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This article is about the comedy device used in various Disney properties. For the WandaVision episode, see Breaking the Fourth Wall (WandaVision).

"Made ya look!"

Breaking the fourth wall is a comedy device used in fictional literature and media in which a character acknowledges the fact that they are a character in fiction and media, and are actually aware of being such.

There are several ways of breaking the fourth wall; examples include when a character refers to a particular part in a movie or television episode, when a character stops others from performing an occult or criminal act by referring to the fact that it is a "children's/family movie/show", when a character responds to a real world person who is not physically present (such as the narrator), or when a character looks toward the camera and often talks to or interacts directly with the viewers.

Listed here are scenes in Disney movies, shows, video games, etc., where such characters break the fourth wall.


Cartoon shorts

Donald pushing the iris-out open to get free.

  • Mickey's Amateurs - At the very end, after Donald finishes reciting "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", the iris-out suddenly shuts around his neck, and he pushes it open in an attempt to get himself unstuck.
  • Donald's Crime - Most of the short involves Donald interacting with his conscience, whose voice goads him into stealing money from his nephews' piggy bank, which ultimately gets Donald in trouble with his nephews.
  • Motor Mania - At the very end, Goofy, as Mr. Wheeler, turns toward the camera and shouts, "AH, SHUT UP!" to the narrator, who was educating him on safe driving habits.
  • Cold War - At the very end, Goofy accidentally sneezes the iris-out away.
  • Plutopia - At the very end, when Pluto and Milton start fighting each other, Mickey asks the audience, "What happened?"
  • Lambert the Sheepish Lion - After Mr. Stork fails to return a lion cub that he accidentally brought to a meadow alongside some lambs, he serves as the narrator for the remainder of the short.
  • Working for Peanuts - At the very end, Chip looks directly at the camera and sighs.
  • Grand Canyonscope - At one point, J. Audubon Woodlore tells the tour group, "Spread out there, folks; this is CinemaScope." (In the pan-and-scan version, his line "CinemaScope" is changed to "a big canyon.")
  • In the Bag - When Humphrey tries to get rid of the litter by burning it, Smokey comes in, stomping on the fire, and says his famous catchphrase, "Remember, only you can prevent forest fires," directly to the audience.
  • It's Tough to Be a Bird - The M.C. Bird educates the audience about the history of birds, as well as various different bird species.
  • Tummy Trouble - At the very end of the short, Baby Herman spits out the rattle and complains to the live-action director about the rattle-swallowing idea, and that he never wants to do that again.
  • Roller Coaster Rabbit - While Roger Rabbit is riding the roller coaster, he almost goes out of the film. Then, at the very end of the short, Roger and Baby Herman crash into a live filming studio, where Roger accidentally ruins the film reel for the episode.
  • Trail Mix-Up - When the geyser erupts, Roger, Baby Herman, the beaver, and the bear get blown out of the studio and end up crashing into Mount Rushmore.
  • Get a Horse! - Most of the short revolves around Mickey and company being shot out of the screen and interacting with the screen itself.

Disney animated features

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • The Evil Queen (having assumed the form of the Witch) informs the audience about the rules of the Poisoned Apple and that "there may be an antidote." Also, when she finds out about "love's first kiss", she laughs it off, pointing out that, "The dwarfs will think she's dead; she'll be buried alive!"



Saludos Amigos

  • Lake Titicaca - As Donald struggles to cross a rickety suspension bridge on a llama, it falls apart while the narrator cautions against any reckless behavior, and that one should not lose one's temper. Donald, clearly having difficulty, yells at the narrator, "SHUT UP, YOU BIG WINDBAG!"

Make Mine Music

  • Peter and the Wolf - Sterling Holloway narrates the entire segment, and when the wolf is first introduced, he snarls directly at the camera.
  • Willie the Operatic Whale - Willie the Whale narrates the beginning of the segment, and Nelson Eddy narrates most of the remainder of the segment. In one scene, after a taxi driver and then a cat each read the newspaper of Willie singing, each looks toward the audience and sings, "I don't believe it!"

Fun and Fancy Free

  • Mickey and the Beanstalk - At one point, the narrator emphasizes how the residents of Happy Valley practically have nothing to eat. Donald, who is driven to the verge of insanity by starvation, yells at the narrator, "SHUT UP! I CAN'T STAND IT!" before throwing a violent tantrum.

Alice in Wonderland

  • When the March Hare explains to Alice what an "Unbirthday" is and fails after a couple of attempts, he stares directly at the camera and exclaims, "She doesn't know what an Unbirthday is!" while pointing to Alice; when addressing the Mad Hatter, the March Hare appears as if he is talking directly to the audience.

Peter Pan

The Sword in the Stone

  • At the end of the film, when Merlin explains to Arthur that he has taken his first step in cementing his legend as King Arthur that will live on for generations to come, he muses that they'll even make a movie about him, before trying to explain to Wart that a movie is "something like television."

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie, and Winnie the Pooh

  • The characters often speak to the narrator and use the book as part of the scenery (such as when Tigger used the book to get out of the tree).
  • During the song "Heffalumps and Woozles" in Pooh's nightmare, a few of the Heffalumps and Woozles look at the audience.
    • After the fat Heffalump turns into a Woozle, he waggles his eyebrows at the audience before turning into a Hunny Pot.
    • A female Heffalump and a male Woozle show off their powers to the audience: they briefly turn into a circle and square, they then glare closely at the screen, and finally the Heffalump shows stripes while the Woozle shows polka dots.
    • A female Heffalump, while playing the harp strings made of honey, sits back up and looks at the audience.

The Aristocats

  • In the opening sequence, Toulouse notices the title says: "The Aristocrats" and removes the "r" to fix the title. Whether this is a reference to the infamous Aristocrats joke is unknown.
  • At the end of the film, when Lafayette tells Napoleon that it sounds like the end, the latter points out that he's the leader and will say when it's the end. Then the words: "THE END" hit Napoleon's head, and he states, "It's the end."

Robin Hood

  • In the film's opening, Alan-A-Dale is seen introducing himself to the audience. Throughout the rest of the movie, he functions as the film's narrator, while also being part of the story.
  • When Prince John sucks his thumb and then says, "I've got a dirty thumb," he stares at the camera as the scene fades to black.
  • While Robin Hood is talking to the Sheriff in his "blind old beggar" disguise, the Sheriff smiles at the camera.

The Great Mouse Detective

  • While Basil expresses his acknowledgement of Dr. Dawson, he whispers something to Olivia, who then looks at the audience in either confusion or shock.

The Little Mermaid

  • During the "Part of Your World" song, Ariel turns to the audience when she sings the part "sure" and again with "bright young women".
  • When the Seahorse Herald informs Sebastian that King Triton wants to talk about Ariel, Sebastian looks at the audience and fearfully says, "He knows!"
  • During the "Poor Unfortunate Souls" musical number, when Ursula sings, "And do I help them? Yes, indeed" then "And I help them...yes, I do!", she looks directly at the audience.

The Rescuers Down Under

  • As McLeach is about to leave Cody in the cage at the basement, he looks at the audience and nastily says, "No more Mr. Nice Guy!"
  • After McLeach lies about Marahute being shot by the hunter and tells Cody to leave the Abandoned Opal Mine, he stares directly at the camera and cackles, "Bingo!" then hops back into his truck with Joanna.
  • When Bernard goes off to rescue Cody, Bianca, Jake, and Marahute from McLeach, Wilbur reluctantly sits on the golden eagle's eggs, staring at the camera and then complains: "Aww...nuts! Gotta learn to be more assertive. No is no is NO," and finally turns his attention from the camera to the eggs, saying to them, "Hey, quit movin' in there!"

Beauty and the Beast

  • During the song "Gaston", the Bimbettes smile towards the audience after Gaston drops them. Gaston then winks at the camera and shows his chest hair to the viewers.


  • The Peddler greets the audience and tells them to come closer, resulting in the camera hitting him in the face. He then tries to show the viewers some of his fine merchandise, but they are uninterested until he unveils the Genie's lamp. He then begins to tell the story of how the magic lamp "changed the course of a young man's life."
  • When Genie plays chess with the magic carpet, he looks at the audience and says "I can't believe it, I'm losing to a rug!"
  • Genie brings out a script for Aladdin and whispers, "Your line is: 'I'm going to free the Genie.'" He then brings out the script again when he calls Jafar "a tall, dark, sinister, ugly man."
  • At the end of the film, Genie lifts up the screen and says, "Made ya look!"
  • At the end of the post-credits, Genie tells the viewers that they were a good audience and then says good night to everyone.

The Lion King

  • At one part of the song "Be Prepared", when Scar sings, "Be prepared for sensational news," he looks at the viewers.
  • At one part of the song "Hakuna Matata", Pumbaa almost said, "Every time that I farted," but Timon cuts him off and warns, "Hey, Pumbaa! Not in front of the kids!", referencing the audience and Simba.
  • In a Blu-ray bonus feature called "Bloopers & Outtakes", characters in the movie break the fourth wall during said bloopers/outtakes.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • At one point in the film, Phoebus mentions the background music during the fight with Esmeralda.
  • At the very end of the post-credits, Hugo says, directly to the audience, "Good night, everybody! Whoo-hoo-hoo!"

Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

  • When Tigger inquires, "What's Donkey Boy saying?", Eeyore replies, "I said 'Ouch!'" He then stares at the audience in horror, realizing that he accidentally let go of the branch that he and the others were clinging to, causing them all to fall into the muddy river below, but they survive unharmed.
  • When Pooh falls onto an icy channel while screaming, Tigger hears him and says to the viewers in horror that Pooh was killed and eaten by the Skullasaurus.


  • At the start of the movie and during certain segments, the Muses narrate the story in song.
  • Hades has lots of moments when looking to the audience. For example, after Panic lands on Pain's butt, Hades looks at the viewers in an unamused way. Also, after Meg states that Hercules will hit every curve he throws at "Wonderboy", Hades then gets an idea and looks toward the audience.
  • At the end of the post-credits, Hades says, directly to the viewers, "Whaddaya say, it's happy ending time," and complains that he has nothing, and then talks to nobody because the audience left.


  • When looking for Mulan during the avalanche sequence of the Tong Shao Pass, Mushu sees some hair in the snow and, thinking it's Mulan, pulls out what is really a Hun, then quickly puts him back under the snow and sheepishly exclaims, "Nope!" to the audience.


  • At the very end of the song "Son of Man", Tarzan, after landing on a tree, stares courageously at the audience.

Fantasia 2000

  • The Firebird: When the Spring Sprite's face peers from her hair with insects and flora on it, she smiles briefly at the audience before shaking her head, sending the insects away.
  • At the end of the post-credits, although everyone has left, Steve Martin (in a distorted voice) asks the viewers if somebody can give him a ride.

The Emperor's New Groove

  • Kuzco freezes the movie after Pacha's appearance to remind the audience that the movie is about Kuzco, not Pacha.
  • Right after Pacha abandons Kuzco at the diner and finds out the truth about Yzma and Kronk, the narrator Kuzco comes in at the scene where the movie began, and the llama Kuzco tells him that the audience knows the whole thing.
  • During the chase scene, Yzma and Kronk notice the contour lines on the map that follow Kuzco and Pacha, and later notice their lines are following them. While slightly confused, the two shrug it off and return to the chase.
    • Later, after Yzma reveals that she has beaten Pacha and Kuzco to the Secret Lab, the two question how she did, which even she doesn't understand. After asking Kronk how they beat them, he explains that it seems impossible pulling down the map from the previous scene as reference.

Lilo & Stitch

  • The advertising campaign for Lilo & Stitch in several teaser trailers (called "Inter-Stitch-als") feature Stitch invading other Disney films, much to the other characters' chagrin.
  • When Stitch was getting adopted at the animal shelter, the adoption paper noticeably shows information regarding the development of Lilo & Stitch.
  • During their dance at Mrs. Hasagawa's fruit stand, Lilo and Stitch look directly at the audience for a couple of brief moments while showing off; first as they start to get into their dance, then again when they lean back and drop their shoulders. In addition, a spotlight seems to shine from out of nowhere above the duo during the second moment.

Brother Bear

  • In a special teaser trailer for Brother Bear (shown before Finding Nemo during its initial theatrical release), the moose brothers, Rutt and Tuke, suggest that, "If you see only one movie this year, see this one." Rutt then reminds Tuke that, "For those who see only one movie this year, it's a little late now." Both moose then encourage everyone who are "only going to see one movie this year" to leave the theater. As the scene fades to black, Tuke says, "I see some of them leaving." Rutt then replies that maybe they're going to "go find that Nemo guy." In the regular trailer, Rutt only replies that they're just going to the bathroom.
  • Right after the post-credits, Koda directly tells the viewers that "no fish were harmed during the making of this film." However, an adult bear is then seen chasing one of the salmon in an attempt to eat it, causing the fish to scream for help. Koda tells the cameraman, "Cut!", but the camera keeps rolling, so Koda covers the camera with his paws so the audience couldn't see the bear eat the salmon, but the fish can still be heard getting eaten.
  • In a bonus feature called "Koda's Outtakes" (DVD and Blu-ray only), characters in the movie break the fourth wall during said outtakes, including one instance where Denahi tries to flip the log bridge over, causing Kenai and Koda to struggle, and when Kenai throws Koda, the latter gets smacked onto the screen, which then breaks.
    • There is also an optional bonus feature (DVD and Blu-ray only) in which Rutt and Tuke provide the audio commentary for the movie itself.

Home on the Range

  • At the start of the movie, Maggie narrates the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.
  • Upon hearing a noise similar to gunfire, Maggie, Mrs. Calloway, and Grace look at the camera before exploding in fright.

Mulan II

  • When Mulan has an argument with Shang due to Mushu's intervening, Yao asks her what Shang's problem was, only for Mulan to growl and walk away in frustration. After that, Yao looks at the camera and inquires, "What's her problem?" and then adds, "Who am I talkin' to?"

