Playing With / The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You

Basic Trope: The antagonist(s) break the fourth wall to threaten or attack the audience.
  • Straight: The main villain Crimson disembowels his victim before whipping his head towards the camera with an accompanying Scare Chord and exclaims that the viewer will be his next victim.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Not only does the above happen, but if you are a registered member of the show's website, you get email and voice/text messages from "Crimson" in which he threatens to murder you.
    • To exaggerate things even further, he actually DOES murder you.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Crimson verbalizes his concern that the viewer is "spying" on him and that he could be ambushed at any moment.
    • The fourth wall does not protect Crimson from the actions of the viewers.
    • Turns out the viewers ARE Crimson.
    • Crimson taunts the viewer that even though he can't kill him/her, there's also nothing he/she can do to help his victims.
  • Subverted: The way Crimson faces the camera when he talks, we think he's referring to us, but he's actually talking to another one of his victims in the show...
  • Double Subverted:....Before he explicitly refers to the viewer and says he'll be paying him/her a visit very soon..
  • Parodied:
    • Crimson tries to stab through the screen, only to have his knife stopped by the glass:
    Crimson: DIE! *KLINK* Heh. That's new. Oh yes, where was I? DIE!!! *KLINK* *KLINK* *KLINK* Gah! Dammit! This is really killing the mood!. YOU. Don't you dare change the channel! We're not done here! No, wait! Not the Oprah netwo- *STATIC*.
  • Zig Zagged: Crimson sometimes breaks the fourth wall, but other times he acts as if it doesn't even exist.
  • Averted: Crimson never breaks the fourth wall.
  • Enforced: "Crimson's already a pretty crazy guy, why not just have him try and kill the audience?"
  • Lampshaded: "You really didn't think I noticed you? You really thought you were safe behind that screen!?"
  • Invoked: Crimson was a real life criminal who was sealed within a work of fiction. He is now trying to get out and murder you for enjoying this fiction.
  • Exploited: Crimson gets killed by Bob because he's too busy threatening the audience to notice him.
  • Defied: Crimson attempts to break the fourth wall and assault the viewer- only for the viewer to remind him that he's in a television show.
  • Discussed: "Wouldn't it be funny if Crimson broke out of the show and attacked us?" Bob says, shortly before the above actually happens.
  • Conversed: "Jeez! I thought Crimson was gonna stab me to death from behind the television screen!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:

Quick! Get back to The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You, before the Big Bad crashes through your computer monitor, tablet or smartphone!