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1[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer TV Tropes assures you that this is a real page for web original examples.]]²²!!Administrivia/InUniverseExamplesOnly:²----²²* [[http://bonesmakenoise.tumblr.com/post/110389313528/im-not-here-to-tell-you-guys-this-movie-is-so This Tumblr post about]] ''Film/JupiterAscending''.²* ''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Gameways]]'' ends with a brief video of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' that shows Strong Bad standing and then walking away due to impatience. The screen says, "ACTUAL GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE!"²* "Actual [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] dialog" from ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', and a variation in ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged''²-->"We're going to do battle with '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ehL5DF6BqU ancient Egyptian laser beams!"]]''' (Caption: THIS ISN'T A JOKE - IT REALLY HAPPENS)²** Also, in ''WebVideo/TeenTitansTheAbridgedSeries'', with "INSTANCES OF ACTUAL DIALOGUE".²** Two more instances, in ''WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged'' in regards to one particularly weird line:²--->'''Polnareff''': OH, what's that? You say I can beat your bum? [[HoYay Oh, you're into that stuff!]] (Caption: ACTUAL DUB DIALOGUE)²** And the second in regards to a bizarre case of LipLock in the dub, when Kakyoin spots J. Geil's Hanged Man in the steering wheel of their pickup:²--->'''Kakyoin''': POLNAREFF! He's in the CHROME of the STEERING WHEEL! (Caption: ACTUAL DUB INFLECTION)²** In ''WebVideo/GargoylesAbridged,'' an "ACTUAL EPISODE DIALOGUE" message pops up when Demona says "blast your soul."²* Most of the Website/{{Newgrounds}} ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/youareafuckingmoron You Are A Fucking Moron]]'' animations have Reginald say something like this at least once.²* ''Website/ChannelAwesome'' and Creator/DougWalker:²** When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic noted the RealLife part of ''Film/SpaceJam'': "We see [UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan] during those embarrassing years when he actually took up baseball instead of basketball... and that's not bad writing, that actually happened."²** In his review of the animated... adaptation... ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn'', he holds up the DVD case as proof that it actually exists. ²*** In his review of the sequel to the ''other'' [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic animated Titanic movie]], living toys dance around to rave music. He adds a note at the bottom of the screen that it's not a joke, it's a real scene in the movie. ²** During his review of ''{{Film/Hook}}'', he points out that his referring to one character as Officer Music/PhilCollins was not a throwaway line for someone who bore resemblance to Collins - that really was Collins doing a cameo. Also, when he recognizes the kissing couple sprinkled by pixie dust as Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/CarrieFisher, he exclaims, "I swear to God, that's not a joke!"²** A similar gag is featured in the Blog/ToplessRobot's ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Transformers 2]]'' [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/06/bonus_robs_transformers_2_faqs.php post-review FAQ]].²** And in [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/transformers2.html The Editing Room abridged script of the movie]].²** In his review of the Cannon Films' ''Film/{{Captain America|1990}}'', he states he is not making "Captain America escapes an ambush by hot chicks by entering a pick-up truck driven by Creator/NedBeatty" up.²** In his ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' review he made sure to point out that the oo-we-oo sounds from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' weren't added to the scene of marching {{mooks}} by him, but were actually from the show itself.²** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVV3MDJp5Xo THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!]] In ''Film/{{The NeverEnding Story}} III''.²** In his ''Film/InspectorGadget'' film review, he points out that when a billboard advertising Website/{{Yahoo}} falls on the BigBad's car, he isn't the one who dubbed in the Yahoo jingle of the time (a man singing "Yahooooo~ooo!" in a vaguely hillbilly-sounding voice).²** The cafe in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1B7nstiTM this video]] is a real place. The last part even gives you the address in case you want to stop by.²** Also, in his review of ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie'', he points out that the scene where Davis ''instantly'' goes from sobbing uncontrollably about Willis' backstory to smiling in the most chipper of manners was ''not edited by him at all''.²** His review of ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' opens with a therapist leading a "Catwoman Anonymous" meeting.²--->'''Counsellor:''' Yes, Sean Young. We all remember how you ambushed Creator/TimBurton dressed as Catwoman in order to force him to put you in the role. *AsideGlance* That's not comedic writing. She really did that, folks.²** ''WebVideo/BumReviews'': Very often used by Chester A. Bum, a homeless guy who is the nicest movie critic ever. For example, an extract from his review of ''Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve'': "So Mulder and Scully are out to stop evil doctors by using a paedophile priest who is also a psychic! I swear to God, I am not making that up!" Usually PunctuatedForEmphasis, but it's hard to tell since he has NoIndoorVoice.²*** In the episode about ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Chester ([[OnceAnEpisode who always begins his vids by claiming that the film he's reviewing "IS THE GREATEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!!"]]) has to assure the audience after that that he REALLY means it this time. [[ExaggeratedTrope And then]] Doug [[OutOfCharacterMoment broke character]] and assured the audience he was being serious about it. ²** Also from his team: WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:²*** On ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'''s Ursula:²---->"Not only was her design based on a drag queen..." *shows picture of Divine* "No, ''really''."