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

  • In the opening, during Stitch's nightmare of him becoming evil again, he destroys the title caption with The Red One's plasma weapon.

The Wild

  • At the end of the film, the goofy wildebeest that sings the "Really Nice Day" song pops his head through the iris-out, which chokes him. Nigel then shoves him away and apologizes to the audience, telling them to carry on.
  • During the credits, characters in the movie break the fourth wall by interacting with the credits.


  • A meta-example would entail the entire story of Bolt realizing he is just a character in a TV show, with Mittens also informing him about this numerous times.
  • Near the end of the credits, Rhino is seen running on a hamster wheel that has been causing the credits to roll all this time. He soon passes out, so another hamster tags him in and takes his place on the wheel; the credits then finish rolling and disappear from the screen, along with the hamster wheel.


  • During the song "I've Got a Dream", Eugene claims that he does not sing when it's his turn to do a solo until the Pub Thugs threaten him with their swords.


  • At one point in the film, Chief Bogo remarks that life isn't a cartoon musical.
  • During the film's climax, Duke Weaselton is seen selling pirated movies that are actually parodies of Disney movies, and even mentions that he sells films "that have not yet been released."


  • Realizing that he is neither on Motunui nor on land, Heihei turns toward the camera before it goes out of view and lets out a strong scream.
  • After Maui locks Moana in a cave on the deserted island where he lives and prepares to leave, he takes Heihei and says, "Boat snack!" to the audience.
  • When Moana objects to being called a princess, Maui points out, "If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, then you're a princess," referencing other Disney Princesses who are trademarked with wearing dresses and having animal sidekicks.
  • Tamatoa breaks the fourth wall three times: first, when he says that he can't hide due to his shininess during the song "Shiny"; second, when he tells the viewers to look up what a "decapod" is; and finally during the post-credits scene, where he asks the audience for help.

Ralph Breaks the Internet

  • In a mid-credits scene, the toddler version of Moana appears as a modern-day girl named Mo coming home after seeing the very film. Mo then tells her mother that she was unhappy over a scene that was in the trailer, which was not in the film itself.
  • In the post-credits scene, when Ralph, Felix, and several other characters perform the Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up" (in a parody of the popular Rickrolling meme), at the end, Ralph tells the audience: "You guys still stickin' around? Alright. Well, you're welcome to stay. Not really anymore surprises, you know. But, good luck getting that song out of your head. It's a real earwig."

Frozen II

  • In one scene, Olaf, in order to explain who his friends are and why they're in the Enchanted Forest, recreates (in a comical and over-the-top style) several moments from the first film, including the death of Anna and Elsa's parents, as well as Anna almost freezing to death.
    • During the post-credits, Olaf does similar recreations for the events of this movie, revealed to be an audience of Marshmallow and the Snowgies.

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe

  • At one point, Phineas, Ferb, and their friends go to "Warp 2" in a spaceship, meaning they go twice the speed of light, causing them to change to clean-up, then rough pencil test, then animatic, then storyboard, and ending with Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh pitching the scene, before going back to the film itself.
  • During the "Us Against the Universe" musical number, Isabella sings a line showing her appreciation for all the animators of the film.
  • The song "Silhouettes" talks about how the end credits sequence recapitulates the movie through still silhouettes.


Pixar feature films and shorts

A Bug's Life

  • During the credits, characters in the movie break the fourth wall during the outtakes.

Toy Story 2

Monsters, Inc.

  • During the credits, characters in the movie break the fourth wall during the outtakes.

Finding Nemo

  • During the credits, characters in the movie break the fourth wall by interacting with the credits.


  • After the replay, the camera pulls back to reveal a security van looking at the screen, shouting: "Hey, no cameras! Get outta here!"
  • At one point, Lightning stares at the camera while Mater tries to remove his parking boot.
  • During the closing song "Route 66", Mater can be seen among the crowd looking at the viewers and singing some verses of the song himself.
  • During the post-credits, in the Radiator Springs Drive-In Theatre scene, characters that are voiced by John Ratzenberger appear.
  • Also during the post-credits, a beetle car flies into the screen.


  • At the start and end of the movie, Remy narrates the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.


  • At the end of the post-credits, WALL-E interacts with the lamp in the Pixar logo.

Cars 2

  • At the end of the film, Siddeley winks at the audience before flying off.


  • At the start and end of the movie, Merida narrates the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.
  • At the end of the film, a Will O' the Wisp waves goodbye to the camera before disappearing.

Monsters University

  • Near the end of the film, a sign on the bulletin board reads: "HAVE A NICE SUMMER!" This is directed towards the audience, as the movie was released in the summertime.

Inside Out

  • At the start and end of the movie, Joy narrates the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.
  • In one scene, Joy asks Fear to list all of the "possible negative outcomes on the first day at a new school," to which Fear tells her, "I'm way ahead of you there." He then turns to the audience and says, "Does anyone know how to spell 'meteor'?"


  • At the start of the movie, Miguel narrates the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.
  • When Héctor sings one of his songs to Chicharrón and Miguel, he slowly says, "Knuckles," and pauses. Chicharrón then says, "Those aren't the words," and Héctor replies, "There are children present," implying that the original song had obscene lyrics.


  • The relatives' father, Wilden Lightfoot, narrates the introduction, while being a critical element to the film's plot.


  • When Mr. Mittens' soul is found, it is the only soul looking at the audience (the other souls are staring at the Great Beyond's light).
  • After the film's end credits, Terry tells the viewers that the movie is over and to go home.

Toy Story Treats

  • In Road Block, Woody and Buzz give a thumbs-up towards the screen as it irises-out.
  • In Woody's Nightmares, Buzz grins at the camera after tickling Woody's nose with a feather while he is sleeping.
  • Upon seeing dozens of Aliens pop out of a small wind-up car in Circus Gag, Woody looks toward the audience and says, "I know. It's not funny when clowns do it either!"
  • After Legs starts fishing for one of the cards with her hook in Go Fish, Woody whispers to the audience, "She lives for this!"
  • In Green Army Men Chants, the Green Army Men say chants to the audience that they will be back after the commercial break.

Knick Knack

  • When Knick escapes from a hatch in the floor of his snow globe as it plummets down, he falls off the screen and plops into an aquarium, where, still submerged in water, he stares crossly at the camera. He then notices a pretty Sunny Atlantis knick-knack and, with a lustful look on his face, begins walking towards her. However, at this point, the snow globe falls into the water, putting Knick inside through the hatch, which then closes. After bumping into the dome wall, Knick looks around and, realizing where he is, again looks crossly at the camera.

Your Friend the Rat

  • Remy and Emile teach the viewers about the history of the rat in order to bring a better understanding between the two species. At the end, Remy attempts to ask the audience if rats and humans can make peace with each other, but he is interrupted when a long and drawn-out (mostly satirical) disclaimer is shown asking people to stay away from rats while Remy and Emile stand in front of it and try to remove it, urging the audience to ignore the warning and complaining about freedom of speech and lack of food, respectively.

Cars Toons

Toy Story of Terror!

  • At the special's ending, Mr. Pricklepants comments that if they were in a movie, the credits would roll at that point. Immediately after he says this, the credits roll.

Live-action features

Song of the South

  • Towards the end of "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah", when the kids are singing the song, Uncle Remus looks at the camera and says, "It's the truth, it's actual."

Mary Poppins

  • In the beginning of the film, Bert notices the audience, calling them "art lovers", and, after being asked, shows them the route to 17 Cherry Tree Lane, along with some of the residents.

Return to Oz

  • After the crash landing, the Gump says directly to the viewers, "That was a novel experience, wasn't it?"

Pete's Dragon

  • When Elliott tells Pete that he has found Nora's boyfriend Paul, Pete kisses Elliott to thank him, to which the dragon acts overly ecstatic and looks briefly at the audience as he hums happily while walking off-screen.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • At the very end of the opening cartoon short, Roger Rabbit is shown in a live filming studio, where the director reprimands Roger's performance.
  • While Eddie Valiant is singing "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", he sings, "This singin' ain't my line..."

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

  • In both movies, Chance functions as the film's narrator, while also taking part in these adventures.

James and the Giant Peach

  • At the end of the song "Eating the Peach", James and his insect friends throw portions of the peach directly at the screen before it fades to black.
  • At the start and end of the movie, the Magic Man narrates the story. In the final scene, he addresses the audience and winks at them as the screen fades to black. Before the credits roll, the fate of each character is posted in the papers, which is also directed towards the audience.

George of the Jungle

  • The narrator is doing his job of narrating the story, though he interacts with the characters a view times and has moments reassuring the viewers:
    • When he describes Ursula and the others' tiring journey to reach Ape Mountain, he says they reacted with awe, but they misunderstand and say, "Aw!" He then corrects them, saying he said awe: "A-W-E", in which they correct their mistake.
    • After N'Dugo falls off the bridge, he assures the audience that nobody dies in the story, but only get really big boo-boos.
    • After George is shot and is heading for San Francisco with Ursula, he assures the viewers that George can't die because he is the hero.
    • George is told by Ursula to stay in her apartment, but the narrator says that no one can keep George in. George argues, saying that he has every intention of obeying Ursula. The narrator asks if this is really so, to which George replies sheepishly, "For a while."
    • Max and Thor capture Ape and go on a false trail leading back to George's treehouse. The narrator begins to tell of the poachers' defeat when Thor interrupts and says, "Why don't you say something constructive for a change, like what we should do now?" Angry at the interruption, the narrator replies that he doesn't like him which results in a massive argument between them. Max then berates Thor for fighting with him, but Thor replies that the narrator started it, resulting in another argument.
  • After Lyle trips and falls face-first in Shep's dung, one of the guides states to the audience that "bad guy falling in poop" is a classic element of physical comedy, and that they should throw their heads back and laugh in response, which they do.
  • At the start of the film's end credits, Ape orders the credits to stop and reveals his fate of becoming a major singing star in Las Vegas, where he sings "My Way" by Frank Sinatra, before the credits resume from the beginning.

Air Bud


  • When Weebo releases the Flubber while Professor Philip Brainard is away, the gooey green blob starts dancing. At one point, the Flubber shakes its "buttocks" at the camera for several frames.

Inspector Gadget

  • When the Gadgetmobile tells Inspector Gadget to put on the seatbelt, it reminds him that it's a Disney movie. Later, the Gadgetmobile talks to the audience during the credits, mentioning that he is going to Disneyland, then informs the viewers that everyone is watching the end credits and tells them to go home.

Max Keeble's Big Move

  • At the start of the movie, Max Keeble narrates some portions of the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.

George of the Jungle 2

  • The narrator appears again, narrating the story once more while interacting with the other characters and assuring the audience:
    • He is surprised to see Christopher Showerman portraying George and asks what happened to Brendan Fraser, the original actor. Christopher responds that the studio was "too cheap to pay for Brendan."
    • He introduces us to Lyle Van de Groot and shows a recap scene of him falling into the elephant droppings in the jungle, much to Lyle's annoyance, as he had always felt humiliated by the experience ever since. The narrator is then heard chuckling.
    • When N'Dugo, Kip, and Baleto push Beatrice Stanhope off a cliff, he tells them that Beatrice can't die in the film as there would be no story.
    • He asks George if he wants to explain how he un-hypnotized Ursula, but Lyle interrupts and crosses the line when he tells the narrator that his constant alliteration is annoying. In response, his hand, surrounded by little angels that look like Cupid, reaches out and pulls Lyle by his underwear up into the sky, removing him from the story (though in a blooper, Lyle's underwear rips from his grip and he falls from the sky). The narrator then asks if there is anyone else who wants to criticize him. The others shake their heads and murmur that they don't.

The Haunted Mansion



  • At one point, Narissa says: "Come along, Giselle. I don't want you to miss this ending."
  • The Bloopers show characters breaking the fourth wall.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

  • At the end of the movie, Papi reveals the epilogue of all the film's main characters to the audience just before the credits roll.

Bedtime Stories

  • After overhearing Barry Nottingham planning to demolish Webster Elementary School, Skeeter Bronson hears the narrator, who is his father, telling him that he can find a way to put an end to the demolition.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

  • During the post-credits scene, Papi gives advice to the audience on how to care for a pet if they plan to adopt one.

Geek Charming

  • Dylan and Josh take turns narrating the movie. At the end of the film, Josh lifts his jacket over the camera so he and Dylan can kiss without the audience seeing it.

Oz the Great and Powerful

  • The Bloopers show characters breaking the fourth wall.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  • At the start and end of the movie, Alexander narrates the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.
  • Near the end of the film, the "authentic" Australian cowboys performing at Alexander's birthday party are actually strippers. Fortunately, Alexander's parents realize this early on enough in the performance to tell the cowboys to "make it PG" for the children's sake (a reference to the movie itself being rated PG).

Pete's Dragon (2016 film)

  • Conrad Meacham narrates the end of the movie during which he tells the audience that if they're lucky, Pete will tell them Elliott's whereabouts.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

  • Captain America appears during the post-credits, making a public service announcement about the importance of patience and telling the audience that they waited for nothing. He then asks the off-screen crew how much more public service videos he has to make. This scene is a nod to other MCU films, which usually feature a mid-credit or post-credit scene.

The One and Only Ivan

  • At the start of the movie, Ivan narrates the story, while also taking part in the film's plot.

Muppet films

The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Acting as narrators, Gonzo (as Charles Dickens) and Rizzo the Rat frequently break the fourth wall as they provide narration and commentary on the events of the film. While the duo often speak directly to the audience, they rarely interact with the other characters and the story itself – a notable exception is when they step in to correct Sam the Eagle's declaration of it being the "American way" to being the "British way".

