Oh Crap! There Are Fanfics of Us...
There's "Sam-girls" and "Dean-girls" and... what's a "slash fan"? Sam:
As in "Sam-slash-Dean"... together. Dean:
They do know we're brothers, right? Sam:
Doesn't... seem to matter. Dean:
Aw, come on. That... that's just sick
One day, you are surfing the interwebs
, and you find a fanfic. This one seems to be about... the characters discovering fanfiction being written about themselves. What is this? Has The Masquerade
been snapped in two? Has a hero's Secret Identity
This is largely a Fanfic Trope
(though not quite Recursive Fanfiction
), but can occur in original works. The Ur Example
could be Don Quixote
, making it Older Than Steam
. This is partially a comedy trope, expect much Squick
, and consumption of cleaning products
to try to blot out the horrible images wrought by the worst of fics — Rule 34
in particular stands out. If it happens to the creators, not the characters, then it would be Rule34 — Creator Reactions
. Most often becomes a Revenge Fic
type 2, with the characters trying to kill bad fanfiction characters.
of Recursive Canon
and plays off of the Celebrity Paradox
. See Also Who Would Want to Watch Us?
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- Durarara!! actually has canon examples of this. Far from being just very vocal shippers, both Walker and Erika have been known to write fanfic (porny or otherwise) of their friends, and don't care who knows it.
- Happens In-Universe in Genshiken: Ogiue is such a Yaoi Fangirl that she even draws erotic doujinshi of the Genshiken members, casting Sasahara as a Bastard Boyfriend and Madarame as the classic Uke. When Sasahara asks her out, she (reluctantly) tells him about it; he's surprised, but not shocked. Ogiue then shows said doujinshi to Sasahara, who good-naturedly teases her about it. And then they kiss, and start dating.
- Also a part of her backstory: her 'friends' showed the guy she once liked a hardcore yaoi doujin she drew about him. Ogiue is so shocked that she attempts to kill herself.
- In an omake chapter of Girl Friends, Narumatsu-sensei learns that Tamamin has drawn a rape manga of her and some girls in the class. This naturally freaks her out.
- In the second season of Haiyore! Nyarko-san, Mahiro and the aliens discover a Boys Love doujin with him as the "star." Mahiro is horrified, while the aliens fight to own it. In the end, Mahiro buys the manga and destroys it.
- NOT played for laughs in one episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, where the villain (well, the Brainwashed and Crazy pawn of the Barians) is a manga writer, and his Evil Plan to defeat Shark involves kidnapping Rei and using a supernatural Field Spell to make the battle resemble the outline for his manga (with a Downer Ending where Shark not only fails to rescue Rei, but she dies as a result). Yuma even refers to this as a "dumb fanfic" in the dub, and Shark has to agree with that. (After Rei simply wakes up when he calls to her, the Field Spell's effect breaks and Shark is able to pummel the guy at his leisure.)
- In Empowered, Emp tries to get a bit of revenge at certain Superhomies for their constant belittling of her by having them discover slash fanfics about them. It backfires, as after the initial shock the Superhomies figure it's flattering that people find them attractive enough to write such things.
- Ace Attorney: In fanart form: Here◊.
- Avatar: Neytiri looks on the internet in this fanart, and presumably discovers a lot of Rule 34.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: A few pages where they discover Shipping. Hilarity Ensues. One, Two, Three. And now The Legend of Korra joins the fun.
- The Axis Powers Hetalia Kink Meme has several fills in which the nations discover the meme and fics requested for them. Reactions usually are either severe disgust or enjoying the hell out of it. One fill has Greece being perfectly fine with the Kink Meme...until he finds out that people are writing porn about his mother on it. Then, he starts attacking everyone who tries to read the fill.
- One Batman fanfic, called SLASH, affectionately parodied the Batman/Joker pairing, and it revolved around Batman, Batwoman, Robin, and Alfred all discovering that someone in Gotham was posting kinky, steamy, and downright dirty Batman/Joker fanfic. The twist is it's The Joker himself who's posting it For the Evulz, though he states that he hates the very idea of him and Batman getting together in that way.
- Bubblegum Avatar by Craig Reed and the third and fourth installments of Legion's Quest by Ed Becerra, self-insert fanfics set in Bubblegum Crisis, both have the Knight Sabers (or, rather, Sylia) getting their hands on complete BGC fanfiction archives (including lemons), with... interesting results.
