Fourth wall

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A common fictional concept is that the characters are unaware of the fact that they're in a story. This is the Fourth Wall: the glass on the front of the TV tube, the invisible wall at the front of the stage play set.

This separation between the characters and the audience helps to preserve Willing Suspension Of Disbelief: When the fictional characters act like their story is real life, it's easier for the audience to treat it the same way.

For more information, see TV Tropes' many other articles on the Fourth Wall that have more stuff than we can possibly hope to fit on this page.

Incidences where the fourth wall is broken