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:
  • 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.

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

  • In Equestria: A History Revealed, the Lemony Narrator writing the fic-essay decides to go out drinking and just copies a large block of test from a book on a soldier's recounting of a significant battle in the history of the Equestrian Civil War into the fic. Notable in that the copied text proves to be vastly different in tone than the rest of the tone of the fic, probably due to its In-Universe copied nature, and is even written in a more high quality fashion than the rest of the essay-fic.

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