²*** In ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'', [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]] says regarding acclaimed performance art involving [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a woman stripping, bathing in honey and doing a monologue about Winnie-the-Pooh doing BDSM]]: "Before you ask, I'm not making a word of that up."²*** In her "Worst Disney Sequels" list, she first talks about the somber themes of ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound,'' where societal expectations destroy a friendship between the main characters, then notes: "In ''Fox and the Hound 2,'' a {{midquel}}, Copper and Todd join a band. ({{Beat}}) I'm not kidding." She can't quite suppress a grin as she says it. ²*** When she counts down her viewer-voted list of the top 10 {{boy band}}s of the 90s, she reels off a list of boy bands that also existed during that time. She then says "Guess which one of these I made up", followed by the caption, "Hint: None of them."²*** Oan's show had during ''The Doom Generation'' a monologue performed by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall 90s Kid]] that the caption reveals was actually used in the film's marketing campaign!²*** In his review of Film/NakedLunch, he shows a scene where the main character [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext squashes a giant talking bug]], and says, "Awwwwww, [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Jamie Hyneman]] worked really hard on that prop!" Then he clarifies that, yes, Hyneman really was one of the special effects crew.²* Every time WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd says "I am dead fucking serious."²** In his ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'' review, when the screen fades from that random rat to Splinter and back, he says that he's "not making that up, they actually did that fade".²* In one of Stegblob's WebAnimation/YouTubePoop videos ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIy4uH173wE Robotnik Becomes Prime Minister]], at 2:33), he showed a blooper where Grounder's mouth was moving but Sonic was talking. Stegblob put up a banner at the bottom saying, "I DID NOT POOP THIS BIT!" (This was actually quite common in [=DiC=]'s cartoons.)²* When WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation says "I ''wish'' I was fucking kidding!" when describing [[TrippyFinaleSyndrome the ending]] of ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot''.²** Also with a gun in ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}''. "I wish I could make this up! It shoots shurikens and lightning! It could only be more awesome if it had tits and was [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]]."²** And in his review of ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Rising|Revengeance}}: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/6994-Metal-Gear-Rising-Revengeance Revengeance]]'', when he feels the need to call out that his comparison to Franchise/ScoobyDoo was not exaggerated, as the main character actually "acquires a comedy talking dog as a sidekick. No, really, this is a thing that happens". (With a picture of a robotic dog, with a big arrow pointing to it and a caption, "a thing that happens.")²** In his review of ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', he brings up a Mickey Mouse comic where he ''[[http://ridz.sg/blog/2008/04/mickey-mouse-loses-minnie-attempts-suicide/ tries to kill himself]]'' after Minnie breaks up with him.²** After mentioning a particularly {{narm}}ful line spoken by ''VideoGame/RememberMe'''s protagonist, he then states that, yes, it really is in the game as displayed verbatim.²** He points out that you really can "bully the monsters into giving up and take their lunch money" in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''.²** In his Creator/{{Acclaim}} Entertainment 'Hall of Shame' video, he clarifies that Creator/{{Sony}} really did parade a dead goat around at ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'''s launch party.²* [=JelloApocalypse=] in the ''WebAnimation/SoThisIsBasically'' series frequently changes the names of characters in the media he explains. So when he introduces [[BigBad Vicious]] in the ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode, a note below his name reads "That's not a joke, it's seriously his name".²* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] also used this during the TrainingMontage of ''[[BruceLeeClone Clones of Bruce Lee]]''²-->No really, I'm not joking, they steal the music from ''Film/{{Rocky}}''.²** Again for ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''. Before showing the finale, he spends a good minute assuring the viewer that the scene is completely unchanged (apart from adding the Benny Hill music) and was shot like that, to be shown on national TV.²** He also spends a good 15 seconds in "The Importance of Wearing Pants" reassuring us that he's not making up the story about the player who somehow left the house without his pants.²** In his review of ''VideoGame/TheRingTerrorsRealm'', Spoony promises the viewers that the [[MoodWhiplash cartoon-esque "splat" noise]] heard throughout the review is actually in the game and not something he added as a joke.²* When talking about the mass-censorship of comics in the mid 20th century, [[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]] added this disclaimer saying (complete with emphasis) "''THIS. ACTUALLY. HAPPENED.'''"²** Also used in his ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' review, in which he lists twenty things that Really Happen in it (well, sort of):²--->'''Bob:''' (14) There's an extended comedy sequence where Crosshairs loses his testosterone regulation cog and reverts to exaggerated effeminate mannerisms, which plays out as background slapstick during an unnecessarily long foreground discussion about what gender differentiation even means for the Transformers in the first place, and pays off in a deeply uncomfortable joke about hybrid cars.