Muppet Treasure Island

  • When Billy Bones suffers a heart attack, Rizzo comments: "He died? And this is supposed to be a kids' movie!"
  • Statler comments on being "stuck to the front of this stupid ship," and Waldorf replies: "Well, it could've been worse. We could be stuck in the audience!"
  • A line in the "Cabin Fever" song says, "I'd like to get my hands on whoever wrote this script."
  • Clueless Morgan comments on the "Cabin Fever" musical number.
  • Long John Silver gives his crewmates stage directions during the "A Professional Pirate" number, saying, "Upstage, lads, this is my only number," as they carry him across the camp.
  • A Muppet tomato on the Swedish Chef's ingredient tray says, "How else did you think we were going to get him into this movie?" (after which the Swedish Chef whacks it with a large mallet).
  • A rat conducts a tour of the island, referring to the place as the location for the movie Muppet Treasure Island.
  • Statler comments that saving Smollett and Benjamina made them heroes, and Waldorf replies, "Well, it was too late to save the movie!"

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

  • When Dorothy fights the Wicked Witch, writer-director Quentin Tarantino suggests to Kermit that he wants the fight sequence to be extreme with samurai swords, dangerous stunts, and explosions, like every other action movie he created. Kermit then denies his idea by telling him that it's too violent for a family film.

The Muppets

  • While meeting with Tex Richman, Statler comments that if he didn't know any better, he'd say Waldorf was "reciting some sort of important plot point." Waldorf responds: "I hope so. Otherwise, I would've bored half the audience half to death." Statler then retorts, "You mean half the audience is still alive?"
  • Gary often makes references to some of the musical numbers he sang in earlier scenes.
  • When Kermit shakes his head and says there's no way they can raise the money to save the theater, Mary sadly observes, "This is going to be a very short movie." This is somewhat a callback to a joke Kermit had made to Mr. Tarkanian in The Great Muppet Caper released three decades before.
  • Fozzie is surprised that they "had that in the budget" in response to an expensive-looking explosion at Gonzo's Royal Flush.
  • 80's Robot suggests that they speed things up by using a montage to pick up the rest of the Muppets. Rowlf is upset that his reunion is omitted from the montage.
  • Fozzie suggests that they travel by map to get to Miss Piggy in Paris, which they subsequently do. Later, when Gary and Mary arrive to help out with the show, Kermit asks how they got here so quickly, and they acknowledge that they traveled by map.
  • Uncle Deadly comments on the film's charming finale.
  • In the finale, Marvin Suggs sings: "The movie's almost over, it's time to say, 'So long.'"
  • Tex Richman comments on the fact that they've "already sung this song" during the reprise of "Life's a Happy Song".

Muppets Most Wanted


Muppets Most Wanted deleted scene Break the 4th wall

  • The film features the song "We're Doing a Sequel", which comments on the fact that the Muppets are doing another film.
  • After Walter leaves, Rowlf comments on the events of the previous movie, and that they made a whole new movie where he joined the Muppets. Rizzo comments on how Walter got more screen time than he, or Robin, did.
  • A deleted scene features dialogue that directly and literally breaks the fourth wall.
  • During the credits, some characters break the fourth wall.

Muppets Haunted Mansion

  • After Gonzo passes by two familiar-looking head busts, the Dr. Bunsen Honeydew bust tells the Beaker one: "I had so hoped we'd have a bigger cameo, Beaky." He then says, "Budget."
  • During the séance scene while playing Madame Pigota, Miss Piggy remarks: "This is my biggest scene in this whole special, and they stick my head in a fish bowl."
  • In the middle of the song "Tie the Knot Tango", Sal Minella scolds a penguin for quacking something inappropriate by remarking: "What's the matter with you? You can't say that. This is a family show."

Disneytoon Studios/Direct-to-video films

The Return of Jafar

  • The Genie says, directly to the audience, "He's big, he's blue, he's back!"

Aladdin and the King of Thieves

  • The film starts with Genie summoning the logo and (in his morph of Tinker Bell) says that the film is "in color."
  • After Genie morphs into Pumbaa to say, "Hakuna Matata," he suddenly admits he was having an "out-of-movie experience."
  • During the song "Are You In or Out?", seven of the Forty Thieves explain to the audience about their past.
  • During the post-credits scene, Genie looks right at the audience and tells them: "Wait a minute, we're not getting outta here, man! We're not getting outta here! Don't ya understand it, man? This is it, game's over, man!" Genie's last sentence indicates the film to be the last of the Aladdin trilogy.

The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue

An Extremely Goofy Movie

  • In the coffee shop, Bobby Zimuruski asks observantly, "Do you ever wonder why we're always, like, wearin' gloves?"
    • "Yeah, man!"
  • Near the end of the film, when Pete was left confused after unintentionally giving Goofy advice, he looks toward the camera and says, "Did I miss something?"

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

  • In "Gonna Get My Wish", at the beginning of the song, Morgana says "I shall grant her wish and she'll grant me mine".
    • During the song, Undertow says "I hope it's temporarily" to the audience.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

  • When Buster yells at his Junkyard Dog members to help him open a locked gate that he couldn't unlock himself, Scratchy gives the audience a sullen look before Mooch volunteers.

Return to Never Land

  • After establishing shots of the clouds, Peter Pan waves his cap to the audience.

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

  • After Lil' Lightning informs Thunderbolt that he will be taking the German Shepherd's place on the show, he turns toward the audience and says, "...my show."
  • Right before the credits roll, the fate of each character, both villain and hero, is posted in the papers, which is also directed towards the audience.
  • In a bonus feature called "Thunderbolt's Bloopers" (DVD and Blu-ray only), Thunderbolt breaks the fourth wall by screwing up some of his speaking lines.

Stitch! The Movie

  • When Dr. Hämsterviel is about to harass a captive Lilo and Stitch, the background music cuts out and Hämsterviel demands Gantu to get some phone books to elevate him higher. When Gantu returns with a stack of phone books and Hämsterviel props himself up, the background music resumes as he begins ranting.

Teacher's Pet: The Movie

  • Several times in the movie, Spot sings to the audience.
  • At the end of the movie, Spot tells everyone in the theater to sing along with the song.
  • In the final scene of the movie, Spot is seen animating himself while saying, "A film needs an end."

The Lion King 1½

  • In a dark theater, Timon and Pumbaa are shown in silhouette commenting on the movie being shown before them, in a style similar to that of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
    • While Timon and Pumbaa are watching the opening act of the original movie, Timon suddenly uses a remote control to fast-forward to where they appear in the film. Pumbaa argues that the film shouldn't go out of order and attempts to rewind the film back to the beginning. Timon and Pumbaa start fighting over control of the film until they agree that the film should tell their side of the story. Throughout the rest of the film, it is occasionally interrupted to have Timon and Pumbaa comment on whatever is happening.
  • As Timon scurries, sniffs, and flinches, he looks directly at the audience and says, "I like the sound of that."
  • When the other meerkats glare at Timon for not looking out for hyenas, Timon reluctantly admits that he broke into song. Usually, characters in musicals do not seem to notice this and just go with singing.
  • When Timon tries to look "beyond what I see," he states that it's hard to think with the music playing.
  • As Timon deftly acts out on what Rafiki would say to him about finding "Hakuna Matata", Rafiki looks directly at the audience. Then, after Timon runs off to catch up with his friends, Rafiki says to the viewers, "My work here is done."
  • When the film ends, in the dark theater, Pumbaa insists on watching it again. Timon protests until all of their friends from the movie come to watch it as well, soon joined by numerous other Disney cartoon characters.

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers

  • The Troubadour is mostly seen either narrating the movie or singing songs.
  • At the end of the song "Petey's King of France", the music abruptly ends while Pete is holding the final note. After a few seconds, he notices, looks at the viewers, and asks, "Why'd the music stop?"
  • The second time Pete mentions the opera and hears music in the background, he turns toward the audience in surprise. Later, the third time he mentions the opera and hears music once again, he looks at the viewers and comments, "That little ditty's starting to grow on me."
  • When Princess Minnie proceeds to kiss Mickey in the mouth, she uses his hat to shroud them so the viewers cannot see it completely.

Kronk's New Groove

  • Kuzco pauses the movie to talk to the audience three times.
    • The first time was to introduce himself and let the audience know that this movie was about Kronk.
    • The second time was to let the audience know that Yzma is producing fake youth potions, and when he sees that they've already noticed, he calls them "smarty" and says, "Bet you haven't seen this!", to which the scene zooms in to show Yzma's armpit hairs. The scene then zooms out, and Kuzco tells them to continue the movie after being freaked out.
    • The third time was when Kuzco becomes emotional over the love between Kronk and Birdwell.
  • While panicking on what to do, Kronk looks directly at the audience, explains his plan, and says, "That'll work."
  • After talking to his shoulder angel and devil, Kronk asks, "Now where was I?" Then, while remembering, he looks at the audience and says, "Doomed!"
  • As Kronk begins his story of how he fell in love with Birdwell, he pulls out a slideshow screen. Then, when he sees that the screen is displaying a stag reel logo, he steps in front of it in embarrassment, looks at the audience, and says, "Wrong show!"
  • While Kronk's friends try to pass themselves off as his wives and kids, Kuzco shows up dressed as a woman and says to the audience, "Like how I weaseled my way into this movie? Nice!" Then, when Kuzco asks Kronk, "How ya doing, hot stuff?", Kronk pulls out an "Uh-oh!" sign à la Wile E. Coyote while looking nervously at the audience.

Leroy & Stitch

  • According to Hämsterviel, ever since Gantu worked for him, he failed for three years trying to catch an experiment, referencing the events of the show Lilo & Stitch: The Series being released in 2003 and ending in 2006, as well as the movie itself.

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

  • After Cinderella's opening narration in which she concludes, "That girl...was me!", she turns to the camera, giving a little smile.
  • The King discusses the flaws of Prince Charming's motives (e.g. basing his marriage on the person who fits the glass slipper).

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

  • In a DVD/Blu-ray bonus feature called "Outtakes and Bloopers", characters in the movie break the fourth wall during said outtakes/bloopers.

Club Penguin specials

We Wish You a Merry Walrus

  • When the protagonists are aboard the pirate ship called the Migrator, Rockhopper says: "Now, let's get down to business. You can't be hiring a pirate ship without booty," then quickly whispers at the audience, saying, "By that, I mean cash."

Television shows

Programming blocks

Bonkers interrupts the Magical World of Toons intro.

Animated shows

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • "Pooh Oughta Be in Pictures" - At the very end of the song "'Cause It's Make Believe", Tigger says, directly to the audience, "See you in the Hundred Acre Wood!"
  • "There's No Camp Like Home" - As Papa Heffalump goes after the honey pot reeled in by Tigger and Pooh, Papa Heffalump remarks to the audience, "I love it when honey plays hard to get."
  • "Trap as Trap Can" - At one point, Eeyore tells Papa Heffalump that he's standing on a thistle bush, which is one of his allergies. Eeyore then remarks to the audience, "I said, excuse me." Later in the episode, when Rabbit wonders what else could possibly go wrong and then hears Papa Heffalump coming this way, Rabbit tells the viewers, "I had to ask."
  • "My Hero" - At the end of the episode, when Piglet runs away screaming after Tigger offers to still be Piglet's servant, Tigger wonders what his problem is and then turns to the audience and remarks, "Doesn't he know good help is hard to find?" He then purrs as he twitches his eyebrows.
  • "Lights Out" - After Gopher gets startled by Eeyore and faints, Eeyore remarks to the audience, "Can't say I like my face, either." Later in the episode, when Gopher mentions the dark without expressing any fear, he looks at viewers and happily declares that he said the word "dark", but then carelessly falls into one of his own tunnels.
  • "Tigger, Private Ear" - When Tigger attempts to steal Pooh's honey pot but accidentally breaks it after tripping on a log, he asks, "Now who else would have a honey pot?" He then glances at Rabbit's house, to which he turns to the audience and purrs as he twitches his eyebrows.
  • "The Old Switcheroo" - At the end of the episode, Tigger, after learning that taking a bath isn't as bad as he thought it would be, remarks: "But I was right about one thing. It is the end." He then twitches his eyebrows at the audience as the screen irises out and says, "See?"
  • "To Catch a Hiccup" - At one point, in an attempt to scare Piglet's hiccups away, Rabbit and Owl disguise themselves as a scary creature. Then, when they leave, Tigger tells the audience, "Piglet's hiccups won't know what hit 'em!"
  • "The Monster Frankenpooh" - As Piglet panics from seeing Pooh as a giant monster while Tigger is telling the story, Piglet remarks to the audience, "Oh dear! This is so very terrifying!" Later in the episode, Pooh reaches to the top of the film celluloid while Tigger was making him really big.
  • "Pooh Moon" - As Tigger gets in his sleeping bag, he remarks to the audience: "Well, I guess that's why he's called a 'Grab-Me-Gotcha' instead of 'Please-and-Excuse-Me'. Pleasant dreams! TTFN!" Then, at the end of the episode, as Tigger is hugging Piglet, Tigger comments, "Bouncing, beady-eyed bees?" He then looks at the viewers and states, "Nah, it couldn't be," during which the the screen irises out. Piglet falls out and exclaims, "Oh dear!" before Tigger reopens the iris-out, grabs Piglet, and says, "Gotcha!"
  • "Tigger's Houseguest" - When Tigger gets home, worried about his "new friend" lost out there in the woods, he adds to the audience, "And nobody watching where they're stepping."
  • "Pooh Skies" - When Tigger leaves after saying, "Or my name isn't T-I-Double-Guh-Er, Tigger!", he returns and adds to the audience, "Which, by the way, it is."
  • "A Pooh Day Afternoon" - After Tigger tells Piglet that a magician never reveals his secrets, he adds to the audience, "Especially when he isn't too sure about 'em himself."
  • Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too - As Tigger was sleeping, he wakes up and tells the audience, "You're supposed to be asleep when Santy Claus comes, ya know."
  • Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh - At the very end of the song "I Wanna Scare Myself", Tigger says to the audience, "Oh, by the way...BOO!"

