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* ''VideoGame/AKnightsQuestForMilk '': The fourth wall doesn't seem to exist and many characters are aware that they are in a flash game.

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** Any fourth wall that may have remained is completely obliterated in ''Nuts & Bolts'', which opens with the Lord of Games (L.O.G.), the apparent god and creator of all video games, showing up, addressing Banjo, Kazooie, and Grunty as "second-rate game characters", and giving them goals. L.O.G. continues to make references to and crack jokes about games, genres, and the state of the game industry throughout the rest of the game whenever he shows up, and all the challenge worlds are artificial places explicitly crafted by L.O.G. himself.


* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' broke the fourth wall quite often, but the moment that evaporated it came during the premier of the fifth season. The previous season had ended with Will deciding to remain with his mother in Philadelphia, leaving viewers expecting some sort of emotional catharsis. Instead, the next episode opened with an NBC executive approaching and informing him in no uncertain terms that the show was called "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and that was where he was going to be. And then kidnapping him.

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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' broke the fourth wall quite often, but the moment that evaporated it came during the premier of the fifth season. The previous season had ended with Will deciding to remain with his mother in Philadelphia, leaving viewers expecting some sort of emotional catharsis. Instead, the next episode opened with an NBC executive approaching and informing him in no uncertain terms that the show was called "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," ''Bel-Air''," and that was where he was going to be. And then kidnapping him.Then shoving him into an open van(marked "Star Retrieval Unit").


* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' broke the fourth wall quite often, but the moment that evaporated it came during the premier of the fifth season. The previous season had ended with Will deciding to remain with his mother in Philadelphia, leaving viewers expecting some sort of emotional catharsis. Instead, the next episode opened with an NBC executive approaching and informing him in no uncertain terms that the show was called "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and that was where he was going to be. And then kidnapping him.

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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceofBelAir'' ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' broke the fourth wall quite often, but the moment that evaporated it came during the premier of the fifth season. The previous season had ended with Will deciding to remain with his mother in Philadelphia, leaving viewers expecting some sort of emotional catharsis. Instead, the next episode opened with an NBC executive approaching and informing him in no uncertain terms that the show was called "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and that was where he was going to be. And then kidnapping him.


* The angle where Wrestling/KevinSteen was kicked out of ROH by Wrestling/ElGenerico not only involved Kevin Steen hacking the ROH website to show his videos, but him going so far as to criticise ROH on the Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla message boards. This in turn lead to an angle where Wrestling/BryanDanielson tried to kick Steen out of PWG too, tough he relented after winning a match but finding Steen [[AintToProudTooBeg grovelling to keep his job]]. Former booker Gabe Sapolsky actually complained when Steen did make it back to ROH and used his name when talking about people unjustly fired from the company.

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* The angle where Wrestling/KevinSteen was kicked out of ROH by Wrestling/ElGenerico not only involved Kevin Steen hacking the ROH website to show his videos, but him going so far as to criticise ROH on the Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla message boards. This in turn lead to an angle where Wrestling/BryanDanielson tried to kick Steen out of PWG too, tough he relented after winning a match but finding Steen [[AintToProudTooBeg [[AintTooProudToBeg grovelling to keep his job]]. Former booker Gabe Sapolsky actually complained when Steen did make it back to ROH and used his name when talking about people unjustly fired from the company.


* The angle where Wrestling/KevinSteen was kicked out of ROH by Wrestling/ElGenerico not only involved Kevin Steen hacking the ROH website to show his videos, but him going so far as to criticise ROH on the Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla message boards. This in turn lead to an angle where Wrestling/BryanDanielson tried to kick Steen out of PWG too, tough he relented after winning a match but finding Steen [[AintToProudToBeg grovelling to keep his job]]. Former booker Gabe Sapolsky actually complained when Steen did make it back to ROH and used his name when talking about people unjustly fired from the company.

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* The angle where Wrestling/KevinSteen was kicked out of ROH by Wrestling/ElGenerico not only involved Kevin Steen hacking the ROH website to show his videos, but him going so far as to criticise ROH on the Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla message boards. This in turn lead to an angle where Wrestling/BryanDanielson tried to kick Steen out of PWG too, tough he relented after winning a match but finding Steen [[AintToProudToBeg [[AintToProudTooBeg grovelling to keep his job]]. Former booker Gabe Sapolsky actually complained when Steen did make it back to ROH and used his name when talking about people unjustly fired from the company.