\²(15) I just made that last one up, but admit it: you didn't know that for sure.\²(16) Hot Rod is French now and talks and acts exactly like Pepe le Pew. ({{beat}}) That one's real.²* When Website/{{YouTube}}r ''{{WebAnimation/DarkMatter2525}}'''s animations about religion have an animated version of a scene from the Bible, the Bible verse is displayed. Usually this is a citation, but for some of the parts he finds particularly odd, it's used as a disclaimer.²* [[http://www.jabootu.com/sphere.htm Jabootu reviews]]:²** The review of the movie ''Sphere'' says this about the movie's ending: "No, really, that's what they came up with. No, I am not making this up just to make the movie sound stupider than it already is..."²** from [[http://www.jabootu.com/cotsftt.htm the review]] of the {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} episode "The Time Trap":²--->''Then, and ''I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP'', Batman orders Robin to "Use your [[HoYay/{{Batman}} Bat Lube]]!"''²* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'':²** His review of ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'', Linkara reads out the script that came with the special edition in which Frank Miller details Vicki Vale's ass shot. All he does is read it out and put up a caption that says "This is not a joke. This is the actual script."²** In his ''Ultimates 3'' review, he keeps using his hilarious drunk voice for Tony Stark even after [[spoiler: Tony is revealed to be a robot imposter.]] He then singles out a line where [[spoiler: the robot]] asks for vodka due to [[spoiler: its personality imprint.]] "And that was just in case you thought I was being facetious in having [[spoiler: the robot]] still have the drunk voice."²** His live review of the ''Manga/MarvelMangaverse'' ''Spider-Clan'' series, when he mentions it's by the same writer as ''Comicbook/SpiderManReign''.²--->'''Linkara''' It's also the story where Mary-Jane was killed by Peter Parker's [[{{Squick}} radioactive sperm]]... I am not kidding at all.²** He mentions ComicBook/SpiderHam in his ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' review and tells the viewer to google it.²** He says this twice in his review of ''Comicbook/ThePunisher2099'' #1, mentioning stories where the Punisher becomes a Frankenstein monster and a black guy (the latter he reviewed in 2015).²** In an episode covering the history of the ComicBook/TeenTitans, Linkara revealed that [[TheScrappy Danny Chase]] is his favourite superhero of all time. "I am not kidding at all, I love the little brat."²** Done in one of his live shows when he has to assure us that the [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy dialogue]] we're seeing is not an unauthorised doujinshi or a poorly-written {{scanlation}}, it's an actual comic published by Creator/DarkHorseComics and approved by Creator/StudioGainax.²** "Captain Mar-Vel died of cancer. Yeah, I'm not kidding"²** "A gunman killed the calf's parents, forcing him to become... BAT-COW! (Beat ) I'm not kidding. Bat-Cow is a real thing, look it up."²* Creator/CleolindaJones:²** She put it in [[http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/630150.html her overview]], "Hand to God, I did not make one word of that up. ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' means never having to say you're kidding".²** In her ''Film/TheHappening''. In Fifteen Minutes script, having a reporter say that the event "may be an act of God we may never fully understand" and then instantly pointing out that this line comes directly from the movie.²* Creator/ScottKeith, [[http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/video_reviews/32894/The-SmarK-Retro-Repost---Royal-Rumble-1994.htm wrestling critic, reviews Undertaker vs. Yokozuna at Royal Rumble 1994.]]²-->So please, before we begin, bear in mind that I am making NONE of this up, and everything I am about to describe actually happened, live on a PPV. This is not, just to clarify, an LSD hallucination gone wrong, or [[Series/{{Dallas}} a dream sequence that ended with Pat Patterson waking up in the shower in the next morning]].²* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows:²** When Todd reviewed "Bedrock", he listed a couple of names from Young Money: "Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Lil Chuckee, Lil Twist, T-Streets, and a bunch of other names that sound like I'm just making them up, though I swear to God I'm not."²** This disclaimer shows up on the review of "Break Up" by Mario, Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett after the line, "Don't I make your earlobe freeze?"²---> '''Subtitle:''' Seriously, I didn't make that up.²** "But lost in the discussion of [[Music/SirMixALot Baby Got Back]]'s deeper meaning — and yes, people were actually talking about this in exactly those kinds of terms, I'm not pulling any of this out of my ass ... so to speak." ²** When reviewing "Ni**as in Paris" by Music/JayZ and Music/KanyeWest, he had to clarify that he did not put in the ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' clip that shows up in the music video.²--->'''Todd:''' You know what's incredible about that [clip]? I didn't do it. That wasn't me. Kanye put that Creator/WillFerrell clip in there himself! And that's awesome, because that's exactly the same clip I would've used to describe that "going gorillas" line! God bless you, Kanye. Maybe if I listen to you long enough, you'll start spicing up your music with a little...\²'''[[Film/StreetFighter M. Bison:]]''' ''[[MemeticMutation OF COURSE!]]''\²'''Todd:''' Or maybe a little...\²'''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Patsy:]]''' It's only a model.²* ''WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter'': ²** In his [[WesternAnimation/{{Wayside}} "Mrs. Gorf"]] review when describing Wendy Nogard, a teacher who read people's minds with her third ear.²** In his ''WesternAnimation/DorbeesMakingDecisions'' review, he gives this:²--->'''Mr. Enter:''' Speaking of which, the guy on the sofa changes the channel to a German Access television show about a superhero named Mr. Poe and his sidekick Yogul, where they try to fight an evil French cow. The funny part is you think I'm kidding. (''later'') No, I didn't edit this in, and no, my friends and I didn't try to make a little something to make fun of "Dorbees." This is in the movie as I found it! The movie literally stops to show us this full short about Mr. Poe and Yogul.