DuckTales (1987)

  • "Metal Attraction" - When Robotica has Fenton Crackshell in her grasp and erotically describes (in family-friendly robotic metaphors) her feelings for him as he struggles to free himself from her aggressive advances, Gizmoduck cries: "Lady, please! Kids are watching!" accompanied by a brief rimshot sound effect in the background.


  • "Molly Coddled" - At one point, Covington gives a confused look at the camera after he hears a rumbling noise, before looking down to see the ground is giving way. At the end of the episode, as Baloo pilots the Sea Duck back to Cape Suzette, Molly remarks: "Yeah? Just wait till you tune in next week. Same Danger time, same Danger channel."
  • "Mach One for the Gipper" - At the end of the episode, Ace London (currently stripped of his title and demoted to a "lowly" cargo pilot) is seen behind the wheel of his fighter plane, which has Baloo's crate of pickles latched to the back, and says his infamous catchphrase, "You got that right!" directly to the audience before sobbing.
  • "Pizza Pie in the Sky" - At the end of the episode, after Baloo and Kit are seen lying on the floor in defeat, Rebecca turns to the viewers and says, "There are some people who just can't handle success."

Darkwing Duck

  • "That Sinking Feeling" - After Darkwing tries to shoot Professor Moliarty and sees crying red smoke dust coming out, Darkwing comments to the viewers, "Tear gas."
  • "Beauty and the Beet" - The entire episode uses a special framing device in which Darkwing tells the audience about Bushroot's origins.
  • "Apes of Wrath" - After Darkwing gets Major Trenchrot all tangled up in a vine, Darkwing informs the viewers, "The ol' falling-out-of-a-helicopter trick works every time."
  • "Dirty Money" - After Gryzlikoff hits Darkwing with an explosive missile, Launchpad turns to the audience and says, "I better get a dustpan."
  • "Water Way to Go" - After Darkwing and Launchpad get tied up by Steelbeak's Eggmen, Darkwing comments to the viewers, "Something tells me this is where the plot thickens." Then, after Steelbeak's ship gets hit by lightning and disintegrates, Darkwing remarks to the audience, "Gee, and me without marshmallows."
  • "Easy Come, Easy Grows" - After Darkwing sees a bank safe walk on its own, he informs the viewers, "Now there's a new way of making a night withdrawal."
  • "Negaduck" - At the end of the episode, Darkwing informs Gosalyn that he doesn't want her to tag along with him on his cases and is taking her allowance for a week. Then, when she replies, "I don't care if you do take my allowance, Dad, I'm just glad to have you back," Darkwing shrugs at the audience as Gosalyn hugs him.
  • "A Revolution in Home Appliances" - At the end of the episode, as the screen irises out, Darkwing comments to the viewers: "Oh, yeah. Everything is definitely back to abnormal."
  • "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" - At the end of the episode, Darkwing informs the audience: "I know if I was directing this thing, I'd just CUT! The end."
  • "Can't Bayou Love" - After Darkwing finds alligator footprints and pieces of Launchpad's scarf, Darkwing informs the viewers, "Either Launchpad's breaking in a new pair of alligator shoes, or he's in the clutches of that swamp shrimp." Then, after hearing Launchpad's calls for help, Darkwing remarks to the audience, "So much for the alligator shoe theory." Later, while following a trail of Launchpad's clothes that Jambalaya Jake left behind, Darkwing picks up one article of Launchpad's clothing and tells the viewers, "These must be Launchpad's." Then, when Darkwing finds a penny lying around, he tells the audience: "See a penny, pick it up. All day long, you'll have good luck." Finally, after Darkwing gets hit by a wrecking ball and crashes into a pile of wood, he comments to the viewers, "I'm developing a grudging respect for Jambalaya Jake."
  • "Fungus Amongus" - When the door opens all by itself, Darkwing informs the viewers, "I hate it when that happens!" Then, when Darkwing sees the creepy Mona Lisa picture move its eyes, he tells the audience, "Like I haven't seen this in a million movies." Later, after Darkwing mistakenly wanders into a weird staircase room, he comments to the viewers: "Obviously done with mirrors. Well, no time for this nonsense. I got a crook to catch." Then, when Darkwing falls down after retracing his steps from the weird staircase room, he informs the audience: "Intriguing architecture. I must get the name of the designer so I can hurt him. I had about had it with this house! Obviously, the pizza topping theme is trying to psyche me out." Finally, when Darkwing is about to enter another door, he remarks to the viewers, "Well, Darkwing Duck is the master of psychological warfare."
  • "You Sweat Your Life" - When Darkwing does his karate pose, he informs the audience, "I love this." Then, when Launchpad is heading for the window, and Darkwing sees that Launchpad is in imminent danger and realizes that his strict moral code dictates that a sidekick's life takes precedence, he tells the viewers, "Besides, good help is hard to find." Later, after Herb Muddlefoot lands near a guard dog, Darkwing says to the audience: "Did I call that one? Ha! I did, didn't I?"
  • "Double Darkwings" - When Darkwing is put in jail after being framed by Jambalaya Jake, Darkwing uses a spoon to dig himself out and tells the viewers: "Darkwing Duck, falsely imprisoned for crimes he never committed, attempts to dig his way to freedom using only a spoon he snuck out of the meal hall. Just my luck, they served espresso today instead of soup." Then, at the end of the episode, after Darkwing and Launchpad stop Jambalaya Jake and Gumbo by dressing them up in their Darkwing outfits, Darkwing tells Launchpad that the good news is their reputations are saved, but the bad news is their costumes are gone (and to make matters worse, they're in their long johns). When Darkwing then informs Launchpad that they got some sewing to do, Launchpad shrugs at the audience.
  • "Aduckyphobia" - When Darkwing comments: "That does it! No arms of mine are gonna make a monkey out of Darkwing Duck!", he suddenly takes out a banana with one of his six arms. Darkwing then remarks to the viewers, "Very funny."
  • "Something Fishy" - At the beginning of the episode, after Darkwing trips on a bottle and falls down with the beach supplies, he comments to the audience, "The dangerous half-buried debris." Then, after a whale sneezes Darkwing out, he tells the viewers, "I set my gas gun for smog." Later, after the sea creatures disappear in the water, Darkwing informs the audience: "Did I really just see what I just saw in the sea? I'll believe that I can continue this investigation back at headquarters. With my state-of-the-art high-tech and very pricey crime-fighting equipment, I'll solve this mystery in no time." He then snaps his fingers as the scene dissolves to the Darkwing Tower.
  • "Tiff of the Titans" - After Darkwing says the machine's full name, he informs the viewers, "Of course, you already knew that."
  • "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" - At the beginning of the episode, after Darkwing narrates: "But does that stop Darkwing Duck from doing his duty? You bet it does! Oh, I hate snow! I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it!", he then remarks to the viewers, "Although I do look positively stunning in fake fur." Later in the episode, when Launchpad and Darkwing decide to follow the melted gold trail, Darkwing gets out a jackhammer and informs the audience, "Never leave home without it."
  • "Whiffle While You Work" - After Darkwing kicks Quackerjack and knocks Weasel Kid out, he informs the viewers, "I meant to do that."
  • "Calm a Chameleon" - When Darkwing sits in his chair set and changes into his Darkwing Duck uniform, he informs the audience: "The Darkwing Duck assertiveness training course. Read it, learn it, live it."
  • "Adopt-a-Con" - After Tuskernini (disguised as Megavolt) disappears, Darkwing informs the viewers, "He may have gotten away, but I know where he's going, and I know a shortcut."
  • "Bad Tidings" - After reading the Flashquack message that S.H.U.S.H. sends Darkwing, he informs the audience. "Sounds like it could be urgent!"
  • "Toys Czar Us" - After the wind-up teeth bite on the bone and it explodes, Darkwing informs the viewers, "That was no ordinary doggy bone!"
  • "Up, Up and Awry" - After Megavolt becomes tired from repeatedly trying to hit Darkwing with electric bolts, Darkwing remarks to the viewers: "Let this be a lesson. Never waste electricity." Then, after every magnetized object lands on Megavolt, Darkwing informs the audience, "Talk about your magnetic personality!" Finally, at the end of the episode, after Darkwing remarks, "When was the last time you saw Darkwing Duck get a dent?", he hits Gizmoduck with a hammer. Gizmoduck retaliates in return, sending Darkwing flying onto a bookshelf. Darkwing then tells the viewers, "Don't answer that."
  • "Going Nowhere Fast"- When Darkwing is speeding down the docks, he informs the viewers: "Yes, sir! At this speed, catching Negaduck will be a snap." Then, when he realizes that he's heading for the end of the docks, he tells the audience, "Aha! Looks like I ran out of road. Well, no problem." Then, when he stops short at the end of the docks, he remarks to the viewers, "Thought I wasn't going to stop in time, didn't you?" Alas, he had spoken too soon and fell in the water. Later in the episode, while Darkwing runs down the road, he tells the audience, "Negaduck will learn that there's no hiding from the sultan of speed." Then, when Darkwing runs backwards to the point where his voice gets a little squeaky, he comments to the viewers, "Whoops! Looks like I went too far back."
  • "Planet of the Capes" - After Darkwing switches to a channel, he tells the audience, "Some 'vices require particularly close attention." Then, after Darkwing overhears Comet Guy on the TV screen, Darkwing informs the viewers, "I gotta get over there before he ruins my city and my reputation!"
  • "It's a Wonderful Leaf" - As Darkwing narrates, "Once again, our courageous Christmas crusader...", he informs the audience, "That's me!" and then continues, "...searches for clues, ever watchful for the corrupt Christmas criminal." Bushroot then remarks, while using a string of lights as a lasso, "That's me!" Later, after Darkwing freezes Bushroot and handcuffs him, Darkwing turns toward the viewers and comments: "Yeah, yeah, yeah! Well, another fiendish plan nipped in the bud."
  • "Twitching Channels" - When Megavolt hugs Darkwing's leg, Darkwing comments to the audience, "This is a trick, right?" Then, after Darkwing tells Megavolt: "Get a hold of yourself! You don't want to ruin your reputation as a villain, do you?", Darkwing informs the viewers, "Or mine as a crime-fighter." Later, after Megavolt kicks Darkwing off the TV transmission antenna, Megavolt looks at the audience and says, "This is what's known as a double cross."
  • "Twin Beaks" - After Darkwing hits a tree and passes out, he has a dream that he is flying on a star. He then informs the viewers: "Whoa! I must be dreaming! Yes, that is the perfect way to watch this subconscious mind work. Well, I'll just sit back and enjoy the show."
  • "The Incredible Bulk" - At the end of the episode, after Launchpad unexpectedly hits Darkwing with the growth formula after the daisy disappeared, Darkwing informs the audience: "Yes, sir! In the crime-fighting game, brawn helps. But it's brains that make the real difference."
  • "Dead Duck" - While Darkwing and Launchpad are chasing after Megavolt, Launchpad warns Darkwing that they're heading for a dead end, and they hit the wall. As Darkwing flies through the air, he tells the viewers, "Kids, don't try this at home."
  • "A Duck By Any Other Name" - After Tuskernini and his gang make a run for it, Darkwing remarks to the audience, "Hey, it's a piece of cake, with a little help."
  • "Quack of Ages" - At the end of the episode, after the exhausted dragon gets hit by a pie and passes out, Darkwing winks at the camera.
  • "The Darkwing Squad" - After some sharks spit Darkwing out of their mouths, he informs the viewers, "Lucky for me, duck feathers tickle." Then, at the end of the episode, when Darkwing claims: "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! Besides, I know it was a setup the whole time," before the screen irises out, he winks at the camera and says, "Kidding."
  • "Inside Binkie's Brain" - At the beginning of the episode, after Darkwing halts Dr. Slug, the screen freezes except for Darkwing and Launchpad. Darkwing then decides to answer some mail that the kids at home had sent him. He tells the viewers: "Now many of you have written in asking questions, such as 'Dear Darkwing. What makes you the world's greatest hero? Is it your jaunting good looks? Your stance monofibre? Your dashing deeds of derring-do?'" He then says: "What is it that makes a hero? I think I have a tale to answer that question." Later throughout the episode, he tells the audience a story of how Binkie Muddlefoot became a housewife hero. Then, at the end of the episode, Darkwing notices there's another story altogether and remarks to the viewers, "Although the costumes and gadgets do make it lots more fun."
  • "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" - At the beginning of the episode, when Darkwing says, "But one thing remains the same," he informs the viewers, "I know all the good ones."
  • "The Quiverwing Quack" - After Quiverwing Quack and the Arrow Kid (Gosalyn and Honker) walk away, Darkwing informs the viewers, "They grow up so quickly."
  • "Jail Bird" - When Negaduck steals the Fearsome Four's powers and transforms into Mega Negaduck, Darkwing says to the audience, "Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed." Then, at the end of the episode, when the four villains decide to team up against Darkwing, he says to the viewers, "This time I took the precaution of calling ahead for backup." Finally, after Darkwing summons Launchpad and Gosalyn to catch the four villains with a net, Darkwing informs the audience, "Like I always say, everyone needs a little help sometimes."
  • "Bad Luck Duck" - After Negaduck makes the hippo from Hamburger Hippo come to life and Darkwing gets his cape stuck on the back of a car trunk, he remarks to the viewers, "Okay, maybe my luck's a little bad."
  • "Inherit the Wimp" - When Gosalyn informs Darkwing that heroes aren't born; they're made, Darkwing agrees and tells the viewers that he can make his ancestors heroes too. Then, at the end of the episode, after Darkwing hands Gosalyn her homework and tells her that her report is due tomorrow, Darkwing shrugs at the audience before the screen irises out.
  • "Star Crossed Circuits" - After Darkwing jumps off the Thunderquack and starts falling down, he gets out his gas gun and informs the viewers, "Fortunately, I never leave home without a few super-expanding air cushion pellets."
  • "Steerminator" - After Darkwing sends Taurus Bulba flying into a wall, Darkwing informs the audience: "Yeah, yeah! Guess that takes care of Taurus Bulba." Then, after Darkwing strikes Taurus Bulba with itching powder, Darkwing remarks to the viewers, "Scratched one bull." Finally, when Darkwing uses an umbrella to protect himself for when it rains, he tells the audience, "Sure would be a nice night for rain, don't you think?"
  • "The Frequency Fiends" - After the three Gosalyn clones refuse to be part of Gosalyn's science project, she informs the viewers, "Whoa, talk about the words coming back to haunt you!" Later, when Megavolt slams on the brakes of his car and flies through the roof and into the air, he looks at the audience and remarks: "Let this be a lesson to you, kids. Always wear your seat belt." Then, at the end of the episode, the three Gosalyn clones tap on the screen and ask the viewers for a particle accelerator.
  • "Fraudcast News" - After Gosalyn (dressed like the Bugmaster) traps Darkwing and Launchpad in the net, Darkwing informs the audience: "Oh, yeah. She is definitely going through a feast." Then, at the end of the episode, when Darkwing tells Gosalyn that he's still not going to raise her allowance, Gosalyn remarks to the viewers, "Well, it was worth a shot."
  • "Clash Reunion" - After capturing the good guys, Megavolt remarks: "At last, I'll be rid of those meddling kids and their nosy dog! Whoa, wrong cartoon."