* NXT, by reason of it being a try out show, needs a lot of this. Wrestling/BryanDanielson calls Wrestling/DavidOtunga a worse wrestler even though Bryan always lost to him, because everybody knows Bryan is better, which is basically breaking the fourth wall and basically saying Otunga only won because it was already agreed he would when rhetorically asked if Otunga really deserved his ranking. It's topped itself in season three, where Josh Matthews literally tell Wrestling/MichaelCole that a wedding their watching is fake.

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** In the territorial era, where kayfabe was sacroscant, the issue "backstage", in the "lockeroom" or otherwise outside of the arena was usually solved by an excited reporter supposedly "finding" some happening and yelling to the camera man to hurry up, usually resulting in the heel getting caught doing something he didn't want the baby faces catching, such as Crippler Rip Oliver breaking Mike Wrestling/{{Von Erich|Family}}'s hand in Texas or Wrestling/EddieGilbert trying to kill Wrestling/JerryLawler in Memphis. In the post territorial era, BJ Whitmer became "the smartest man in wrestling" by actually watching the show and acknowledging locker room happenings recorded on shows he wasn't even on.
* One of Wrestling/CMPunk's signature spots is to steal an article of clothing and hide from his opponent in the audience. How well it works depends on if Punk is a heel or face at the time, or if the audience is generally more interested in seeing what his opponent will do in the case of while he did it in a match against [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] in IWA Mid-South.
* A wrestler no longer employed by a company continuing to show up "as a fan" is not uncommon, especially when the company's contract doesn't mind them appearing on camera for another show, such as Wrestling/AustinAries showing up at Wrestling/{{ROH}} shows "as a fan" while working for Wrestling/{{TNA}}. What was usual was Austin Aries signing an ROH contract then and there after TNA fired him when it decided to pull its contracted wrestlers out of their ROH bookings to fill up a show and Aries, though not booked, obviously wasn't going to make it. It's considered bad form when contracts does not allow appearances but the rival promoter decides to film the wrestler anyway, such as when TNA decide to have the camera linger on Robbie [=McAllister=] of the Highlanders, which lead to the breakup of the TagTeam.
* NXT, by reason of it being a try out show, needs a lot of this. Wrestling/BryanDanielson calls Wrestling/DavidOtunga a worse wrestler even though Bryan always lost to him, because everybody knows Bryan is better, which is basically breaking the fourth wall and basically saying Otunga only won because it was already agreed he would when rhetorically asked if Otunga really deserved his ranking. It's topped itself in season three, where Josh Matthews literally tell tells Wrestling/MichaelCole that a wedding their watching is fake.


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* Ring Warriors was {{reviv|al}}ed in 2011 as a member of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and began signing up wrestlers from the Caribbean in preparation for running shows there as former NWA member Championship Wrestling From Florida had. Apart from Haitian wrestler Tyree Pride, who was already working as a manager in the NWA and used as a wrestler again by Ring Warriors for these Caribbean shows, none of this talent was actually booked by 2012. This caused Wrestling/LaRosaNegra to interrupt the first Bahamas show in Nassau to complain about being an AdvertisedExtra and demand a shot at the winner of the first match in Ring Warriors' women's title tournament. Yes, the entire angle surrounding their first women's champion was an open criticism of [[SelfDeprecation their own business and booking practices]]!
* The angle where Wrestling/KevinSteen was kicked out of ROH by Wrestling/ElGenerico not only involved Kevin Steen hacking the ROH website to show his videos, but him going so far as to criticise ROH on the Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla message boards. This in turn lead to an angle where Wrestling/BryanDanielson tried to kick Steen out of PWG too, tough he relented after winning a match but finding Steen [[AintToProudToBeg grovelling to keep his job]]. Former booker Gabe Sapolsky actually complained when Steen did make it back to ROH and used his name when talking about people unjustly fired from the company.

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** Jazz asking Will [[TheOtherDarrin "Who's playing the Mom this year?"]]