- WilderKaiserin's Emo Corner series began as an exploration of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX characters' reactions to various fanfics, and expanded (and significantly improved) when she decided to include the 4Kids dub and general trauma in the series itself. The latest edition has left the GX fandom to explore Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- One story in the "Dangerverse" has a copy of Living with Danger in hardbound form fall into a 'verse, and that 'verses vs. of the Marauders (still in
high school Hogwarts) pick it up and start to read and discuss it!
- The Dark Knight Saga fic "Last Straw": After his comicsverse-derived Freudian Excuse is leaked to the public, resulting in an outpouring of unwanted sympathy, Draco in Leather Pants, and porn, the Scarecrow makes a televised statement in which he threatens to dose Gotham with extra-potent fear toxin if people keep portraying him as a Woobie.
- This Hellsing fanfic has Seras discovering the Hellsing section of Fanfiction.net and frantically reporting it to Integra. It ends with Integra ordering Alucard to kill every single writer.
- Heroes And Friends, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan fic, features the turtles finding themselves in our world. Part way through the story, Donatello discovers fan fiction, and after reading one too many Dark Fics, he develops a deep bout of depression.
- Since House has a huge Fanfic writership, it has many of these. One little gem had House confront Wilson because House had run into a cache of fics in which Dark!Wilson does horrible things to House. Wilson protests that he would never be like that; House says probably, but he wants to be careful. And then, after House leaves, Wilson curses the fic writers for correctly guessing his dark streak...
- Dr. Drakken and Shego discover Kim Possible Rule 34 art, to their horror.
- In the Kim Possible fanfic, "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword", Kim and Ron are recovering from a horrible ordeal (detailed in the fanfic "Buried") at the Yamanouchi Ninja School in Japan. While there, they were amused to discover that someone had created a Doujinshi manga based on their adventures. Among other things; Ron is depicted as carrying a BFG and rescuing a very well-endowed Kim, while Shego is depicted as a demoness who has fallen in love with Mr. Barken.
- This My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic features the cast discovering what /co/ thinks about them. Hilarity Ensues.
- One of the alternate endings to Cupcakes reveals that the plot of the story is a fanfic written by Fluttershy after listening to death metal. Pinkie Pie appreciates her friend's new-found creativity, but asks that she stop putting the other ponies in her work. Soon a bunch of Recursive Fanfictions emerged in which the ponies to somehow find a way to find this fic. Such as this and this. As can be expected, most of the characters don't like it...
- Are You Kidding?! There's Porn of Us?! is not only this trope in action (in which Rarity discovers fanmade porn of her) it deconstructs the trope itself, quietly dissecting and analyzing it behind a light-hearted story. (Well, about as lighthearted as a fictional character becoming upset over discovering porn can be, anyway.)
- The first chapter of Do You Really Want to Know? is a series of letters between Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia. Celestia claims that Twilight's most recent 'friendship report' contained details she didn't really need to know, which confuses Twilight, who didn't and wouldn't write anything saucy to someone who's like a mother to her. Eventually the truth is revealed: an explicit fanfic about the mane six was inadvertently attached to the letter. Its author? Fluttershy.
- The entire plot of KPNY Radio is that the crew of Ponyville's radio station accidentally connect to Earth's internet and discover the Brony subculture's Fan Works, which they decide to review and present on a radio show called "The Inventory". In an interesting play on this, they take the massive amount of fan works as the Bronies worshiping the ponies.
- This is the premise of Never Leave Fanfiction Lying Around. Several characters from The Lord of the Rings find a book and start reading it. To their horror, the book is an awful Mary Sue fic, with themselves as characters. Insanity ensues.
- In Nobody Dies, due to the pilot identities being leaked and the creation of an in-universe anime, the pilots and staff are invited to Evacon '17. They attend a fanfiction panel:
"Well, there was the one writer who really thought Unit 01 was cute," Asuka says, and shudders, "And...tentacles? Did any story need those many tentacles? Not that he was a bad writer, he was actually fantastic-"
"But creepy," Misato adds.
"Why was I having sex with Rei in every single one of them?" Shinji asks, "It was either me and Rei, me and Asuka, me and Mom-"
"Which is all sorts of wrong," Misato asks, "Especially that one the one guy wrote where you had a three way with your Mom and me."
"And I never met Mr. Nagisa!" Asuka yells, pounding her fist on the table, "Why would I want to have sex with him?"
- The One Piece fanfic Revenge is about the Straw Hats finding out about fan fiction and getting revenge. They go to fight a group of real fanfic authors led by the author of the story. And in true One Piece style, most of the authors have Devil Fruits (or have a Devil Fruit enhanced object), one of them is a Fish Man and one is a Magical Girl... for some reason.
