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8th Sep '17 7:08:25 AM crazysamaritan
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The role a character takes when questioning the unlikely trappings of their own show, especially if this becomes their recurring trait. Often falls to a new character who happens to be GenreSavvy. Occasionally this allows another character to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the answer to the question with an even more roundabout explanation.

There are two types of MetaGuy: a [[GeniusDitz bumbling idiot]] who has no idea of what they're saying (or at least, not the deeper implications), or a GenreSavvy DeadpanSnarker who goes out of his way to [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong point out flaws in each plan]]. While a Type A MetaGuy (typically wearing [[RedShirt already blood-colored attire]]) would say something like, "I don't get this plan! It looks like I'd get [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking mutilated/executed/a nasty paper cut]]" etc., a Type B in a similar situation might say, "Are you sure this is a good idea? I don't get out much", alluding not only to their situation but the fact that they've actually considered not coming back.

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The role a character takes when questioning the unlikely trappings of their own show, especially if this becomes their recurring trait. Often falls to a new character who happens to be GenreSavvy. Occasionally this allows another character to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the answer to the question with an even more roundabout explanation.

There are two types of MetaGuy: a [[GeniusDitz bumbling idiot]] who has no idea of what they're saying (or at least, not the deeper implications), or a GenreSavvy DeadpanSnarker who goes out of his their way to [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong point out flaws in each plan]]. While a Type A MetaGuy (typically wearing [[RedShirt already blood-colored attire]]) would say something like, "I don't get this plan! It looks like I'd get [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking mutilated/executed/a nasty paper cut]]" etc., a Type B in a similar situation might say, "Are you sure this is a good idea? I don't get out much", alluding not only to their situation but the fact that they've actually considered not coming back.



Very common in [[TheParody parodies]]. Not to be confused with Meta Knight from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series of video games. See also GenreSavvy and DeadpanSnarker.

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Very common in [[TheParody parodies]]. Not to be confused with Meta Knight from the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series of video games. See also GenreSavvy and DeadpanSnarker.



* Leggy Starlitz in the Creator/BruceSterling novel ''Literature/{{Zeitgeist}}'' is so genre savvy he uses narrative to change reality. The antagonist [[TheMafiya Greek Mafiya]] MagnificentBastard, Mehmet Ozbey, discovers this power, and goes on to use [[Film/JamesBond Bond]]-style ActionHero tropes for his own nefarious purposes. Leggy's young daughter Zenobia is particularly adept. At one point she's [[spoiler: dancing on the ceiling, saying "Look Dad! I'm being impossible!"]]

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* Leggy Starlitz in the Creator/BruceSterling novel ''Literature/{{Zeitgeist}}'' is so genre savvy he uses narrative to change reality. The antagonist [[TheMafiya Greek Mafiya]] MagnificentBastard, Mehmet Ozbey, discovers this power, and goes on to use [[Film/JamesBond Bond]]-style ActionHero tropes for his own nefarious purposes. Leggy's young daughter Zenobia is particularly adept. At one point she's [[spoiler: dancing on the ceiling, saying "Look Dad! I'm being impossible!"]]



** In "Robot", the Doctor's detached boredom from proceedings and on-the-nose GenreSavvy comments are supposed to spur audiences into feeling similar boredom towards the SpyFiction tropes of the Pertwee era, and several of his lines allude to a need for RevisitingTheRoots.

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** In "Robot", the Doctor's detached boredom from proceedings and on-the-nose GenreSavvy comments are supposed to spur audiences into feeling similar boredom towards recent regeneration (into Fourth Doctor) have him making critical commentary on the SpyFiction tropes of the Pertwee era, and several of his lines allude while alluding to a need for RevisitingTheRoots.



** Donna appears to take this role for the Doctor, being a brash, gobby thirtysomething woman. She [[LampshadeHanging comments on how fantastic]] things like a "translation circuit" are, calls the Doctor out on his TechnicalPacifist traits and knew the best place to find him was where there was [[WeirdnessMagnet anything weird going on]].

