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Lincoln reading his script

Lincoln goes over his script in this piece of promotional artwork.

Breaking the fourth wall is a comedy device used in fictional stories in which a character acknowledges the fact that they are a character in a movie or television show, 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 movie/show," when a character responds to a real world person who is not physically present (such as the narrator), or when a character talks directly to the viewer.

Listed here are scenes in Nickelodeon shows and movies where such characters break the fourth wall.

Nicktoons

Jimmy Neutron

  • "Party at Neutron's" - Shortly after using the Time Accelerator on Hugh's Ducks performance, Jimmy looks at the camera and winks.
  • "Sorry, Wrong Era" - Leppy rewinds the entire episode. 
  • "Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion" - At the end, Jimmy and Goddard look at the audience and he says "I can dream, can't I?"
  • "Send in the Clones"
    • When Romantic Jimmy approaches Cindy's house, he smiles at the camera.
    • When Evil Jimmy throws a pie at the random citizen and they smile at the screen.
    • At the end when Evil Jimmy throws a pie that covers the screen. 
  • "Lights! Camera! Danger!" - One of the famous movies Jimmy watches is his own.
  • "The Tomorrow Boys" - Carl says that Jimmy screamed for four minutes, which is how long the commercial break was.
  • "Stranded" - Sheen tells Carl to wait for the adventure and the Hover-Car.
  • "The Evil Beneath" - Jimmy tells the camera to go to Sheen after he finishes speaking.
  • In the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour trilogy, the characters acknowledge the fact that the Jimmy Neutron world is CGI and the Fairly Oddparents world is 2D animated.

Back at the Barnyard

  • Pig frequently interrupts the show just so he can answer fan mail.
  • Sometimes, the narrator tends to mess with the characters during the course of the episode.

The Fairly OddParents

CWnP in A Fairly Odd Christmas

"No fairies were harmed in the making of this movie!"

  • A Fairly Odd Christmas - At the very end of the movie, Wanda directly addresses the audience to inform them, "No fairies were harmed in the making of this movie!"

The Loud House

  • Lincoln directly talks to the viewer in most episodes, often to set up the plot. Sometimes, another character does this as well.
    • At the end of "April Fools Rules", Luan tells her last joke of the episode to the viewers.
    • At the end of "A Tattler's Tale", when Lola is telling her siblings' secrets to her stuffed animals, she faces the camera and says, "Well, what did you expect? I'm Lola Loud! It's not like they'll tell anyone!"

Planet Sheen

  • In the pilot, Sheen that Zeenuian language sounds just like English.
  • For some reason, Nesmith can hear Sheen's internal monologue when he's writing in his star log.

The Ren & Stimpy Show

  • "Haunted House" - When the ghost reveals himself to Ren and Stimpy, he says "I've been trying to scare you throughout this entire picture."

SpongeBob SquarePants

  • "Wet Painters" - Patrick is shown holding up the "Three hours later" card, asking "Can ya move it along? I'm all out of time cards."
  • "Club SpongeBob" - Squidward asks "Why must every 11 minutes of my life be filled with misery?", in reference to a SpongeBob episode's typical length.
  • "Juice Man" short - At the end, SpongeBob winks at the viewer.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Live-action shows

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