- There is also one called Letters which involves verious One Piece characters writing letters to fanfiction authors about how they feel about certain things. For example, it involves Luffy asking about yaoi and Sanji exploding after finding some fanfiction with him paired with Zoro.
- In this piece of Phineas and Ferb fanart◊, Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Perry, and Baljeet react to the many aspects of fanfictions, respectively a Death Fic, Original Characters (for Ferb and Candace), Copy Cat Sues, Luke, I Am Your Father, and a Crack Pairing.
- This fic of a Red vs. Blue PSA by mrfipp. There are reactions on Ho Yay, Les Yay, Lemon, and such.
- The "Revenge Wars" fanfic cycle of the middle-to-late 1990s is based on completely embracing this trope and then running with it for all it was worth. It was started by Scott "SKJAM" Jamison's 1996 fic Sauce, in which the cast of Ranma 1/2 decide that turnabout is fair play for a certain fic author, but soon exploded into a massive collaborative effort with stories that ranged from whimsical to chilling.
- On the Star Wars fanfic series "Male Bonding", the guys discover a world-wide web. (Only one world? They must be primitive.) Everyone knows their stories. Jokes include:
- A poll where "Do you think Kyp Durron is sexy?" Kyp grabs the mouse and votes "Yes." He does so again after they're all done.
- Fanfic. Not so bad, but there's a story about how "Wedge and Corran are the best of friends. SLASH!" Corran doesn't know what slash is, does agree that he's good friends with Wedge, reads a few paragraphs, and gets pissed.
- They all blame George Lucas in the end. And Luke destroys the Milky Way.
- Speaking of Star Wars, Expanded Universe canon (specifically Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor) has Luke discovering the existence of a holovid called Luke Skywalker and the Jedi's Revenge. Among other things, Palpatine was a good guy misled by Vader.
- Chapters 4 and 5 of this Stargate Atlantis fic has the protagonists stumbling over a fan fic archive created and run by their colleagues all while the entire female population of the base is under the influence of a Fantastic Drug that brings out their inner fangirl. Even T'ealc joins the fun and the fics tend to pop up again in later chapters.
- From the Tiger & Bunny Kink Meme, there is the HeroTV Forum series that involves the heroes discovering a forum and fan fiction about themselves. Some of them even hang out on the site and write fanfics. Justified as they are stars of a reality TV show. Here's the chronological order of the stories.
- There's a Touhou Doujinshi entitled What's This Thin Book? which is basically this trope. Yukari, upset about not being invited to a party, buys Rule 34 Touhou doujinshi from a shop in the outside world and mails them out as a prank. The characters are particularly puzzled because some of the books mention being sold at the Hakurei Shrine Festival.
- The 34th chapter of You Got HaruhiRolled! has the SOS Brigade accidentally stumble across Rule 34 of themselves.
- This fanart of Bakura and Yami Bakura's reaction to a yami/hikari slash site.
- This long-running Zatch Bell! fan fiction revolves around this trope, where they discover everything from Mary Sues to Slash. Hilarity Ensues.
- This story about the guys of Linkin Park stumbling across fan fiction for the first time. Hilarity and tears ensue.
- Things That Cant Be Unseen has the Death Note characters discovering fanfiction.
Wow, I have to admit, I'm impressed. Who knew all it would take to unnerve the almighty Kira
was a couple of pages of poorly written smut?
- And in fanart form L and Light discover what the fans think of their "relationship".
- It's How We Roll is a Skins fic about Naomily finding all the fanfic that had been written about them (the work is intended as a tribute to several dozen other fics that had been written over the previous twelve months).
- In "Script Talk", an X-Men: Evolution meta-fic, Kitty, Rogue and Wanda sift through their weekly delivery of new fanfics. Rogue is bored with constantly being shipped with Gambit, while Kitty is disgusted by a femslash story that ships her with Storm.
- In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Kanae is revealed to have drawn entire hentai doujins of the other members of the SOS Brigade, such as Kyon x Koizumi, Haruhi x Kyon x Kanae, etc. Kyon is not amused.
- In Equal And Opposite Attraction, Chisame discovers a fanfiction forum for the manga Haruna published that was based off their adventures. She is horrified when the members suggest shipping her and Twilight Sparkle
- Given the extremely meta nature of some actual Supernatural episodes, it's unsurprising that SPN fanfic loves this one. The Fourth Wall series is a particularly well-done example.
- Another one can be seen here.
- This Naruto fanfiction has the characters come across another character's doujinshi. About them. And it's pornographic. One is suitably shocked; the other wants to re-enact the scene.
- These two Codename: Kids Next Door fanfics sum up much of the cast's reactions to part of their fandoms, plus, there's a message board, of all things, where fans are discussing the matter here.