* Paul Greenaway's ''Film/TheBabyOfMacon'' heavily blurs the line between what is fictional and what is "real" within the film. The plot of the film is sometimes a morality play performed before an audience, but sometimes it seems real. Sometimes members of the audience are just spectators, and sometimes they walk onstage and influence the plot. We're frequently shown the actors backstage, and sometimes the actors conspire to make what happens on stage real. When the performers all make a curtain call, the lead actors, whose characters have died, remain dead. The living actors bow to the theatrical audience, and then the audience stands up and they all bow to the camera.

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* Paul Peter Greenaway's ''Film/TheBabyOfMacon'' heavily blurs the line between what is fictional and what is "real" within the film. The plot of the film is sometimes a morality play performed before an audience, but sometimes it seems real. Sometimes members of the audience are just spectators, and sometimes they walk onstage and influence the plot. We're frequently shown the actors backstage, and sometimes the actors conspire to make what happens on stage real. When the performers all make a curtain call, the lead actors, whose characters have died, remain dead. The living actors bow to the theatrical audience, and then the audience stands up and they all bow to the camera.

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* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2'' the correct response to one question is "I'm Guybrush. You tried to sell me the minutes of a PTA meeting in the last game, claiming that it was a map"
* Early-90s point and click adventure game Simon the Sorceror also has one - a group of wizards claim to be farmers, and the way to prove them wrong is by selecting the answer "but when I move the cursor over you it says 'wizards'


* Music/TheBeatles had "Only a Northern Song", a song written (by George Harrison) largely out of contractual obligation, in which the lyrics talk about how badly-written the song is, and then says that it "doesn't really matter." It's basically a TakeThat against the record label.

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* Music/TheBeatles had "Only a Northern Song", a song written (by George Harrison) largely out of contractual obligation, in which the lyrics talk about how badly-written the song is, and then says that it "doesn't really matter." It's basically a TakeThat against the record label.publishing company[[note]]Northern Songs[[/note]].


** The principal clown of ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'', Brian Le Petit, is a ScrewySquirrel who somehow got into the theater and first masquerades as an usher. By the time the show is over, the animal characters of the Red Bird and Green Lizards have almost thoroughly explored the first few rows of the theater, an audience member [[spoiler: has been adopted by a giant baby as its parent]], and Brian [[spoiler: has locked a man in the audience in a crate so he can woo his date]].

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** The principal clown of ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'', Brian Le Petit, is a ScrewySquirrel ThePrankster who somehow got into the theater and first masquerades as an usher. By the time the show is over, the animal characters of the Red Bird and Green Lizards have almost thoroughly explored the first few rows of the theater, an audience member [[spoiler: has been adopted by a giant baby as its parent]], and Brian [[spoiler: has locked a man in the audience in a crate so he can woo his date]].

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* ''Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK'' originally had Saiki being the only one being capable of breaking the fourth wall due to his psychic powers, until later on in the series where everybody was aware of being fictional, even background characters lamenting their irrelevant status. Of course, this goes hand in hand with the fact that everybody is WrongGenreSavvy with Saiki's friends thinking they're the protagonists of anything but a gag anime with Saiki as the real main character.


* ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' of Franchise/TheDCU became aware of the true nature of reality during Creator/GrantMorrison's revival of the character. This even extended to a peyote trip where Buddy looked out of the page and declared "OH MY GOD! I CAN SEE YOU!" ''to the reader.'' Unlike most who share this knowledge, Buddy has a hard time dealing with it and is prone to mental breakdowns as a result.[[FinaglesLaw It got worse]]: the Psycho-Pirate, the character who became aware of the fourth wall first, at one point goes "We are the creations of sick minds. Yes. I've seen... and there's something worse... the creators... ''they're not real either...''"

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* ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' of Franchise/TheDCU became aware of the true nature of reality during Creator/GrantMorrison's revival of the character. This even extended to a peyote trip where Buddy looked out of the page and declared "OH MY GOD! I CAN SEE YOU!" ''to the reader.'' Unlike most who share this knowledge, Buddy has a hard time dealing with it and is prone to mental breakdowns as a result.[[FinaglesLaw It got worse]]: the Psycho-Pirate, the character who became aware of the fourth wall first, at one point goes "We are the creations of sick minds. Yes. I've seen... and there's something worse... the creators... ''they're ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou they're not real either...''"]]''"

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*Series/{{Gerbert}} has the protagonist address the audience when talking about the Bible or asking questions to them.

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