
* ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' has this as part of a WhamShot when [[spoiler: Temporary Dark Samus [[http://l-empire.smackjeeves.com/comics/2315292/the-end-is-nigh-pt-12/ jumps out of the frame of the comic]], [[RageAgainstTheAuthor taking one of the authors with him]].]]
* Near the end of the original series of ''Webcomic/StarMares'', the background ponies are trying to reach the top of the Empress's tower, but are trapped in an adjacent shaft with no way through. Maple Leaf, after having spent the entire comic telling everypony ''not'' to break the fourth wall, uses her party cannon to bust through the frame (it being more easily broken than the wall would be).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''[='s=] [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS7E19 Top 11 Best]] ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episodes, Creator/DanteBasco (as Zuko) punches the Critic out of the Website/YouTube video player and down into the video comments section below.
-->'''Critic:''' Ow.\\
'''Dante:''' Your fourth wall jokes won't save you!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', when Timmy magically goes into the Crimson Chin comic book, he's able to jump from frame to frame (and time travel by doing so).
* In the intro of ''ComicBook/TheBeano Video'' we see numerous instances of this, including Teacher being used by the Bash Street Kids as a battering ram.