- Plankton's Eye View starts with Plankton himself reading One Less Lonely Gurl, a Spongebob Squarepants Troll Fic written by the same author.
- The Voyorgy Conspiracy is a send-up of the Star Trek: Voyager episode "The Voyager Conspiracy", but instead Seven downloads an excess of Voyager Slash Fic from a temporal transmission and Hilarity Ensues.
- In this fancomic Harry and Ron are amused to discover a Snape/Harry fanfic which, as it turns out, was written by Snape.
- Christopher Pike used this in Master of Murder. An author names his characters after his friends, and then the fanfics become canon (i.e., they happen in Real Life). Hilarity doesn't exactly ensue, being a Pike novel.
- Don Quixote: At chapter LIX of the second part, Don Quixote hears some guys talking about the fanfiction Avellaneda wrote about Don Quixote. This is only the beginning of Don Quixote and Sancho continuous attacks against Avellaneda for the Character Derailment in the rest of the novel. This makes this trope Older Than Steam.
The instant Don Quixote heard his own name be started to his feet and listened with open ears to catch what they said about him, and heard the Don Jeronimo who had been addressed say in reply, "Why would you have us read that absurd stuff, Don Juan, when it is impossible for anyone who has read the First Part of the history of 'Don Quixote of La Mancha' to take any pleasure in reading this Second Part?"
"For all that," said he who was addressed as Don Juan, "we shall do well to read it, for there is no book so bad but it has something good in it. What displeases me most in it is that it represents Don Quixote as now cured of his love for Dulcinea del Toboso."
- In This Is Not A Game by Walter Jon Williams, the protagonist is stranded in Indonesia when its currency collapses, causing rioting. She enlists the help of a bunch of alternate reality gamers to get her out, not all of whom believe it's really happening. As a gag gift, one of her friends later presents her with a bound copy of the Fan Fiction some of these gamers wrote about her.
- An episode of panel show Mock the Week had Frankie Boyle discussing the Real Person Slash Fic featuring him and team captain Hugh Dennis. Hugh was the receiver.
- In Power Rangers Dino Thunder, the Rangers are watching international satellite TV and find that Japan has created a Power Rangers TV show. (The entire episode is a giant Mythology Gag, as what they're watching is a dubbed version of Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, Dino Thunder's parent show.) Ethan and Kira enjoy it; Conner is upset that they turned the Rangers into a joke but he comes around. They're OK with the fact that the Abarangers are completely different people from them because they have Secret Identities and don't expect people to know what they're really like, but with that in mind they wonder how the showrunners learned their By the Power of Grayskull! phrase.
- "Forever Red" was supposed to have a mention of Tommy learning about "those stories about [him and Jason] on the Internet" and how they'd been awkward after that.
- The cast of Sherlock caused a bit of a scare for the fandom—especially on Tumblr—back in July 2011 when it was made pretty clear that they knew about the porn that their fans were making, thus making it an inversion to this trope.
- Supernatural: In canon, Sam and Dean discover a man who has written out their entire lives and adventures. The author assumed they were fictional, naturally, leading into him thinking it's a Stranger Than Fiction tale, where he might've been causing these things to happen to them. They also actually find fanfics of themselves — slashfics, to be exact, with each other. They are horrified and Squicked.
Dean: That... that's just sick.
- One episode of Monk has the title detective working with an obsessed fangirl played by Sarah Silverman, who had become such a huge fan after being impressed at how he was able to solve an incredibly difficult case in a previous episode. When the two are cornered by the episode's killer-of-the-week, Sarah's character says that Monk should use his gun to defend himself. When Monk reminds her he doesn't carry a gun, she realizes that she'd confused things with a fanfiction story she'd written about him where he did.
- Star Trek: Voyager. In "Muse" a playwright on a pre-industrial world discovers B'Elanna Torres in her crashed shuttle and starts writing a play based on her logs. His muse is not amused by the blatant Shipping.
B'Elanna: Well, you're going to have to do a lot better than Harry Kim kissing the Delaney sisters.
B'Elanna: Because when you think that you are surrounded by enemies, when you're up against the Borg, or Species 8472, the last thing on your mind is romance!
- Kris and Addam from American Idol Season 8 are apparently very aware of their fandom. Kris reportedly has even put in fic request.
- Adventurers!: This strip, in which our heroes find out what Adventurers! fansites contain. (Adventurers! fan-made - and author-made! - hentai actually did exist once.)
- In RPG World, Eikre finds yaoi of him and Hero. Eikre doesn't take it too well, but Hero just goes "Hey, it's us!"
