Letters to the Editor

In Magazines, there are quite often letters to the editor. This trope is so common in magazines that only unusual examples are listed here. May be a Strongly Worded Letter.

If fictional characters answer the mail, that's Fourth Wall Mail Slot.

Notable Magazine/Newspaper Examples

  • Marvel UK commonly has the letters answered by a character.
  • Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.
  • Yes Virginia was a response to an actual letter to the editor from an 8-year-old girl.
  • 2000 AD has always had its letters answered by Tharg The Mighty, except for one time in the The Nineties where characters from Vector 13 took it over while Tharg took a leave of absence.
  • In MAD's "Letters and Tomatoes Dept", letters were typically answered in a snide and insulting manner. They also published many letters that mocked the magazine creatively.

Examples In Other Media


  • Alan Moore's 1963 would have a fictional Letters to the Editor page, parodying the columns Stan Lee would put out for Marvel in the The Sixties.
  • Letters to the The Sensational She-Hulk were answered by the titular character or one of her supporting cast.
  • Ambush Bug answered his own letters, and in his first issue was puzzled that he had to wait months for feedback from the reader who had just finished the book.
  • Most American comic books had letter columns until the late '80s. A few independent comics still feature them.

Film-Live Action
  • The direct-to-video special The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy, hosted by Kirk Cameron, answered some questions that fans of the trilogy had sent.

  • Parodied by the National Lampoon. Its Letters section had funny made-up letters, often supposedly from celebrities.
  • P. G. Wodehouse dealt with this in the "A Letter to the Editor" chapter of Louder and Funnier, in which he includes his poem, "Dear Sir: I take issue with Walter S. Swisher."
  • Famously, pornographic magazines like Penthouse had letters pages where people wrote about their sexual experiences; most were made-up by the magazine's writers. It's probably safe to say that most of the ones that weren't were from UnreliableNarrators as well.

Live-Action TV

  • Del Amitri's "Nothing Ever Happens": "Angry from Manchester writes to complain about all the repeats on TV."


Web Original
  • Famicom Dojo plays this straight with first The Dojo Mailbagnote  and then Famicom Denshimail.

Western Animation