Fake Trailer

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Synonym(s)romantic comedy!au
Related tropes/genresFic Trailer
See alsoConstructed Reality
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A fake trailer is a type of fanvid styled after movie trailers. Most commonly, the vidder inserts a ship (usually their OTP) into a constructed reality, making it into a movie trailer (sometimes complete with a MPAA rating screen at the beginning).

Unlike fic trailers, fake trailers are rarely associated with a particular fic.

The most prevalent type of fake trailers is a romantic comedy trailer. The music and the construction of the vid follows the regular conventions, introducing the characters before introducing the premise and the title.

Fanwork Examples



The Charioteer:

Once Upon a Time:


Sherlock (BBC):

Star Wars:


  • Case Closed by Mina0187, Mike/Harvey vid, In every friendship there are moments of bonding, moments of regret and that one moment that could change everything.
  • Suits as a romantic comedy by jbosco88, Mike/Harvey vid, I intended to make an ensemble Suits movie trailer but as usual the Harvey/Mike shipper in me took over and this happened (they have that effect). includes star rating from fake reviews


  • The Profound Bond -- A new romantic comedy starring Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins. When Federal Agent Dean Winchester gets paired with an angel as part of the Bureau’s new Human-Angel Cooperation Initiative, the partnership seems less than ideal. Castiel is arrogant, painfully inept in the ways of normal human interaction, and less than stellar at routine questioning. But as time passes, the human and angel begin to find themselves growing less at odds and more endeared to each other. Loosely inspired by aesc’s Below Skyscrapers.

Teen Wolf:

The Vampire Diaries:

The X-Files