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Peeking Through the Fourth Wall is a series of Loud House script fics by MrTyeDye, in which the Loud siblings read fanfics about themselves. This story is hosted on the author's Wikia page and deviantART. The latter page also hosts "Peeking Through the Fourth Wall: After Dark", an NSFW spinoff that has Lincoln's high-school-aged sisters look at raunchier, more mature fanfics.

This series of fics contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: After appearing in every episode of the series up to that point, Lisa is absent from Episode 13 as she is off giving a lecture at MIT. That doesn't stop her from sending Lincoln a text during the fic.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The older sisters and Chaz spend most of After Dark's Fourth episode criticizing the excessively dark tone, but double over in laughter when the final scene reveals that the entire story was just Lincoln's version of The Aristocrats joke.
  • Afraid of Needles: In Episode 19, the mere mention of a shot is enough to send Lana into a panic.
  • All Just a Dream: The events of "Tryst of Fate".
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Instead of the Loud siblings, episodes 17.1 and 17.2 instead feature noted fanfic authors WildKirbyAtrox, EpsilonMk46 and That Engineer reviewing the fic "Luck" alongside MrTyeDye, the four of them having broken into the Loud house to do so.
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  • Artificial Intelligence: Beginning in episode 23, Lisa installs an AI in the family's television named Grammy that automatically corrects grammar and spelling errors in the stories they read.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Episode 7, after Fic!Lincoln punches Fic!Lola down the stairs, Lincoln is taken aback and remarks that he preferred it when he was written as a whiny crybaby. One episode later, they react to "One Angry Person"...
  • Bears Are Bad News: And yet in Episode 2, to the reading Louds' shock, provoking a bear into a rampage was Plan A of fixing things.
  • Beige Prose: "Model Brother" gets constantly criticized for this.
  • Big Breast Pride: Leni demonstrates this trope in After Dark 5.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Fic!Lincoln's wangsting about how worthless he is in episode 25.2 leads to this gem from Lana:
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Lola, Lincoln, Lisa, Luan, and Lynn do this in unison in Episode 7, when Fic!Lola says she deserved to get beaten up by Fic!Lincoln. Keep in mind that Fic!Lola wound up hospitalized because of the injuries Fic!Lincoln gave her.
    • And again in After Dark Episode 1, where Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, and Mr. Grouse do this when Fic!Leni says she asked Lisa to turn her into a cat.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Luna shows this in the first After Dark episode. When her fic self starts making fun of Luan when Cat!Leni is making her uncomfortable, Luna angrily asked why she is doing that and not slamming Lisa (the person who did this to Leni) against the wall repeatedly.
  • Brick Joke: Luan constantly mentioning the "umbrella building" in Episode 4 makes a brief reappearance in Episode 10.1, this time with her somehow inserting it into the fanfic's text. And again in Episode 20.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Averted, as MrTyeDye and gang traveled from another dimension to the Loud House dimension in Episode 17.
    • Played straight by the fanfics, which in-universe are RPF.
  • Clueless Aesop: Invoked when lambasting "One Angry Person" for this trope:
    Luna: So what did we learn here today?
    Lincoln: That if your family member resents you, you can always buy their affection back?
    Lucy: Or that if you act like a brat, your family will shower you with gifts.
    Luna: Sounds about right.
  • Country Matters: In episode 17.2, That Engineer criticizes "Luck" for derailing Lynn's character and turning her into, in his words, "an uncaring cunt."
  • Crack Pairing / Crossover Ship: Invoked when Hugh/Jabba is mentioned in Episode 17: Luck.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Invoked in After Dark Episode IV: "The Edgy House".
  • Didn't Think This Through: When the Louds go to the police to find Lincoln in episode 17.2, That Engineer and WildKirbyAtrox invoke this trope.
    That Engineer: Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't the police be the last place the family would want to speak with? I mean, what exactly are they gonna tell the cops that doesn't involve, "We treated our son like an object and he ran away?"
    WildKirbyAtrox: Good idea! Let's complicate the story some more!
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Invoked in After Dark 3.2. Lori, already enraged that Fic!Luan is having sex with Fic!Bobby;
    Lori: Okay, I'm done. Fuck this shit. The day I get cuckqueaned by some flat-chested, beaver-faced little-
    [Lori notices Luan giving her a pointed look.]
    Lori: O-oh! No offense, Luan.
    Lori: For the record, I think beavers can look pretty cute-
    Benny: Just stop before you dig yourself deeper.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Utterly averted in After Dark Episode 3. Fic Luan’s rape of Fic Lincoln is treated with no small amount of horror and disgust.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Invoked in Episode 2, which covered a fic that has a Luna Replacement Sue who Wangsts about missing Luan and goes quite nuts without her.
