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Basic Trope: Implying the Fourth Wall, without the characters actually confirming they are aware they are fictional or talking to the audience.

  • Straight: Alice says "This is just like a sitcom!" in reaction to a particularly absurd situation.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: "You've been watching too many soap operas" in a show that is similar to, but not, a Soap Opera.
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  • Justified: Well, it is just like a sitcom if it is one, and Alice is observing that.
  • Inverted: Alice expresses her Medium Awareness, and also notes that her show is a lot like Real Life.
  • Subverted: Bob says "No it's not"
  • Double Subverted: Carol says "Yes it is, and if it was then This Is the Part Where..."
  • Parodied: And then Bob says "And you sound just like a character saying something funny in one, too."
  • Zig Zagged: "Do I sound like a fictional character or something? Sometimes we end up sounding like characters in something. Maybe we are for all I know. Hello? Is there anybody out there?!, nope. Must be my imagination."
  • Averted: Nobody compares their work to fiction or in any other way implies the Fourth Wall.
  • Enforced: The writers want a funny line from a Genre Savvy character.
  • Lampshaded: "You almost sounded like a fictional character there—and now so do I!"
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  • Invoked: The Big Bad makes something really weird for Real Life but common in fiction happen.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: "Alice, This Is Reality. It's nothing like a sitcom."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Are these characters aware they are fictional or not?"

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