²** In the ''WesternAnimation/CoconutFredsFruitSaladIsland'' review, he constantly reminds viewers that the seemingly random and unconnected bits of footage all came from the same episode, just to drive home how much of a RandomEventsPlot it really is.²** He begins his ''Admirable'' Animation review of "[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo TTG]] vs [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 PPG]]" by clarifying that no, you are not dreaming or tripping, it's not AprilFoolsDay, and you did not misread the title.²* WebVideo/{{Gigguk}} claimed in "Anime in 2015" that ''Manga/TokyoGhoul √A'' was such a bad adaptation that "fucked viewers so hard, you can now watch the entire series on Pornhub!" before showing the site (with ads and suggestions pixelated) to show it's really there.²* ''WebVideo/AutoTuneTheNews'' once [[StupidStatementDanceMix sampled a speech]] by Steve Buyer warning that [[GRatedDrug smoking lettuce is as harmful to your health as smoking tobacco.]] Immediately after, just to prove no ManipulativeEditing was at work, they include a news report about the actual speech, with the whole thing remixed together into SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic.²* Sean O'Neal's [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/miley-cyrus-to-play-tough-streetsmart-private-eye,47215/ article on an upcoming Miley Cyrus movie]], with the twist being that he seems to be trying to convince ''himself'' that this god-awful premise is actually real.²* ''Website/{{Cracked}}''²** One in an article on [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15893_ten-secret-celebrity-scientologists.html Celebrities who are secretly]] [[ChurchOfHappyology Happyologists]].²--->''We're not sure about Van Susteren, but her husband is a level 8, the highest level currently available (can only be achieved while on a boat at sea; seriously, we are not making this shit up).''²** Another one about [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20039_5-crazy-ways-colors-red-blue-control-your-life_p2.html how colors control your life]].²--->''High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate, or HEALS technology, condenses the power of 12 suns (not making this up) into a heatless device.''²** And [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20113_5-insane-pop-culture-crossovers-that-almost-happened.html another]]:²--->'''Comicbook/GhostRider Was To Switch Places With WesternAnimation/{{Casper The Friendly Ghost}}'''\²''That is not a parody headline.''²** Quoth "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20618_5-spectacularly-crazy-meltdowns-by-ceos-major-companies_p2.html 5 Spectacularly Crazy Meltdowns by CEOs of Major Companies]]", of an entire paragraph of insane claims made by John [=McAfee=]: "Not a single thing we said in the preceding paragraph is a joke."²** From "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20556_5-animal-rights-campaigns-that-managed-to-screw-over-animals.html 5 Animal Rights Campaigns That Managed to Screw Over Animals]]", about the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dogfighting ring:²--->''One of the survivors was put in a program called Paws for Tales, where kids too shy to read aloud to human audiences practice their reading skills in front of dogs. No, really. That's not a sarcastic fake program we made up. (And that's not a stock image. That's Jonny Justice, the actual dog we're talking about.)''²** From "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-6-most-horrifying-product-recalls-in-china/ The 6 Most Horrifying Product Recalls in China]]":²--->''[Cushing's syndrome] is characterized by a big, swollen, moon-shaped face, emotional instability, acne, muscle weakening, hair loss, truncal obesity, and buffalo hump. For fuck's sake, buffalo hump! That's not even one of my hilarious pretend things I toss into lists, it's a real thing! Called buffalo hump!''²** Creator/{{Seanbaby}} does this as well, in "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-superheroes-who-completely-lost-their-shit/ 6 Superheroes Who Completely Lost Their shit]]":²---> ''If you're wondering, someone did save Human Torch by superheating a hot dog cart below him until it exploded. I'm serious, look it up.''²** "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-steps-to-writing-successful-suspense-with-glenn-beck/ 5 Steps to Writing Successful Suspense (With Glenn Beck!)]]" describes TheReveal of the master plan in Radio/GlennBeck's ''Literature/TheOvertonWindow'' as follows:²---> ''Noah stumbles into a room that holds his father's computer and finds an evil master plan in a [=PowerPoint=] Presentation that was left open.'' Seriously.²** From "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_22198_5-real-supervillain-attacks-america-left-out-history_p2.html 5 Real Supervillain Attacks on America That History Forgot]]: ²--->In the summer of 1974, disgruntled aerospace engineer and public masturbator Muharem Kurbegovic began sending bizarre, rambling tapes to newspapers, claiming he had mailed Bob Hope postcards to all nine members of the Supreme Court laced with tiny canisters of nerve gas -- possibly because he was angry with the judicial system since his public masturbation charge had prevented him from opening a go-go club and was also placing his bid for U.S. citizenship in jeopardy. Absolutely no part of that is a joke.²** From "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_24958_5-companies-who-sell-solution-to-problems-they-make.html 5 Companies Who Make Millions (Solving Problems They Make)]]", they recount how the CEO of Mylan responded to critics of the rising prices for [=EpiPens=]:²--->But the icing on the deliciously deadly peanut butter cake came later, when employees brought their concerns to the CEO, Robert Coury. He carefully listened to their well-reasoned complaints, then promptly flipped them the double bird and told them all to go fuck themselves. Obviously, with our reputation for both hyperbole and profanity, you're going to assume that last part was a joke. It's not. ''[[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/04/business/angry-about-epipen-prices-executive-dont-care-much.html?