Criminal Intent on the USA Network featured the lead detectives puzzling over the network logo they just now noticed in the corner of the screen. Likewise, in a USA Network promo for Psych , Shawn and Gus notice small versions of themselves at the bottom of the screen advertising the upcoming episode. Shawn laments that "mini-us" sold out and Gus walks off at the end to call an exterminator for their "rat problem.
Nick is aware of his own narration, and asks "how do I make my voice do this? There are also references to foley effects, like the cellophane used to create the sound of a crackling fire: Why don't you pick up your cues? Are those my cues? Yes, and they must be dry by now.
Why don't you pull them up out of the cellophane before they scorch? Comedy Jeff Dunham 's character Peanut knows he's a puppet. For example, in one of his specials Guitar Guy looked at Peanut, prompting him to say "You know how I know you do drugs? You're looking me in the eye and you think I'm actually looking back" also "If you're not on drugs how did you come up with Meeee!!!
We can't talk at the same time!!!!! A-speaking in Jose's tongue! Well, don't do that. It makes me feel left out. I don't speak Spanish! Jose turns from Jeff, imitating the theme music from The Twilight Zone. Eddie Izzard plays on this all the time, a good example being his Dracula bit - "Let's all go to Transylvania, and increase the plot of this movie!
Then they get into an argument, and Zmuda's character calls Kaufman out on the fact that he's a plant and the whole thing is scripted. Jim Gaffigan regularly has an 'internal audience. In Lano and Woodley's The Island the characters frequently talk to the audience, reference the theatre and city they're in, and discuss which props on stage are part of the island reality and which are not.
It's arguably a show about two comedians doing a show about being on an island. Comic Books As the above image shows, Deadpool , of the Marvel Universe , can see the yellow text boxes that indicate scene transitions "Meanwhile, in Manhattan This is connected to the fact that for Deadpool, there is No Fourth Wall.
Indeed, the Deadpool comics became so famous for this that the dual sublines for the comic were "The Merc with a Mouth" and "Breaking down the fourth wall one brick at a time!
This detail has since been dropped for simplicity. At one point, numerous characters tell him he is saying aloud everything that was in the yellow boxes, which leads him to suspect his "internal monologue" is broken. No one listens or responds to what he says, because he is known to be completely insane. This gag has extended to other media including Deadpool: Capcom 3 , he can beat his opponent around the head with his own life bar, and his movie has his actor Ryan Reynolds doing plenty of fourth wall breaking, including one scene in which he breaks the fourth wall during a flashback scene in which he broke the fourth wall, then informs the audience, ".
She constantly makes note of standard comic book tropes and conventions and even when she briefly returns to the "real" world, she can still tell she's in a comic book because she slowly awakens as a Reality Warper , being able to see her own dialogue boxes and interact with panel borders. Her younger brother Teddy is also aware that they reside in a comic book universe, but his lack of comics knowledge means he's never able to make use of it and would rather return to the real world. As a side note, she actually isn't a fan of the above Deadpool.
The Marvel series The Sensational She-Hulk is famous for its characters' acknowledgement of the comic medium, including climbing across panel borders, referencing captions, and other related awareness.
When she gained her sidekick Weezi, Shulkie asked how Weezi was able to walk between comic panels, only to be told that it's similar to the way She-Hulk is able to talk to the reader. It's also because Weezi is an ex-comic heroine herself from Marvel's predecessor in the s , who used the same schtick in her series.
Weezi is so Genre Savvy that she was aware that she and her late husband began aging in "real time" because they were no longer appearing regularly in published stories, and thus deliberately insinuated herself into Shulkie's life and then-new series.
In one issue, the book's editor, Renee, kidnapped John Byrne and locked him Bound and Gagged in a closet so she and She-Hulk could find a new writer for the book. The issue ended with She-Hulk accidentally killing Byrne. Parodied in an issue of Damage Control , which made She-Hulk look like a lunatic who thinks she's a comic book character.
Then again, she directly responded to the text captions pointing this out, so Does that make it a subverted parody? And in Marvel's short-lived Heroes for Hire series, Shulkie regularly got into arguments with the third-person narrator Capcom 3 , She-Hulk has special dialogue with Deadpool where she mentions how popular she was in the early 90's, as well as her own habit of breaking the fourth wall. In another quote, she threatens to kick Deadpool's butt should there ever be a Marvel Vs.
This is most likely part of the idea - also used to partially explain Deadpool - that Joker is so insane that he has become aware of things other characters have not. There is a theory floating around that the Joker has become so aware of his role in a comic book that the reason he has yet to kill Batman is because he knows that, if the hero of the book dies, the story and everything in it - villain most definitely included - stops existing.
