The fourth wall is the imaginary "wall" at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a theatre, through which the audience sees the action of the play. In Gielinor, speaking directly to or otherwise acknowledging the player or real world can be referred to as "breaking the fourth wall" as it deconstructs the boundaries of RuneScape's game world.
Examples of breaking the fourth wall include:
- Botros during Court Cases who mentions being AFK.
- Murphy who apparently speaks of "Game Magic".
- Sir Amik Varze who broke the fourth wall during the 2009 Christmas event.
- The town crier who talks of the game website.
- The bartender of the Blue Moon Inn.
- Cap'n Hand, the NPC of the retired Lost Pirate random event who now resides in the Port Sarim Jail.
- The antipodean squirrel, last seen during the 2011 Easter event.
- Iconis who refers to the game forums.
- Kennith near the end of the Salt in the Wound quest.
- During the Swan Song quest, the Wise Old Man mentions the "guide fairy", a reference to quest guides, if you have the correct runes he asks for on you at the time he asks for them.
- [A conversation with Father Aereck, where it comes up that RuneScape is just a computer game.
- Essjay with her knowledge of the Runescape forums.
- The Mage of Zamorak who speaks about "right-clicking" him to get the teleport option.
- Doris who expresses her thankfulness for no longer having an "Attack" option.
- Philipe Carnillean describing his quest as being "glitched"
- Mysterious book which refers to the game forums.
- Lily of the valley which reference the next game update.
- Oktoberfest pretzel which also mentions the next game update.
- Easter carrot which references the real world year of its release.
- Golden cracker and golden hammer which references Jagex winning the Golden Joystick award.
- Chrome goggles which speak of Google Chrome.
- Dead tree in south-eastern Yanille which references Mod Timbo.
- The graves in the Gravecreeper boss room references multiple Jagex moderators.