_r=0 That's literally what Coury did]]''. ²* [=GameCentral's=] [[http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/games/878649-coronation-street-the-mystery-of-the-missing-hotpot-recipe-review-readers-feature review]] of ''Series/CoronationStreet: The Mystery of the Missing Hotpot Recipe'' begins²-->''This is a real game that exists. Don't say it isn't... it is!''²* Used by [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett]] in his review of Baby's Day Out... [[SubvertedTrope while claiming that the movie spawned a Congressional hearing on whether the federal government should ban the production of Hollywood movies.]]²** The bizarre nature of the movies featured on ''Best of the Worst'' and elsewhere usually garner this treatment. Taken to absolute extremes in Jack and Rich Evans' ''re:View'' episode on ''Film/NothingButTrouble'', where about 80% of the discussion just goes into recapping the plot, characters and set dressing, using constant use of the DescriptionCut to assure the audience (and themselves) that, yes, what they're talking about is real, and no, it does not make sense.²* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:²-->174. Furby® is not allowed into classified areas. (I swear to the gods, I did not make that up, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furby#Security_concerns it's actually DOD policy.]]) ²* [[WebVideo/StuartAshen Dr. Ashen]]: ²** While [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zUkK14bHDk reviewing]] ''VideoGame/HumanKillingMachine'', he points out that he is not making this up after explaining that once you defeat Igor, you must fight his dog, named "Shepski."²--->'''Dr. Ashen:''' I am not making this up, I promise!²** There's his videos for Roopstigo on UsefulNotes/{{cricket}}, [[SquirrelsInMyPants ferret legging]] and [[DrinkingGame dwile flonking]], which make extensive use of this trope.²** Then there's [[https://youtu.be/-SvYEaQRbk4?t=4m55s his explanation of Caganers]], which uses them like punctuation marks.²* In Guru Larry's Fact Hunt episode on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGSb2HRe_OE "5 Games Recalled for Shocking Reasons,"]] the first game he talks about is ''VideoGame/{{Sqweek}}''. Mainly that:²-->'''Larry:''' All was not well with the [[Creator/AlanSugar Amstrad]] port of the game, as whenever you completed a level, Sqweek would tell the player to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck their mother.]] Yes, really.²* [[ImageBoards Rage Comics]] have seen the addition of a new "True Story" Rage Face (a MemeticMutation of Barney Stinson's line from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''), used by authors of Rage Comics to invoke this trope.²* Geoffrey K. Pullum, a linguist writing for the [[http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/ Language Log]], gives a Not Making This Up Disclaimer just before [[http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002325.html talking about]] Creator/DanBrown using the expression "[[MixedMetaphor learning the ropes in the trenches]]" in ''Literature/DeceptionPoint''.²* The "Jezebel" site offers the headline [[http://jezebel.com/5957965/today-in-things-i-couldnt-even-make-up-britney-spears-is-writing-a-novel?tag=dirt-bag "Today in Things I Couldn’t Even Make Up, Britney Spears Is Writing a Novel"]]²-->I spent literally all afternoon trying to come up with a fake Music/BritneySpears book proposal that would do comedic justice to the concept of a fake Britney Spears book proposal, but [[FreakierThanFiction it just]] ''[[FreakierThanFiction isn't possible]]''.²* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a27oq09lhPw this YouTube video]] ("Something's WRONG with MY LITTLE PONY: Friendship is Magic" [by a fan, just having fun]), the creator of the video talks about cutie marks on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' as a metaphor for tattoos and states that he's not being serious, but if he can add two and two get five, then just imagine the crazy ultra-conservative-right-wingers who tried to ban ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' or who thought ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' encouraged devil-worship and that ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' was used as a vehicle for pro-gay propaganda. "Seriously, Google these things. I'm not makin' this up."²* ''Website/SFDebris'': SF Debris uses "I am being serious" disclaimers from time to time in his reviews:²** "Time-traveling space Nazis. Yes, really."²** "I normally don't use the phrase 'I shit you not', except when I'm teaching Sunday school, but in this case, I can't think of anything more appropriate." (From his review of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', describing Agent Cooper's methods)²** ''The Nth Degree'': Mentioning that Barclay becoming smarter mirrors the plot of a certain [[{{Literature/FlowersForAlgernon}} science fiction]] work... [[BaitAndSwitchComment a Japanese TV show]]:²--->'''Chuck''': As seen on the Series/{{Spectreman}} two-parter, "Billy Don't Be A Monster and Genius Monster Norman", [[SincerityMode I swear I'm not making this up]].²* Various versions of this abound on WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou, and "I couldn't make this shit up if I tried" is said at the opening of every pre-recorded episode. Also done on Nash's other shows, particularly ''Doctor Who Classic Reviews.'' Also often heard on Nash's weekly live show ''Radio Dead Air,'' where he often talks about geek culture and outrageous happenings therein.²* Creator/CS188 is pretty well-known for creating InherentlyFunnyWords, specifically those like [=JoJ=], [=SuS=], and [=FaaF=]. Thus, when he did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GczgjYbrguw Pooping the Charts Vol. 5 - Sex-Crazed Pop Stars]], he ended up slapping a disclaimer of "I really didn't edit that!" when the lyrics to the Music/KanyeWest[=/=]Music/KatyPerry song "E.T." seem to use the word "[=JoJ=]"²* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'':²** When he reviewed ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'', he mentioned "Turkish I Spit On Your Grave", and showed a picture to let us know that film exists.