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Basic Trope: A fictional TV show within an actual TV show.

  • Straight: The characters in Alice and Bob love to watch a show called Troperz.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: One time, Alice said she had to go so she wouldn't miss Troperz.
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  • Justified: Showing Alice and Bob being on all the time nicks Willing Suspension of Disbelief so in their down time they watch Troperz.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob is occasionally shown to be a TV show watched by people in the "real" world.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ...However, in later seasons it gets good, so they watch it again.
  • Parodied: The show within a show is a Stylistic Suck that is actually called "Show within a Show."
  • Zig Zagged: The characters in Alice and Bob love to watch a show called Troperz. However, they end up addicted, so the show is canceled. That is, until it gets defictionalized.
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  • Averted: Troperz is not shown/mentioned within the Alice and Bob universe, not even in a minor situation.
  • Enforced: Alice and Bob is a Slice of Life show.
  • Lampshaded: "How does this show air?"
  • Invoked: See Enforced.
  • Exploited: Troperz is used to pass secret messages without The Empire finding out.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob try to avoid watching Troperz at all costs.
  • Discussed:
    Alice: Troperz is on in 5 minutes! I love that show!
  • Conversed: "Hey, at least they're trying to be realistic for once..."
  • Deconstructed: Troperz ends up popular enough to be defictionalized.
  • Reconstructed: The characters in Alice and Bob try to keep Troperz on the air.
  • Untwisted: Show Within a Show Within A Recursive Reality.

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