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The Fourth Wall is the name commonly attributed to a writing convention wherein fictitious characters become aware of their own false existence.

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The Fourth Wall is the name commonly attributed to a writing convention wherein fictitious characters become aware of their own false existence.

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The Fourth Wall exists as the invisible barrier separating reality from imagination. In the comic book medium, such characters are cognizant of the fact that they are characters in a comic book, and often speak directly to the reader. In the Golden and Silver Age era of DC comics, such characters routinely broke the Fourth Wall, usually as a convenience for introducing a story. After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, comic storytelling took a more mature turn, and few characters demonstrated this ability.

DC Characters known to break the Fourth Wall

Black Hand 026

Anybody can break the fourth wall. But most people do it more tactfully than Black Hand does.


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