  • Everybody Cries: The climax of part 2 of "Trustworthy" (episode 5.2) causes all the Loud siblings to burst into tears.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Invoked when reading "Cringeworthy":
    Luna: And what is that lesson, huh? Just stick to what you know and never go outside your comfort zone?
  • Gilligan Cut: Type 1. At both the beginning and the end of Episode 13, Lana asks Lincoln if she and the other Louds reading "In Memory of a Mascot" can go to New York City to try their pizza.
    Lincoln: Lana, we're not gonna blow all our savings flying to New York City just so we can taste their-
    [We sudddenly jump cut to Luna, Lincoln, Lucy, Lana and Lily sitting in a Brooklyn pizzeria, sharing a pie.]
    Lincoln: -pizza.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Bobby and Luna seem to think so when reading a Lori/Carol fic known as Tryst of Fate.
    • And in episode 5 of After Dark, Grammy of all characters begins to talk dirty over a sex scene in the Luna/Sam fic Tongue Tied.
  • Grammar Nazi: Lisa will frequently get exasperated over the improper grammar and formatting in the fanfics they read note . She later creates Grammy to be this. Lori takes up this role in After Dark.
  • Hidden Depths: On occasion, the MSTing Louds will show a side of themselves that catches even the others off guard. Among them include Lola being good at singing and vocal impersonations, Lisa being a fan of Doctor Who, Leni refuting a myth about goldfish, and Lynn being familiar with snake biology.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Peeking Through the Fourth Wall: After Dark focuses on the NSFW Loud House fics, which end up being this by definition.
  • Human Shield: In the fanfic "Bad Blood", Lynn uses Lucy as a shield in a fight against Lincoln. No one, not even the main Lynn, is happy she did so.
  • Imagine Spot: "All's Fair in Pranks and War" inspires the Louds reading it to ask the question: Does Lucy lift?, complete with an image of Lucy bench-pressing.
  • Joke and Receive: In Episode 14: "Nolan's Birthday", Lola suggests that Bobby and Ronnie Anne drive all the way to Royal Woods for the titular Gary Stu's birthday. This then immediately happens.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Lucy says this word for word in episode 8 ("One Angry Person") after seeing how Fic!Lori will apologize to Fic!Lincoln.
  • MST: A variation on the trope that has the characters themselves providing running commentary.
  • Male Gaze: Grammy, of all characters, falls victim to it in After Dark episode 5 during a steamy sex scene between Luna and Sam.
  • Morton's Fork: Chaz invokes this in After Dark episode 4 ("The Edgy House") after Fic!Lincoln says he "consoles" the mentally disabled Fic!Leni by having sex with her.
    Chaz: Fact is, we're boned no matter how we talk about this scene. Either we belittle Leni and deny her agency, or we downplay the amorality of Lincoln's actions. It's Morton's Fork. Which is a lot less delicious than it sounds.
  • Narm Charm: In-universe, the odd grammar and actions of the oddly translated episode 3 is this to the Louds.
  • Neck Lift: Leni does this to Lincoln in Episode 8 when Fic Lincoln purposely destroys Fic Leni's dress. Luna has to remind her that it's just a story.
  • No Inner Fourth Wall: In Episode 11, Story 2, Fic!Luna wants to know why she always has to be the "nicest sister".
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Luan gets so disgusted with her fanfic counterpart in After Dark episode 3 that she coins the word "cuntritude" to describe her anger at Fic!Luan's actions.
    Benny: Is that a word?
    Luan: It is now.
  • Purple Prose: Invoked in After Dark Episode 2; complete with a pun from Luan.
    Luan: Sheesh. This prose is so purple you'd think it was being strangled! [Laughs] Get it?
  • Rage Breaking Point: Lincoln has a rather calm one in episode 20.2 after Fic!Lincoln yells at his sisters.
    Lincoln: I need a moment. I just need to calm down before things get ugly.
    Lynn: Why?
    Lincoln: Because I've had it, Lynn. This is getting on my last nerve. I hate having to look at stupid scenes like this because people think they have a clue about how our family works. I hate how it makes us feel bad about ourselves and question whether we're actually good to each other. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get some fresh air before I lose my cool, and you all have to see what the real fury of Lincoln Loud looks like.
    • Grammy has one in episode 24 as numerous, constant punctuation errors show up, eventually culminating in a massive run-on sentence that sends him over the edge.