²** He also assured us that ''Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS'' really was shot on the same set as ''Series/HogansHeroes'' (and were allowed to TrashTheSet for the action finale).²* A popular trend among fandom blogs on Tumblr is to take ridiculous scenes out of context and post a hashtag that it is an actual line from the series. This is mostly done by the ''Supernatural'' fandom with many lines showing just how insane a series it is.²* WebVideo/JonTron:²** When he puts a Commodore 64 cassette in a normal cassette player, he gets a [[HellIsThatNoise loud screeching noise]]. Cue Jon looking at the camera with a disturbed look on his face while "(ACTUAL NOISE IT MADE)" appears on-screen.²** There's his ''Food Fight'' review, where he showcases a particularly crappy scene with [[ItMakesSenseInContext a chocolate squirrel crying chocolate]], pointing out via caption that is the "Literal actual noise from film!"²** In his ''Pokemon Bootleg Games'' video, on [[TranslationTrainWreck one particularly (and hilariously) bad piece of translation]]:²--->''"I couldn't make this shit up. I couldn't make this shit up if I tr- I am '''sad''' that I lack the '''talent''', to make this shit up."''²** When making a simile, Jon seems to find himself using this trope often.²--->'''Jontron:''' '''''[[LargeHam LIKE APHRODITE RISING FROM THE SEAFOAM OF URANUS' SEVERED BALLSACK!]]''''' *To the side* [[MoodWhiplash No, really, I'm serious,]] [[Myth/GreekMythology that's how it happened, look it up, it's... it's true, it's definitely true]].²** This one from the ''Zoo Race'' episode: Jon has to put up a small bit of text at the bottom, reading [[AC:REMINDER: ACTUALLY HAPPENING]], because the situation the game found itself in ([[spoiler:a train, driven by a swimming champion sheep, crashing into a Bible verse billboard with each cart exploding into fireworks on impact]]) is just ''that'' absurd.²** In his "Disney Bootlegs" video, a bootleg ''Disney/TheLionKing'' game has Simba ride on a platform with a [[NonNaziSwastika Swastika]] on it to reach the end of the game.²--->[[spoiler:'''''"BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! OH SORRY, WHAT'S THAT? THAT'S JUST THE 'YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP' ALARM!"''''']]²** Earlier, he's flabbergasted at the fact that a different bootleg has, as a Game Over screen, Simba, Timon or Pumbaa (depending on which one you chose to play as) being DrivenToSuicide.²--->''"Somebody made this, folks. This is real."''²** In his ''VideoGame/SpaceAce'' review, he points out that Creator/DonBluth is the half second-cousin of (former Massachusetts governor and then-recent presidential nominee) Mitt Romney, followed by a frenetic graphic proclaiming that "THIS IS ACTUALLY TRUE".²* Website/TheEditingRoom scripts often have the disclaimers (actual line) or THIS HAPPENS to point out that something was actually said or done in the movie being parodied.²* ''WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}''²** "Adults React to LetsPlay/PewDiePie" features a RunningGag of Diabetus simply deadpan reading a list of [=PewDiePie=] video titles. Every appearance is accompanied by Website/YouTube annotations reading "ACTUAL VIDEO TITLES" or similar.²** A [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YKdc-qYADE video]] of one particular [[WebGames Flash game]] earned the title of "Franchise/SilentHill [[PantyShot Upskirt]] Fighter. Really.", which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] as "the world's most clickbaity title" and yet "100% REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONTENT."²** A later [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cli8rq2MUUg video]] of a ''Franchise/StarWars'' Flash game has "star wars", "9/11" and "osama bin laden" as tags, which the description says "feels like [they're] exploiting the search algorithm but [they're] somehow not."²* Chris Sims of Comics Alliance describes the ''Westernanimation/XMen'' episode "The Juggernaut Returns" [[http://comicsalliance.com/the-x-men-episode-guide-3x19-nightcrawler/ thusly]]:²-->Last week, we had a fun, goofy one-off episode where a local nerd stole the power of the Juggernaut to make himself irresistible on the dance floor, only to end up crashing through the roof of a TV studio where they were shooting an episode of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' while the X-Men restored his stolen magical power to its rightful (and homicidal) owner. None of what I just wrote is an exaggeration or a joke. It is an accurate summary of what is, at this point, probably my favorite episode of the series.²* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle''²** During the analysis section of one episode featuring [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]] and [[Franchise/MortalKombat Scorpion]], the words "Yes... This is real..." was displayed while the hosts shared the clip of [[Funny/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Scorpion hosting his own cooking show]].²** They do it again in the episode featuring VideoGame/{{Kirby}} and [[Anime/DragonBallZ Majin Buu]], specifically when talking about how [[KillerRabbit Kirby]] once [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa threw a giant frying pan at a giant acid monster, making them both go through the ceiling into orbit, go straight into the sun, have it circle the burning star, and have it land back in the same room with a perfectly cooked monster.]]²--->'''Boomstick:''' [[LampshadeHanging "That's gotta be the most ridiculous thing we've ever seen on Death Battle."]]²* ''WebVideo/FoldingIdeas'': The Foldable Human discussing the meaning of ''The Cremaster Cycle''.²--> '''The Foldable Human''': So what's it all about? It's all about balls. No seriously, it's about balls. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremaster_muscle cremaster muscle]][[labelnote:*]]Warning, the images are NotSafeForWork.[[/labelnote]] is the tiny muscle that controls the raising and lowering of the testicles within the scrotum. And the entire cycle is about sexual differentiation in the fetus.