Show Within A Show / Fan Works

Examples of type 1 (characters involved in production)

Examples of type 2 (characters are fans)

  • Advice And Trust: in chapter 8 Shinji and Asuka watch a show -based on an Adeptus Evangelion campaign the author takes part in-. Asuka describes it like this:
    "You wanna plop down and watch another episode with me, Misato? Shinji and I have been watching it lately. It's like someone heard about NERV, took a lot of drugs, and then tried to make it a comedy-drama-angst-romance with an ensemble cast of traumatized lunatics. It's a cheesy giant robot show, but a lot of fun. Everyone in it is pretty hot, too. Especially that Akram guy. Yow."
  • Several in Aeon Natum Engel:
  • Children Of An Elder God: In chapter 4 Kensuke proposes go to the cinema to watch Gekiganger-X, a movie based on a Super Robot Genre show (the name being a homage to Gekiganger3 and Mazinger Z).
    "They've got Gekiganger X down at the movie theatre today."
  • The Ikaris: The "Super Gendo Super Show", created by the PR department to make people more aware about Commander Ikari. It is like Evangelion on crack with a healthy helping of Super Robot Genre and tokusatsu tropes. They are making lunchboxes, too.
  • Kyon Big Damn Hero has a Trope-tan anime and movie, with shades of Type 3 and possibly 4 mixed in as well.
  • Sonic Evil Reborn Zero gives us ''Atom The Porcupine,'' a video game franchise about the adventures atomic rodent and friends who trumps Atom's arch nemesis, Doctor Nucleo. Tails is a massive fan, even going so far as to write novel-length fanfiction that is much deeper and more serious than the saccharine source material, to the point of being laughable.
  • In The Vinyl And Octavia Series the protagonists get a book written about their first adventure. It's implied to be badly written.
  • Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy:
    • Futari wa Hearty Pure. The Cures (and also most people at their school) are big fans of the show, and Lapinyuu becomes part of the cast, playing a Shiny Luminous parody.
    • The two shows that helped Chloe and Chiara's father Theodore become a trampoline fetishist, Bounce and Thud, also count.

Examples of type 3 (the show is a plot point)

Examples of type 4 (the show is eerily similar to the main show)