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Deadpool is the ultimate fourth wall breaker and we all know that.

But do DC have some or any superheroes that break the fourth wall?

Not some random fourth wall breaks but someone who has a habit of doing so...

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    “Deadpool is the ultimate fourth wall breaker and we all know that.” [citation needed] – Paul D. Waite Apr 26 '16 at 15:48
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    In college, I played a GURPS campaign once that, at one point, had all of our characters stuck in a comic book. We couldn't speak (although we COULD communicated, once one of us thought of drawing Speech bubbles on paper), and the eventual trick that got us out (breaking the 4th wall to the GM, via 'action' bubbles (well, blocks, really) - I believe I used something along the lines of 'character name grabs the frame of the cartoon, and vaults out, into the real world') came to us via a clue from DC's Ambush Bug, who is well known for breaking the fourth wall. – K-H-W Apr 26 '16 at 16:58
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    Ambush Bug is the worst offender I know of in the DC universe. – John Bode Apr 26 '16 at 17:22
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    Dead-who? She-Hulk was doing it before Deadpool even existed! – Mason Wheeler Apr 26 '16 at 18:54
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    Does hocking Hostess fruit pies count? Because then, Batman and Robin TOTALLY. – Broklynite Apr 26 '16 at 22:40
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Yes they do.

As per http://dc.wikia.com/

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

  • Abel
  • Ambush Bug
  • Animal Man
  • Black Hand
  • Cain
  • Death
  • Destiny
  • Doctor Thirteen
  • Eve
  • Joker
  • Kindly Ones
  • Lobo
  • Lucien
  • Madame Xanadu
  • Marie Leeds-Thirteen
  • Merryman (Myron Victor)
  • Mister Mxyzptlk (New Earth)
  • Miss America (Joan Dale)
  • Phantom Stranger
  • Odd Man (Clay Stoner)

There are few many instances of breaking the fourth wall in DCAU. Refer here for the list of instances.

One of the famous ones is from Batman: The Animated Series, "Joker's Favor", where the Joker addresses audience (at 13:38):

Until now, DCEU seems too serious for breaking the fourth wall.

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    Your video link is dead – Valorum Apr 8 '17 at 16:43
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    @Valorum can't find any replacement yet. – Steve Harrington Apr 8 '17 at 16:44
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In the DC Universe, The Joker is the chief 4th wall breaker.

In Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League, The Joker addresses the audience, usually as though they were an audience.

In the comics, the Joker breaks the fourth wall in much the same way, addressing the viewer directly. However, given the format, there are other ways to break the fourth wall... BTFW

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    He doesn’t seem to be making any sense in this strip… “What is everybody stops eating fish? I hadn’t thought of that. What if they all conspire against me, leave my Joker-fish in the sea? But no—that would never work. The vegetarians wouldn’t go along!” — Eh, wha? Vegetarians wouldn’t go along with others not eating fish? Why not? *confuzzled* – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 26 '16 at 16:41
  • @JanusBahsJacquet The Joker doesn't need to make sense. What's important is that he throws back the horns through the page. – Slacklord the Terrible Apr 26 '16 at 16:46
  • @JanusBahsJacquet: That, and the only context we have for his train of thought in this "conversation" is this one page. We have no idea what was on the pages before it, and whatever is on those earlier pages doesn't really have any bearing on this answer. If you're hoping to make sense of it, it's probably time to go pick up a comic book. – Ellesedil Apr 26 '16 at 16:54
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    Yes, I’m aware of that. I was merely commenting on the fact that what he was saying appears to be nonsense. Then again, it is the Joker… – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 26 '16 at 16:56
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    @JanusBahsJacquet - Some people who call themselves vegetarians are actually more accurately described as pescetarians. Even some dictionaries include an exception for fish in their definition of vegetarian. Presumably that's the intended reading here. – Patrick Wynne Apr 26 '16 at 16:56
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Probably the most famous case of 4th wall breaking in DC Comics: enter image description here

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    DC covers aren't always supposed to be taken at canon value, though. – Philipp Jul 27 '16 at 15:08
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I don't know if you'd quite call it 'breaking the fourth wall' but in her Rebirth solo title Harley Quinn has shown awareness (in conversation with other characters) that she's in a comic strip.

enter image description here Harley Quinn (2016) #04

  • Can you offer a panel that shows her breaking the fourth wall? – Valorum Apr 8 '17 at 6:46
  • I can't find the panel online, but in Harley Quinn Rebirth #4, page 15 top panel, Harley says "Hey! Where did that tree come from?" Another character replies "Don't be a smart-***. Trees do grow in Mumbai, you know!" Harley replies "I just thought the artist put it there fer no reason. It ain't even in the script!" (which leads the second character to ask her what the **** she's talking about). – Gray Apr 8 '17 at 15:59
  • Ah, that's the one. Thank you! – Gray Apr 8 '17 at 17:19
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Superman breaks the 4th wall when he smiles at the camera at the very end. ;)

  • Funny, but not really an answer... He's just glad he saved the day and got the girl ;) – Jenayah Feb 11 at 20:02
  • @Jenayah It's an answer, just an incorrect one. – Rand al'Thor Feb 11 at 20:37

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