²* A few episodes of WebVideo/NeedsMoreGay have this, usually when referring to a movie that's so ludicrously awful or strange, such as ''Film/MarciX'' and the as-of-yet unfinished ''Film/WhiteChicks'' sequel, that one ''has'' to be reassured that they do, in fact, exist.²* Jerry Beck's [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/trailer-tyler-perrys-madeas-tough-love-20141021 "Animation Scoop" article]] on an animated [[Creator/TylerPerry Madea]] movie is nothing more than an advertisement for the film with a lengthy disclaimer that it was not, in fact, a joke, a prank or an SNL skit.²* ''Magazine/PCGamer'''s online article "[[http://www.pcgamer.com/the-10-worst-and-most-wtf-puzzles-in-adventure-gaming/ The 10 worst and most WTF adventure game puzzles]]" does this twice in a single paragraph when discussing the infamous [[MoonLogicPuzzle moustache puzzle]] in ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight 3'':²-->His disguise consists of a fake moustache, which he makes by... I am not making this up... putting some masking tape on a hole and scaring a black cat past it so that some of its fur sticks onto it. Gabriel then sticks it onto his face with maple syrup. This is a thing that actually happens.²* In the ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' video for ''Film/JupiterAscending'', the plot is described as "so ridiculous, we're just going to tell you what happens. This is actually the story". While it's being recapped, further disclaimers appear on the screen, from "this is the actual plot of the movie" and "seriously, we're not making this up" to "this was actually screened at Sundance" and "someone paid 175 million dollars for this", culminating with "Are you sure these are the same guys who made Film/TheMatrix?"²* Taken to extremes in the ''Website/CollegeHumor'' sketch ''The Adventures of Kim Jong-Un'', one episode details how Kim Jong-Nam was disowned for being caught sneaking into Tokyo Disney Land and has a massive disclaimer reading "THIS IS TRUE", followed by how he conquered it and made it his kingdom with a disclaimer reading "NOT THIS PART", and finishing with how he had Kim Jong-Il turned into a cyborg with a disclaimer reading "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments JUST A GUESS BUT PROBABLY RIGHT?]]"²* In {{WebVideo/RockedReviews}}' review of {{Music/Nickelback}}'s album ''Silver Side Up,'' the host Luke realizes that the album was released on the exact day of the attacks on the World Trade Center. He initially figured someone was messing with Wikipedia that day, but they weren't. ²* ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' [[http://joshreads.com/?p=1162 summarises]] a storyline in ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'':²-->Driven to madness by the incessant basketball-dribbling of a bunch of young African-American fellows, Slim has decided to destroy the public court on which their noisy pastime is played by simulating a meteor strike. Dear God, I wish I had a made up a single word in that previous sentence.²* Comes up frequently on ''Podcast/HowDidThisGetMade''. Most often it's in response to a particularly absurd scene or piece of dialogue. For example, in their episode for ''Film/EightyEightMinutes'', after Al Pacino's character asks another character "Did you ever let an unauthorized person into my secure files area?"²-->'''Pete Holmes:''' That's a line that American treasure Al Pacino memorized and delivered! Multiple takes!²* In ''WebVideo/WrestleWrestle'' Spoony insists, when reviewing a ''TNA Impact'' episode, that Wrestling/HulkHogan giving a guy his ring, and that shouting that he can feel its power, is actually one of the plot lines.²* ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'': In the [[PolygonCeiling "2D to 3D"]] episode, the opening of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90V_yIBjH2M#t=8m04s shown]] with a disclaimer "No, this ain't edited, it's the game's real intro sequence."²* During WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3IjHPIH6JQ Why Kylo Ren ACTUALLY turned to the dark side]]" video when Ren points out that the dark side has cool powers like Force Lightning while the light side has stuff like "Animal Friendships" the phrase "Animal Friendship is an ACTUAL, completely canonical light side power" appears at the bottom of the screen. Then to hammer it home, when Ren leaves with a pair of women to go to Supreme Leader Snoke's kegger, the phrase "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Seriously. ANIMAL. FRIENDSHIP.]]" pops up.²** Another Dorkly video, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYRf3cOo9Pc The Insane True Story Behind '50 Shades of Grey']], a reading of the infamous Literature/{{Twilight}} fanfiction [[https://www.inkitt.com/stories/fanfiction/11208?ref=v_b50fbe41-a029-4b7e-8a5d-1c3b7080160e Master of the Universe]], there are instances where the term "Actual Dialog" pops up, like in this part. [[RuleOfThree This occurs thrice]], by the way.²--->'''Bella:''' Do you have any interests outside of your work?\²'''Edward:''' I have varied interests, miss Swan. VERY varied.²* When WebVideo/WhatcultureWrestling announced that they would be launching their own wrestling promotion, What Culture Pro Wrestling, they emphasized, "Yes, this is really happening." Later they released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pbOfBxavOk "10 Things You Need To Know About WCPW"]] to answer fan questions, and the first thing on that list was "It's Actually Happening."²* [=WatchMojo=] has this to say about [[Film/TheConqueror John Wayne as Ghengis Khan]] in their "Top 10 Worst Whitewashed Roles" video:²-->'''[=WatchMojo=]:''' No, seriously. We're not making this up.²* Since we mentioned Literature/{{Twilight}} earlier, ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' has a variation of this in their "EWW Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2" when Jeremy sums up a major plot point for the movie.