  • Running Gag:
    • Lisa's reactions at grammar refuses, mainly random shifts from present to past tense, questions without a question mark at the end and comma misuse.
    • Whenever any real life show or game is mentioned in a fic, someone (usually Lincoln or Lola) asks if there is any relation between it and a in-universe equivalent (such as Humdrum Program or Poppy Avenue, or, more recently, Yo, Miguel!).
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The numerous grammar and spelling errors in episode 1 drive Lisa to distraction, but she finally reaches her breaking point when she sees the following line in Fic!Lincoln's poem: "Me is Lincoln L. Loud."
    Lisa: That's it. I'm done.
    Lori: Lisa-
    Lisa: I'm DONE. I've reached my limit.
  • Shared Universe: Episode 16 confirms that "Mall Rats" takes place in the same universe as this series. Episode 18 confirmed that "Boys and Girls" and "Lincoln's Confidant" are also set in the same universe.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend and He Is Not My Boyfriend: Lincoln and Ronnie Anne do this a lot regarding each other, even when they're on the couch together.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: "Luck" by YoshiRocker13 is considered to be so derivative of other No Such Luck fics even Hammer Brother looks original by comparison.
  • Shout-Out:
    Lincoln: The Lincoln who does nothing but cry and mope because he thinks he's the biggest victim who ever lived. Where are authors even getting this from?! I don't do that! That's not what I'm like!
    • Lincoln pulls off Linkara's 'We should do something!', 'Should we do something?' gag during episode 3.
    • In Episode 11, in order to stop Lisa from giving herself a concussion; Lincoln takes her to her room and plays A Glorious Dawn to put her to sleep.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In-universe, episode 18 ("Hughs And Kisses") is this for Lori, Luna and Lisa as they realize through the fic just how creepy and disturbing their actions towards Hugh were.
  • Special Guest:
    • Ronnie Anne appeared in Episode 12, where they covered "An Older Remedy for a Younger Heart": A fic with a Lincoln who whines about severely missing Ronnie after she moves away.
      • She returned in Episode 22 to help cover "A Second Chance".
    • The authors MrTyeDye, That Engineer, WildKirbyAtrox and EpsilonMk46 travel across dimensions and break into the house to review "Luck" by YoshiRocker13 - or, as Tye calls it, "No Such Luck Followup #24601".
    • Because only Lori, Leni, Luna, and Luan were old enough for the After Dark spin-off, they brought in a fifth character for each episode: Mr. Grouse, Bobby, Benny, Chaz and Sam.
    • Clyde finally shows up in Episode 26 to cover "Class Night" by AlexKawa
  • Squick: In-Universe during Episode 8: "One Angry Person", when Fic Lincoln spits gargled water into Fic Lori's mouth. This is also the Louds' in-universe reaction to "Property of Luan Loud".
  • Token Evil Teammate: According to Lisa, the "mean sisters": Lori, Luan, Lynn, Lola, and Lisa herself.
  • Token Good Teammate: According to Lisa, the "nice sisters": Leni, Luna, Lucy, Lana, and Lily.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Sometimes, Grammy has trouble correcting said grammar and spelling errors; and at one point, eventually gives up.
  • Very Special Episode: Every fifth episode has the entire family reading a highly requested or controversial story.
  • Villain Sue: In-Universe, Fic Luan from After Dark: Episode 3 is considered one.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Luna will occasionally sneak song lyrics into her commentary, just like she does in canon.
  • Wimpification: Many fics featured in the story do this to Lincoln, with Fic!Lincoln often sobbing over the pettiest of reasons. Lincoln does not like these fics at all.
  • WordOfDante: In Episode 10, no one remembers the time Leni saved Lincoln's life from teenage boys.
  • You Monster!: The older Loud siblings and Benny consider the Luan Replacement Sue from "Diary of Luan Loud" to be the most OOC anyone's been on the show.
    Luan: So this version of me is a bully, a cunt, a sociopath, and a pedophile. As far as I'm concerned, the rest of you have lost the right to complain about how you're portrayed in these stories.
    Benny: You know, when you invited me over here, you didn't exactly tell me we'd be reading about you molesting your siblings.
    Luna: She raped [Lincoln]. I don't think "sorry" would cut it even if she meant it - which she totally doesn't.
    Lori: Aaaaand now she's killing kittens. I'm wondering if there's anything left she can do to make herself more hatable.
    Leni: Ew, ew, ewwww! What is wrong with this girl?! [to Luan] I mean, how would you like it if I did that with one of your things? Like, I don't know, your rubber chicken?

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