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* In ''Webcomic/PeterParkerForeignExchangeStudent'', Peter and Izuku try to [[https://alexdrawsagain.tumblr.com/post/183267547023/peter-parker-foreign-exchange-student-tsu-breaks strategize behind the cover of rubble]], inadvertently recreating the [[https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ezeQ8SVo--/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gvyyzmql47x1eyvsbtnx.jpg memetic shot]] of Miles intently watching a thinking Peter in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse''. Tsu calls them out for "recreating memes" to their confusion.
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* In ''Webcomic/PeterParkerForeignExchangeStudent'', Peter and Izuku try to [[https://alexdrawsagain.tumblr.com/post/183267547023/peter-parker-foreign-exchange-student-tsu-breaks strategize behind the cover of rubble]], inadvertently recreating the [[https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ezeQ8SVo--/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gvyyzmql47x1eyvsbtnx.jpg memetic shot]] of Miles intently watching a thinking Peter in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse''. Tsu calls them out for "recreating memes" to their confusion.
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* In ''Webcomic/PeterParkerForeignExchangeStudent'', Peter and Izuku try to [[https://alexdrawsagain.tumblr.com/post/183267547023/peter-parker-foreign-exchange-student-tsu-breaks strategize behind the cover of rubble]], inadvertently recreating the [[https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ezeQ8SVo--/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/gvyyzmql47x1eyvsbtnx.jpg memetic shot]] of Miles intently watching a thinking Peter in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse''. Tsu calls them out for "recreating memes" to their confusion.
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[[OlderThanFeudalism This is a very old trope]]: Creator/WilliamShakespeare's characters often addressed the audience. They broke it regularly in [[AncientGreece Ancient Greek]] theater, too, pretty much as soon as they'd ''invented'' the FourthWall - or, arguably, ''[[UnbuiltTrope before]]'' inventing the FourthWall. It was an commonly-used technique in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_theatre epic theatre movement]] of the early-to-mid 20th century.

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[[OlderThanFeudalism This is a very old trope]]: Creator/WilliamShakespeare's characters often addressed the audience. They broke it regularly in [[AncientGreece [[UsefulNotes/AncientGreece Ancient Greek]] theater, too, pretty much as soon as they'd ''invented'' the FourthWall - or, arguably, ''[[UnbuiltTrope before]]'' inventing the FourthWall. It was an commonly-used technique in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_theatre epic theatre movement]] of the early-to-mid 20th century.


It should be noted that other sources will refer to any fiction that draws attention to its fictionality as "Breaking The Fourth Wall". Our definition is a bit narrower: Breaking The Fourth Wall only occurs if the characters acknowledge the audience or the author, whether directly or indirectly, got it? It's not enough that I recognize my status as a wiki page, it's the fact that I'm commenting to you about it!

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It should be noted that other sources will refer to any fiction that draws attention to its fictionality as "Breaking The the Fourth Wall". Our definition is a bit narrower: Breaking The Fourth Wall only occurs if the characters acknowledge the audience or the author, whether directly or indirectly, got it? It's not enough that I recognize my status as a wiki page, it's the fact that I'm commenting to you about it!



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* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'', Harold and George occasionally break the fourth wall by talking to the audience and even freeze the movie at certain points to explain what's going on.
* ''Dino Time'' has a strange case of this. The main character breaks the fourth wall in three early scenes, but after about 20 minutes into the film he never does it again.
* At the end of a particularly downer scene in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Kuzco literally stops the movie reel and uses a marker to remind the [[ItsAllAboutMe FILM that the movie is about HIM]], and not Pacha. Later, after considerable CharacterDevelopment, Kuzco gets in an argument with Narrator!Kuzco, telling him to shut up and stop whining.



* The teaser trailers for ''Film/{{Marmaduke}}'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' all have the main characters break the fourth wall.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', when the background characters refuse to go the surface.
-->'''Random Fish:''' All secondary characters come with me.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', when [[spoiler:Turbo]] is giving his MotiveRant to Vanellope, he [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130703184119/scratchpad/images/5/57/Turbo_Thumbs_Up.jpg mugs for your attention]] right the hell out of nowhere [[FreezeFrameBonus in one single frame]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie'', Harold and George occasionally break the fourth wall by talking to the audience and even freeze the movie at certain points to explain what's going on.



