Basic Trope: The creators of a fictional universe do not exist in its reality.
- Straight: Famous actors Carol and David play characters Alice and Bob in the film Usually Always, but the modern world as depicted in the series does not include Carol and David.
- Exaggerated: Usually Always depicts an alternative universe in which nothing even remotely connected to Carol and David - for example, the film industry, or their home town - exists.
- Downplayed: Carol and David do exist as fictionalisations in the world of Usually Always, but these fictional versions of them do not make Usually Always.
- Justified: Were Carol and David to exist in the fictional world, many issues would arise from their resemblance to Alice and Bob, and the film-within-a-film may constitute a Recursive Reality, so the creators decided to sidestep these issues by never mentioning Carol and David existing.
- Inverted: In the fictional world, Usually Always was made.
- Subverted: Someone within Usually Always mentions the name of the film.
- Double Subverted: ...but it turns out to be a completely different film that just happens to have the same name.
- Parodied: The characters of Alice and Bob change their names to Carol and David and create a film called Usually Always.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: The film Usually Always is set in a time period before the corresponding time of its production in real life, so the issue of its non-existence in the fictional universe is moot.
- Enforced: "We can't have Usually Always exist within its own universe! That would create too many problems!"
- Lampshaded: ???
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: ???
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
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