Similarly, some have speculated that the reason he can be so casual about the gruesome crimes he commits is because he realizes the people he's hurting aren't real. So did Harley, once. Though she was mostly sane at the time In the movie , he talked to himself a few times, serving the same narrative purpose, but preserving the seriousness. On the other hand, he sometimes did so while looking straight-ahead, 'coincidentally' right at the camera, sooo In The Dark Knight Saga , thanks to a single point-of-view shot, the Joker is the only one in the films to look right into the camera.
In an episode of Young Justice , Joker briefly grinned into the camera and said "Admit it, you can't look away. A throw-away villain in a Spider-Man story arc during the Brand New Day storyline Amazing featured a rather bizarre manifestation of this trope, including the ability to attack our hero through between panels, declaring itself to be 'beyond time.
Ambush Bug can interact with his writers and editors, walk between pages and panels of his book, and comment on the lives of other characters from an "out of universe" perspective. One time Zatanna tries to cast a spell on him, and he asks why the words in her speech balloons are backwards. She bursts into tears. Gorsky and Butch , a Salt and Pepper pair of policemen looking for the sense of their comic, often use this trope. On one occasion they found the plot of the comic scribbled on the wall of the authors' flat.
Later, when asked why he hadn't simply read the ending to solve the case, Gorsky responded that he couldn't see it because his speech bubble was in the way. Like everything regarding her, Squirrel Girl is a goofy example of this trope. While she never breaks the fourth wall during the issues themselves, she does it during the first pages of every issue she's starred in.
Now that isn't that unique since lots of characters break the fourth wall during the recap pages, but she justifies it by stating that she is only allowed to break the fourth wall during the recap pages. Some of her first pages breaking the fourth wall issues has direct importance towards the plot of said issue.
It was used for the last time in the comics , and most depressingly, in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Actually, it was used at least once more. In Superman , the last issue before the relaunch, the final panel gives a nod to Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Animal Man becomes aware of his status as a comic book character and discusses this in a conversation with his writer towards the end of Grant Morrison 's run on the series. Freelance Police , in every medium they've been in; comics, cartoons, and video games.
A rare in-universe in-universe example: In the Fables spinoff, Jack Of Fables , the title character Jack has been shown to be aware of the audience, both in recaps, and normal panels. This is because he is half-Literal; Literals, are, in essence, "authors" of reality.
DC Comics Earth-2 Lex Luthor and Superboy have both become aware of the real world, threatening 'us' on seperate occasions. Superboy-Prime is from our real world, and has gone so far as to blame DC for ruining his life, because they wrote the comic books where he's such a villain—and his friends and family read them.
The Crime Syndicate of America aren't aware of the fact that they live in a comic book, but do realize that some unseen entity is constantly preventing them from triumphing over the Justice League. One of the realities she planned to destroy was the real world, presented as a person reading one of the 'Crusade' issues. Later, the 'real' world is seen bursting into flames but it proves only to be a telepathic illusion. Katy Keene covers would do this.
One had Sis even trying to draw the rest of Katy's dress. In the th issue of Marvel Comics What If? Sinister to recover artifacts that will grant Sinister significant power. Rogue ends up discovering what Gambit and Mr. Sinister have been hiding, and in the end is shown sitting in a pile of X-Men comic books, which Mr.
Sinister had been collecting to gain outside knowledge of the events within the X-characters world and lives. In the second story if the issue as well titled "There's No Place Where You Sleep And Keep All Of Your Stuff aka Earth-Fantastic Voyage", though not quite as straight to the throat as the previous, we find Sue Storm in a parody world of both the F4 comic itself and The Wizard of Oz , and as this world's variant of the Watcher is instructing Sue to follow the "yellowish" road, he insists she hurry as the story is only ten pages long.
Delirium of the Endless from The Sandman seems to be vaguely aware that she is in some kind of story. In chapter five of "Brief Lives" she tells Dream "I did that. What you just did. In the beginning" after Dream makes a strip club bouncer believe something just by telling him. This is a call back to chapter one when she pulled the same trick on a different bouncer. But why would she, a non-ending being who's existed since the dawn of the universe refer to something so recent as "the beginning"?
She's talking about the beginning of the story arc. The Purple Man is a dark example of this in Alias , a psychopath with mind-control powers who is fully aware that he's in a comic book. Like Deadpool, nobody takes these statements seriously due to his insanity. Jessica Jones is simply shown to be baffled when he tries to explain to her that she lives in a comic book.
Doesn't this comic have any standards? In League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: