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* In the bonus rounds of SonicTheHedgehogSpinball, Sonic operataes an actual pinball table. You can see his reflection in the glass, and his eyes even move as you play.

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* In the bonus rounds of SonicTheHedgehogSpinball, ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball'', Sonic operataes operates an actual pinball table. You can see his reflection in the glass, and his eyes even move as you play.


* ShowWithinAShow/AnimatedFilms
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[[ShowWithinAShow/AnimatedFilms Film Animated]]
* ShowWithinAShow/LiveActionFilms[[ShowWithinAShow/LiveActionFilms Film Live-Action]]


* ShowWithinAShow/{{Theater}}

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* ShowWithinAShow/{{Theater}}ShowWithinAShow/{{Theatre}}


-->-- '''ExpositoryThemeTune''' for ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[note]]''The Itchy and Scratchy Show'' is actually a segment on ''The Krusty the Klown Show''. ''The Simpsons'' was once a segment on ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''. So, technically, that makes it a [[UpToEleven Show Within A Show, within a former Show Within A Show]]. Or [[Film/{{Inception}} Showception]], for short.[[/note]]

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-->-- '''ExpositoryThemeTune''' for ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[note]]''The Itchy and Scratchy Show'' is actually a segment on ''The Krusty the Klown Show''. ''The Simpsons'' was once a segment on ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow''. So, technically, that makes it a [[UpToEleven Show Within A a Show, within a former Show Within A a Show]]. Or [[Film/{{Inception}} Showception]], for short.[[/note]]



Shows-within-a-show are [[StylisticSuck usually of low quality]]. This is intentional: the low quality of the show is part of the joke or the misery of the characters involved. As a general rule, the more central the Show Within A Show is to the actual show, the better -- or at least higher-gloss -- it will be. On the other hand, FinaglesLaw dictates that TheShowMustGoWrong, so don't expect to get through it without at least one catastrophe.

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Shows-within-a-show are [[StylisticSuck usually of low quality]]. This is intentional: the low quality of the show is part of the joke or the misery of the characters involved. As a general rule, the more central the Show Within A a Show is to the actual show, the better -- or at least higher-gloss -- it will be. On the other hand, FinaglesLaw dictates that TheShowMustGoWrong, so don't expect to get through it without at least one catastrophe.


For the pre-television history of this trope, [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples once again]] we must go back to Creator/WilliamShakespeare, who featured plays within plays both in comedy -- ''The Most Lamentable Comedy, and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe'' within ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' actually ''is'' one by means of a FramingDevice -- and in tragedy (''[[CatchTheConscience The Murder of Gonzago]]'' within ''{{Hamlet}}'').

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For the pre-television history of this trope, [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples once again]] we must go back to Creator/WilliamShakespeare, who featured plays within plays both in comedy -- ''The Most Lamentable Comedy, and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe'' within ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' actually ''is'' one by means of a FramingDevice -- and in tragedy (''[[CatchTheConscience The Murder of Gonzago]]'' within ''{{Hamlet}}'').
''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'').


SuperTrope to SchoolPlay and SoapWithinAShow. SisterTrope with FictionalDocument and FictionalVideoGame. Overlaps with SetBehindTheScenes.

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SuperTrope to GameWithinAGame, SchoolPlay and SoapWithinAShow. SisterTrope with FictionalDocument and FictionalVideoGame. Overlaps with SetBehindTheScenes.

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''Please note that tropes existing within the fictional work should be placed in the work page of the actual, extant work.''


* Mention is made of a popular holoseries in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' called [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Arbitrator Foreboding]], a member of the Adeptus Arbites who hunts down mutants and heretic with relish and a very big gun.

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* Mention is made of a popular holoseries in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' called [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Arbitrator Foreboding]], a member of the Adeptus Arbites who hunts down mutants and heretic heretics with relish and a very big gun.



* The former ''Ride/{{Disaster}}'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] was based around the fictitious Disaster Studios, which created "films" such as "Apocageddon", "Das Schurke", "Baboon!", and "300 Knots Landing"; with their upcoming production being "Mutha Nature".

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The former ''Ride/{{Disaster}}'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] Florida was based around the fictitious Disaster Studios, which created "films" such as "Apocageddon", "Das Schurke", "Baboon!", and "300 Knots Landing"; with their upcoming production being "Mutha Nature". Nature".
** The premise of ''Ride/HellsHigh'' from Ride/UniversalStudios' ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' 1998 was that the actors of a horror movie being filmed at a school were [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by murderous ghosts and started killing people for real when the director yelled "Cut".


# The internal show, in either variety, [[PlotParallel is eerily similar to the real show.]]

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# The internal show, in either variety, [[PlotParallel [[CrystalBallScheduling is eerily similar to the real show.]]


*** The opening vignette of ''Technomancer]]'' has a police mage channel-surfing while on stakeout. What she finds are mostly news and commercials, but there's a trailer for a show where [[Series/TheXFiles FBI agents Cat Morrigan and Dara Skuld]] investigate rumours of TheFairFolk.
*** A ''Pyramid'' magazine article on combining ''Technomancer'' with ''GURPS Action'' has a worked example called ''El Paso Vice'', with an explanation that in the regular ''Technomancer'' verse it was a popular cop show in the 80s.

