History Main / OutOfGenreExperience

18th Jul '16 9:39:41 AM MsChibi
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This trope is often paired with MoodWhiplash. Episodes that have these experiences usually get a BizarroEpisode reputation.[[note]]Compare the question above to the "Very Important Corollary" on that page.[[/note]] For a permanent genre change, see GenreShift; when the plot starts out as something unrelated leading up to the switch it's a HalfwayPlotSwitch; and when a work has a chronic case of this trope it's a GenreRoulette. See CourtroomEpisode, NoirEpisode, SuperheroEpisode, and the rest of the {{Episodes}} page for common subtropes. For the same principle applied to video game genres, see UnexpectedGameplayChange.

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This trope is often paired with MoodWhiplash. Episodes that have these experiences usually get a BizarroEpisode reputation.[[note]]Compare the question above to the "Very Important Corollary" on that page.[[/note]] For a permanent genre change, see GenreShift; when the plot starts out as something unrelated leading up to the switch it's a HalfwayPlotSwitch; and when a work has a chronic case of this trope it's a GenreRoulette. When a non-romance story goes out of focus (either temporarily or permanently) due to a RomanceArc, that's a RomanticPlotTumor. See CourtroomEpisode, NoirEpisode, SuperheroEpisode, and the rest of the {{Episodes}} page for common subtropes. For the same principle applied to video game genres, see UnexpectedGameplayChange.
18th Jul '16 9:37:24 AM MsChibi
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Writing drama is hard. Sticking to a popular formula is easy. That's why sometimes you can create a ''temporary'' GenreShift in a series to fill up time in your story. For example, many television shows are general drama, but...with a character who is a doctor. You [[PlotTailoredToTheParty know that soon enough]], there's going to be a [[ADayInTheLimelight central episode for that character]], complete with a [[MedicalDrama medical plot]].

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Writing drama is hard. [[StrictlyFormula Sticking to a popular formula is easy.easy]]. That's why sometimes you can create a ''temporary'' GenreShift in a series to fill up time in your story. For example, many television shows are general drama, but...with a character who is a doctor. You [[PlotTailoredToTheParty know that soon enough]], there's going to be a [[ADayInTheLimelight central episode for that character]], complete with a [[MedicalDrama medical plot]].
5th Jul '16 2:14:13 PM Morgenthaler
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5th Jul '16 9:49:52 AM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:350:Every SpaceWestern needs a bit of MedicalDrama.]]

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5th Jul '16 9:49:35 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', for the vast majority of the Golden Age arc, becomes a grim and gritty medieval story devoid of any demons, aside from the Zodd fight. After the Griffith rescue arc, shit starts hitting the fan and we return to the CrapsackWorld that is the world of Berserk.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', for the vast majority of the Golden Age arc, becomes a grim and gritty medieval story devoid of any demons, aside from the Zodd fight. After the Griffith rescue arc, shit starts hitting the fan and we return to the CrapsackWorld that is the world of Berserk.''Berserk''.
4th Jul '16 10:10:53 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'':
** Chapter 12 puts the SliceOfLife comedy on hold to introduce MON dealing with a terrorist hostage crisis.
** Chapter 38 puts the {{Fanservice}} on the back burner [[note]]It's one of the only chapters in the entire manga that doesn't include any nudity.[[/note]] and focuses mainly on Lala's relationship with a terminally ill child at the hospital.
** Chapter 40 is more of an action comedy than SliceOfLife.
29th Jun '16 2:17:29 PM jmparker78
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** The 7th Season episode "Conversations with Dead People", felt by many to be a stand-out from a mostly lackluster final season, featured three A-plots and one B-plot that feel very surreal, even for this show. Buffy doesn't usually have a long heart-to-heart with a vampire before killing him. Tara supposedly reaches out to Willow from beyond the grave, but indirectly. Dawn spends the entire episode alone in her house, having to fend off a demonic disturbance that, unlike the norm for this show, is played for pure horror instead of action/laughs. Finally, in the B-plot, Spike, who has spent the last four seasons "de-fanged" by a secret branch of the US military and unable to harm humans, walks a lady home...[[spoiler: and bites her, draining her dry]].
26th Jun '16 6:03:49 AM pointycatears
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* ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' was a situation comedy, but written as a drama, with drama writers, for the episodes dealing with the main character Paul's death, following the death of his real-life actor Creator/JohnRitter.

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* ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' was a situation comedy, but written as a drama, with drama writers, for the episodes dealing with the main character Paul's death, [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim following the death of his real-life actor actor]] Creator/JohnRitter.
7th Jun '16 9:58:45 PM gewunomox
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* Pop-punk band GreenDay has done this a couple times, most notably on the album Nimrod. They play faux-country on "Dominated Love Slave", instrumental surf music on "Last Ride In" and swing on "King For A Day".

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* Pop-punk band GreenDay Music/GreenDay has done this a couple times, most notably on the album Nimrod. They play faux-country on "Dominated Love Slave", instrumental surf music on "Last Ride In" and swing on "King For A Day".
25th May '16 7:20:44 PM HypnoticMeerkat
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* A few NineInchNails songs do this. "March of the Pigs" starts off as metal, turns into techno, and then switches to clean vocals over a piano. Then it does it all over again. "Ruiner" is mostly a synth-heavy industrial track, but has a bluesy breakdown and guitar solo after the second verse. "The Becoming" has sections that almost sound like "Kumbaya," but then give way to pulsing guitars and screams of "Goddamn this noise inside my head!" The song "Everything" off of the ''Hesitation Marks'' album is a pop-punk song that is sandwiched between the usual dark/industrial NIN fare.

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* A few NineInchNails Music/NineInchNails songs do this. "March of the Pigs" starts off as metal, turns into techno, and then switches to clean vocals over a piano. Then it does it all over again. "Ruiner" is mostly a synth-heavy industrial track, but has a bluesy breakdown and guitar solo after the second verse. "The Becoming" has sections that almost sound like "Kumbaya," but then give way to pulsing guitars and screams of "Goddamn this noise inside my head!" The song "Everything" off of the ''Hesitation Marks'' album is a pop-punk song that is sandwiched between the usual dark/industrial NIN fare.
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