** the titular duo look directly towards the viewer twice during their dance at Mrs. Hasagawa's fruit stand.

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** the The titular duo look directly towards the viewer twice during their dance at Mrs. Hasagawa's fruit stand.



* At the end of a particularly downer scene in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Kuzco literally stops the movie reel and uses a marker to remind the [[ItsAllAboutMe FILM that the movie is about HIM]], and not Pacha. Later, after considerable CharacterDevelopment, Kuzco gets in an argument with Narrator!Kuzco, telling him to shut up and stop whining.

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* At ''Disney/TheLionKing'', in the end middle of a particularly downer scene in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Kuzco literally stops "Hakuna Matata".
-->'''Pumbaa:''' And I got downhearted...\\
'''Timon:''' How did you feel!?\\
'''Pumbaa''': Every time that I--\\
'''Timon:''' ''(slaps hands over Pumbaa's mouth)'' PUMBAA! ''(looks at
the fourth wall)'' Not in front of the kids!\\
'''Pumbaa:''' ''(also looks)'' Oh! Sorry.\\
'''Simba:''' ''(also looks, with a perplexed expression on his face)''
%%* Pete does this in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'' to comment on a RunningGag.
* In ''Disney/MulanII'', Shang walks away and Yao asks Mulan, "What's his problem?" When Mulan walks away, he asks the screen, "What's ''her'' problem?" Then he asks, "Who am I talking to?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', Devon does this in a blink and you'll miss it moment:
-->"But we can't fly! ''(to the audience)'' [[LampshadeHanging We explained that before our song.]]"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', when the background characters refuse to go the surface.
-->'''Random Fish:''' All secondary characters come with me.
* Used straight, and [[LampshadeHanging topped with a turtle themed green lampshade]] in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever''. When 80's version Raphael keeps breaking the fourth wall, other characters pause with confused looks. The third time he does it, TheDragon gets angry and starts shaking him. [[AudienceWhatAudience "Why do you keep doing that? Who are you talking to?!]] '''[[AudienceWhatAudience THERE'S NO ONE THERE!]]'''"
** When it comes to it, this is the whole plot of the movie. The 2003 Shredder learns about the fourth wall and decides to destroy it forever.
* Creator/ChuckJones is infamous for this, but in his
movie reel and uses a marker to remind ''The White Seal'', the [[ItsAllAboutMe FILM that fourth wall is broken constantly by characters looking straight into the movie is about HIM]], and not Pacha. Later, after considerable CharacterDevelopment, Kuzco gets in an argument camera. At certain points, it happens repeatedly with Narrator!Kuzco, telling him only seconds between them.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', when [[spoiler:Turbo]] is giving his MotiveRant
to shut up and stop whining.Vanellope, he [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130703184119/scratchpad/images/5/57/Turbo_Thumbs_Up.jpg mugs for your attention]] right the hell out of nowhere [[FreezeFrameBonus in one single frame]].


* In the former ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' ride, there was a scene where [=SpongeBob=] is flung through Bikini Bottom, saying hello to everyone along the way. When greeting the regular Bikini Bottom citizens, he refers to them as "secondary characters".

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* In the former ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' ride, ride at Ride/UniversalStudios, there was a scene where [=SpongeBob=] is flung through Bikini Bottom, saying hello to everyone along the way. When greeting the regular Bikini Bottom citizens, he refers to them as "secondary characters".


* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', the titular duo look directly towards the viewer twice during their dance at Mrs. Hasagawa's fruit stand. Just before that, when Lilo gets Stitch to move his hips to the side, he looks at the viewer and oohs in wonder before the duo immediately go into their dance. A more subtle fourth wall-break happens earlier in the film when Stitch is adopted, with a nice little EasterEgg on his adoption paper.

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* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'':
**When Lilo gets Stitch to move his hips to
the side, he looks at the viewer and oohs in wonder before the duo immediately go into their dance.
**the
titular duo look directly towards the viewer twice during their dance at Mrs. Hasagawa's fruit stand. Just before that, when Lilo gets Stitch to move his hips to the side, he looks at the viewer and oohs in wonder before the duo immediately go into their dance. A
**A
more subtle fourth wall-break happens earlier in the film when Stitch is adopted, with a nice little EasterEgg on his adoption paper.