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*** The opening vignette of ''Technomancer]]'' ''Technomancer'' has a police mage channel-surfing while on stakeout. What she finds are mostly news and commercials, but there's a trailer for a show where [[Series/TheXFiles FBI agents Cat Morrigan and Dara Skuld]] investigate rumours of TheFairFolk.
*** A ''Pyramid'' magazine article on combining ''Technomancer'' with ''GURPS Action'' has a worked example called ''El ''[[Series/MiamiVice El Paso Vice'', Vice]]'', with an explanation that in the regular ''Technomancer'' verse it was a popular cop show in the 80s.


** TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer:

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** TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer:''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'':


*** Many [=InVid=} shows are mentioned in the text. The two that get the most attention (or at least a write-up of the fandom) are the space opera ''Starburst Station'' and the Arabian technofantasy ''The Golden Jihad''. ''Starburst'' fans (described in ''High Frontier'') have created a replica of the station in Earth orbit, where they live according to the (poorly defined) philosophy of the lead characters. Jihadis (described in ''Toxic Memes'') are more into creating [[FanWorks fanvids]] (which the original copyright holders encourage) and are slightly contemptuous of the Starbursters and their devotion to The Original Work.

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*** Many [=InVid=} [=InVid=] shows are mentioned in the text. The two that get the most attention (or at least a write-up of the fandom) are the space opera ''Starburst Station'' and the Arabian technofantasy ''The Golden Jihad''. ''Starburst'' fans (described in ''High Frontier'') have created a replica of the station in Earth orbit, where they live according to the (poorly defined) philosophy of the lead characters. Jihadis (described in ''Toxic Memes'') are more into creating [[FanWorks fanvids]] (which the original copyright holders encourage) and are slightly contemptuous of the Starbursters and their devotion to The Original Work.


* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''
** ''GURPS Magical Items 3'' includes a brief description of a setting where TheFairFolk battle with {{Magitek}} HumongousMecha in the chapter describing such mecha. The vignette for an earlier chapter on magic toys suggests that this setting is a popular kids' TV show in the world of ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'', with its own line of living action figures.
** The opening vignette of ''[[TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer Technomancer]]'' has a police mage channel-surfing while on stakeout. What she finds are mostly news and commercials, but there's a trailer for a show where [[Series/TheXFiles FBI agents Cat Morrigan and Dara Skuld]] investigate rumours of TheFairFolk.
** A ''Pyramid'' magazine article on combining ''Technomancer'' with ''GURPS Action'' has a worked example called ''El Paso Vice'', with an explanation that in the regular ''Technomancer'' verse it was a popular cop show in the 80s.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''
''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer:
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''GURPS Magical Items 3'' includes a brief description of a setting where TheFairFolk battle with {{Magitek}} HumongousMecha in the chapter describing such mecha. The vignette for an earlier chapter on magic toys suggests that this setting is a popular kids' TV show in the world of ''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer'', ''Technomancer'', with its own line of living action figures.
** *** The opening vignette of ''[[TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer Technomancer]]'' ''Technomancer]]'' has a police mage channel-surfing while on stakeout. What she finds are mostly news and commercials, but there's a trailer for a show where [[Series/TheXFiles FBI agents Cat Morrigan and Dara Skuld]] investigate rumours of TheFairFolk.
** *** A ''Pyramid'' magazine article on combining ''Technomancer'' with ''GURPS Action'' has a worked example called ''El Paso Vice'', with an explanation that in the regular ''Technomancer'' verse it was a popular cop show in the 80s.80s.
** ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'':
*** Many [=InVid=} shows are mentioned in the text. The two that get the most attention (or at least a write-up of the fandom) are the space opera ''Starburst Station'' and the Arabian technofantasy ''The Golden Jihad''. ''Starburst'' fans (described in ''High Frontier'') have created a replica of the station in Earth orbit, where they live according to the (poorly defined) philosophy of the lead characters. Jihadis (described in ''Toxic Memes'') are more into creating [[FanWorks fanvids]] (which the original copyright holders encourage) and are slightly contemptuous of the Starbursters and their devotion to The Original Work.
*** The ''Pyramid'' article on combining ''Transhuman Space'' with ''GURPS Action'' uses the characters from ''Personnel Files: Martingale Security'' as an example. As with the ''Technomancer'' equivalent, it's explained that you can think of this as an action-adventure [=InVid=] series called ''Martingale!''

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** A ''Pyramid'' magazine article on combining ''Technomancer'' with ''GURPS Action'' has a worked example called ''El Paso Vice'', with an explanation that in the regular ''Technomancer'' verse it was a popular cop show in the 80s.


For the pre-television history of this trope, [[JustForFun/ZerothLawOfTropeExamples once again]] we must go back to Creator/WilliamShakespeare, who featured plays within plays both in comedy -- ''The Most Lamentable Comedy, and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe'' within ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' actually ''is'' one by means of a FramingDevice -- and in tragedy (''[[CatchTheConscience The Murder of Gonzago]]'' within ''{{Hamlet}}'').

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For the pre-television history of this trope, [[JustForFun/ZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples once again]] we must go back to Creator/WilliamShakespeare, who featured plays within plays both in comedy -- ''The Most Lamentable Comedy, and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe'' within ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' actually ''is'' one by means of a FramingDevice -- and in tragedy (''[[CatchTheConscience The Murder of Gonzago]]'' within ''{{Hamlet}}'').

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