Goof Troop

  • Most episodes that feature the How-to Narrator involve some interaction between said Narrator and the character(s) who acknowledge his presence. For example, in "Major Goof", Goofy chuckles and says, "There's that voice again," upon first hearing the Narrator speak. Also, in "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder", Peg shouts, "Hey! We haven't got all day!" at the Narrator's pontificating about etiquette, to which he then replies, "Sorry," along with the Narrator directly addressing the various dinner table misbehaviors of Pete, Pistol, Max, and Goofy, with each of them responding to him accordingly.
  • "Take Me Out of the Ball Game" - At the end of the episode, Max pulls open the iris-out so he and P.J. can escape the scene.

Aladdin (TV series)

  • "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like" - Genie plays a newspaper crossword and asks for a seven-lettered word for a hit TV show starting with "A", referring to this very show.
  • "The Citadel" - Genie watches from a TV of Aladdin falling and about to land on a bed of nails. He reads the script of the episode and realizes he's late for his action. After Genie rescues Al, he reads the script again and then picks Al up, puts him on the bed of nails, and says, "I really oughta start reading these scripts in advance."
  • "When Chaos Comes Calling" - When Aladdin tells Chaos that he cannot make him fight, Chaos looks directly at the viewers and says, "I'll just set things in motion and watch the results."
  • "Vocal Hero" - When Iago is telling his made-up story about saving the Sultan from Amin Damoola, Carpet reacts by doing a "Really?" or "Seriously?" gesture towards the audience.
  • Additionally, many episodes involve Genie injuring himself in some way, prompting him to tell the viewers not to play with certain objects as someone always gets hurt.

Timon & Pumbaa

  • "Mind Over Matterhorn" - Near the end of the episode, Fred informs Timon and Pumbaa that they're on TV, to which Pumbaa notices and says, "Hi, Mom!" directly to the audience.
  • Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa - At the very end of the video, Pumbaa tells the audience that the only way to bring Timon's memories back is by asking the viewers to rewind the tape and watch the film again.

Quack Pack

  • "Return of the T-Squad" - At the end of the episode, Louie catches the iris-out before it closes all the way and says, directly to the audience, "We need a ride back to Earth."
  • "Snow Place to Hide" - When Daisy attempts to kiss a testy Donald, Knuckles briefly looks at the camera and then steals the kiss with a smirk on his face.

Mighty Ducks (TV series)

  • "Puck Fiction" - Near the end of the episode, Nosedive Flashblade shows Klegghorn that he and Grin Hardwing had captured Limpy Lombago and his henchmen, as well as "Old Man Jenkins who runs the horrid amusement park," to which Nosedive then says, "Wait, he's not in this episode." Also, when Klegghorn congratulates Grin and Nosedive, he points out their misdeeds, yet he then adds, "But, hey, it's just a cartoon."
  • "The Human Factor" - While Nosedive is left alone outside the arcade, he eventually decides to go find his brother Wildwing Flashblade and even adds, "This show is getting late on ducks." Also, when Nosedive is captured by the humans that turned out to be robots, he requests for a flashback, to which a flashback appears and when it ends, Nosedive looks at the audience and remarks, "All right, my favorite scene in the whole show!"
    • Near the end of the episode, Tanya Vanderflock is shown to have fixed Wildwing's mask, to which he states, "This thing could have saved us a lot of trouble." Tanya then responds, "Yeah, but, you know, it would have been a really boring show." Also, after Duke L'Orange congratulates Nosedive for having faith in the human race, the latter admits his mistake, then turns to the viewers and remarks, "The human race is ace!"
  • "Bringing Down Baby" - When Nosedive tearfully says goodbye to his adoptive alien companion as he regresses the creature back into a crystal egg, he then looks at the audience and comments, "Man, if I don't win an Emmy for this, there is no justice!"

Jungle Cubs

  • "The Humans Must Be Crazy" - When a young Bagheera throws a pocket watch into the river after it had caused a fire within the lair, Tick-Tock arises from the water, hiccuping with ticking noises as a way to indicate who he is to the audience.
  • "Buffaloed" - When a young Shere Khan is about to engage in a duel with a water buffalo, a young Baloo attempts to point out some rules, only to be interrupted each time by Khan and the buffalo, so Baloo just tells the viewers: "Heck, everything's fair in this fight. This is the jungle!"

101 Dalmatians: The Series

  • "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" - When Two-Tone accepts Lucky's offer to go to the Four-Legged Fall Ball with him, he grins at the camera.
  • "A Christmas Cruella" - In the "Future" scene, Spot (as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come) briefly removes her hood and tells the audience that she had a musical number to sing to Cruella, but the company had cut it. Much later, when Whizzer urinates on Cruella at the end of the episode, she looks disgustedly at the camera and says, "God bless us, everyone."
  • "Chow About That?" - Spot looks at the viewers when she explains the Dalmatians are digging near the sewer line, and then again when she seems annoyed that the Dalmatians are not listening to her.
  • "Tic Track Toe" - When getting addicted to the chocolate bunnies, Rolly and Go-Go look at the audience, with Rolly probably even demanding them to give him more candy bunnies.
  • "It's a Swamp Thing" - When Swamp Rat offers to sell a '57 Chevy muffler to Lucky, the latter declines and tells the viewers, "We have one," referring to earlier in the episode when the Dalmatians were able to fish one out.
  • "Valentine Daze" - As Cruella is about to shred Roger's valentine meant for Anita, Cruella looks at the camera and says, "When you care enough to shred the very best..." Later, when Cadpig gives Cruella a mood ring, she explains to the audience that her previous one exploded.
  • "The Maltese Chicken" - When the scene changes into a noir style, Lucky questions, "Who turned off the color?" At the end, Cadpig interrupts an iris-out and tells Spot (as Pullet Marlow) she is metaphorically challenged, to which the two argue about who the iris-out is for and who the star of the episode is, before Cadpig goes to call her agent.
  • "K is for Kibble" - When Swamp Rat questions Spot (as Pullet Marlow) about elevator shoes, after she describes him as "a character so low, he needs elevator shoes to reach the gutter," Spot acknowledges that her line was just a voiceover. At the end, during the iris-out, Spot tries to conclude her case to the viewers until Cadpig tells them, "Some people don't know when to quit."
  • "The Making of..." - The entire episode is a mockumentary, with a meta-example being the characters acknowledging that they are part of a television show.
  • "Every Little Crooked Nanny" - When Jasper realizes that he just painted Horace's toes, the latter asks Jasper to do the others in teal. Jasper groans at the audience.
  • "DeVil-Age Elder" - After Spot kisses Rolly and Cadpig (much to their disgust) to break the curse that fell on them, and they find out what is wrong with De Vil Ville, Spot exclaims in joy and tells the viewers, "It's like the old story: Kiss a chicken, break the curse."
  • "Dalmatian Vacation" - As the Dalmatians take a tour of a "Kanine Krunchies" factory, they are told not to mark any territory during the tour. Whizzer gives the audience a look of disappointment.

Mickey Mouse Works

  • "The Nutcracker" - The characters either speak to the narrator or are aware that he is there.
    • Von Drake speaks and argues with the narrator about telling the audience to ignore the narrator and that he is a "big surprise spoiler."
    • Minnie is aware of the narrator as he explains to the audience about the Nutcracker doll.
    • The narrator kicks Von Drake out of the story when Von Drake breaks the Nutcracker doll.
    • Donald argues with the narrator about being the Mouse King until he tells Donald that the Mouse King wins in the end, which was a lie.
    • Mickey asks the narrator for help, but he says, "Nope, I'm staying out of this one."
    • When Donald gets trapped in the scepter, Donald tells off the narrator by pointing out that he said Donald would win, to which the narrator jokingly replies, "Sorry, I've made a mistake."
    • The narrator and Von Drake argue about the latter having a scepter and being a King of the Sugar Plum Fairies until Von Drake proves his point. Afterwards, the narrator decides that he has had enough and leaves.
  • "How to Be a Gentleman" - At the end of the short, Goofy looks at the camera when the narrator reminds him to pull up his pants. This causes Goofy to get angry with the narrator, to which he grabs a club and attempts to beat him up before knocking over the camera.

The Weekenders

  • In each episode, Tino interacts with the viewers.
  • "The Most Dangerous Weekend" - When Tino tries to explain what happened, his mother then explains to the audience that he went skating without wrist-guard, he fell, and hurt himself.
  • "Careers" - Tino's career aptitude test suggests that he go into voiceover work.

House of Mouse

  • In each episode, Mickey welcomes and signs off to the viewers (aside from the Disney guest characters) and Mike the Microphone announces the club’s acts and fictional sponsors to them
  • "Pluto Saves the Day" - When a captive Pete (disguised as Snow White) unintentionally advises Pluto to save the band, Pete says, directly to the audience, "I've gotta stop giving that dog ideas."
  • "Salute to Sports" - At the end of the episode, Goofy finally attempts to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner", but only sings the first lines as the camera's iris closes in on him. Goofy notices the iris-out effect and exclaims, "Hey!"

The Proud Family

  • "Makeover" - As Penny and her friends start giving Olei a makeover, she states, "I love this," directly toward the audience. Later, after Zoey makes a deal with Nubia, Penny says, "Sounds good to me," directly to the viewers.


  • In almost every episode, Dennis either encourages the audience to do something fun or asks them questions corresponding to the given topic.
  • Also, in almost every episode, Harry and Elsie sing "The Great Big Book of Everything" directly to the audience.

Kim Possible

Kim interrupts her own intro sequence in "The Ron Factor".

  • "The Ron Factor" - During the episode's intro sequence, Kim lifts up the screen, interrupting her own show, and asks, "No, no, seriously; you need Ron?"
  • "Rappin' Drakken" - At one point during the song "Naked Mole Rap", when Ron is goofing off while dancing, Rufus looks confusedly at the audience while pointing his clawed finger in Ron's direction.
  • "Grande Size Me" - At the end of the episode, Ron starts talking to the viewers with a speech metaphorically describing the dangers of unhealthy eating. As Ron talks and the credits roll, other characters wander into the scene, look at him strangely, and then start looking around, wondering who he is talking to.
  • Although not in the show itself, outtake segments, which have occasionally aired as ads during the second and third season of Kim Possible, feature characters breaking the fourth wall, depicting "mistakes" that were made in the "filming" of the series. The scenes themselves were taken from various episodes, although with the actors recording new dialogue specifically for the context of the ads. Such examples include:
    • Jackal's voice was not modified during filming a fight scene with Kim, causing Jackal to notice and become annoyed by his inappropriately high-pitched voice. Another take had him forgetting his retort to Kim after the voice issue was presumably fixed.
    • Kim is drinking orange juice, and her father warns her about Dr. Drakken, causing Kim to spit out her juice and say, "I think I swallowed a bug." Her father then asks, "We're supposed to have bugs in our cups?" When Kim begs her father for some water, he denies there are any bugs and inquires, "Does this mean they're not happy with my work?" Meanwhile, Kim continues gagging.
    • Drakken messes up his retort to Kim by saying, "You will be one sorry patootie." Shego then intervenes and argues with Drakken over his "improvised" speaking line. A bored-looking Kim soon interrupts them by saying, "Hello? We got a scene to shoot here," but they ignore her and continue their squabble.
    • Kim and Ron are at Bueno Nacho, and Ron ignores both her and Ned's warnings about how the taco he was eating was actually a prop, with the latter also warning him that eating the props will cause Ron to hallucinate monkeys. It then concludes where Ron presumably ate enough prop tacos to start hallucinating an army of Monkey Ninjas within Bueno Nacho.
    • Kim and Ron are watching a show, and Ron comments about the writers teasing that the two best friends will get together. Kim then says, "Like that's ever gonna happen; it would end the series," as a way to showcase the fans of how Kim felt with her and Ron dating, as Kim and Ron would then end up together in Season 4.