[[OlderThanFeudalism This is a very old trope]]: Creator/WilliamShakespeare's characters often addressed the audience. They broke it regularly in [[AncientGreece Ancient Greek]] theater, too, pretty much as soon as they'd ''invented'' the FourthWall - or, arguably, ''[[UnbuiltTrope before]]'' inventing the FourthWall.

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[[OlderThanFeudalism This is a very old trope]]: Creator/WilliamShakespeare's characters often addressed the audience. They broke it regularly in [[AncientGreece Ancient Greek]] theater, too, pretty much as soon as they'd ''invented'' the FourthWall - or, arguably, ''[[UnbuiltTrope before]]'' inventing the FourthWall.
FourthWall. It was an commonly-used technique in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_theatre epic theatre movement]] of the early-to-mid 20th century.


* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' when Monokuma starts expositing on the backstories of the culprit and victim in Chapter 2, he says to hold O (or Ctrl in the PC version) to skip it in case you didn't want to hear all this.

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In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'' when Monokuma starts expositing on the backstories of the culprit and victim in Chapter 2, he says to hold O (or Ctrl in the PC version) to skip it in case you didn't want to hear all this.


* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' also features several fourth wall jokes. Among them are:

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* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' also features several fourth wall jokes.fourth-wall-breaking moments. Among them are:

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* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' also features several fourth wall jokes. Among them are:
** Wolffy breaks the illusion of storytelling when he says, "I'm the best actor in this cartoon!"
** The spin-off series ''Pleasant Goat Fun Class'' is designed to be educational, and it often accomplishes this by having the characters directly talk to the audience about various topics.

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* ''Animation/HappyHeroes'' features several jokes that break the fourth wall. For example, there is an episode where Little M. comments that Big M.'s idea for a machine to sabotage a SchoolPlay (he intends to make one that scatters {{banana peel}}s everywhere and make everyone slip) seems rather childish. Big M. says that, since this is a cartoon, of course it's going to seem childish somehow.
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** Lampshaded when the 'Fourth Wall'[[note]]Defined as a barrier between worlds, that, when broken, allows you to pass through any aligned fourth walls into other universes[[/note]] is destroyed by [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}Jack Noir]], which results in Minecraft being completely open to outside attack. And boy, does it get attacked.

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** Lampshaded when the 'Fourth Wall'[[note]]Defined as a barrier between worlds, that, when broken, allows you to pass through any aligned fourth walls into other universes[[/note]] is destroyed by [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}Jack [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Jack Noir]], which results in Minecraft being completely open to outside attack. And boy, does it get attacked.

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* A common joke in ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder''. Quite a few of the characters (especially the ones that know the one summoning them, and even more since the players themselves are characters) are quite knowledgeable about the fact that the entire thing is fictional.
** Lampshaded when the 'Fourth Wall'[[note]]Defined as a barrier between worlds, that, when broken, allows you to pass through any aligned fourth walls into other universes[[/note]] is destroyed by [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}Jack Noir]], which results in Minecraft being completely open to outside attack. And boy, does it get attacked.
** And then there's the fact that apparently a large chunk of the multiversal community is aware that as a whole, most universes are generated by stories from the real world, which the denizens of the multiverse can't view.
** Taken UpToEleven by [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Bill Cipher]], who outright makes references to events taking place "pages away," indicating that he is aware of the game's nature as a forum game.
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* Deconstructed in ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' [[spoiler:where Monika, a side character meant to introduce you to the game, who possesses MediumAwareness was driven insane by the knowledge that shes a fictional character. Being fully aware that neither she, her world, nor her friends really exist. Becoming obsessed with ''the player'' since they are the only part of her world that's real.]]

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* Deconstructed in ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' [[spoiler:where ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub''. [[spoiler: Monika, a side character meant to introduce you to the game, who possesses MediumAwareness and was driven insane by the knowledge that shes a fictional character. Being fully aware that neither she, her world, nor her friends really exist. Becoming This caused her to become obsessed with ''the actual player'' since they are the only part of her world that's real.]]


-->-- ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "Make Play"

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