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  • Darths & Droids is about roleplayers playing a tabletop RPG following the basic plot of the Star Wars movies, but the notes on strip 50 have specifically stated that there is no Star Wars in the universe where they are. They then extrapolate on how that would impact things such as Mark Hamill's and Harrison Ford's careers, Spaceballs, the fate of sci-fi in media, and finally what the webcomic Darths & Droids would be parodying instead of Star Wars: Harry Potter.
  • This Frakking Toasters strip has the cast of Battlestar Galactica sitting down to watch Battlestar Galactica.
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  • This page of the fancomic Touhou Nekokayou describes a world without Touhou like Darths & Droids did. The author would often silently add more examples to the list...
  • David Willis makes occasional appearances in Shortpacked! and has an ongoing rivalry with Ethan regarding the Transformers Wiki. He even rented out the store to propose to his girlfriend.
  • The Contemporary Arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space is set in a version of the Present Day where the legend of King Arthur doesn't exist. This normally doesn't come up, but in this strip, Arthur is clearly listening to ... whatever their version of Camelot is.
  • Ashe Rhyder's Roommates fancomic completely reverses this trope. Both the movies/books and the characters from them exist. The characters often watch their own movies, mention their actors, or refer fan service.
    • Jareth: "Wait. Javert... When the hell did you get so bloody tall?!" Javert: "As it turns out, Quast is tall. Bet you wish Bowie wasn't so short."
    • And then there's Devious Gingers, an in-universe tv show starring some real actors. Some of those actors play characters who have appeared in the comic.
  • This Ménage à 3 Strip: the authors of the comic, as authors of their other comic selling merchandise for it.
  • An The Order of the Stick comic has a semi-canonical episode where Gary Gygax appears in the afterlife, meeting with Roy. Since this is a world in which Dungeons & Dragons and Gygax do not exist, but which is heavily based on D&D (a specific edition of it, no less) to the extent that characters talk about experience points and +1 swords, this is... confusing.
    • Likewise, when Lord Shojo as a spirit adviser tell Belkar to "play the game" (he means for Belkar to conceal his sociopathic tendencies in order to fit into and better take advantage of society) Belkar is confused since he points out their world is not a game like D&D but a world that generally conforms to the rules of the game of D&D, to which Shojo replies "not this game!" indicating some knowledge of the game despite it not existing.
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  • This Joe Loves Crappy Movies strip ponders how Jonah Hill can appear in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and its spin-off Get Him to the Greek as two separate characters, despite Russell Brand playing the same character in both films.
  • Spinnerette explains that superhero comics in this verse are actually merchandising deals with actual superheroes, either directly or Very Loosely Based on a True Story. This leads to Spinnerette making her original costume out of sewn-together Venom costumes, and even having to change it because she got a cease-and-desist from Marvel for infringing on Spiderwoman.
  • Weirdly averted when the cast of Nobody Scores! are surprised to discover evidence of the existance of Superman. They have the typical pop-culture osmosis knowledge, but had assumed he was fictional.
    Sara: So... We live in a universe where Superman exists?
    That is stupid but kind of comforting.
  • In this strip of The Hero of Three Faces fancomic, Sherlock and Joan from Elementary discuss a series that is clearly Sherlock, including the books it's based on, without mentioning any proper nouns that would be strangely similar to their own names.
  • Averted in The Order of the Stick. The entire universe is governed by the rules of 3.5e Dungeons and Dragons, yet Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson exist in the universe (or at least known by the characters), with the former even making an appearance to Roy in heaven. Even more bizarrely, the games themselves exist in-universe: Roy and Roy's archon start playing a game after meeting Gygax, and Kabuto is shown to have a copy of the 4e Dungeon Master's Guide. The Order even meets their 4e counterparts at one point in Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales, although the adventure is presumably non-canonical.
  • In El Goonish Shive, there is a strip which features a desktop background which is based on a filler strip. It's Lampshaded both within the former strip and in The Rant but not explained.

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