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1->''"I didn't feel the need to appear before now, because I knew I'd face big shouty demands like this as soon as I broke the fourth wall. I think I might have to retcon everyone and go back to nice peaceful anonymity."''²-->-- '''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie L.O.G.]]''''s [[ Facebook Q&A]]²²In fiction, {{Webcomics}} in particular, the FourthWall is sometimes [[NoFourthWall nonexistent]]; sometimes it is so solid that you can [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall lean on it]]. This is a sliding scale of how solid the FourthWall is.²²From most solid/hardest, to least solid/softest (Note that promos and the like do not count for this scale):²²!!Completely Solid Fourth Wall²* ThisIsReality holds sway; within the four walls of the series, there is no direct acknowledgment of the viewer. ({{Lampshade Hanging}}s, some degree of {{Genre Savvy}}ness is allowed, but the FourthWall remains entirely intact).²* {{Mockumentar|y}}ies and the like: There are cameramen who the actors acknowledge, but ThisIsReality still holds sway.²²!!Visible Fourth Wall²* Soliloquies, Asides, and the like, as long as the audience is not directly acknowledged. The characters behave as if they were characters in a story, but they don't know who might be watching. (You talk to the audience in a soliloquy, yes, but only because the conventions of the theater say that doing so means that you're actually just thinking out loud at the audience.)²* LeaningOnTheFourthWall²* AsideGlance/[[AsideComment Comment]]²²!!Semipermeable Fourth Wall²* A {{Narrator}} (but not a [[AudienceSurrogate Viewpoint Character]]) who speaks directly to the audience, but whom the characters do not know about; but only if the narrator's announcements amount to more than "Meanwhile", "see Issue #7", or other scene setting.²* FourthWallMailSlot: where, outside of the plot, the characters respond, in character, to reader mail or reader content -- if it is the only break in the fourth wall.²* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: a segment of the show where characters often lecture directly to the audience, sometimes acknowledging the unrealism of that episode's events.²* FromBeyondTheFourthWall: The creator of a work, the audience, or you, personally, interact with characters (in a way that isn't AudienceParticipation). Such as by lending the characters a boat, or money. Can happen in reverse too.²* FourthWallObserver: One character has full MediumAwareness, and the others write it off as him/her being insane.²* In a video game, the characters are aware of the context of the game just enough to explain a concept of the game to the player, but do so within the context of the story. Common in {{Justified Tutorial}}s.²* Clear BreakingTheFourthWall happens, but at other times, everything works as if the characters are not aware of being fictional; the breakages are basically implied not to be {{canon}}, even though they may happen in the middle of the normal action.²** ScoldingTheFourthWallBreaker²²!!Nonexistent Fourth Wall²* MediumAwareness: The characters may directly acknowledge the mechanics of their medium and/or that this is just a show, but these acknowledgments don't actually affect the plot and/or the characters never acknowledge their fictionality.²* Full NoFourthWall: The characters acknowledge their fictionality directly.²* NoticingTheFourthWall: The characters become aware they are fictional in the most terrifying way possible; the knowledge that they're only real in someone's imagination and will cease to exist when the story ends is used for existential horror.²* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Things inside the story, we are warned, can attack the reader.²²!! [[UpToEleven Beyond]] NoFourthWall²* ''{{Mind Screw}}s'' sometimes goes beyond NoFourthWall, to imply such things as the '''''viewer''''' being a fictional character, so this entry is for them.²²----²No examples; there are ''plenty'' of subtropes for them.²²* Well, maybe a brief comparison of ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' and ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'', to explain how the scale works:²** The characters of ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' know they're in a WebComic, but it only sometimes directly impacts the plot, and the characters' actual existence is never in question.²** In ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'', MediumAwareness '''is''' the main plot, and the characters themselves acknowledge and debate their possible fictionality/nonexistence.²*** Both are examples of full NoFourthWall, but ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' clearly has a less solid Fourth Wall than ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''.²%%No more examples. The above is purely to show that the scale has graduations. %%²----


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