- In this scene from Scary Go Round, Shelley encounters obsessive fans of herself. It gets quite awkward, especially when the guy named Harry starts to read out loud Purple Prose Shelley-fanfiction. (It sounds ambiguously erotic and involves Magic: The Gathering...) Shelley later comments that she has "looked terror square in its single, milky eye!"
- Head Trip had a page where Batman and Superman see Green Lantern happily waiting to become more popular and promptly cut his wings by explaining all he didn't want to know about "those fans".
- Mordecai, Ivy, and Viktor of Lackadaisy have given their opinions on what they think of their shippers. Ivy took it gracefully, Mordecai not so much, and Viktor's reactions ranged from stoic silence to uproarious laughter. When it was mentioned to Rocky that he might have fangirls, he was thrilled.
- The Daily Derp: Derpy comes across a fanfic where she is killed off. "I'm starting to dislike fanfics."
- Does Not Play Well With Others: Fully in-universe example: Seth shows Falchion fic slashing him with Artificer.
- Youtubers Alex Day(Nerimon)and Charlie Mcdonnell(Charlieissocoollike) have at least one video each in which they discuss fanfics of themselves that they've found. Charlie is noticeably disturbed when he finds "Cherimon" slash, but Alex embraces the concept and decides to write a (fairly tame by fanfic standards) slashfic about two of his other youtuber friends under a pseudonym, before linking said friends to the site and recording their reactions as they read the fic. He then reveals to them that he was the one who wrote it. Cue Horror. That's before mentioning all the youtubers that are part of the livejournal community and/or have requested certain stories via twitter.
- The band Franz Ferdinand once did a Shout-Out to Slacken Ties at a concert; Slacken Ties are a Franz Ferdinand Slash Livejournal.
- Galaxy Rangers writer/story editor Chris Rowley found the fan sites. No big deal there. Then... he found the Fan Fic. According to his wife, the reaction was along the lines of...
"Oh my God. Honey, you have got to come up here. I do not believe this! They have Goose and Niko having sex!"
- To which everyone at the table did a Face Palm — she was sitting at a table full of Fan Fic writers, many of whom had written a ship fic or three.
- Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth both discovered all the Fan Fics and Rule 34 of Inglourious Basterds, and were ecstatic about it. And decided to forward as many fanfics to their parents as possible. Before discussing how unrealistic they are. ("Everyone knows that the Bear Jew is a pitcher, not a catcher.")
- There's also the part where they comment on the Kink Meme, where Tarantino's is basically "WTF the Bear Jew always tops!" Which they show to the rest of the cast.
- Another Real-Life example, which in turn inspired a fic: first, the hosts of Britain's Friday Night Project surprised David Tennant with dramatic readings of explicit Doctor Who fic. Tennant's absolutely shocked reaction spawned this story.
- Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg discussed Hot Fuzz slash once... and they approved of it.
Me and @simonpegg once wrote some Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction. It was called HOT FUZZ...(applause)"
"@simonpegg I too am deeply flattered by the slashers. I say all power to hand-stitched homoerotica."
- Thus inspired, they also wrote some short slash themselves
"I cannot say how much we all enjoyed writing these. You slash fiction writers are having way too much fun."
- There is this internet phenomenon in Nico Nico Douga called "Utatte mita", or: people doing their cover version of songs they like, usually from anime and Video Games. Many of them are surprisingly goodnote and/or have exotic voice, and some of those people develops into elaborate internet personae and have avatars of them drawn by their fans. Naturally, the next step is slashing them. Since this is inevitable (and is a measure of notability), most of them are cool with it.
- Quite a hilarious example on The Graham Norton Show (found here): Daniel Radcliffe is introduced by the host to one of his many fanfic sites, and Hilarity Ensues. Cue Ricky Gervais starting to write a fanfic on air starring Daniel, Graham and Jessica Ennis.
- Sophie Turner was rather amused to learn about the people shipping Sansa and the Hound.
- Her co-star and best friend Maisie Williams is an outright Arya/Gendry shipper, in part because she has a crush on Gendry's actor.
- Bradley James and Colin Morgan of Merlin fame are well aware that there's slash fiction of the two of them, and have taken pains to point out that they avoid it. In Colin's words: "I don't touch that with a barge pole." Their co-stars Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby find the whole thing hilarious and have spent more than one DVD Commentary teasing them both about it.
- Randy Orton once found out about wrestling fanfics. He didn't dig very deep, as he said all the ones that he read were about him and Cody, and is thus ignorant of the sheer amount of fanfics that pair him with just about every single guy in the entire company.