²-->'''Jeremy:''' That's the plot right now, folks. I didn't make this sh*t up. ²* On ''Website/RejectedPrincesses'', author and illustrator Jason Porath will often put this with many of the more outlandish facts about the woman being profiled. The entry for the incredibly strange Inuit legend of [[http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/sermerssuaq Sermerssuaq]] even has a photograph [[http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/blog/weird-history/okay-just-one-more-eskimo-folk-tale-probably-the/attachment/398 of a passage]] from one of the referenced books.²* In ''Podcast/HelloFromTheMagicTavern'', Arnie has to regularly explain to listeners that because the only internet access he can get in the magical world of Foon comes from a Burger King's firewalled public wi-fi, the only email he could procure so listeners can contact the show is [=magictavern@puppies.supplies=]. Every time he does so he ''also'' has to explain that, yes, this is a real email address.²* When describing the disappearance of her childhood friend Yumiko in the first episode of ''Podcast/{{Rabbits}}'', Carly Parker explains that the police assumption was she ran away to "sow her wild oats". She follows up by saying those were the actual words the officer used.²* From Website/TheAgonyBooth [[http://www.agonybooth.com/macgyver-thief-of-budapest-part-3-10415 recap]] of the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "The Thief of Budapest":²-->'''Ms Avery''': There are two ways to include a stunt-filled car chase in a TV show. One way is to spend a lot of money hiring stunt drivers, getting cars, and renting appropriate locations, and then spend lots of time and effort shooting difficult and demanding scenes. The other way is to put your characters in three appropriately colored Minis and steal a lot of footage from ''Film/TheItalianJob1969''.\²Guys, I wish I was making this up.\²So, yeah. Everything in the next few minutes, except for occasional short close-ups of the characters in their cars, is taken from the movie. What the fuck? I mean… it’s not even like this is just some chase scene from some random movie. It’s one of the most iconic car chases ever. How did they think people wouldn’t notice?²* The Website/{{Twitter}} [[http://twitter.com/hellobuglers feed]] for ''Podcast/TheBugle'' mostly features the same type of satire as the podcast, with the label "FACT ALERT" for the bits that aren't.²* In ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'', the greatest spy of WWII took animal husbandry at the Royal Poultry School in Spain. "Wait, that was not a joke. That was not your joke voice."²* ''Podcast/TheLastPodcastOnTheLeft's''²** In an episode on the Boston Strangler, the hosts re-enact the strange antics of a psychic brought in to help in the case. They insist that, minus some comedic embellishing, they are quoting directly from court and police records.²** During the first Jonestown episode, Marcus tosses out one of these when mentioning that Jim Jones at some point made ends meet by selling ''spider monkeys'' door to door.²** While discussing Dennis Nilsen, Marcus understandably gives one while mentioning that Nilsen at one point burned the carpet wrapped bodies of his victims in a bonfire in his backyard, in broad daylight, while playing ''Film/TheExorcist [[Music/TubularBells theme]] on a loop'' on his speakers for everyone to hear. And ''getting away with it''.²* ''WebVideo/AnalystBroniesReact'': [=CellSpex=] was not joking about Shining Armor's voice actor going off to "voice a [=T-Rex/wrecking ball=] in a Creator/{{DreamWorks|Animation}} cartoon with ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''". She points to a poster for ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}''.²* ''WebAnimation/FreedomToons'':²** In "The Fable of Jordan Peterson", a social constructivist identitarian argues against Jordan Peterson with a meaningless diatribe full of left-wing intellectual buzzwords. Seamus adds a note in the cartoon that he didn't make any of it up: he just replaced the relevant identity-based terms with "gogurt tube".²** In "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Elected To Congress!!!", there's a note at the bottom informing the viewer that several statements made in the video were actually uttered by AOC.²* ''WebVideo/LouderWithCrowder'': Crowder had to create a follow-up video to serve as one of these after people kept claiming that he faked Amazon Alexa's responses in his "Amazon’s Alexa is a CRAZY SJW LIBERAL!" video.²* ''WebVideo/TheMusicVideoShow'' has an episode where the host mentions a Canadian Maple Syrup heist as a joke. "God, I wish I were making that up." Is what he says, followed by a news article of said heist.²* In [[LetsPlay/{{Videogamedunkey}} VideoGameDunkey's]] E3 2018 video he refers to ''Days Gone'' as "The zombie game from the developers of ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}} 3D", and then shows the Wikipedia Page for SIE Bend Studio while saying "That is real! that is not a joke."²* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CehRD7riKYA The Epic Story of Raiku]]" is mostly a clearly farcical summary of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series from Riku's point of view, including things like Tommy Wiseau appearing, but after a certain point the video starts simply saying the events of those games with no need to exaggerate - for instance, Riku going into Sora's dream and meeting a digital version of Ansem the Wise, who gives him information about all the people in Sora's heart, or venturing into the Realm of Darkness to fight an old man pretending to be a little girl alongside his best friend Mickey Mouse. These plot points prompt a disclaimer and [[{{Corpsing}} a stifled giggle]], respectively.²* A lot of the stuff ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' uses really ''is'' canon to ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40k'', even if it's EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Alfa does do a disclaimer about the Fabulous Custodes (the ones who've gone insane and now wear nothing but loincloths and helmets), stating that during the ''Rogue Trader'' era, it really was canon (with artwork) that the Custodian Guard gave up the use of their armor in shame for failing to protect the Emperor. TTS just used that to make them CampGay expies of the [[Anime/JoJosBizarreAdventure Pillar Men]].²²----

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