Genre Mashup YKTTW Discussion
Fusion of multiple disparate genres into a work. (TRS of Genre Busting)Up For Grabs
Lousy Data Vampires ate my first attempt. Identified as part of a Trope Repair Shop discussion on misuse of Genre-Busting (courtesy link). Example mining from Genre-Busting would be much appreciated and if you're doing that, feel free to add it straight into the draft rather than posting in the comments. (Post a comment on what work(s) you added, though.) Tropes Are Not Bad and melding seemingly disparate genres frequently produces a result greater than the sum of its parts. Games seem to be particularly prone to this, partly because the definition of the word "genre" is twofold in that medium: games have both a setting genre and a gameplay genre. One entire subgenre, the Action RPG, owes its existence to the combination of more actiony gameplay with the story and character generation elements of the classic CRPG. Frequently describable with X Meets Y. Contrast Genre Roulette, which is where the work jumps between multiple genres rather than blending them, and Genre-Busting, where the work doesn't fit into any recognizable genre at all. See also Fusion Fic, which is a fanfic that does this to a particular set of works rather than entire genres. Specific subtropes include:
- Dramedy: A comedy with dramatic elements or vice versa.
- Gaslamp Fantasy: A magical fantasy crossed with a Historical Fantasy set in the Victorian or Edwardian eras.
- Military Science-Fiction: Science Fiction crossed with Military Fiction
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: A fusion of music genres specifically.
- Paranormal Mystery: A mystery investigating the supernatural
- Paranormal Romance: Romance literature with fantasy elements. A subgenre, the teen paranormal romance popularized in the 2000s by the success of Twilight, mixes in varying amounts of Teen Drama.
- Punk Punk: A family of genres mating elements of Cyberpunk to various time periods and Technology Levels.
- Religious Horror: Horror that uses religous mythology and/or characters.
- Science Fantasy: Science fiction and fantasy. This may work particularly well because, as Orson Scott Card explains in a how-to book on writing speculative fiction, the two genres have a heck of a lot of overlap.
- Space Western: Westerns meet sci-fi.
- Survival Horror: A video game genre taking horror themes and a focus on survival and mating it to shooter gameplay.
- Vampire Detective Series: A Crime and Punishment Series fused with vampire fiction.
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Anime and Manga
- Lyrical Nanoha is Magical Girl Warrior mixed with Military Science-Fiction.
- Planetes is kind of an hard science-fiction human drama work com.
- Patlabor can be summed up as (deep breath): a comedic, slice-of-life, cop show/police procedural, crime/mystery/detective, "real" robot series.
- The Bubblegum Crisis OVA series combined Cyber Punk with Sentai and Film Noir.
- In-Universe, in one episode of Supernatural Sam & Dean go to a medieval fantasy-themed LARP faire dressed as FBI agents, and get mistaken for genre-mashing LARPers.
Gerry: Um, guys, we're not doing the whole genre-mash-up thing this weekend. We only do that every third month.Dean: The...Sam: Come again?Gerry: Your fake badges, the cheap suits. It's very cool. I get it. Your characters are FBI agents that somehow traveled to Moondoor, but I'm telling you it's just straight-up Moondoor this weekend.Sam: These aren't fake badges.Gerry: Uh, yeah, they are, and they're... [he takes Sam's badge] very good, but, um, well, the I.D. number shifted to 10 digits with, uh, two letters mixed in at the end of the year, and, uh, the seal's from last month. Really good work. [He hands Sam's badge back.] It's just, it's a tournament weekend, okay guys, so you got to follow the rules. If there's no rules — chaos.
- Horror meets Wild West in the Deadlands RPG.
- Shadowrun combines Tolkenesque fantasy with Classic Cyber Punk.
- As long as it makes the setting ever more GRIMDARK, Warhammer 40,000 doesn't care one way or the other if the setting elements it uses are from Military Science-Fiction, Cosmic Horror Stories, Dark Fantasy, Chivalric Romance, or (in the case of the Orks) English football culture.
- The Metroid Prime games take the Action Adventure platformer/exploration nature of the Metroidvania genre and mate it to First-Person Shooter gameplay.
- The X-Universe series is a Mega Corp.-management Simulation Game masquerading as a space combat sim, welded to a Wide Open Sandbox with Real-Time Strategy elements.
- Xenoblade Chronicles mixes the look, feel, and story-driven style of Eastern RPGs with several gameplay elements of their western counterparts; such as a combat system inspired by World of Warcraft, an almost Wide Open Sandbox overworld structure reminiscent of The Elder Scrolls series, and a sidequest planner for the vast ammounts of sidequests. The plot itself also uses this, being a Science Fantasy.
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