Lilo & Stitch: The Series

  • "Angel" - After Angel turns the evil experiments back to good and Stitch orders his cousins to get Gantu, Reuben says, "Uh-oh, plot twist!"
  • "Slick" - While trying to come up with a fundraising idea, Lilo mentions that she didn't get to the part where they all star in the original movie.
  • "Retro" - At the end of the episode, Lilo mentions that the wildlife preserve reminds her of a movie she once saw, which is referenced by a living T. Rex that Retro resurrected by unknown means and the rippling puddle before it appears, a nod to Jurassic Park.
  • "Morpholomew" - Before Gantu can transport Jake (in his dragon form) to Hämsterviel, Jake says: "Whoa, back that up! Asteroids? Spaceships? The Am Drag show is about saving magical creatures; it's not sci-fi!"

JoJo's Circus

  • JoJo Tickle is the only character in the show who interacts with the audience. For instance, at the beginning of each episode, she asks the viewers if they can spot where her pet lion Goliath is hiding. At the end of each episode, she informs the audience what she has learned from the events that took place. Additionally, every single time JoJo asks a question, a dinging sound is heard.

Dave the Barbarian

  • "Lula's First Barbarian" - At the end of the episode, Dave and Lula reminding the viewers to always brush and floss their teeth.
  • "Band" - During the song "Pancake Party", both Dave and Fang comment about the song itself before singing their respective parts.
  • "Sweep Dreams" - At the very end of the episode, Dave notices the camera screen is dirty, so he uses a sponge to wipe the screen.

Brandy & Mr. Whiskers

  • "Lack of Brains vs. Brawns" - When Mr. Whiskers tries to stand up to Lester the gorilla, the latter briefly looks directly at the audience.
  • "Happy Birthdays" - After no one wants to come to Brandy's birthday party, due to everyone thinking she's mean, she laments how they don't know how nice she is. A cutaway then shows her in an interview explaining the subject about "being mean" with her telling the viewers that while she plays a mean character, she doesn't condone such behavior; however, it was cut short when Brandy lashed out at the cameraman and criticized the closeup while referring to him as a "dump-growing marsupial", before the footage ends.
  • "Lame Boy" - After Mr. Whiskers leaves his portable video game, he comments, "I learned that there is more to life than staring at a flickering video screen." Brandy then replies, "But that lesson doesn't apply to television, does it, Mr. Whiskers?" Afterwards, both of them look at the viewers, with Whiskers remarking, "Oh no, Brandy, one can never watch enough television." Both then laugh nervously before a hand with a remote control turns them off.
  • "A Bunny On My Back" - When Mr. Whiskers gets a bad feeling about Arturo, he calls it his sixth sense twice, where a cutaway shows the viewers six pennies, prompting Whiskers to correct them with "sense", not "cents".
  • "The Monkey's Paw" - When Brandy admits that she made a bad wish, and Mr. Whiskers claims that it was a good wish, Brandy comments: "Are you kidding?! That paw's making monkeys out of us!" After that, she turns toward the camera and remarks, "Sorry, someone had to say it."
  • "One of a Kind" - When Tiffany introduces herself to Mr. Whiskers and tells him she has to get home, Whiskers looks directly at the audience and remarks, "Well, that sounds familiar, doesn't it?"
  • "Payback" - When Brandy comments, "Lola, I must have seen that same thing happen in, like, a dozen TV shows, and it never worked once!", Lola replies, "But, Brandy, this isn't a TV show, it's real life!" After that, Brandy looks at the audience and remarks, "I haven't got the heart to tell her."
  • "Mini Whiskers" - After Poncho rescues Brandy and Mr. Whiskers, he mentions something about always helping your friends. When asked if Whiskers taught him that, he refers to the script and remarks: "Hey, look at that! I did! It says so here on page 14."
  • "Freaky Tuesday" - During one of their arguments, Brandy comments, "We are so like water and oil." Mr. Whiskers then replies, "I know, I heard the theme song too.
  • "Loathe Triangle" - When Mr. Whiskers is talking to Margo, the latter is looking directly at the audience before she tells Whiskers to annoy someone else. Later, after Brandy and Whiskers finish the episode, Brandy brings up a few things to clear up to the viewers, such as the 22nd President being Grover Cleveland and that there's no such thing as a 40 gazillion dollar bill. Brandy then asks Whiskers if he has anything to add, to which he says that dogs and rabbits really can't talk, resulting in the both of them transforming into a real dog and rabbit, respectively.
  • "What Price Dignity?! (Cheap!)" - Mr. Whiskers, in one scene, prepares to do something really crude, causing the scene to pause and a viewer discretion announcer to censor the highly vulgar scene with some brief footage of two happy clowns.

American Dragon: Jake Long

  • At the very end of certain Season 2 episodes, Jake Long (or another character) educates the audience on some specific topic while reading from one of the magical journals.
  • "Hairy Christmas" - Fu Dog updates the viewers on the Christmas special prior to the opening of the episode's first half, then resumes doing so with a song on the banjo as the second half begins. At the very end, he is seen drinking eggnog from a dog bowl and concludes his story to the audience, before vomiting the eggnog back up, then states, "Merry Christmas, kids!" while waving goodbye.

Little Einsteins

The Emperor's New School

  • In almost every episode, Kuzco pauses the show to talk to the audience about what might happen.
  • Also, in almost every episode, Kuzco interrupts with "Kuzco's Doodles", where he doodles pictures to show the audience his thoughts.
  • "Cornivale" - At the first commercial break, after the rickshaw breaks, Kuzco screams out a loud "NOOOOOOOOO!" When the episode comes back from the commercial break, Cabby remarks, "Wow, you screamed through the whole break!"

Phineas and Ferb

Opening credits & other media

  • The theme song ends with Candace pointing out, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!"
    • In a similar matter, Candace points out, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are having a marathon with Zack and Cody!" during an ad for the "If it's not one thing, it's your brother" marathon. She also announces, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are changing the name of a month!" during "Phineas and Ferb-uary".
    • In the same manner, Candace points out, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a Christmas special!" at the end of the title sequence unique to "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!". This was repeated in the episode opening of "For Your Ice Only" and "Happy New Year!", where she announces that they are making another winter-themed opening.
    • Also, in the same manner, Candace announces, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a Halloween special!" after the title sequence for "That's the Spirit" as well as "Druselsteinoween", "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror", and "Face Your Fear".
    • In the title sequence of Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, Spider-Man parodies Candace's line as, "Aunt May, Phineas and Ferb are making a crossover!"
    • In an ad where Phineas narrates about the dangers of the Internet universe, in the same manner, Candace points out, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a public service announcement!"
  • On Disney Channel's old website for the show, Candace can be heard saying, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are building a website!" upon accessing the page.
  • At the end of the Take Two with Phineas and Ferb theme song, Candace points out, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a talk show!"
  • On the Across the 2nd Dimension DVD, one of the Easter eggs has Candace announcing, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a DVD!"
  • On an ad for Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!, Candace points out, "Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a live stage show!"
  • In the original pitches title song, Phineas says, "Don't try this at home," after the line, "Giving a monkey a shower." Also, after the line, "Driving our sister insane," Phineas says, "It's a short drive."
  • In "Where's My Perry?", Carl sometimes says before a level, "Sir, do you want me to introduce this level?", so he must know they are in a video game.

Season 1

  • "The Magnificent Few" - At the beginning of the episode, when Linda thinks the boys riding the horses is cute, Phineas turns to the audience and says, "She means well."
  • "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!":
    • Dr. Doofenshmirtz clears his throat to prompt the running of a dramatic musical string that has failed to run on cue.
    • During "Candace (Who's That Girl)", when the singer sings a particularly long line, Candace looks at the camera annoyed.
  • "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together" - Phineas wonders where the backgrounds are coming from in the song "History of Rock".
  • "It's About Time!" - During the talk show, Doofemshmirtz promises to hurt Perry "the right way, with cartoonish physical violence".
  • "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford" - Ferb mentions that their projects would usually be finished after a montage.
  • "Got Game?" - Perry looks directly at the camera after noticing that the elevator is broken.
  • "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein" - In the beginning, Phineas and Ferb are in front of a curtain warning the audience that they may be emotionally scarred by the coming episode. Later, Candace asks Reginald to tell his story of their ancestors in color. Phineas suggests muted color instead.
  • "Out of Toon" - While dancing under the effect of the Dance-Inator, Doof speaks to the audience, telling them that the platypus is leading.
  • "Flop Starz" - When Perry is invited in by Doof, he waggles his eyebrows at the audience in a manner similar to that of Groucho Marx.

Season 2

  • "The Chronicles of Meap" - When Doof shows Perry the invention, he says, "Behold... beholding, beholding, beholding, and scene!"
    • In the credits of that same episode, after Meap puts on his hat, he looks at the camera.
  • "Oh, There You Are, Perry" - Doof asks where the lightning effect is coming from.

Isabella and Gretchen wiping the camera.

  • "At the Car Wash" - Isabella and Gretchen wipe the camera screen during "Phintastic Ferbulous Car Wash".
  • "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" - Phineas references the use of storm clouds to show negative impact before looking at the camera.
  • "Candace's Big Day" - Candace tells someone in the show's audience to hang up.
  • "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation" - When Doof is showing his De-Evolutionator, he says, "Can you all see in the back row?" to the audience.
  • "Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!" - An advertisement appears saying, "You're watching television!" Phineas says that it is interrupting a visual gag.
    • Later in the same episode, Phineas says to the audience, "No matter where we go, Ferb knows everyone."
  • "Wizard of Odd" - Following the Evil Jingle Segment that says "Doofenshmirtz Wicked Witch Castle!", Doof says, "It's not Witch! It's Warlock! Argh!"
    • Also, at the end of the story, Phineas says, "Have fun, everybody!" to the audience.
    • Additionally, at the end of the credits, a bear is seen using the tree as a bathroom. He then turns to the camera and simply says, "Yes, yes, I do."
  • "The Doof Side of the Moon" - One of the floors in Phineas and Ferb's building is called the "studio audience floor".
  • "The Secret of Success" - After seeing an ad for an all-terrain vehicle, Ferb counts "Two, three, four..." and Phineas says that they know what they're going to do today, then after counting "Five, six, seven...", Phineas asks where Perry is.
  • "Make Play" - Carl replies to Major Monogram that Phineas and Ferb is a cartoon, and Major Monogram reminds Carl to not break the fourth wall.
  • "Rollercoaster: The Musical!" - Phineas breaks the fourth wall by saying he and Ferb should build a rollercoaster as a musical, and acknowledges that people are breaking into spontaneous song and dance with no discernible music source.
    • Phineas also states to Isabella that Ferb had two lines earlier on, to which she responds, "Wow, chatty!"
    • Buford calls the boys with the flyers "extras."
    • Also, Doofenshmirtz acknowledges the cut to black at the end of the first act.
    • Major Monogram also breaks the fourth wall by saying, "Aw, come on!" when the end logos pop up cutting off his chance to sing.
  • "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown" - Major Monogram breaks the fourth wall by calling Cindy an animated member of the studio audience.
  • "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" - Doof complains about the festival being so loud that he can't hear his own evil jingle.
  • "Backyard Aquarium" - Perry looks at the camera angrily after a briefing from Monogram, which he said to be careful about the paper.
  • "The Lizard Whisperer" - In his oath, Ferb alludes to the fact that episodes are usually 11 minutes long.

Season 3

  • "Canderemy" - Baljeet breaks the fourth wall twice:
    • First, when he mentions how they made the giant robotic dog in the title sequence, with Buford mentioning that he'd prefer to give a monkey a shower, which was also in the title sequence.
    • Second, when he also asks how everyone is running in slow motion, and he's not.
  • "Run, Candace, Run" - Candace mentions that Phineas has a catchphrase to say.
  • "Moon Farm" - Baljeet argues with the male singer during the song.
  • "A Real Boy" - After Doof exclaims to Perry that they're not in a sitcom, they stare directly at the camera nervously, supposedly realizing that his statement is false.
  • "My Fair Goalie" - Phineas says, "We'll be right back," before a commercial break, and fixes the time of day his flashback is being shown. He also comments on the time of day in the flashback.
  • There were numerous references of "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!" being a clip show in the episode, mainly by Phineas and Doof.
  • "Ferb Latin" - Ferb looks at the camera while saying, "Our dad sells antiques."
  • "Doof Dynasty" - Ferb states that Perry is having a "ripple dissolve," and that he must be having a flashback. Phineas then comments on how he can't see the flashback.
  • "The Remains of the Platypus" - Doof, after saying that he's an evil genius, looks at the camera and tells us, "For realsies this time!" The same line was used in a Disney Channel on-air promo for "Where's Perry?".
    • In the same episode, Buford says, "And...scene" to end the story.
  • "Mom's in the House" - When Candace asks what the Perry-Tronic does, Phineas says that the theme song would explain everything.
    • Later in that episode, Candace points out she now has to "But-but-but..."
  • Perry the Actorpus" - When the pictures of Perry in a hat start showing, the Totally Tools Executive asks to rewind when he sees the picture with Perry in a fedora pass.
  • "Meapless in Seattle" - After the break, as Meap and Doof are falling to their doom, Meap says that they were falling for a long time, and Doof replies: "Oh, sure, a joke about the commercial break. That's how I want to spend my last few seconds!"
    • Also, in the same episode, one of the scenes that was supposed to be included was Suzy Johnson fighting Meap in the Bango-Ru convention. This scene also appeared in the fake trailer for "Meap Me in St. Louis" during the credits, where Doof said: "Hey, wait a minute. Wasn't that Suzy stuff supposed to be in this one?"
  • "Cranius Maximus":
    • Isabella talks to the camera when reffering to Baljeet as "hardcore".
    • Doofenshmirtz notes on the Key to the City's cartoonish proportions, rendering it useless for what he was planning to do with it.
  • "Agent Doof" - When everybody around Candace transforms into babies at the end of the episode, Candace replies, "This had better wear off before the next episode."
  • "Sleepwalk Surprise" - Candace speaks to herself through inner thoughts.
    • Also in this episode, Doof goes to sleep, and just as he nods off, he says that a "ripple dissolve [is] imminent."
  • "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets" - Candace says, "Heavenly light, angelic chorus!"
  • "Norm Unleashed" - Phineas and Ferb make nanobots saying, "Hello!" and mention the opening titles.
  • "What'd I Miss?":
    • Shortly after Phineas starts telling the story, he says, "It was at that point that I decided to stop narrating."
    • Shortly before the musical number, Buford says, "Well, we finally got to the musical part of the story."