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** Donna appears to take this role for the Doctor, being is a brash, gobby thirtysomething woman. She [[LampshadeHanging comments on how fantastic]] things like a "translation circuit" are, calls the Doctor out on his TechnicalPacifist traits and knew the best place to find him was where there was [[WeirdnessMagnet anything weird going on]].



* [[GenreSavvy Ziggy]] from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', with [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Flynn]] running a close second. 'Ranger Blue' opens with the entire team quizzing [[TeenGenius Doctor K]] on things like why their Zords have 'big, googly anime eyes', why they need to yell [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull "RPM, get in gear!"]] whenever they morph, and how come things tend to spontaneously explode behind them when they do. Shortly after, the Blue Ranger even uses the explosion from his TransformationSequence to take out some mooks.

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* [[GenreSavvy Ziggy]] Ziggy from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', with [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Flynn]] running a close second. 'Ranger Blue' opens with the entire team quizzing [[TeenGenius Doctor K]] on things like why their Zords have 'big, googly anime eyes', why they need to yell [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull "RPM, get in gear!"]] whenever they morph, and how come things tend to spontaneously explode behind them when they do. Shortly after, the Blue Ranger even uses the explosion from his TransformationSequence to take out some mooks.



* Everyone in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' does this from time to time. The kobold oracle does it all the time. Elan is probably the most notable example within the order. GenreSavvy is his only form of useful intelligence, and after he takes [[TookALevelInBadass a level in Dashing Swordsman]], he derives his new powers from adventure tropes.

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* Everyone in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' does this from time to time. The kobold oracle does it all the time. Elan is probably the most notable example within the order. GenreSavvy [[GenreSavvy Recognizing story tropes]] is his only form of useful intelligence, and after he takes [[TookALevelInBadass a level in Dashing Swordsman]], he derives his new powers from adventure tropes.



* ''Everyone'' [[spoiler:[[HomePage here]].]]
** [[HypocriticalHumor That was]] [[TheUntwist lame]].
** Dude! You put a link. That is ''not'' how you do spoilers.
** Wait, WrongGenreSavvy?! Then HOW?!



** It's rare, but Kyle also has played this role on occasion. Perhaps the best example of this is during the episode "Butt out" when he told the boys that [[spoiler: they could save themselves a lot of trouble]] if they just admitted that they chose to smoke on their own and the tobacco company had no part in the decision. He even commented that [[GenreSavvy everything was following a formula]] and correctly predicted that [[spoiler:he would make a speech at the end of the episode about what he learned during the episode.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Sokka ends up as a mix of this, FlatEarthAtheist, and WrongGenreSavvy (he once thought it was odd that people in an Eastern Medieval Fantasy world weren't catching his oblique references to SherlockHolmes).

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** It's rare, but Kyle also has played this role on occasion. Perhaps the best example of this is during the episode "Butt out" when he told the boys that [[spoiler: they could save themselves a lot of trouble]] if they just admitted that they chose to smoke on their own and the tobacco company had no part in the decision. He even commented that [[GenreSavvy everything was following a formula]] formula and correctly predicted that [[spoiler:he would make a speech at the end of the episode about what he learned during the episode.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Sokka ends up as a mix of this, FlatEarthAtheist, and WrongGenreSavvy (he once thought it was odd that people in an Eastern Medieval Fantasy world weren't catching his is shown to be intelligent by making oblique references to SherlockHolmes).events in the story. His prediction of a volcanic eruption (and subsequent frustrations with the disinterested townfolk) is another example of how he comments on the story.
5th Sep '17 7:20:23 PM VulgarBee
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* [[BadassNormal Usopp and Nami]] tend to be this in OnePiece, which makes sense being that they are the only members of the [[BadassCrew Straw Hats]] with no special powers.