Season 4

  • "Bully Bust" - Buford tells us there's that there is a song about the Van Stomms failing as he falls toward Earth.
    • Doof tells the audience in the same episode that everything was okay after the top of his building fell in the desert, before the dental hygiene-themed ride crashes atop it.
    • Doof also says that the summer has been going on for like four years in the same episode.
  • "My Sweet Ride" - While Doof walks off-screen and checks what's the meaning of "red dust or rust," Perry looks at the camera.
  • "Sidetracked" - When first climbing the train roof, Doof says to the audience, "You knew we'd end up here eventually, right?"
    • In the same episode, Monogram directly addresses the viewers during the credits scene.
  • "Primal Perry" - As Doof and a hatless Perry (referred to as "Steven") head over a waterfall at Danville Botanical Gardens, Doof realizes that there is a commercial break coming, openly wondering why it's called a cliffhanger, not a cliff-faller, and waiting for it to fade to black.
  • "Der Kinderlumper":
    • When Candace throws Irving's horn aside, Irving talks to the audience saying, "I see. Not a music lover."
    • Doofenshmirtz tells Perry "Never stand on a big, cartoony X."
  • "Mind Share" - Candace says that it's been a long summer.
    • In the same episode, during the Shawshank parody, both Buford and Baljeet have a conversation with Red's narration.
  • "Backyard Hodge Podge" - Parry Gripp is introduced by Phineas.
  • "Bee Day" - Phineas tells us his big idea after a wipe.
  • "Bee Story" - Esmeralda Poofenplotz begins her backstory with her saying, "Now pay attention as the camera slowly moves closer and we cross-dissolve to my thoughts."
    • In the same episode, Gretchen warns Isabella not to do the flashback. Later, she interrupts her own flash-forward by wondering where Pinky is.
  • "Where's Pinky?" - During the tour, Don states that Danville is known for its "spontaneous musical numbers", right before breaking into one himself. Dioramas of "Ain't Got Rhythm" and Impress My Professor" are behind him as he says this.
  • "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown Hosted by Kelly Osbourne" - Major Monogram wonders whether Kelly Osbourne is a little too "three-dimensional" to host an animated show.
  • "Happy Birthday, Isabella" - Perry looks annoyed at the camera while Doof rolls around in his glass dome.
  • "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel" - Doof complains about Perry just kicking him once and then destroying his inator, and says, "I thought this was going to be a special extended episode."
  • "Troy Story" - In the end credits, Stacy talks to the screen about Candace's book.
  • "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror" - Mr. Macabre talks directly to the viewer.
    • During the end credits of the same episode, when Rusty Bridges trips on the front step and falls on his face, he encourages the viewer to read the credits while he's down, and mentions the production logo coming up.
  • "Just Our Luck" - A musician (Danny Jacob) after the opening chord tells us, "Dude, somebody's gotta play it, right?", and then says after playing a dramatic organ chord on a keyboard, "Dude, I call 'em like I see 'em."
  • "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" - Buford believes it to be a special episode since Phineas is yelling at Candace again.
  • "The Return of the Rogue Rabbit" - Doof and Stacy both talk directly to the audience.
    • In this same episode, when someone says, "It looks like she is trying to tell us something important in her own silent and enigmatic way," Doof turns around to face the screen.
  • "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum" - When Mittington Random is revealed to be the villain, not Slamm, he points out the plot twist.
    • In the same episode at the same instance, Buford says that he thought the shadowy figure was Slamm, not Mittington Random.
  • "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" - The episode begins with "outtakes" of Dan and Swampy recording Jim Cummings' narration.
    • In the same episode, Darthenshmirtz breaks the fourth wall twice. Once after his musical number telling his backup dancers that if all goes well, there will be a victory number in act IV, and once at the end, when he escapes, he claims that he was able to live long enough to fight in the sequel. (Of course, whether or not there will be a sequel is yet to be determined.)
  • "The Inator Method" - Buford mentions that he cannot pronounce "Uranus" the way most people want to pronounce it (ur-AY-nuhs) on "this channel."
  • "Fly on the Wall" - Doof tells Perry, "The summer has gone so long, it feels like four years." This points out the series takes place in one summer vacation, and it had gone on for four seasons.

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

Special Agent Oso

  • In every episode, Oso talks directly to the audience asking them to help out on his special assignments.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

  • Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and Skully interact with the audience throughout each episode, asking to help them out on their missions, because they are doing the same thing as the Little Einsteins did.

Gravity Falls

  • "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" - Soos briefly worries that he might be a side character, and thus would be more likely to be the first to get killed off. In the show, Soos actually is a side character.
  • "Irrational Treasure" - The third paragraph in the Northwest Cover-up is a bunch of random politics-related sentences, among them a sentence reading "Writing jokes for cartoons is more important than sleep."
  • "Little Dipper" - At the ending of the cold open, Dipper and Mabel decide to watch TV. Right as they walk offscreen, Mabel says "my favorite part is the theme song", right before the intro starts playing.
  • "Boss Mabel" - The host of Cash Wheel says "Cut to commercial !" right as the actual show reaches a commercial break.
  • "Fight Fighters" - When Dipper and Rumble McSkirmish are fighting, Soos waves his arm in front of Rumble's life meter, attempting to change it.
  • "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" - In this episode, the audience is treated as a character in the show, who arrived at the Mystery Shack after their car broke down at night. As a result, Stan is seen speaking directly to the audience, telling them stories and asking them to buy his merchandise. Towards the end of the episode, when the viewer refuses to buy anything, Stan offers them a free sample of a potion, which knocks them unconscious. They later wake up in an attraction in the Mystery Shack, and Mabel can be seen playing tic-tac-toe with them.
    • In the same episode, Stan tries to console Mabel by telling her that the monsters in the movie are just "tiny clay figures moved around one frame at a time by an anti-social shut-in". Soos responds, "Those people are called animators."
  • "Not What He Seems" - On the recording, Stan realizes that he can swear for real because "[he's] alone now". While this refers to not having to censor himself around other characters on the show, it also likely refers to how he hasn't been allowed to swear due to being on a show for children.
  • "A Tale of Two Stans" - Before Ford starts to tell his story, Soos tells him "This better match up with my fanfiction," referencing the fan theories/fanfictions that much of the audience was coming up with in the real world.
  • "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons" - When Stan prepares to watch Ducktective with the kids, his bother Ford criticizes him for "being keyed up to watch some kids' show". Stan retaliates by telling him that Ducktective has a strong mystery element and a lot of humor that goes over kids' heads, alluding to the reason why Gravity Falls has become so popular with older audiences in the real world.
    • Later in the episode, Ducktective revealed that the titular character has a twin brother, which Stan and the kids were disappointed by due to predicting it all along. A few episodes earlier, this exact twist was used in the real show when it was revealed that Stan has a twin brother.

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

  • "Fudge Factory" - At the end of the episode, Randy looks at the camera after he learns his lesson about lying.
  • "Happy Hanukkah, Howard Weinerman!" - Randy and Howard frequently break the fourth wall during this episode.
  • "Debbie Meddle" - Debbie discovers Randy Cunningham is the Ninja! and also how ridiculous the idea of name of the show staring him and Randy looks at the camera.
  • Several bloopers from the show also feature Randy and Howard breaking the fourth wall.


  • "It Begins" - When Hay Lin is trying out her flying skills for the first time, she accidentally runs into the camera with her face at one point.

Ultimate Spider-Man

  • Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man) usually breaks the fourth wall in every episode. Before he begins, the background darkens and Peter makes comments on some moments he has experienced.

Sofia the First

Henry Hugglemonster

  • In every episode, Henry Hugglemonster speaks to the audience about what he and/or his friends and family are doing, including explaining details during each plot.

Sheriff Callie's Wild West

  • The Prairie Dog Trio always recap the events of every episode through singing. They appear during the plot twist, the climax, and the ending of each episode.

Wander Over Yonder

  • "The Gift" - While delivering Christmas presents, Wander says they are delivering them to "everyone we've met over this past season...of our lives."
  • "The Void" - Sylvia rapidly opens and closes a door that contains, among other things: Wander's original design, a photo of Jack McBrayer, a photo of The Two-Man Gentlemen Band, Sylvia's original design, a black-and-white photo of Craig McCracken, and a personal message from him that reads: "Thanks for watching Wander Over Yonder and for taking the time to still frame this!"
    • When McBrayer's photo is shown, Wander is seen looking very shocked as if he saw his voice actor.
  • "The Matchmaker" - When Wander is encouraged by Sylvia to fight Something the So and So as a diversion to stop him from giving Lord Dominator the love letter, he suddenly declines and tells him, "Normally, I'd spend, like, eleven minutes on this thing," referring to the length of a normal episode.
  • "The Waste of Time" - In one scene, Sylvia mentions, "I know you're having fun reminiscing, but we can't just waste our time watching past episodes…of our lives!"
  • "The Cartoon" - At one point, Lord Hater looks at the audience and says: "Animation is so hard! People who do this for a living deserve more credit and respect!"
  • "My Fair Hatey" - As Dominator starts singing "I'm the Bad Guy", she shakes her buttocks at the screen, to which Wander and Hater share a disturbed glance with each other.
  • "The End of the Galaxy" - Peepers quips on Hater's return as, "Where has this guy been all season...of our lives?"
  • In some of the between season shorts, Hater points out that he had been chasing after Wander for "like, a year and a half," which is the runtime of the first season.

The 7D

  • "Buckets" - At one point, Happy says, "I love this running gag!" when the seven dwarfs jump into Starchy's arms after being scared.

Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero

The Lion Guard

Elena of Avalor

Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures

  • "Mickey's Ukulele Jam" - When Mickey and Donald race to the volcano to get his ukulele back, Mickey states that his pal Walt gave it to him. Walt Disney was the original creator of Mickey Mouse and certain other characters.

Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Milo Murphy's Law

Season 1

  • "The Undergrounders" - When Milo, Melissa, and Zack crash thought the museum's wall with the Undergrounders, Bradley looks at the audience and says, "And we're back."
  • "Smooth Opera-tor" - Amanda states that the play will be "2 hours and 11 minutes," referencing how the average Milo Murphy's Law episode length is around 11 minutes.
  • "Worked Day" - Milo reads that one of the options for a his future career is an animator, which he appears to not know what an animator is.
  • "The Island of Lost Dakotas" - When Zack asks about Milo's encounter with the first Hamosaur, Milo replies, "It's a long story." When Zack then asks how long it would take specifically, Milo replies with, "About 11 minutes." Again, referencing how long the average episode is.
  • "Fungus Among Us" - After Cavendish states that he thinks the call Milo got from Dakota was from the past, Melissa looks at the screen and mimics an explosion to her head.

Season 2

  • "The Phineas and Ferb Effect" - Phineas and Ferb state that it's been a long time, referencing how their show ended already.
  • "The Ticking Clock" - When Perry knocks on the door of Doofenshmirtz Good Incorporated, Doof opens the door and says he's sorry that he didn't answer him sooner, and that he couldn't hear Perry's knocking over the musical sting that played over it.
  • "Sick Day" - When Doof points to the new Doofenshmirtz Good Incorporated sign, his new "good jingle" plays, and he states that he doesn't know where that came from.

Tangled: The Series

DuckTales (2017 series)

Fancy Nancy

  • In every episode, whenever Nancy mentions a French or rather fancy word or phrase, she would tell the audience what it means.

101 Dalmatian Street

  • "A Summer to Remember" - When Dolly tells D.J. to start the music for "Dogs are Out for Summer Sun", Dylan tries telling Dolly that they do not have time for a musical number. Both Dolly and Dylan then look at the audience as the number begins.
    • At the beginning of Part 2, as the episode recaps the (literal) cliffhanger of Part 1 with the Dalmatians' puppy bus having run out of control, Dante dramatically narrates, "Previously on 101 Dalmatian Street..." before he resumes screaming.
  • "The Curse of the Ferrydog" - When Triple-D and Dante start performing "It's a Prank", Portia remarks, "This isn't what we rehearsed!" in regards to the musical number.
  • "D-Factor" - Dylan narrates throughout the episode how he got to be coated in pink as it started with him trying to have a personality. At the end, Clarissa tries narrate in a similar fashion but Dylan puts a stop to it.

Big City Greens

  • "Cheap Show" - Just about every gag in the episode has the characters slightly subverting this. For example, Bill Green mentions having a "production budget" when referring to his produce, and later states that the damage that Cricket Green supposedly caused "shouldn't be too hard to draw." Also, Tilly Green adds that Cricket "did break the fourth wall," then has everyone direct their attention towards the camera, only to reveal that she was referring to a literal wall in the house with a hole in it.
  • "Quiet Please" - At the very end, the librarian is shown reading a book of the episode's events, then looks up and shushes the viewer.


  • "Reunion" - After Captain Grime captures Hop Pop, the latter looks toward the audience and says nonchalantly, "Pretty cool, huh?"
  • "Swamp and Sensibility" - When Anne asks Wally how long he kept his accordion hidden in her hair, the latter responds, "A season, at least."
  • "Wax Museum" - Frog Soos theorizes that he and the Curator exist in multiple parallel universes, and being completely unaware of the other's very existence.
    • When red ooze comes out from under the door, the Curator says to the viewers, "Calm down, everyone, it's just wax."
  • "Maddie & Marcy" - When Anne and Sprig are watching something on Anne's phone, the latter mentions the main characters not being in an episode, unknowingly refers to Maddie and Marcy being in the main plot while he, Anne, Polly, and Hop Pop have minor roles in this episode.