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* [[BadassNormal Usopp and Nami]] tend to be this in OnePiece, ''Manga/OnePiece'', which makes sense being that they are the only members of the [[BadassCrew Straw Hats]] with no special powers.
16th Aug '17 2:12:12 PM mkmlp
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* ''FanFic/PinkieTales'' has Applejack of all ponies in this role,as she often breaks character to point out various oddities, like how her "mother" Mrs. Sparkle doesn't just use her Alicorn Magic to help out in the ''Applejack and the Beanstalk'', despite clearly being an Alicorn or that part of the Beanstalk conveniently spirals around it like a ramp, or how Pinkie pretends like they are complete strangers, despite the fact that she obviously knows who Applejack is.
6th Jul '17 11:05:07 AM DracoKanji
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* [[GenreSavvy Ziggy]] from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', with [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Flynn]] running a close second. 'Ranger Blue' opens with the entire team quizzing [[TeenGenius Doctor K]] on things like why their Zords have 'big, googly anime eyes', why they need to yell [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull "RPM, get in gear!"]] whenever they morph, and how come things tend to spontaneously explode behind them when they do.

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* [[GenreSavvy Ziggy]] from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', with [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Flynn]] running a close second. 'Ranger Blue' opens with the entire team quizzing [[TeenGenius Doctor K]] on things like why their Zords have 'big, googly anime eyes', why they need to yell [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull "RPM, get in gear!"]] whenever they morph, and how come things tend to spontaneously explode behind them when they do. Shortly after, the Blue Ranger even uses the explosion from his TransformationSequence to take out some mooks.
20th May '17 9:13:57 AM Grobi
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* Starting with Morrowind, ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has the recurring character M'aiq the Liar, whose dialogue is devoted almost entirely to LeaningOnTheFourthWall about features changed between games.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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Starting with Morrowind, ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', ''TES'' has the recurring character M'aiq the Liar, whose dialogue is devoted almost entirely to LeaningOnTheFourthWall about features that changed between games.
22nd Apr '17 8:31:20 PM nombretomado
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* Quincy Archer from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is the resident MetaGuy, writing a blog about the fake SOTF and the tropes it shows, and then commenting through out the stories on the actions of the various villains and heroes. [[spoiler: He commits suicide, but if he hadn't, one of his [[KarmicDeath personal favorite villains]], JR Rizzolo, would have left him to burn.]]

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* Quincy Archer from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is the resident MetaGuy, writing a blog about the fake SOTF and the tropes it shows, and then commenting through out the stories on the actions of the various villains and heroes. [[spoiler: He commits suicide, but if he hadn't, one of his [[KarmicDeath personal favorite villains]], JR Rizzolo, would have left him to burn.]]
1st Apr '17 9:28:01 AM nombretomado
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* A few different characters in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Renge is probably the most overt example.

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* A few different characters in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''.''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Renge is probably the most overt example.
18th Mar '17 12:21:56 PM nombretomado
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* Riley in ''NationalTreasure''.

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* Riley in ''NationalTreasure''.''Film/NationalTreasure''.
6th Mar '17 10:05:36 AM Lemia
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* 707 from ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'' seems aware that he is in a romance visual novel, commenting at several points on how the player character has gotten on a certain character's route or on the anime tropes displayed by a character.
24th Feb '17 6:59:20 AM SteveMB
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s nemesis SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has played this role to an extent some times. One issue even had him directly addressing the audience at the start while recapping the events of the previous issue. It is apparently a canon fact that the Joker is so crazy that he's actually aware of practically everything having to do with the DCU, including events of stories that haven't happened anymore and, conceivably, the fact that it's all just comic books. It's described on multiple occasions as "supersanity." The disturbing part is that this could explain the Joker's behavior in the first place; it's possible that he's a psychotic killer because ''he knows his actions don't matter.'' Nobody he hurts is real. He's beyond solipsism... and ''he's right''. In fact, the more atrocities he commits, the more comics he appears in!

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s nemesis SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has played this role to an extent some times. One issue even had him directly addressing the audience at the start while recapping the events of the previous issue. It is apparently a canon fact that the Joker is so crazy that he's actually aware of practically everything having to do with the DCU, including events of stories that [[{{Retcon}} haven't happened anymore anymore]] and, conceivably, the fact that it's all just comic books. It's described on multiple occasions as "supersanity." The disturbing part is that this could explain the Joker's behavior in the first place; it's possible that he's a psychotic killer because ''he knows his actions don't matter.'' Nobody he hurts is real. He's beyond solipsism... and ''he's right''. In fact, the more atrocities he commits, the more comics he appears in!
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