The Owl House

  • "Once Upon a Swap" - When Lilith sees Luz as Eda escapes, Lilith looks directly at the audience.
  • "Art Lessons with Luz" - In one scene, Luz shows King how he, Eda, and Hooty are drawn on paper.
  • "Adventures in the Elements" - At the end of the episode, Hooty tells the viewers, "I will be haunted by my actions forever, hoot-hoot!"
  • "Wing It Like Witches" - At one point, Luz says that "every great sports story includes a training montage." When Gus asks what a montage is, what follows is a meta-montage of Luz explaining to Willow and Gus what a montage is. At the end of the montage, Gus wonders why they were having a tea party in pajamas, to which Luz answers by saying that "what happens in the montage stays in the montage." After Amity gets injured and Luz offers to take care of her, Gus asks if they can have a montage, and Luz responds positively. Following this is a montage of them using their magic to change Willow's scores and Amity coming to the Owl House.
  • "Agony of a Witch" - After summoning members of the Emperor's coven, Lilith looks toward the audience and tells them that they are going to capture Eda. She then looks directly at the viewers after defeating Willow.

Monsters at Work

Mickey Mouse Funhouse

  • At the end of each episode, Mickey and his friends say goodbye to the audience.

The Ghost and Molly McGee

  • During the theme, Scratch asks is there a way to hit restart.
  • "Festival of Lights" - After the song "Deep Fried Food", Scratch asks the viewers if his tongue looks okay after burning it from eating a churro.
  • "Friend-Off" - During the song "One Best Friend", Scratch responds negatively to the verse "He's got power, but she's got the brains.", he and Libby answer that themselves will remain, Scratch pauses the song with a time out so he and Libby can recover their energy, and the chorus asked the audience "Can anybody do that?".

Live-action shows

Bear in the Big Blue House

  • At the beginning of nearly every episode, Bear greets the viewers, whom he often addresses directly by facing the camera, with an appraising sniff and the information that he likes the way they smell. Throughout the rest of each episode, he educates the audience by discussing specific topics. At some point in almost every episode, he asks the viewers to help him find his sentient friend Shadow. Finally, at the end of each episode, he and Luna the Moon both sing the "Goodbye Song" directly to the audience.

Out of the Box

  • Likewise, in every episode, Tony and Vivan would usually reference the audience as if they were TV guests, and the two would often sing a "Goodbye Song" as well.


  • Amneris serves as both the guide and narrator for the musical.

That's So Raven

  • "He's Got the Power" - When Eddie receives psychic powers (similar to Raven) and begins using them for popularity (much to Raven's chagrin), one of his new fans mentions him possibly getting his own TV show. Raven says: "Okay, now that is just ridiculous. I mean, who would watch a show about a teen psychic?" Chelsea states, "Uh, no," before Raven then grins knowingly at the audience.

Hannah Montana

Wizards of Waverly Place

Jonas L.A.

  • "Wrong Song" - After Nick leaves, Kevin asks Joe if there are 100 pictures of Penny in Nick's locker as Joe briefly tells the viewers.

A.N.T. Farm

  • "IdANTity Crisis" - At the beginning of the episode, Chyna narrates the story and comments, "Nothing was like it normally is, except for the main title sequence." She also responds to the narration during the episode.


  • "Jessie Goes to Hollywood" - Jessie's line, "This was the best four years of my life," pretty much reflects how Debby felt after shooting the last episode. Also, Tony telling Jessie, "Good luck on the first day of the rest of your life," very much drives it all home.

Lab Rats

  • "Air Leo" - When Bree and Adam make up their own cheer routine, the siblings explain the use of their abilities as "special effects".

Liv and Maddie

  • In every episode, a character will get close up and talk to the audience about whatever is going on.
    • The final episode revealed these scenes were really an in-universe reality show called Bits and Pieces; in the final confessional, Joey panics he won't be able to talk to the camera anymore.

K.C. Undercover


Stuck in the Middle

  • In every episode, Harley often breaks the fourth wall while looking at the camera.
    • For example, in "Thanks for the Memory Drives", a superhero named Flashback projects a screen to show Skylar the previous events she missed.

The Muppets (2015)

  • "Pig Girls Don't Cry" - Sam the Eagle reprimands the Muppets for saying words inappropriate for TV. First, he tells them to remove the words "crotchety", "twiddle", and "gesticulate" from the script of Up Late with Miss Piggy. When Kermit argues over removing "gesticulate" from the script, as it only means "moving the hand", Sam responds by claiming that it leads to shaking hands, which he explains is the first step to having babies.

Gabby Duran & the Unsittables

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

  • In every episode, one of the main characters will get close up and talk to the audience about whatever is going on and they often talk about their feelings.


Uncle Scrooge

  • On the first page of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck - Chapter One: The Last of the Clan McDuck, when the narrator keeps asking about Scrooge's backstory, Scrooge turns toward the reader and screams, "NONE OF YOUR GOLDURN BUSINESS!"
  • In The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck - Chapter Twelve: The Richest Duck in the World, Donald takes notice of Scrooge's framed Eisner Award that the story arc won in 1995 for Best Serialized Story. (It should be noted that this gag was not in the original European printing of the story.)

Darkwing Duck (comic book)

  • In "Turnabout is F.O.W.L. Play", the first page shows Steelbeak talking directly to the reader. Additionally, the first bit of text says, "A very long prologue," referring to how the story doesn't reveal its title until the sixth page. Meanwhile, Darkwing attempts to free himself during the flashback. When the flashback that follows is only a single panel long, he criticizes it and yells out: "Show a real flashback! You guys can afford it!" Then, Steelbeak intrudes on the second flashback, pointing out that the events depicted aren't how Darkwing really got captured. After preventing Darkwing from escaping, Steelbeak declares, "And now, finally, at last, de moment youse have been waitin' for...de title page!" Finally, the story ends with a sudden return to the second flashback, with Steelbeak saying he brought them back to it and is letting Darkwing rewrite the story so that, this way, Darkwing doesn't blow him up at the end.
  • In "Son of the Return of the Revenge of the 3-D Man", Darkwing figures out a plan to defeat 3-D Man by literally, at one point, peeking ahead in the story, grabbing the upper-right corner of the current page and seeing what happens two pages later.
  • In "Cat in a Hot Tin Suit", Launchpad informs Darkwing that they probably won't get to the heavy stuff for at least a few more pages.
  • In the Joe Books retelling of "The Kitty Cat Kaper", when Darkwing resumes narrating the story following Gosalyn's interruption, it shows the same panel from before, with Darkwing telling Launchpad: "Take note, L.P.! No caption, no scene transition, and the artist gets to reuse a panel! Everyone wins!"
    • Later in the same story, when Darkwing starts yelling, "BLANKETY-BLANKETY-BLANK!", Launchpad cautions him, reminding him that children may be reading the comic.

Kingdom Hearts II manga

  • During the "Land of Dragons" portion of the manga, Mushu is visibly shocked when he realizes Sora, Donald, and Goofy do not recognize him (although in the first game, the heroes are already familiar with the dragon due to his appearance as a summon, a role which was cut from its respective manga adaptation). Mushu then produces his own copy of the original Kingdom Hearts manga, and is annoyed to discover that he doesn't appear.

Video games

World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

  • During Mickey and Donald's magic act onstage, Pete gives the player a thumbs-up.
  • After the ending credits, Mickey and Donald both wave at the player.

Kingdom Hearts

  • During the first visit to Traverse Town, the camera pans across during the scene of Donald and Goofy conversing with Aerith. At that point, Donald, upon realizing that he isn't in the shot, grabs the camera and pulls it down.

Kingdom Hearts II

  • When Sora summons Stitch during gameplay, Stitch spends his time crawling around the inside of the screen, as well as healing Sora by licking his health gauge. Also, during Stitch's limit attack, Sora jumps off of the screen and stands atop the in-game HUD icons alongside him.

Kingdom Hearts III

  • Woody and Buzz Lightyear are aware that Sora is a video game character. This meta-example ties into the central premise of Toy Story, with toys being aware that they are toys, thus licensed toys are aware that they are fictional characters.

Disney Friends

  • Stitch, Dory, Pooh, Simba, and several unplayable characters interact with the player during gameplay. Also, the actions and emotional behaviors of the game's characters may be controlled by using voice and touch.

101 Dalmatians: Animated Storybook

  • Pongo narrates in pages 1 and 3, while Perdita narrates in pages 2, 4, and 6, whilst Lucky takes over in page 5 and the rest of the pages.
  • In page 4, if the room is in a mess, Roger turns to the player and asks, "Would you please be so kind to get the sponge and help clean this place up?" And if the player presses the sponge, he then turns to the player and says, "When you're done, just put the sponge back where you found it, thanks."
  • If the player uses the sponge on Cruella, she yells at the player, "Get that thing off me!" But if he or she uses it on Roger, Anita, Pongo, or the puppies, either of them laughs (except that Pongo's laugh is actually half laughter and half growling).
  • In "Break the Secret Code" and "Find the Puppies", Kipper advises the player about the games.
  • In page 8, if the player accomplishes "Find the Puppies", Kipper then turns to the player and says: "That's the last of them. Thanks to you, all those puppies got out safe and sound, and there's just a few of us left now. We'll wait right here for you." And if the player proceeds to the next page, Kipper then says: "You go on ahead. I'll gather up the rest of the puppies and meet you in the barn."
  • In page 10, if the player presses the pile of dust, Perdita advises the player to use the dust to dirty the puppies and put it back when the player is done. If he or she uses the dust on Lucky, he then says to the player, "I'm already dirty!" But if he or she uses it on Pongo, Perdita, or Cruella, either of them sneezes.
  • In page 10, if the player presses Cruella, she then yells at the player, "I bet you know where the puppies are!"
  • In page 10, if the player presses the pile of soot, Perdita asks the player to help cover the puppy with soot and put it back in the pile when the player is done.
  • In page 10, when the player is using the soot smoke, if he or she uses it on the Dalmatian puppy, it will cover the puppy with soot as he/she makes his/her way to the truck. However, if the player uses it on Pongo, Perdita, Lucky, or Cruella, either of them sneezes (though if used on Lucky, he says, "I'm already dirty!" before sneezing).
  • In page 12, if the player presses Nanny, she asks the player to help clean the puppies with her feather duster and give it back when the player is done.
  • In page 12, when the player is using the feather duster, if he or she uses it on Roger, Anita, Pongo, or Perdita, either of them laughs (except that Pongo and Perdita's laughs are actually half laughter and half growling).

Toy Story: Animated Storybook

  • Hamm instructs the player in the main menu and tells the story of how Woody and Buzz Lightyear became pals. He also narrates every page.
  • In page 2, Woody instructs the player to put his friends back in their places. If the player chooses the talking Woody icon, Woody will instruct the player what the toy is and where it has been placed. If the player finishes putting the toys back in their places, Woody then congratulates the player who can proceed to the next page to see Buzz Lightyear.
  • In page 4, if the player presses Mr. Potato Head, his nose falls off his face and yells at the player, "Hey, why don't you be more careful?!" If Mr. Potato Head is pressed the second time, his left eye falls off and shouts at the player, "Hey, watch it!" The third time Mr. Potato Head is pressed, his mouth falls off and says to the player, "I'm starting to get irritated!"
  • In page 5, if the player changes one of Woody's accessories, Woody then chastises the player for changing it.

Toontown Online

  • When a Legal Eagle performs Legalese, it sometimes says, "The opinions expressed in this attack are not those of Disney's Toontown Online."

Inside Out: Thought Bubbles

Disney Heroes: Battle Mode

  • Most of the game's characters break the fourth wall in their victory poses while looking at the player.
    • Toy Story: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Rex look at the player in their victory pose.
    • The Incredibles: Dash smiles as he sees the player in his victory pose.
    • Zootopia: Nick Wilde watches the player as he shrugs his shoulders in his victory pose.
    • Ducktales: Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Scrooge McDuck, and Magica look at the player in their victory pose. Launchpad sees the player in both the "Autopilot" skill and in his victory pose.
    • Donald Duck and Goofy watch the player as they raise their hats in their victory poses.
    • The Muppets: Miss Piggy sees the player while doing the skill "It is Moi".
    • Inside Out: Joy and Fear look at the player as they do their victory poses.
    • Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope and Calhoun see the player in his victory poses.
    • Aladdin: Jasmine sees the player in her victory pose.
    • Big Hero 6: Baymax looks at the player as he greets him in his victory pose.
    • Lilo & Stich: Stitch does his dance while watching the player in his victory pose.
    • The Lion King: Scar sees the player while smiling in his victory pose. Timon and Pumbaa, meanwhile, watch the player as they dance in his victory pose.
    • Beauty and the Beast: Gaston sees the player as he makes his victory pose.
    • Hercules: Hercules sees the player in his victory pose, and Megara winks at the player in his victory pose.
    • Mickey Mouse & Friends: Minnie Mouse looks at the player in her victory pose.
    • Darkwing Duck: Darkwing sees the player as he performs his victory pose.
    • Moana: Moana sees the player in her victory pose.
    • The Emperor's New Groove: Yzma sees the player in her victory pose.
    • The Jungle Book: Baloo looks at the player as they finish their dance in the "Jungle Harmony" skill.
    • WALL-E: EVE winks at the player as she performs her victory pose.
    • Brave: Merida looks at the player while doing her victory pose.
    • Coco: Miguel Rivera looks at the player during his victory pose.
    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Evil Queen briefly sees the player in her witch form as she performs her victory pose.
    • The Little Mermaid: Ursula watches the player as she dances in her victory pose.

Cars 3: Driven to Win

  • When playing as Lightning McQueen in backwards-driving mode, he will look toward the screen and say, "Oh, hey, it's you guys," in an attempt to communicate with the player.